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Factored Partners With Databricks to Enhance Data-Informed Decision Making With Unified Data Analytics

Factored | March 10, 2022

Factored, a leader in data-centric AI helping tech unicorns and other high-profile tech companies select, upskill and build high-caliber data engineering, machine learning and data analytics teams, announced today that it has partnered with Databricks, the data and AI company, to drive business value for clients by unifying all data and artificial intelligence processes and workflows in a single platform. Thanks to Databricks' technology, including Delta Lake, Structured Streaming and the integration with MLflow, Factored engineers and analysts are providing innovative businesses with easier access to critical data driving key business decisions and strategy.

As a result of the partnership, Factored engineers and analysts can integrate all data-related processes in one platform to carry out tasks such as request parallelization, distance calculation and model interpretability. The partnership enhances cross-functional collaboration, visibility and efficiency in decision making and solution implementation for Factored's clients.

Databricks' Lakehouse Platform helps organizations accelerate innovation by unifying data teams with an open, scalable platform for all of their data-driven use cases. From streaming analytics and AI to BI, Databricks provides a modern lakehouse architecture that unifies data engineering, data science, machine learning and analytics within a single collaborative platform.

"We're delighted to be recognized as a Databricks Consulting Partner and to continue helping businesses make sense of their data using the industry's most cutting-edge tools. At Factored, we're dedicated to implementing the most effective data and AI solutions for our clients and Databricks' Lakehouse Platform plays a significant role in helping us achieve this."

Israel Niezen, Factored CEO

Since its founding in 2019, Factored has seen fast-paced growth and today is one of the biggest data science companies in Latin America.

About Factored
Factored helps leading tech companies select, upskill and build world-class data science, machine learning and AI engineering teams much faster and more cost-effectively. Factored engineers have been personally vetted, educated and mentored by some of the most talented and recognized AI educators and engineers from Silicon Valley, Stanford University and deeplearning.ai.

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Anblicks is now a Microsoft Gold Partner for Data Analytics Competency

Anblicks | March 07, 2022

Anblicks, a US-based Cloud Data Analytics Company, has achieved Microsoft Gold-Certified competency for data analytics in the areas of Business Intelligence, Advanced Analytics, and Big Data. Data Analytics competency, given to the organizations that can demonstrate technical capabilities in creating business intelligence solutions and show proficiency in connecting data sources, performing data transformations, and modeling and visualizing data. As a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, Anblicks provides Azure-based Data Analytics services that cover the entire data lifecycle, from data discovery, aggregation, storage, and ETL to data warehouse modeling, business intelligence reporting, and advanced analytics. The gold competency in data analytics is a continuation of Anblicks’ path of demonstrating certifications in the data domains that assist customers in generating powerful data insights. Helping them make data-driven decisions to create tailored experiences, reduce unnecessary costs, and generate revenue. “We are committed to helping our customers in leveraging Microsoft Azure for building highly scalable data pipelines from data integration, data storage, data governance, data analytics to business intelligence. Microsoft's GOLD partner status will help us build trust with our customers.” Munwar Shariff, Chief Technology Officer at Anblicks About Anblicks Anblicks is a Cloud Data Analytics company enabling customers to make data-driven decisions since 2004. Headquartered in Addison, Texas, Anblicks helps businesses accelerate their digital transformation journey, paving the road for new and streamlined business across the globe. The company commits to delivering excellence to the customers in Data Analytics, CloudOps, and Modern Apps using state-of-the-art services, solutions, and accelerators.

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GlobalData partners with Snowflake to empower seamless access and delivery of its data

GlobalData | February 21, 2022

GlobalData Plc , a leading intelligence platform for the world's largest industries, has announced a partnership with Snowflake, a premier data warehouse built for the cloud, to enable Snowflake customers to access and purchase data from GlobalData's Marketplace via the Snowflake platform. In today's business environment, the need for trustworthy and timely data has never been more important, which is why it's critical for tomorrow's market leaders to access, share, and use data instantly and seamlessly. GlobalData's strategic relationship with Snowflake means customers will have a flexible cloud solution for accessing proven, proprietary datasets efficiently. This will provide customers with immediate and secure access to data, eliminating the need for lengthy and costly extract, transform, and load (ETL) processes; and reduce the time and effort needed to integrate data into their business operations and decision-making processes at scale. Initially, GlobalData will provide access to six authoritative datasets via the Snowflake platform, covering pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and climate risk, as well as alternative datasets spanning patents and job analytics. New datasets will be added over time from GlobalData's Marketplace, which covers 150 productized datasets relied upon by over 4,000 customers. Commenting on the announcement, Jonathan Hardinges, GlobalData's Chief Strategy Officer, said: "GlobalData continues to provide best-in-class data and insights to help our clients solve complex business problems, and Snowflake offers us the opportunity to provide customers with more efficient access to authoritative data and greater value from its use at scale. "We are particularly excited to partner with Snowflake, as this will help us deliver against our customer-obsession agenda by giving customers the flexibility to access and use our intelligence where, when, and how they need to." Kieran Kennedy, Head of Marketplace at Snowflake "GlobalData and Snowflake combine to make a powerful solution for any organization seeking to leverage the power of data sharing. With the ability for customers to access GlobalData's broad data coverage, this marks an exciting and welcome next step in further expanding the coverage of Snowflake's Data Marketplace." About GlobalData In an increasingly fast-moving, complex, and uncertain world, it has never been harder for organizations and decision makers to predict and navigate the future. This is why GlobalData's mission is to help our clients to decode the future and profit from faster, more informed decisions. As a leading information services company, thousands of clients rely on GlobalData for trusted, timely, and actionable intelligence. Our solutions are designed to provide a daily edge to professions within corporations, financial institutions, professional services, and government agencies.

