prnewswire | August 31, 2023
Alteryx, Inc. the Analytics Cloud Platform company, is expanding its partnership with Google Cloud to provide Looker Studio users with native access to a free limited version of Alteryx Designer Cloud's AI-powered data preparation capabilities and enhanced connectivity. This new integration builds on Alteryx and Google Cloud's commitment to make it easier for customers to surface critical insights for decision-makers in a timely manner, resulting in actions that can improve business outcomes.
"With businesses under more pressure to get value from technology investments, Alteryx, in partnership with Google, is minimizing the friction in the analytics process so enterprises can gain more accurate insights much faster than before," said Kate Wright, senior director, product management at Google. "Deepening our partnership with Alteryx will help deliver seamless data preparation and powerful insights from one interface, making it easier for our customers to achieve even more breakthrough innovations with their data."
The new Alteryx Designer Cloud and Looker Studio integration will initially provide users enhanced cloud connectivity to Excel and CSV files and storage platforms like Sharepoint and OneDrive. Users will also be able to efficiently transform data and improve data quality using Designer Cloud's data preparation capabilities, allowing them to prep their data up to 10 times faster, and leading to greatly improved decision intelligence.
Further, Designer Cloud's intuitive self-service interface enables non-technical workers with functional domain knowledge to prepare their own data as part of their process of building data visualizations. The free version of Designer Cloud available on Looker Studio will have limited features with the option to upgrade to the full Designer Cloud experience.
"In today's macroeconomic environment, time to insight is key to thriving and gaining competitive advantage," said Alteryx's Adam Wilson, senior vice president and general manager of Alteryx Analytics Cloud. "Alteryx provides Looker Studio's millions of monthly active users with access to critical new data sources and saves them a significant amount of time by cleaning up their data in just a few clicks. They'll be able to increase their productivity by automating the refinement of raw data and the blending of diverse sources to create new data products that will drive key business initiatives."
This integration expands on Alteryx and Google Cloud's partnership, which includes Google Cloud Dataprep, an intelligent cloud data service that processes more than 1.4 million jobs each month.
"Alteryx and Google Cloud have a strong relationship rooted in improving the most time-consuming portion of the analytics process as identified in our research: data preparation," said David Menninger, SVP and research director at Ventana Research. "By bringing Excel connectivity and native data preparation capabilities of Designer Cloud to Looker Studio, Alteryx and Google Cloud are giving users powerful end-to-end analytics from one interface. This is incredibly valuable at a time when dynamic environments and market conditions are forcing business leaders to make more strategic decisions at lightning speed."
Alteryx powers analytics for all with the award-winning Alteryx Analytics Cloud Platform. With Alteryx, enterprises can make intelligent decisions across their organizations with automated, AI-driven insights. More than 8,000 customers globally rely on Alteryx to democratize analytics across use cases and deliver high-impact business outcomes.
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Business Intelligence, Big Data Management, Data Science
Globenewswire | June 27, 2023
ThoughtSpot, the AI-Powered Analytics company, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Mode Analytics, the modern Business Intelligence (BI) platform that brings data teams and business teams together to drive impact, in a cash and equity deal valued at $200M. Upon close of the acquisition, Mode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ThoughtSpot. By combining their respective technology as a versatile suite of analytical tools, the two companies are empowering data teams around the world to confidently transform business intelligence with generative AI and deliver value to the business quickly, securely, and at scale.
The announcement comes on the heels of a record breaking year for ThoughtSpot, and will further accelerate the company's growth. Over the last fiscal year, ThoughtSpot has seen 100% growth in its SaaS ARR, driven by the company's success in helping both global enterprises like Verizon, CVS, Anthem, Capital One, Snowflake, and Comcast and digital natives like Wellthy, Modern Milkman, and Huel, more effectively leverage their data in the cloud.
With the acquisition, ThoughtSpot's ARR will grow to over $150M, while doubling its customer base. With very little customer overlap, this transaction will create new opportunities for each company to bring their respective products to customers, while further scaling Mode across ThoughtSpot’s international market presence and broad channel and partner alliances.
Turning data into dollars with complementary capabilities
Every organization, regardless of size, maturity, or industry, knows they need to build their business on data. By putting trusted, contextual insights into the hands of every employee, businesses have seen revenue grow 10-30% faster than their peers. Despite this benefit, the challenge of delivering self service analytics for business users, without overwhelming data teams, has remained out of reach for most organizations. Generative AI promises to accelerate data democratization but comes with added pressure for data teams to prepare data and deploy governed, secure, and accurate systems to business users.
