BIG DATA MANAGEMENT

Explorium Launches Salesforce Integration and Debuts Workforce Trends Data

Explorium | March 23, 2022

Explorium, the External Data platform that automatically discovers thousands of relevant data signals and uses them to improve analytics and machine learning, has released new Salesforce integration capabilities, updates to its user interface, and added company workforce data to its data offering. As the need for external data grows and businesses look for shorter time to insights, new enhancements address user requests to make analytics and machine learning more efficient.

Explorium Salesforce Integration

With the new Salesforce connector, data professionals can now upload Salesforce objects to Explorium, enrich them with external data from Explorium’s collection and export the enriched data back to Salesforce. They can build predictive lead scoring models based on their historical data, and apply the scores to new leads for prioritization on their propensity to convert to customers.

External Data Platform Usability Enhancements

Explorium has also released many new features to improve productivity and overall user experience, accelerating time-to-value for data professionals. New capabilities include enhanced search to find the relevant data signals, improved management of external data projects, and additional support for generating net-new datasets. Additionally, a new guided onboarding experience eliminates the training time and helps users immediately start their projects, further easing the access and use of external data.

New Dataset for Workforce Data Trends

Explorium’s new datasets on company workforce trends provides ‘X-ray-level’ insights into corporate operations, including headcount growth per department, leadership changes, average tenure in company by level, and company diversity. These are powerful indications of strength and stability that go beyond traditional financial performance indicators, providing critical insights for due diligence and other corporate assessments. Workforce data trends expands upon hundreds of business, individual, and geospatial datasets currently available within the Explorium platform. All datasets are pre-vetted for quality and ready to use without any matching and integration challenges.

“Our customers are constantly thinking up new ways to drive their most important decisions with data, AI, and analytics. Our latest enhancements will enable customers to easily use data in applications of their choice such as Salesforce. Explorium’s expanded data gallery with new datasets gives users easy access to a wider variety of data that is ready to use.”

Chen Admati, VP of Product and Platform GM at Explorium

Experience the new Salesforce connector, company workforce trends, and the rest of the Explorium platform for free today.

About Explorium
Explorium provides the first External Data Platform to improve Analytics and Machine Learning. Explorium enables organizations to automatically discover and use thousands of relevant data signals to improve predictions and ML model performance. Explorium External Data Platform empowers data scientists and analysts to acquire and integrate third-party data efficiently, cost-effectively and in compliance with regulations. With faster, better insights from their models, organizations across fintech, insurance, consumer goods, retail and e-commerce can increase revenue, streamline operations and reduce risks. Explorium works with global brands like GlassesUSA, BlueVine, OnDeck and Behalf to enhance AI models for use cases including lead scoring, identifying default risk and fraud, and upleveling analytics.

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BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE

Near to Expand Data Intelligence Platform with New Offering for Instant Human Movement and Consumer Behavior Insights

Near | May 24, 2022

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Near Pinnacle is the next generation built on the features of Vista, making its powerful data analysis tools accessible in a transformative design-led interface, available for anyone with a browser. Near Pinnacle makes the Near Data Intelligence Platform's powerful global data sets and place-based-data insights easy to access, understand, share, and drive actionable business decisions. These powerful new features provide meaningful insights into the real-world behaviors of their own customers, and those of competitors, with a privacy-forward approach. "As EVO continues our national expansion, it's critical for us to understand consumer behavior so we can make informed decisions about where to open new locations, and get operational intelligence in our existing locations. We are very excited about Near Pinnacle, and while we are early in the process, we are excited to get started and get consumer insights instantaneously from the Pinnacle product," said Mitch Roberts, CEO at EVO Entertainment Group. In this period of rapid change and growth for businesses, keeping up with digital and physical consumer trends is both more challenging and more critical than ever. With Near Pinnacle's intuitive UI, any enterprise customer, not just data analysts, will take the pulse of consumer behavior with real-time insights. Shopping, dining, and visitation trends are accessible automatically in customizable interactive charts for visits over time, dwell times, and visitor origin points. For companies with international expansion in mind, Near Pinnacle will allow near real-time exporting of data from places anywhere in the world. With this new offering, enterprise customers can gain a lead on their competition by monitoring not only their own physical locations but deep-diving into competitors by leveraging persistent IDs. The interface will allow users to deep dive into a single store location and compare up to five locations, understand consumer location and habits, as well as review neighborhood-level trend data to assess the viability of new store launches and up-and-coming areas. "Near Pinnacle gives you a level of granularity that you don't get with other consumer profile data sources. Harnessing the power of Pinnacle, I now know exactly where my client's customers are traveling to understand their retail preference. Other platforms offer basic pathing or visitation data, but they lack insight into who's walking in the door. Pinnacle offers that next layer of data," said Matt Glaeser, SVP of Digital Media & Data Insights at Palisades Media Group. Built on top of Near's Data Intelligence Platform of 1.6 billion unique user IDs and global data, Pinnacle, will offer depth and breadth of data analysis. Enterprises will be able to peek backward in time to leverage historical data, to understand how previous evolving trends affected footfall for themselves and competitors. The new offering's persistent identifiers enriched with personal attributes and easy-to-use tools make it a powerful platform for the entire enterprise team. The intuitive graphical UI no longer silos information with data analysts. Near Pinnacle makes everyone a data-driven leader and allows critical information to be easily shared and understood by the whole team, making data-driven decision-making a breeze. "Near Pinnacle represents a great accomplishment for our global team in making data accessible through real-time access and powerful consumer insights you can use immediately. 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Near processes data from over 1.6 billion unique user IDs, in 70M+ places across 44 countries to empower marketing and operational data leaders to confidently reach, understand, and market to consumers and optimize their business results. With offices in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Paris, Bangalore, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo, Near serves major enterprises in retail, real estate, restaurants, tourism, technology, marketing, and other industries.

