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Atlan announces partnership with Snowflake to enable data collaboration across the modern data stack

Atlan | October 05, 2021

Atlan, the data collaboration hub for modern data teams announced a deep partnership with Snowflake, the Data Cloud company. Just a few months ago, Atlan had announced its Series A fundraise led by Insight Partners along with high profile angels such as Bob Muglia, the former CEO of Snowflake.

Atlan’s data collaboration platform creates a unified discovery and collaboration experience across the entire modern data stack. By combining data cataloging, lineage, and governance, Atlan equips data teams to build, ship and maintain outputs like true engineers while enabling the rest of the organization to self-serve.

"We are excited to partner with Atlan to offer their modern data governance and collaboration capabilities to our customers. Atlan's open API based approach, pay-as-you-go model, and delightful user experience align well with Snowflake’s own ethos, and what customers are demanding from their tools."

Tarik Dwiek, Head of Global Technology Partnerships at Snowflake

Atlan's quick DIY setup, pay-as-you-go approach, and collaborative lens to data governance have garnered traction quickly with Snowflake's customer base.

Danielle Boeglin Ragan, Vice President of Data & Analytics at Techstyle commented, “As we rolled out our modern data platform on Snowflake, we were looking for a product that made it easier to democratize our data and was less dependent on someone central answering each individual analyst’s questions on a one-off basis. Legacy solutions in the market were tailored to legacy systems and approaches where IT or a single data stewardship team owns the data. Atlan was the only solution that was built for a collaborative, bottom-up approach. With native integrations with our modern analytics stack like Snowflake and Tableau, Atlan was very easy to set up. We had all of our data sources flowing within the first day.”

Simultaneously, Atlan customers benefit from the speed, scalability, and cost-effectiveness of Snowflake’s platform. With Snowflake, analytics that previously took hours to even days can now be delivered in minutes, enabling companies to generate more trustworthy and accurate analytics, more quickly and easily.

Another joint customer, Scripps Health uses Atlan to speed up their data warehouse and BI development process. As Victor Wilson, Data Architect at Scripps Health said, "As we continue to grow our cloud environment with Snowflake and BI tools like PowerBI, our largest gap was lack of enterprise-scale visibility into what we were developing. From a developer perspective, the ability to purvey the data environment and quickly identify data sets for your projects (and see the relationships and lineage between assets) will significantly speed up development. From a consumer perspective, having all of the metadata (business and technical) in a single place improves the consumption and usage of the products we produce. Atlan is a great product and one that we would definitely recommend. Compared to other products in the marketplace, the combination of features, pay-as-you-go pricing model, and access to the product team is unmatched."

Bob Muglia, Snowflake's former CEO and an angel investor in Atlan, commented, "Atlan’s unique, collaboration first approach for the modern data stack helps to break down organizational silos and empower cross-functional teams to work together to make better business decisions."

Atlan and Snowflake are together building a strong joint roadmap to enable deeper integration between both platforms. "Our native Snowflake integration is incredibly deep and best in class. We generate lineage at an individual column level in Snowflake and can extend this to BI tools like Looker and Tableau — all as a native capability. We are making significant investments into our joint roadmap with Snowflake and super excited to usher customers into the data governance 3.0 era together," said Prukalpa, co-founder of Atlan.

Atlan was recently recognized as a Gartner Cool Vendor 2020 in DataOps, one of the top 3 companies globally to make the list.

Atlan and Snowflake, along with partners such as Looker, recently announced the launch of the Modern Data Platform Webinar Series to feature the best-in-class tools and practices needed to create a modern data platform.

About Atlan
Atlan is a modern data collaboration workspace (like Github for engineering or Figma for design). By acting as a virtual hub for data assets ranging from tables and dashboards to models and code, Atlan enables teams to create a single source of truth for all their data assets, and collaborate across the modern data stack through deep integrations with tools like Slack, data warehouses like Snowflake & Redshift, BI tools like Looker, Sisense & Tableau, data science tools and more. A pioneer in the space, Atlan was recognized by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in DataOps, as one of the top 3 companies globally.

