Health Foundation to explore impact of data analytics and technology

digitalhealth.net | February 06, 2020

The independent charity has launched its Data Analytics for Better Health strategy, which aims to tackle real-world problems that affect people’s health and develop a greater understanding of the role that technology and data plays in daily life.The strategy sets out how the Health Foundation aims to help policymakers, practitioners and the wider public get to grip with seismic changes” taking place in the health sector.A key part of the strategy is to establish major new partnerships and research initiatives, and to collaborate with innovative organisations to take the agenda forward.It is already working with Health Data Research UK, the Alan Turing Institute and NHSX.While many of the impacts of data and technology on health and care are positive, they also have the potential to exacerbate health inequalities, and increase demand for an overstretched health and social care system, according to the Foundation.The charity’s data team will conduct research and analysis of these issues, and develop innovative ways to address them.

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Anonos Acquires Award-Winning Synthetic Data Company Statice

Anonos | November 02, 2022

Anonos, provider of the only technology that protects data in use with 100% accuracy, today announced the acquisition of Berlin-based Statice GmbH, a synthetic data software provider. With the addition of the Statice solution, which generates new privacy-preserving data points that reflect the statistical properties of the original data, Anonos expands its ability to provide a comprehensive platform that powers speed to data insights for use cases while enhancing the protection and utilization of data. The Statice synthetic data technology will be integrated with the Anonos Data Embassy platform and available later this quarter. This acquisition follows Anonos’ recent announcement of $50 million in new growth financing backed by its intellectual property portfolio, facilitated by Aon and led by GT Investment Partners (“Ghost Tree Partners”). Statice was recently honored with the Handelsblatt Diamond Award in the best innovation in banking and fintech category, named in Gartner “Emerging Tech: Top Use Cases for Tabular Synthetic Data, September 2022,” and recognized in two 2022 Gartner Hype Cycle™ reports: Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and Machine Learning (ML). As noted in the latter report, Gartner predicts an increase in synthetic data adoption and growing buyers' interest across all industries notably due to the multiple benefits of the technology, for example, how synthetic data can "reduce cost and save time in ML development as it is cheaper and faster to obtain." The same report mentions that "synthetic data applications have expanded beyond automotive and computer vision use cases to include data monetization, external analytics support, platform evaluation and the development of test data." “Statice and Anonos share the goal of helping enterprises use more of their data assets, minus the usual conflicts and compromises. “Now organizations have the benefits of high-privacy, high-utility statutory pseudonymization combined with those of a proven synthetic data product for granular control throughout the data lifecycle.” Anonos Co-CEO and President Ted Myerson Enterprises have the option of using synthetic data whenever possible, and then combining it with Anonos’ non-identifiable yet 100% accurate Variant Twins® when there are privacy variables and risks – for example, to ensure compliance with Schrems II and the U.S. CLOUD Act for compliant data transfers across international borders. “From non-production use cases to full-production processing, more data control, privacy and accuracy aren’t just possibilities but actual realities,” Myerson added. Anonos was named as a Cool Vendor by Gartner because of its Variant Twin technology and recognized in August for data security as a service in the “Gartner Hype Cycle for Data Security, 2022.” Data Embassy delinks data from both direct and indirect identifiers to obscure identity while enabling organizations to use more of their data for lawful analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, data sharing and data transfer. It works by transforming source data into statutorily pseudonymized and 100% accurate Variant Twins authorized for specific purposes. They are embedded with multi-level data privacy and security controls that are technologically enforced, so they can travel anywhere. Controlled relinking to the original data accelerates speed to insights, but that process can only occur with the addition of other data held separately by the data controller or an authorized party. Statice’s co-founders Omar Ali Fdal and Mikhail Dyakov join the Anonos leadership team, and all 23 Statice employees become Anonos employees for a total of 65, with a majority located in Europe. “We are thrilled to join Anonos to accelerate the development of an entire range of modern data protection solutions, helping organizations across industries be more confident in data privacy and security so they can gain more business value from their data,” said Omar Ali Fdal, co-founder of Statice. “Our visions and strengths are aligned in de-risking data so our customers can responsibly pursue data-driven initiatives to accomplish their business goals.” “We recognized the great potential of privacy-enhancing technologies in the market early on. Especially in Germany and Europe, data protection law is strict, privacy concerns are manifold and our clients, as well as their customers' demand for the protection of private data is very high. PwC incubated the capabilities of Statice’s synthetic data solution to support internal operations and external advisory requirements. Statice’s vision for data agility combined with privacy reliability changed how we drive digital transformation for our clients, and we are convinced that such technologies are poised to have a wide impact on global enterprise data strategies,” said Marcus Hartmann, Chief Data Officer at PwC Germany and PwC Europe. Now, it's time to take the next step to industrialize the solutions. “The resulting joint capabilities of Statice with Anonos will offer privacy protection across the entire spectrum of data operations. That combination of privacy-enhancing techniques opens new possibilities for our clients in using more of their sensitive data to fuel innovation and modernization while eliminating the potential for data misuse.” The terms of the transaction will not be disclosed. PwC is no longer a stockholder of Statice; Anonos is now the 100% stockholder of Statice. About Anonos Anonos is a global software company that provides the only technology capable of protecting data in use with 100% accuracy, even in untrusted environments, making otherwise restricted assets accessible to expand and expedite data-driven initiatives. Its patented Data Embassy platform transforms source data into Variant Twins: non-identifiable yet 100% accurate data assets for specific use cases. Because multi-level data privacy and security controls are embedded into the data and technologically enforced, Variant Twins can travel anywhere – across departments, outside the enterprise, or around the globe. Therefore, data protection teams and data users can collaborate to advance projects for capturing valuable insights without compromising privacy, security, accuracy or speed. Anonos. Data without the drama. About Statice Statice develops state-of-the-art data privacy technology that helps companies double-down on data-driven innovation while safeguarding the privacy of individuals. Thanks to the privacy guarantees of the Statice data anonymization software, companies generate privacy-preserving synthetic data compliant for any type of data integration, processing and dissemination. With Statice, enterprises from the financial, insurance and healthcare industries can drive data agility and unlock the creation of value along their data lifecycle. Safely train machine learning models, finally process your data in the cloud, or easily share it with partners.