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DATA ARCHITECTURE

Skyflow Launches Integration to Build Privacy and Data Protection into the Snowflake Data Cloud

Skyflow | June 17, 2022

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BUSINESS STRATEGY

Vertica Announces Vertica 12 for Future-Proof Analytics

Vertica | June 08, 2022

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BIG DATA MANAGEMENT

Denodo Recognized as an Enterprise Data Fabric Leader by Independent Analyst Firm Evaluation

Denodo | June 27, 2022

Denodo, a leader in data management, today announced that Forrester Research, Inc., a leading independent technology and market research company, has positioned Denodo as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Fabric, Q2 2022. According to the report, “Denodo is best fit for customers that are focusing on an enterprise-wide data fabric strategy to support BI, data collaboration, customer intelligence, data engineering, data science, IoT analytics, operational insights, and predictive analytics use cases.” The complete and complementary report, published on June 23, is available here. The Wave revealed that organizations want real-time, consistent, connected, and trusted data to support their critical business operations and insights. However, new data sources, slow data movement between platforms, rigid data transformation workflows, and governance rules, expanding data volume, and distributed data across clouds and on-premises, can cause organizations to fail when executing their data strategy. Forrester VP, Principal Analyst and author of the report, Noel Yuhanna wrote, “Denodo Technologies has been a longtime player in data virtualization and now supports data fabric with expanded integration, management, and delivery capabilities to support self-service BI, advanced analytics, and enterprise data services.” With some of the best in class and latest innovations, Denodo Platform offers: An augmented data catalog to facilitate data exploration, discovery, improved collaboration and data governance. Active metadata-based historical analysis, which serves as the foundation for AI processes. A semantic layer with extended metadata to enrich traditional technical information with business terms, tags, status, or documentation, to fuel improvements in self-service, security, and governance across all data assets. AI-based recommendations to learn from usage and simplify the entire lifecycle of the data management practice, including development, operations, performance tuning, etc. DataOps and multi-cloud provisioning to reduce management and operational cost and enable the system to be cloud-vendor agnostic. “We are thrilled to see our position as a leader in the Forrester Wave for Enterprise Data Fabric. “Most of our customers, including many Fortune 500, use our platform to build their enterprise data fabric for use cases such as IoT analytics, customer intelligence, fraud detection, real-time analytics, operational insights and many more, which are all areas where Denodo received the maximum score possible. We are looking forward to continuing to help organizations across the world unleash their data-driven decision making power to create an enterprise level logical data fabric.” Ravi Shankar, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Denodo About Denodo Denodo is a leader in data management. The award-winning Denodo Platform is the leading data integration, management, and delivery platform using a logical approach to enable self-service BI, data science, hybrid/multi-cloud data integration, and enterprise data services. Realizing more than 400% ROI and millions of dollars in benefits, Denodo’s customers across large enterprises and mid-market companies in 30+ industries have received payback in less than 6 months.

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