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NFTGo.io Announced Brand Upgrade to Redefine the NFT User Journey

NFTGo.io | November 08, 2022

NFTGo.io, the leading NFT data analytics and trading aggregation platform, has announced a major brand upgrade. A new front end look has been unveiled to align with its mission of empowering NFT users via a seamless interactive experience. NFTGo aims to guide users at every phase of their journey from discovery, analytics and trade to portfolio management. It is now primely positioned as the only independent NFT data analytics and trading aggregator platform after the other major aggregators, Gem and Genie, have been acquired by OpenSea and Uniswap respectively. Unlike a conventional marketplace like OpenSea, buying NFTs through a trading aggregator is akin to purchasing flight tickets via booking.com. The user gets the best offer across all NFT marketplaces and saves up to 70% of the gas fee. The NFT Data Guru In addition to its best-in-class trading aggregation services, NFTGo.io has been a professional data analytics platform since 2021. Along the way, it has helped over 1 million global users research NFT collections, track whale behaviors, filter out wash trading, discover top mints, and make smarter decisions through the suite of data metrics. NFTGo's data API is currently serving over 500 organizations including major marketplaces such as X2Y2 and Looksrare to support their product development. NFTGo.io has also been actively engaged with renowned universities worldwide to provide data for their research purposes, including Tecnológico de Monterrey, as well as blockchain communities at Oregon State University and Cambridge University. "Our marketplace serves hundreds of thousands of users per month and delivering the best service is the key," said TP, founder and CEO of X2Y2. "We are very selective with our partners to provide the most reliable and accurate data in the market. NFTGo.io is our go-to partner for data integration as they are renowned for their rich and advanced NFT metrics." Redefining the New User Journey Lowes, Founder and CEO of NFTGo.io, said: "The current NFT user experience is fragmented. Information is dispersed and users are jumping between different platforms. They may be sourcing for trending NFT topics and new collections on social media, switch over to an Analytics platform to conduct research with analytical tools, and eventually trade on a separate marketplace. There is no platform in the market that provides a holistic and seamless experience to users, allowing them to discover, analyze, trade, track their holdings and portfolio profit and losses in one place. Our brand upgrade is more than a website redesign, but a showcase of how NFTGo.io is redefining the NFT experience through user-centric design, to help them make better decisions." NFTGo.io also has a resourceful ecosystem of investors to support its growth. "We are proud to invest in NFTGo.io as their team aims to be the future gateway of the NFT ecosystem," said Wyatt Lonergan, Principal at Circle Ventures. "The NFTGo.io team are showing their ambitions for changing the current NFT landscape and improving the user experience with their new product features." Lowes also revealed NFTGo's upcoming plan to value-add to its community: "Community is always our priority. We will be inviting our users to the new homepage beta test around mid November and launching a loyalty program to reward our supporters. Details about the program can be expected soon." To date, NFTGo has launched over 20 innovative and handy NFT features including Watchlist, Top Mints, and Top Collections to capture evolving NFT trends driven by a strong community. NFTGo has also brought about a novel Rarity Model, helping users to better gauge the rarity, and thus, the potential value of the individual NFTs. During this upgrade, NFTGo will be launching a Twitter extension to allow users to access and analyze NFT Project's performance directly on Twitter, providing a frictionless transition from web2 to web3. About NFTGo.io NFTGo.io is a leading NFT aggregation platform that enables its community to analyze NFT market data and transact all in one place. NFTGo offers a wide range of powerful tools and features including NFT market analytics, real-time listings, rarity, whale tracking, watchlist, drops calendar, and trading aggregator. It empowers its users to discover, trade, and manage NFT assets, serving 500+ institutional customers, 1,000+ communities, and 1M+ retail users worldwide.

