BIG DATA MANAGEMENT

Alteryx Announces New Cloud Capabilities that Empower Businesses to Deploy Analytics at Enterprise Scale

Alteryx | May 19, 2022

Alteryx
Alteryx, Inc., the Analytics Automation Company, today unveiled new advancements that empower enterprises to enable cloud analytics, democratize insights, and ensure data governance. Announced at the annual Alteryx user conference, Inspire, the groundbreaking enhancements simplify and modernize analytics with easy-to-use capabilities to deliver analytics for all.

"Democratization of analytics is key to unlocking valuable insights in this rapidly changing business landscape, yet we have found fewer than 30 percent of knowledge workers have access to or are active users of analytics software beyond spreadsheets," said Dan Vesset, group vice president of Analytics and Information Management, IDC. "To become a truly data-driven enterprise, businesses need to leverage analytics solutions that support ubiquitous connectivity to data, rich governance, and powerful, intuitive decision support capabilities."

Ubiquitous Connectivity Enables Modern Cloud Analytics

Today, data-driven enterprises require analytics automation platforms and data architectures that span cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments. Organizations are increasingly deploying modern data architectures built on cloud data warehouses and data lakehouses, while also supporting SaaS applications and analytics.

Alteryx delivers on these needs by offering intelligent data transformation and insights in the cloud at scale. Bolstered by its recent acquisition of Trifacta, Alteryx offers enhanced integrations with leading cloud data warehouses including Databricks, Snowflake, and Google BigQuery. The integrations support high-performance native pushdown capabilities, shortening the time to derive insights from big data sets from hours to minutes.

"With unmatched scale and flexibility, cloud analytics is key for the future of digital transformation. Coupled with our advanced capabilities in analytics automation and governance, Alteryx leads the way in empowering organizations to easily democratize data for every person, at every skill level. "Our latest innovations enable businesses to become data-driven and overcome potential obstacles including data silos and talent scarcity."

Suresh Vittal, chief product officer at Alteryx

New Capabilities Deliver Insights with Ease

Businesses can further drive analytics automation for all with new, easy-to-use capabilities across the full Alteryx product portfolio. New ease of use capabilities include:

  • Alteryx Designer has been updated for a modern look and feel with new tools, layout icons, and fonts.
  • Alteryx Intelligence Suite includes capabilities for Text Mining and Computer Vision including barcode reader tool, part of speech tool, and key value pair tool. These intelligent tools allow any users to easily analyze unstructured data.
  • Alteryx Auto Insights now comes seamlessly integrated with Designer Desktop and Server. Users can now automatically connect, configure and schedule Auto Insights from their workflows to gain AI-driven insights from their data.
  • Alteryx Machine Learning offers substantial enhancements to predictive Time Series Modeling, including new functionality that allows for trending, seasonality, and increased performance which enables any business user to build machine learning models.
  • Alteryx is starting Early Access for its Metric Store capability. The Metric store will allow enterprises to easily define standard key performance indicators that can be reused by anyone in the organization to rapidly, consistently, and accurately derive insights.

Governance Advancements Enable Enterprise Scale Analytics

As businesses democratize analytic automation, it is essential to support robust governance practices to protect data integrity. New Alteryx governance capabilities include:

  • Designer Cloud powered by Trifacta, which brings together Alteryx Designer's ease of use with the Trifacta cloud-native multi-tenant architecture, adds SSH tunneling capabilities to enhance security in the cloud.
  • Alteryx now also officially supports persistent and non-persistent Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments enabling enterprises to easily manage Alteryx in large scale virtualized environments.

In all, these latest developments and enhanced cloud connectivity enable Alteryx customers to embrace analytics automation and derive insights across the organization. Alteryx will dive deeper into each of these topics, as well as customer stories, trends, and more at the Inspire 2022 conference. Watch sessions on-demand at alteryx.com/inspire.

About Alteryx
Alteryx, the Analytics Automation company, is focused on enabling every person to transform data into a breakthrough. Alteryx unifies analytics, data science and business process automation in one, end-to-end platform to accelerate digital transformation and shape the future of analytics automation. Organizations of all sizes, all over the world, rely on Alteryx to deliver high-impact business outcomes and the rapid upskilling of their modern workforce.

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Big data is currently a major topic of discussion across a number of fields, including management and marketing, scientific research, national security, government transparency and open data. Both public and private sectors are making increasing use of big data analytics. The ICO is interested specifically in the data protection and privacy risks posed by big data. In this paper, we set out what we understand by the term ‘big data’, consider what data protection issues it raises, and suggest how to comply with the Data Protection Act (the DPA).


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Cloudflare Launches Data Localization Suite in Asia to Help Customers Achieve Data Sovereignty

Cloudflare | September 22, 2022

Cloudflare, Inc., the security, performance, and reliability company helping to build a better Internet, today announced that Cloudflare’s Data Localization Suite (DLS) is now available in three new countries in the Asia Pacific region: Australia, India, and Japan. The Data Localization Suite will help businesses based in these countries, as well as global companies who do business in these countries, to comply with their data localization obligations by using Cloudflare to easily set rules and controls on where their domestic data goes and who has access to it. This ultimately allows any business with customers in these countries to service their data locally while benefiting from the speed, security, and scalability of Cloudflare’s global network. Nearly 70% of countries in Asia have passed or drafted new data protection and privacy legislation. This often makes it difficult for regional companies to use foreign-based vendors to handle domestic traffic. 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Use Cloudflare’s security features to protect their web properties: Customers can use WAF, Bot Management, DDoS protection and more to ensure their websites are safe and stay online. Align with global and regional security certifications: Businesses can trust that they are compliant with global privacy and security certifications like ISO 27001, 27701, and 27018 while still offering performance and speed at scale. “Asia Pacific has over 2.5 billion Internet users, representing more than half of the total Internet users in the world, and data protection and privacy have become increasingly important in this region. 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Skykit Survey: Sharing Data Dashboards Broadly with Employees is Challenging, but Reaps Big Rewards

Skykit LLC | July 14, 2022

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ACA Group Acquires Data Specialist Ethos ESG to Offer First Data Analytics Product

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