DATA SCIENCE

Ascend.io Unlocks New Global Business Potential and Vastly Accelerates Data Engineering Timelines

Ascend.io | November 24, 2020

Ascend.io Unlocks New Global Business Potential and Vastly Accelerates Data Engineering Timelines
Ascend.io, the data engineering organization, today declared a huge international expansion of the Ascend Partner Program with the addition of a few key endeavor design warning and data consultancy partners. The Ascend Partner Program enlarges the Ascend Unified Data Engineering Platform with solutions and administrations curated to address the issues of present day venture business data ventures and to altogether quicken undertaking advanced transformation courses of events.

As the interest to separate bits of knowledge from deluges of data keeps on flooding, organizations are endeavoring to arrive at their computerized transformation goals by receiving data science, data examination, and data engineering at scale. While data pipelines are the shared factor for every one of these activities, the present status of data engineering has become the die-hard bottleneck to meeting the growing business need. Therefore, numerous undertakings are going to authority counsels and consultancies to redo their specialized methodologies and quicken the learning cycle.

A developing number of these warning and consultancy firms are currently handling another associate of data designers and planners whose mastery has advanced past existing ETL and orchestration strategies, to incorporate the Ascend Unified Data Engineering Platform. As opposed to assemble data stages without any preparation, these groups start their first day on the task previously making independent data pipelines that powerfully adjust to changes in data, code, and climate with 95% less code.

"Our partnerships are a vital part of Ascend.io's business and are instrumental to our growth strategy. Our global architecture and consultancy partners have had impressive early successes winning data projects and delighting their clients, proving that our innovative approach to solving today's data engineering challenges transcends industries and geographies," said Sean Knapp, CEO and founder of Ascend.io. "In leveraging Ascend's advanced data engineering capabilities, our partners amplify their greatest strengths – industry and data expertise – enabling faster delivery of transformative initiatives and driving even greater customer satisfaction."

About Ascend.io

Ascend.io, the data engineering company, provides the only unified platform for data pipelines with 10x faster build velocity and automated maintenance. Cloud data pipelines are the backbone of modern data systems and require a scalable approach to meet the exploding demand for new data initiatives. Evolving beyond traditional ETL tools, the cloud-native Ascend Unified Data Engineering Platform lets teams create autonomous data pipelines that dynamically adapt to changes in data, code, and environment. In a radical departure from existing data orchestration solutions that require excessive coding, Ascend democratizes data engineering. Data teams using Ascend can now ingest, build, integrate, run, and govern data pipelines with 95% less code. Ascend's DataAware™ intelligence uniquely observes, understands, and tracks every piece of data, enabling data pipelines to run at optimal efficiency with integrated lineage tracking, auditability, and governance. Ascend.io accelerates the journey from prototype to production and helps leading organizations achieve faster time to value. Freed from maintaining brittle pipelines, data teams can spend more time bringing innovations to life.

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