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New Relic Announces Support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs on Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

New Relic | September 17, 2022

New Relic , the observability company, announced support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Flow Logs on Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose to reduce the friction of sending logs to New Relic. Amazon VPC Flow Logs from AWS is a feature that allows customers to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from network interfaces in their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). With New Relic support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs, both AWS and New Relic customers can quickly gain a clear understanding of a network’s performance and troubleshoot activity without impacting the network throughput or latency Network telemetry is challenging even for network engineers. To unlock cloud-scale observability, engineers need to explore VPC performance and connectivity across multiple accounts and regions to understand if an issue started in the network or somewhere else. To solve this, New Relic has streamlined the delivery of Amazon VPC Flow Logs by allowing engineers to send them to New Relic via Kinesis Data Firehose, which reliably captures, transforms, and delivers streaming data to data lakes, data stores, and analytics services. With New Relic’s simple “add data” interface, it only takes moments to configure Amazon VPC Flow Logs using the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) or an AWS CloudFormation template. Instead of digging through raw logs across multiple accounts, any engineer can begin with an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance they own and begin to explore the data that matters, regardless of the AWS account or AWS Region. “New Relic continues to invest in our relationship with AWS. Helping customers gain visibility into their cloud networking environment increases their overall application observability. “Our support for Amazon VPC shows our commitment to enhancing our joint customers’ observability experience.” Riya Shanmugam, GVP, Global Alliances and Channels at New Relic “AWS is delighted to continue our strategic collaboration with New Relic to help customers innovate and migrate faster to the cloud,” said Nishant Mehta, Director of PM – EC2 and VPC Networking at AWS. “New Relic’s connected experience for Amazon VPC Flow Logs, paired with the simplicity of using Kinesis Data Firehose, enables our joint customers to easily understand how their networks are performing, troubleshoot networking issues more quickly, and explore their VPC resources more readily.” With the New Relic support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs on Kinesis Data Firehose, customers can: Monitor and alert on network traffic from within New Relic. Visualize network performance metrics such as bytes and packets per second, as well as accepts and rejects per second across every TCP or UDP port. Explore flow log deviations to look for unexpected changes in network volume or health. Diagnose overly restrictive security group rules or potentially malicious traffic issues. ”Our architecture contains above 200 microservices running on AWS. When something goes wrong, we need to find the root cause quickly to put out what we at Gett term as ‘fires,’” said Dani Konstantinovski, Global Support Manager at Gett. “With New Relic capabilities we can identify the problem, understand exactly what services were affected, what’s the reason, and what we need to do to resolve it. New Relic gives us this observability—it helps us to provide better service for our customers.” “Proactively managing customer experience is essential to all businesses that provide part or all of their services through applications. Therefore it’s essential for engineers to have a clear understanding of their network performance and have the data needed to troubleshoot activity before it impacts customers. Also, the quality of the data is fundamental to making good decisions,” said Stephen Elliot, IDC Group Vice President, I&O, Cloud Operations and DevOps. “Solutions that ensure fast delivery of high-quality data provide engineers with the ability to act quickly and decisively with confidence, saving businesses from the costs associated with negative customer experiences.” About New Relic As a leader in observability, New Relic empowers engineers with a data-driven approach to planning, building, deploying, and running great software. New Relic delivers the only unified data platform that empowers engineers to get all telemetry—metrics, events, logs, and