BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE,BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
Analytics8 | September 23, 2022
Analytics8, a data and analytics consulting firm that specializes in designing, developing, and deploying modern data solutions, has announced the acquisition of Denver-based Mashey, a high-end data analytics consultancy focused on modern data technology.
The move to acquire Mashey—which was finalized on Sept. 16, 2022—enables Analytics8 to further its goal of continued growth while providing exceptional data services to clients, career development opportunities for its staff, and enhanced partnerships with industry vendors.
"Our objective is to build Analytics8 into the premier independent data and analytics consulting firm in North America." said David Fussichen, CEO of Analytics8. "This is another step in that direction."
"We are delighted to welcome Mashey's entire team because they demonstrate and support the core values and business philosophy of Analytics8—where employees can grow their careers by engaging in interesting, meaningful client work, and where clients can come to expect the best experience working with a data and analytics consultancy."
Mashey brings to Analytics8 additional capabilities around modern data technology, including dbt, Fivetran, Snowflake, Looker, Qlik, Airbyte, Sigma, Monte Carlo, and Firebolt, along with valued perspectives that come with years of experience in the data and analytics space.
"We aim to be the best data analytics team possible, both for our customers and for ourselves," said Philip Lima, founder of Mashey. "Combining the Mashey team with Analytics8 will ensure we all get there even faster."
As Analytics8 sets goals for continued growth, the company also renews its commitment to its employees, to foster an environment that promotes inclusivity and career development; and to its clients, to provide customer-centric data services that change how they work with data.
If you're interested in learning more details about this acquisition, check out the interview with Analytics8 CEO, David Fussichen, and Mashey founder, Philip Lima.
Analytics8 helps organizations make smart, data-driven decisions by translating their data into meaningful and actionable information. Our data consultants help with the entire data and analytics lifecycle—from strategy to implementation—so companies can make sense of their data and use it to solve complex business problems.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,DATA SCIENCE
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. Without regional support, many businesses are under pressure to use only in-country run vendors and may be required to restrict their application to one data center or one cloud provider’s region. This creates a trade-off between compliance and fast, secure experiences for end users. With the Data Localization Suite, businesses of any size or industry can now use Cloudflare to get more choice and control over how to meet their data locality needs, without sacrificing security or performance.
“No business should have to choose between compliance with local data regulation and a superior experience for their customers. And yet, we hear time and again that companies are forced to do so in the face of a complex and ever-changing landscape of regional legislation,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, Cloudflare. "By expanding our Data Localization Suite to our customers in Australia, India, and Japan, we're ensuring data locality doesn't have to come at the expense of the speed, security, and privacy users expect and deserve online."
Now, businesses in Australia, India, and Japan can use Cloudflare’s Data Localization Suite to:
Control where traffic is serviced: Companies can choose the data center locations where their traffic is inspected. Businesses can also use Cloudflare’s Geo Key Manager to choose where private keys are held.
Build and deploy serverless code, with regional control: Build applications that allow developers to combine global performance with local compliance regulations. Jurisdiction Restrictions for Workers Durable Objects makes it easy to build serverless applications that are confined to a specific region.
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. Preserving end-user privacy is core to Cloudflare’s mission of helping to build a better Internet, and we look forward to working with businesses across Australia, India, and Japan to enable them to provide fast, private, reliable, and secure services to their end-users.”
Jonathon Dixon, VP and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Japan, and China, Cloudflare
Data Localization Suite has supported Cloudflare customers in alignment with European localization requirements and regulations since 2020.
“We're thrilled to extend Cloudflare's localization benefits to our customers providing them greater control as they manage international data transfer requirements,” said Blake Brannon, Chief Strategy Officer, OneTrust. “Our partnership with Cloudflare supports our mission to empower our customers to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape with ease.”
Today, Cloudflare’s global network spans more than 275 cities in over 100 countries including more than 100 points of presence across Asia Pacific to bring its security, performance, and reliability solutions to as close to its regional customers as possible. Cloudflare continues to invest in the region, with offices in Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. In March, Cloudflare also announced 18 new cities added to their global network, including Bhubaneshwar, India; Fukuoka, Japan; Kanpur, India; and Naha, Japan.
Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare’s suite of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures 2018 list and ranked among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2019. Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Seattle, WA, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Lisbon, London, Munich, Paris, Beijing, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo.
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE,BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,DATA ARCHITECTURE`
SAS | August 23, 2022
Analytics leader SAS has joined forces with SingleStore to help organizations remove barriers to data access, maximize performance and scalability, and uncover key data-driven insights. SAS® Viya® with SingleStore enables the use of SAS analytics and AI technology on data stored in SingleStore's cloud-native real-time database. The integration provides flexible, open access to curated data to help accelerate value for cloud, hybrid and on-premises deployments.