The combination of ThoughtSpot and Mode lets data teams transform their business intelligence to be AI-first, while reducing bottlenecks and increasing access to insights that drive tangible business results. With Mode and ThoughtSpot, companies can go from code-first analysis to code-free data exploration and back again quickly, giving customers both the speed and flexibility of code with governed, trusted self service analytics.
Data teams at hundreds of innovative companies leverage Mode’s code-first experience to answer novel questions as quickly as they arise from the business. With connected, code-first tools like SQL, R, and Python and advanced visualization tools, analysts have flexibility and choice to work with raw data, from any cloud data platform, in highly impactful ways. Now, leveraging ThoughtSpot’s industry-leading AI capabilities, data teams will soon have expanded access to AI to help every analyst feel like they’re pair programming with the best analyst they know, right in Mode.
They can also quickly and efficiently develop robust, reusable data models called datasets. This modeled data can then be served up in ThoughtSpot’s intuitive platform, where every kind of user, from executives to frontline decision makers, can use AI-powered natural language search to ask data questions, get answers, and take action as easily as they chat with a friend or colleague. And with Mode’s extensive visualization library, business users and data teams have more options to visualize data and communicate insights as they build Liveboards.
Making insights pervasive
Cutting edge organizations want to bring data-driven insights into the processes and tools their teams use every day. With Mode and ThoughtSpot, customers embed this analytics experience in the apps they use, or build entirely new data apps. Customers will be able to further extend the new functionality Mode brings to ThoughtSpot into productivity tools like Slack, Google Sheets, Excel, and Microsoft Teams, embed directly into products and apps with ThoughtSpot Everywhere, or be consumed on the go with ThoughtSpot Monitor for Mobile, giving business users access to insights everywhere they make decisions.
For partners across the ecosystem, the acquisition of Mode will create new ways for these partners to provide value to the data teams they support. Partners will be able to use SQL to quickly build new self service analytics capabilities and use cases. These can then be quickly deployed to customers, enabling them to get insights ten times faster than any other comparable solution.
Thoughts from the Top
“Unless you’ve had your head in the sand, every leader in every organization knows they need to figure out how to leverage generative AI to move more quickly and deliver personalized, bespoke experiences to customers. Failing to do so is tantamount to admitting defeat,” said Sudheesh Nair, CEO, ThoughtSpot. “For too long, data teams have been held back by the last generation of archaic data visualization tools like Tableau that forced them to endlessly tweak and update dashboards. With this acquisition, we’re giving both data teams and business users the tools they need to efficiently and quickly turn data into insights and those insights into actions. Whether you want to be code-free for your business users or code-first for your analytics engineers, now is the time to rethink business intelligence if you want to maximize value from your investments in the modern data stack. If you don’t, your competitors will.”
“Today we celebrate the beginning of a new and exciting chapter, not only for Mode, but for the modern data stack, which has been sorely lacking a truly modern business intelligence platform - until now. As part of ThoughtSpot, we will help supercharge the business impact of data teams, empowering them to deliver trustworthy AI-powered insights to their organizations quickly,” said Gaurav Rewari, Mode CEO. “Together, we are bridging the gap between data teams and business users in a unified, dependable, and governed platform that meets the evolving needs of the modern data landscape, where data teams are liberated from mundane tasks and business users are empowered to explore freely.”
“At Mode, we've always focused on helping data analysts, and worked hard to remove the frustrations that interfered with their day-to-day workflows. By providing data teams with an integrated, code-first experience, we’ve enabled our customers to move far more quickly and find much more value in their data than they previously could. Business users, however, haven't been able to explore data with the same power or flexibility. That's why we're combining forces with ThoughtSpot,” said Benn Stancil, Mode Founder and CTO. “Together, we'll not only continue to help our customers accelerate the work that their data teams are already doing, but also deepen its impact. By combining Mode with ThoughtSpot's natural language search and leading generative AI capabilities, data teams will be able to deliver more than just dashboards; they'll become the stewards of the generative AI revolution, and lead their companies' efforts to implement this powerful technology in a way that is safe, reliable, governed, and secure.”
The acquisition of Mode is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of Mode stockholder approval, and is expected to close later this year. For more information, sign up for our upcoming webinar on July 13th.