traces—paired with powerful full stack analysis tools to help engineers do their best work with data, not opinions. Delivered through the industry’s first usage-based consumption pricing that’s intuitive and predictable, New Relic gives engineers more value for the money by helping improve planning cycle times, change failure rates, release frequency, and mean time to resolution. This helps the world’s leading brands including Adidas Runtastic, American Red Cross, Australia Post, Banco Inter, Chegg, GoTo Group, Ryanair, Sainsbury’s, Signify Health, TopGolf, and World Fuel Services (WFS) improve uptime, reliability, and operational efficiency to deliver exceptional customer experiences that fuel innovation and growth.

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Neo4j Announces General Availability of its Next-Generation Graph Database Neo4j 5

Neo4j | November 09, 2022

Neo4j®, the leader in graph technology, announced today the general availability of Neo4j 5, the next-generation cloud-ready graph database. Neo4j 5 widens the performance lead of native graphs over traditional databases while providing easier scale-out and scale-up across any deployment, whether on-premises, in the cloud, hybrid, or multi cloud. The result empowers organizations to more quickly create and deploy intelligent applications at large scale and achieve greater value from their data. "Graph technology adoption is accelerating as organizations seek better ways to leverage connections in data to solve complex problems at scale," said Emil Eifrem, CEO and Co-founder of Neo4j. "We designed Neo4j 5 to deliver the type of scalability, agility, and performance that enable organizations to push the envelope on what's possible for their data and their business." Neo4j 5's specific benefits include: Query language improvements and up to 1000x faster query performance. New syntax makes it even easier to write complex pattern-matching queries. Improvements in indexes, query planning, and runtime make Neo4j 5 the fastest implementation ever. For example, multi-hop queries can now be executed up to 1000x faster than Neo4j 4. These improvements are above and beyond the already exponentially faster Neo4j's graph results over traditional databases. Together, these benefits enable more real-time results at scale. Automated scale-out across hundreds of machines, enabling self-managed customers to grow and handle a massive number of queries with little manual effort and significantly less infrastructure cost. This benefit is achieved via new and enhanced features like Autonomous Clustering and Fabric, enabling organizations to efficiently operate very large graphs and scale out in any environment. Neo4j 5 also automates the allocation and reassignment of computing resources. Continuous updates across all deployments, whether in the cloud, multi-cloud, hybrid, or on-prem. Neo4j 5 ensures ongoing compatibility between self-managed and Aura workloads managed by Neo4j. In addition, a new tool called Neo4j Ops Manager provides a unified single pane for easy monitoring and management of global deployments, giving customers full control over their environments. Neo4j 5 performance lead sets a new industry bar More than 1,300 organizations trust Neo4j's technology to power mission-critical applications while maintaining performance, security, and data integrity. Neo4j 5 extends the company's leadership even further at a time when graph adoption is exploding. "Switching to Neo4j was a huge win for us," said David Fox, Senior Software Engineer at Adobe and Co-founder & Engineering Lead at devRant. "We've seen significant performance improvements, and a great reduction in complexity, storage, and infrastructure costs. Staff now focus on improving the infrastructure, versus spending time frustratingly micro-managing it." For more information To learn more about Neo4j 5, visit the Neo4j 5 web page, read "Scale New Heights with Neo4j 5 Graph Database," or register for the following sessions at the upcoming online developer conference NODES 2022: "What's New in Neo4j 5 and Aura 5 for Developers" and "Introducing Neo4j 5 for Administrators." About Neo4j Neo4j is the world's leading graph data platform. We help organizations – including Comcast, ICIJ, NASA, UBS, and Volvo Cars – capture the rich context of the real world that exists in their data to solve challenges of any size and scale. Our customers transform their industries by curbing financial fraud and cybercrime, optimizing global networks, accelerating breakthrough research, and providing better recommendations. Neo4j delivers real-time transaction processing, advanced AI/ML, intuitive data visualization, and more.