"The economic costs of storage and infrastructure, as well as the complexity of data integration and manual processing, often obstruct today's technology leaders from making decisions quickly and effectively," said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President of Data Management Software at IDC. "By moving more intelligence capabilities closer to their data, organizations can greatly improve productivity and performance, reduce economic costs and accelerate data-driven decisions."
Through SingleStore's data compression and SAS' analytic performance, the companies aim to reduce the complexity of data management and integration, as well as the computational time required to train sophisticated models.
"For many organizations, repetitive data movement, manual processes and isolated data islands make it difficult to quickly derive value from analytics. "SAS Viya with SingleStore delivers a game-changing set of capabilities that simplifies and accelerates the iterative data and analytics loops to improve speed-to-decision and unlock that critical value."
Bryan Harris, Chief Technology Officer at SAS
SAS Viya with SingleStore enables the advanced AI and machine learning analytics of SAS to be executed directly against relational database tables in SingleStore. By delivering this capability, SAS and SingleStore will considerably reduce customers' technical debt of duplicative data stores, helping improve analytic workload performance and ultimately uncover key competitive advantages.
"The integration of SingleStore's hybrid, multi-cloud database into the parallel analytics engine, SAS Viya, will dramatically improve performance, reduce cost, and enable real-time applications for organizations," said Raj Verma, CEO of SingleStore. "Personally, it is a privilege to partner with the company that practically invented analytics, AI and ML. I have long admired SAS in terms of its technology, culture and leadership, and to partner with them as they reinvent the space is both an honor and an exciting opportunity."
In December 2020, SingleStore announced a strategic relationship with SAS. Learn more about the SAS Viya with SingleStore integration, which is available now, at sas.com/viya-singlestore and singlestore.com/partners/sas-viya/.
SingleStore provides an ultra-fast modern cloud database designed for the data-intensive era. SingleStore unifies all data by combining transactions and analytics into one powerful distributed, multi-model database that delivers exceptional performance while reducing cost and complexity. Organizations across the globe use SingleStore to build modern applications, to deliver fast analytics, and to eliminate database sprawl. SingleStore is available on all the leading clouds as SaaS, hybrid, and on-premises deployments.
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,BUSINESS STRATEGY,DATA SCIENCE
Observable | August 25, 2022
Observable, the rapidly growing data collaboration platform, today announced the introduction of free team accounts for data analysts, data scientists, developers, engineers and key decision makers, allowing them to learn from and build on each other’s work openly and publicly. The announcement follows Observable’s Series B funding round of $35.6 million earlier this year.
With Free Teams, Everyone Benefits
Observable’s new free team offering opens up easy collaboration using the largest collection of industry-leading, public data work occurring in Observable to the platform’s engaged community of more than five million data experts and explorers engaged.
Users can create a Free Team with the click of a button and invite as many community members as they want. The notebooks are live and public so collaborators can see updates in real time, which makes it easier and faster to work together on data analysis and insights - meetings, sharing, collaborating. Users can upgrade to the paid version of Teams when they want to work with their private data securely in a private workspace. Free Teams can access nearly 700,000 custom notebooks, templates, charts, graphs and educational resources.
Let Your Insights Evolve with Observable
From the creators of D3, Observable is a collaborative canvas where teams explore, analyze, visualize and share data. From the simple, yet expressive Observable Plot charting tool to thousands of pre-populated templates, data teams can simply fork, import their own data and customize analytics dashboards in just a few minutes. Designed to drive better, faster decision making through actionable insights, Observable allows teams to:
Use data from anywhere
Inspect, transform & visualize data as a team
Share insights as reports, dashboards and data apps
Export and embed visualizations into other tools and websites with the click of a button
Learn from and be inspired by the largest online library of visualizations
“The democratization of data work and access to tools is crucial to help everyone make sense of the world with data. “By offering Free Teams, data practitioners at every experience level can create, collaborate and gain insights from their data with the help of Observable’s amazing community of data experts. There are no limits to what’s possible for open, easy data collaboration.”
Melody Meckfessel, co-founder and CEO of Observable
“We have sensors pulling in more than a half petabyte of data, but this data is not useful if our team can’t collectively interact with it and use it to better inform our scientific research,” said Brooks Mershon, Software Engineer at UNAVCO. “Iteration is crucial to converge on a good idea and Observable’s framework and tools allows our entire team to speed up our design and feedback loops, which fundamentally changes the game for us.”
“Working with Observable and its community has been a delight,” said Jeffrey Heer, Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington. “[It allows] us to disseminate work, provide interactive documentation, see how our work is being used across others' notebooks, and collaborate directly with community members. The immediate, web-based nature of notebooks supports a smooth process of development, deployment, and sharing.”
Observable is the collaborative data canvas built for, and powered by community. The company was co-founded by Mike Bostock, D3.js creator, and Melody Meckfessel, former VP of Engineering at Google. Observable helps teams at more than 300 organizations such as Stitch Fix, Trase, The Washington Post and MIT make better business decisions using data.