ThoughtSpot is the AI-Powered Analytics company. Our mission is to create a more fact-driven world with the easiest to use analytics platform. With ThoughtSpot, anyone can leverage natural language search powered by large language models to ask and answer data questions with confidence. ThoughtSpot enables everyone within an organization to limitlessly engage with live data in any popular cloud data platform, making it easy to create and interact with granular, hyper-personalized, and actionable insights. Customers can take advantage of both ThoughtSpot’s web and mobile applications to improve decision-making for every employee, wherever and whenever decisions are made. With ThoughtSpot’s low-code developer-friendly platform, ThoughtSpot Everywhere, customers can also embed AI-Powered Analytics to their products and services, monetizing their data and engaging users to keep them coming back for more. Organizations like T-Mobile, BT, Snowflake, Exxon, Daimler, Medtronic, Hulu, Royal Bank of Canada, Nasdaq, OpenTable, Huel, and Nationwide Building Society rely on ThoughtSpot to transform how their employees and customers take advantage of data. Try ThoughtSpot today and see for yourself.
Mode is the modern Business Intelligence (BI) platform, and the first solution built around the way modern data teams work. Mode clears the path from data to insights and uplevels decision making in every function of the organization. As a unified intelligence layer, Mode maximizes modern data stack ROI and turns data into a competitive advantage for leading businesses across all sectors and stages. Data leaders use Mode to drive more efficient, higher impact analysis and increased data maturity through true self-service.
Business Intelligence, Big Data Management, Data Science
GlobeNewswire | August 03, 2023
Simpson Associates, leading data analytics consultancy, are pleased to announce that they have been chosen by Wirral Council to design and deliver a machine learning and advanced data analytics solution, which will add value to services, operations, and planning. The project will be using Microsoft’s latest development – Fabric.
Simpson Associates will be working in close collaboration with Wirral Council to develop a Microsoft Fabric data platform to facilitate advanced analytics which will address several use cases. The initial stages of the project will involve a collaborative worked example to increase in-house skills and capability to develop machine learning solutions using synthetic data. This stage also helps the Wirral team to engage in the machine learning development process and gain a better understanding of the stages involved.
Wirral Council want to enhance their ability for early intervention and forecasting future demand. The initial focus will be developing several Proof-of-Concept solutions and use cases, including forecasting trends to anticipate increased demand upon council provided services.
Envisage whether performance risks can be used to predict when early intervention will be needed.
Machine learning will then be used to identify core drivers of negative outcomes and define potential mitigation strategies to minimise the impact.
Developing a predictive model to forecast future service demand, considering potential shifts in the demographics and characteristics over time, to enhance Wirral’s ability to strategically plan and allocate resources effectively.
These predictive models will also play a crucial role in making informed decisions regarding funding and resource allocation.
Knowledge sharing and skills transfer are fundamental to Simpson Associates’ approach. This is enabling Wirral Council to upskill their existing data team to support ongoing and future work on their data analytics resources and keep up to date with the technology.
Tom Hughes, Business Development Manager, Simpson Associates says:
“We’re delighted to be chosen by Wirral Council to develop their data platform using Microsoft Fabric. They have a clear vision, use cases and a good understanding of how the solution can enable them to better serve their community. We’re looking forward to collaboratively delivering this solution.”
Vikki Chapman, ICT Digital Solutions Manager, Wirral Council, says:
“We’re so pleased to be working with Simpson Associates on this incredibly important project for Wirral. It will give us the ability to proactively identify and deliver early preventative measures and support our planning for the future.”
About Simpson Associates
Simpson Associates is a leading UK Data Analytics Consultancy and Managed Service Provider, specialising in identifying and supporting local authorities to address their critical service delivery and citizen objectives through trusted data and insights. Their capabilities span Strategy & Consultancy, Data Catalogue & Data Quality, Data Platform and Single View of Citizen, and Data Insights. Their solutions empower forward-thinking Local Authorities to understand and resolve some of the most complex and common challenges. In addition, they offer vast experience spanning a rich business pedigree, combined with an extensive partner network.
About Wirral Council
The Metropolitan Borough of Wirral in Merseyside, England, functions as the local authority for the area. Wirral, being one of the five metropolitan boroughs in Merseyside, takes charge of delivering most of the local government services. Additionally, the council plays a significant role as a constituent member within the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.