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AllCloud Launches Matillion One Click Solution to Accelerate Cloud Data Analytics

AllCloud | November 14, 2022

AllCloud, a global cloud services company AWS Premier Partner and Snowflake Premier Partner, announces the launch of the Matillion One Click solution, its latest Solutions Factory offering. AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution is an IP-led solution that accelerates customers’ journey to the cloud for data analytics by helping them acquire data faster and at scale, reducing the amount of time it takes to fully productionize their Matillion instances by 75%. AllCloud is a Platinum Matillion Partner. Matillion helps a company turn its raw data into timely and meaningful information. Its ETL tool integrates with an extensive list of pre-built data source connectors, loads the data into a cloud environment, and performs the transformations necessary in order to make data consumable by analytics tools such as Sigma, Tableau, Power BI, and more. One of the challenges with ETL tools is that line-of-business leaders don’t understand the complexity of acquiring data, bringing it into a data warehouse and making it accessible. It’s an onerous process that can take a company months to achieve. With AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution, companies can accomplish this goal in a matter of weeks, showing value to the business faster. AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution complements Matillion’s ETL by adding six (6) critical components needed to fully productize their Matillion instance. Clients are now able to: rapidly setup and configure the initial deployment and configuration; automate the setup and maintenance of data pipelines and quality checks; automate testing of changes and promotions; monitor job, server, costs and performance; increase team productivity through CICD and Git integration; and manage upgrades and disaster recovery. “AllCloud is focused on accelerating our customers’ journey to the cloud, whether that journey involves AWS, Salesforce or data analytics. “AllCloud’s Matillion One Click solution greatly enhances our ability to provide clients with data that is business-ready so they may realize increased revenues, find new revenue streams, improve margins and create a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” Dave Taddei, SVP, Data and Analytics Practice, North America, at AllCloud The AllCloud Matillion One Click solution is part of AllCloud’s Solution Factory. The AllCloud Solutions Factory supports every stage of a company’s cloud journey, from migration and modernization to security, compliance and DevOps, while optimizing cost and governance. About AllCloud AllCloud is a global professional and managed services company providing organizations with the tools for cloud enablement and transformation. Through a unique combination of expertise and agility, AllCloud accelerates cloud innovation and helps organizations fully unlock the value received from the cloud. As an AWS Premier Consulting Partner, a Salesforce Platinum Partner and Snowflake Premier Partner, AllCloud helps clients connect their front office and back office by building a new operating model that allows them to harness the benefits of cloud technology and data analytics. With the incorporation of our IP-based solutions into customer’s roadmaps, AllCloud also enables an increased productivity engine for clients and allows them to achieve operational excellence on the cloud, with a secure environment, at every milestone of their journey to becoming cloud first.

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