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WNS Acquires Two Firms to Enhance Digital Analytics and Procurement Capabilities

WNS | December 19, 2022

WNS Limited, a leading provider of global Business Process Management (BPM) solutions, today announced it has acquired The Smart Cube, a leader in platform-driven research and analytics (R&A) focused on procurement and supply chain, and OptiBuy, a leading European provider of procurement platform consulting and implementation solutions. These assets are complementary to WNS’ existing offerings and strengthen the company’s capabilities in both high-end procurement and advanced analytics. The Smart Cube Founded in 2003 and headquartered in London, UK, The Smart Cube provides digitally-led market intelligence and analytics solutions. The company’s offerings span four key areas including procurement and supply chain, commercial sales and marketing, digital and analytics, and strategy and investment research. The Smart Cube leverages their proprietary digital AI knowledge management platform called “Amplifi Pro” to help clients drive improved procurement and market intelligence and insight-based decision making. They also bring strong front-end advisory capabilities and a large European footprint to the WNS portfolio. The company has over 800 global employees including a seasoned leadership team with CXO-level relationships, and more than 600 talented R&A specialists with approximately 2/3 holding a Master’s degree. The acquisition of The Smart Cube was completed today. Consideration for the transaction is $125.0 million including up-front payment and expected earn-outs, and excludes adjustments for cash, debt, and working capital. Based on The Smart Cube’s revenue generated in calendar 2022, the acquisition is expected to add approximately $9 million to WNS’ net revenue in fiscal 2023, and to be dilutive by $0.01 to WNS’ fiscal 2023 adjusted diluted earnings per share. "The Smart Cube is proud to become part of WNS, an industry leader in global Business Process Management. Both of our firms share a common philosophy of partnering and growing with clients, and believe our businesses continue to have huge growth opportunities ahead. “Over the last 20 years, we have built a strong business based on delivering value for our clients leveraging our unique AI+HI (artificial intelligence + human intelligence) methodology. We are delighted to now join WNS in the next phase of our growth journey.” Gautam Singh, Founder and CEO of The Smart Cube OptiBuy Founded in 2010 and headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, OptiBuy is a leading European provider of procurement platform consulting and implementation solutions. The company helps clients leverage the capabilities of leading 3rd party procurement and supply chain platforms including Ivalua, Jaggaer, and O9, and complements WNS’ existing offerings with platforms such as Coupa and Ariba. In addition, OptiBuy also provides consulting, optimization, outsourcing, and training services to their clients. Currently focused on the EMEA market, the company has approximately 90 employees including more than 40 senior-level certified platform implementation professionals based in Poland. WNS views expansion of these capabilities into the North American market as a significant opportunity. The acquisition of OptiBuy was completed on December 14, 2022. Consideration for the transaction is €30.0 million including up-front payment and expected earn-outs, and excludes adjustments for cash, debt, and working capital. Based on OptiBuy’s revenue generated in calendar 2022, the acquisition is expected to add approximately $2 million to WNS’ net revenue* in fiscal 2023, and to be neutral to WNS’ fiscal 2023 adjusted diluted earnings per share. “On behalf of the entire team at OptiBuy, we are excited to become part of WNS and believe that the combination of our two firms will enable the creation of differentiated, end-to-end digital procurement and supply chain solutions for the global marketplace,” said Mateusz Borowiecki, Managing Director of OptiBuy. “We look forward to building on the capabilities we have created over the past 12 years and working with the WNS team as we help clients leverage digital technologies to drive long-term business value.” WNS has funded the up-front payments for these acquisitions with a combination of cash on hand and £83 million of long-term debt. “Both of these companies possess unique, digitally-led/human intelligence capabilities which are complementary to WNS’ existing procurement and analytics offerings, and are also complementary with each other. The Smart Cube and OptiBuy bring experienced leadership teams, highly specialized resources, and differentiated technology offerings to the WNS portfolio. These companies also have blue-chip customer bases with extensive cross-selling opportunities, and proven track records of delivering strong top line growth, healthy margins, and high levels of customer satisfaction. We believe that The Smart Cube and OptiBuy will significantly enhance our WNS-Denali (procurement) and WNS-Triange (analytics) solutions, and help accelerate our positioning and growth in these strategic areas. On behalf of myself and the entire WNS team, we are excited to welcome the talented teams of The Smart Cube and OptiBuy to the WNS family,” said Keshav R. Murugesh, WNS’ Chief Executive Officer. About WNS WNS Limited is a leading Business Process Management (BPM) company. WNS combines deep industry knowledge with technology, analytics, and process expertise to co-create innovative, digitally led transformational solutions with over 400 clients across various industries. WNS delivers an entire spectrum of BPM solutions including industry-specific offerings, customer experience services, finance and accounting, human resources, procurement, and research and analytics to re-imagine the digital future of businesses. As of September 30, 2022, WNS had 57,503 professionals across 60 delivery centers worldwide including facilities in Canada, China, Costa Rica, India, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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Alation Brings Trusted Data to Spreadsheet Users with Alation Connected Sheets

