DBTA Names IRI a Top 100 Data Management Company Again

Sectigo | June 12, 2020

Innovative Routines International (IRI, a/k/a The CoSort Company), has again been included in Database Trends and Applications (DBTA) magazine's "DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data". The list spotlights "innovative vendors [who] are addressing both emerging and long-standing challenges" in data management.

"Today, there is a constantly evolving list of data management issues that organizations are contending with. In addition to pressures of exploding data volumes, there is urgent demand for real-time, data-driven insights as well as more widespread data access," stated DBTA Group Publisher Tom Hogan, Jr. "Expanding regulatory mandates also demand greater data quality and governance, as do cybersecurity threats," he added.

IRI SVP and COO David Friedland concurred in IRI's acknowledgment of its inclusion. "We're excited to be at the forefront of all of these trends, and to offer accessible, affordable solutions to the challenges of multi-source data management that chief data officers, BI/DW solution architects, programmer/analysts, data scientists, and data governance officers prefer." His "View from the Top" article is featured in the DBTA 2020 issue posted on June 10th.

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Clarivate | December 06, 2022

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Opaque Systems | December 08, 2022

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WNS | December 19, 2022

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