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HealthWorksAI™ Unveils the First Healthcare Data Platform using xAI technology

HealthWorksAI | December 30, 2021

HealthWorksAI™, an industry-leading Healthcare analytics company, announces the launch of the 2nd generation of their state-of-the-art xAI program. It's an advanced analytical approach that collects and processes data, generating in-depth market analysis which standard models do not uncover. Allowing data scientists an efficient way to measure the impact of various plan attributes/factors, xAI provides a better understanding of the correlation between plan features and beneficiary preference. It also provides insights into the influence of multiple verticals at the market level. The models are then combined with the human-computer interface (HCI) features capable of translating models into practical explanations for end users. "We use a combination of Rule-based algorithms, Random Forest, and Artificial Neural Networks to develop our proprietary prediction, classification, and performance metrics. Advanced analytics & xAI comes to play in the modeling and evaluation phases of data mining. To achieve this, we use LIME and DeepLIFT, as an example, to achieve far superior results." Shreya, Data Scientist of HealthWorksAI™ The xAI program, released in early 2021, has been a huge success for HealthWorksAI, leading as their most subscribed platform module in its first year. The 2nd generation, which will see releases begin in early Q2, includes multiple platform enhancements as well as new approaches to xAI methodologies. "We're excited to announce the expansion of our xAI program for MA Payors," noted Jereme Ayers, Chief Growth Officer of HealthWorksAI. "One of the defining aspects of our company is the partnership our clients provide. We appreciate their faith and confidence and look forward to delivering even more for them in 2022!" About HealthWorksAI HealthWorksAI™ is a privately held healthcare data analytics company in the US that provides healthcare payors with rapid access to very efficient and insightful Medicare Advantage market data, accurate predictions, and a reliable single source of truth for strategic decision-making.

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DFIN Acquires Guardum, Strengthening Global Data Privacy and Redaction Capabilities

DFIN | December 14, 2021

Donnelley Financial Solutions , a leading risk and compliance company, today announced it has acquired Guardum, a leading data security and privacy software provider that helps companies locate, secure, and control data. The acquisition strengthens DFIN's software solutions portfolio by making data security a competitive differentiator, enhancing regulatory compliance, safeguarding privacy, and improving data accuracy. Guardum helps to solve one of the most pressing data problems companies face today: quickly locating personal information — in many languages — among vast stores of corporate data, implementing an agile workflow across data governance and GRC, and redacting that information either temporarily or permanently. A Powerful Combination One of Guardum's strengths is its ability to examine semi-structured and unstructured data in native document format — eliminating the need to convert files. This is extremely useful during the due diligence phase of an acquisition. DFIN's Venue virtual data room, with Guardum's privacy tools, allows companies to meet global deal regulations and confidentially accelerate transactions by safeguarding critical documents and market sensitive information, tax data, employee personal data, and more. In addition, regulations and guidelines involving personal data are becoming more stringent. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) and General Data Protection Regulations ((EU) 2016/679 GDPR) are two examples of government regulations that have increased the burden on many companies. As global regulators continue to create and modify data compliance rules, the need for data security will only increase. "DFIN's industry-leading software solutions address the most challenging regulatory and compliance issues that companies face," said Craig Clay, president of Global Capital Markets at DFIN. "Incorporating Guardum's data security and public information technology into our platform creates privacy intelligence by identifying and protecting our clients' sensitive data, automating time-consuming processes, and reducing the risk of exposing sensitive data to comply with the growing number of privacy regulations in an ever-changing digital world." "DFIN has a stellar reputation for providing the highest quality software solutions that help companies tackle their risk and compliance needs. Working together, we will develop software solutions that will help lower overall compliance spending and significantly mitigate risk for organizations throughout the globe." Rob Westmacott, co-founder at Guardum Eliminating the need for manual review processes allows executives to focus on higher priority aspects of any transaction. Businesses can now benefit from the following: Speed and Efficiency: Up to 93 percent faster in helping to find and redact data (versus manual) Cost Reduction: Improved operational compliance, process, and efficiencies Scale: Eases the burden on Information Technology departments since the technology is highly scalable, easy to use, and integrates with other applications Enhanced Security: Enhanced overall security extending beyond general-purpose discovery or classification tools These capabilities and benefits are a top priority for executives responsible for mergers and acquisitions; data protection officers; and compliance and legal experts; as well as human resources; security; and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) teams. About Donnelley Financial Solutions (DFIN) DFIN is a leading global risk and compliance solutions company. We provide domain expertise, enterprise software and data analytics for every stage of our clients' business and investment lifecycles. Markets fluctuate, regulations evolve, technology advances, and through it all, DFIN delivers confidence with the right solutions in moments that matter.

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Most people assume that the starting point for any business intelligence (BI) project is a data warehouse. In reality, while data warehouses are important for many types of analytical systems, they aren’t always necessary. Building a data warehouse can dramatically increase the cost of a BI project.

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