Alation | November 29, 2022

Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence, today announced the launch of Alation Connected Sheets, a new product stemming from the company’s acquisition of Kloud.io. Alation Connected Sheets enables business users to pull trusted, governed, and up-to-date data from data sources into spreadsheets, including Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel1, via Alation Data Catalog. Spreadsheets are foundational for business decision-making across every industry. According to IDC2, there are 78 million advanced spreadsheet users worldwide. While both static in nature and disconnected from data sources, spreadsheets remain the preferred tool for business users; however, 90% contain errors. Data within spreadsheets is often copied-and-pasted from one spreadsheet to another or downloaded into CSV files via untraceable data sources. Without the proper management and effective data governance of spreadsheets, organizations suffer from significant productivity losses and expose themselves to increased risk because critical business decisions are based on inaccurate and ungoverned data. Alation Connected Sheets solves this problem by meeting business users where they are: spreadsheets, including Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. Now, business users across the enterprise can easily find, understand, and use trusted data from spreadsheets with confidence. Alation Connected Sheets increases business user productivity by enabling them to find, filter, import, and refresh data without having to learn a new tool or querying language. Alation Connected Sheets is available immediately as an add-on in Google Sheets, and for Microsoft Excel in early 2023. Key benefits of Alation Connected Sheets: Brings trust and governance to spreadsheets: By integrating with Alation Data Catalog, unique governance features such as TrustFlags signal if data is endorsed, warned, or deprecated, helping users pull in the best and most appropriate data, directly from the source. Effortless setup, use, and maintenance: With a simple user interface and easy-to-use filters, data can be imported and automatically refreshed without relying on technical resources like data engineers or analysts. Risk mitigation: By leveraging existing security credentials, only authorized users can pull in and use live, compliant, and trustworthy data in a spreadsheet. “As it stands, business spreadsheets are often created using copy/paste functions or downloading static data that doesn’t sync with source data,” said David Menninger, SVP & Research Director, Ventana Research. “It's one of the most pervasive data governance challenges organizations face that significantly deteriorates productivity at scale. Without a traceable data lineage, multiple iterations of the same project are created using different formulas, data sources, and deprecated or low-quality data. Alation Connected Sheets helps solve this problem. Now, spreadsheet users can quickly retrieve governed data from a single source with confidence in the data they’re using – all natively within the spreadsheet.” “Harnessing the power of an organization’s data to drive fast, accurate business decisions is challenging for any employee,” said Raj Gossain, Chief Product Officer, Alation. “Business users routinely rely on the simplicity, power, and ubiquity of spreadsheets to do their jobs. But the data that powers spreadsheets is typically copied from other sheets or downloaded into CSV files, creating real risk for every business. Alation Connected Sheets combines the power of trusted, governed data with the ease of use of the spreadsheet. Now spreadsheets can be a trusted enterprise data asset instead of an invisible liability, empowering every business user with the best data the enterprise has to offer.” “Alation Connected Sheets will allow us to work natively in a familiar spreadsheet environment while connecting to the catalog and enabling spreadsheet governance. “Now, we can manage the countless spreadsheets we rely on to make critical business decisions, govern our spreadsheets, and limit regulatory compliance risk of exposing private information. Alation Connected Sheets will make our advanced spreadsheet users more productive because they can self-serve trusted data without being blocked by limited data engineering resources. Data teams will now be able to focus on complex analyses that drive the business forward; time otherwise spent pulling and verifying fresh data or tracing lineage.” Sara Cook, Director of Data Science and CMC Statistics, Novavax As the result of Alation’s second acquisition, Kloud.io CEO and co-founder Krishna Bhat and CTO and co-founder Sathish Raju have joined the company. “We created this technology to make it easy for anyone in an enterprise to pull data from other sources into a spreadsheet, without needing the deep technical understanding of underlying databases or data lakes,” said Krishna Bhat, Senior Director of Product Management, Alation. “Alation Connected Sheets is the result of a synergy between the technology that connects spreadsheets to source applications and Alation’s market-leading data intelligence platform,” said Sathish Raju, Senior Director of Engineering, Alation. About Alation Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Alation’s initial offering dominates the data catalog market. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. Nearly 450 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision-making, and realize business outcomes with Alation, including AbbVie, Allianz Global Investors, American Family Insurance, Autozone, Cisco, Draft Kings, Exelon, Fifth Third Bank, Finnair, General Mills, Munich Re, NASDAQ, Parexel, Pfizer, Salesforce, Virgin Australia, and Vistaprint. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list three times, is a 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ for Women, and recognized as a 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ in Tech. The company is backed by leading venture capitalists, including Blackstone, Costanoa, Databricks Ventures, Data Collective, Dell Technologies Capital, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Icon, ISAI Cap, Riverwood Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Sanabil Investments, Sapphire, Snowflake Ventures, Thoma Bravo, and Union Grove.

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Pico expands flagship monitoring platform into the cloud with the launch of Corvil Cloud Analytics

Pico | December 07, 2022

Pico, a leading provider of mission-critical technology services, software, data and analytics for the financial markets community, has expanded the reach and visibility of industry leading Corvil Analytics into the cloud with the launch of Corvil Cloud Analytics. Pico’s Corvil Analytics has a 20-plus year legacy across financial services in extracting and correlating technology and transaction performance intelligence from global dynamic network environments. Corvil’s high throughput, lossless, granularly time-stamped data capture provides an incredibly rich data source that can be used for broader analytics and use cases, including trade analytics. Corvil is available across multiple environments including colocation and on-prem, and now those same attributes that make Corvil Analytics an industry leader are available in the cloud with Corvil Cloud Analytics. “As companies look to move real-time applications to the cloud, they struggle with visibility when utilizing existing cloud monitoring solutions. “There is a need for deeper visibility to fill those voids, and Corvil Cloud Analytics is the solution, providing market-leading analytics for applications running in the cloud. Corvil Cloud Analytics provides our clients with the real-time analytics required to migrate their most critical workloads to the cloud, with confidence.” Stacie Swanstrom, Chief Product Officer at Pico Highlights of Corvil Cloud Analytics include: Maximum Visibility: Measures every order, every market data tick and every packet to fill the missing gap of visibility needed to manage real-time performance in public cloud environments Granular Instrumentation: Provides per-packet and per-application message analytics alongside Corvil’s AppAgent to instrument internal application performance Corvil Analytics: Provides all functions of Corvil Analytics including network congestion analytics for public cloud infrastructure, and per-hop trading and market data analytics for cloud-hosted deployments Flexibility: Pay for only what is needed in the public cloud Corvil Analytics is currently used by the world’s largest banks, exchanges, electronic market makers, quantitative hedge funds, data service providers and brokers. With the launch of Corvil Cloud Analytics, and as exchanges partner with the major cloud providers to bring trading into the cloud, Corvil can now provide a single pane of glass for monitoring colocation, on-prem and cloud environments together. “We had the vision to provide clients the same technology, visibility and rich analytics they’ve come to rely on through Corvil,” Swanstrom said. “Since Corvil Cloud Analytics is software only, this accelerates our deployments and also provides an expedited avenue for proof-of-concept use cases. It’s now easier than ever for clients to access the platform so they can see firsthand what makes Corvil an industry leader in data analytics.” Corvil Cloud Analytics provides the highly granular, real-time Corvil visibility required to understand the cause of variable performance that continues to impact real-time applications running in the public cloud. With cloud applications, there is no hardware CapEx costs, lead times, or shipping and installation challenges. Corvil Cloud Analytics is simple to scale, easy to deploy and can be up and running in hours instead of weeks. Corvil’s industry leading visibility and intelligence is now available for businesses wanting the competitive edge in the cloud. About Pico Pico is a leading provider of technology services for the financial markets community. Pico provides a best-in-class portfolio of innovative, transparent, low-latency markets solutions coupled with an agile and expert service delivery model. Instant access to financial markets is provided via PicoNet™, a globally comprehensive network platform instrumented natively with Corvil to generate analytics and telemetry. Clients choose Pico when they want the freedom to move fast and create an operational edge in the fast-paced world of financial markets.

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