Near | May 24, 2022
Near Intelligence Holdings Inc. , a global SaaS leader in privacy-led data intelligence on people, places and products, today announced the upcoming launch of Near Pinnacle, an extension of the platform, that provides instant human movement insights in an intuitive visual user interface ("UI"). Near Pinnacle supports data-driven decision-making by enabling customers at all skill levels to better understand places and consumer behavior. The Company's latest and most accessible module to date, will unlock real value to help enterprises of all sizes monitor the competition, profile visitors, define trade areas and sharpen marketing campaigns. Near Pinnacle will be generally available in early Q3 of 2022 in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand with global expansion planned for later this year.
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. With the Near Data Intelligence Platform, our customers will gain a competitive advantage and improved decision-making across multiple departments with a unified, high-quality source of consumer behavior insights."
Kerry Pearce, Global Vice President of Product Marketing at Near
In addition to human movement and consumer behavior insights, Near provides users a way to act on intel, build audiences, run ads, and measure results. The company also delivers one of the world's largest dataset on consumer behavior in the real-world and is driven and protected by a privacy-led-approach. The company's intense focus on privacy and compliance means that customers can focus on using the data and running their business, with the assurance that Near as a trusted partner covers data provenance and governance.
Near, a global SaaS leader in privacy-led data intelligence, curates one of the world's largest source of intelligence on people, places, and products. 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.
VAST Data | May 23, 2022
VAST Data, the data platform company for the AI-powered world, today announced the latest versions of Universal Storage, bringing enhanced enterprise security features, performance and scale to its flagship software offering. With an install base of multiple exabytes and an annual growth rate of 300%, customers are continually challenging VAST with new feature requests to power their data-intensive use cases. This release, in total, represents more than 30 new features that have been directly requested by VAST customers. Testament to VAST’s distinguished R&D team, the average turnaround of “feature request to code” is four months.
“Since our founding, we have always maintained a customer-first mindset, continuously adding new features and functionality at a rapid pace to solve their ever-growing and changing application needs. Ultimately, we work to foster a close collaboration with our customers whose use cases are our product’s North Star. This level of agility is never seen from legacy providers of data infrastructure. Our responsive approach not only helps our customers manage their data easier, it also creates long-term business partnerships with customers and the broader market that is good for VAST.”
Jeff Denworth, co-founder of VAST Data
VAST’s Universal Storage data platform provides customers with a cloud-native containerized storage architecture, and eliminates storage tiering to unleash insights on their massive reserves of data. Versions 4.2 and 4.3 expand on an already stellar feature set, while continuing to deliver increased functionality, scalability and security features — and still improving system performance. Notable features in the latest release include:
VAST expands protection against ransomware attacks with Object Locks. Customers can set policies on buckets and objects to make them immutable, preventing users and applications from deleting or modifying an object before its expiry. Admins can also use S3 bucket policies to define permissions, enabling secure identity and access management.
Now generally available in Universal Storage, Indestructible Snapshots provide an additional layer of protection that safeguards immutable snapshots and policies from sophisticated external or internal attackers.
Compliance with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, using validated cryptographic libraries for encryption at rest.
Flexible Cloud Data Management
One platform that integrates S3 bucket management for integrated file and object storage. Customers can easily share data between file and object storage protocols — Universal Storage is the only platform that provides this functionality, giving customers the best of both worlds. Check out this blog post and deep-dive demo.
Further improvements to VAST’s centralized Uplink Cloud Management system include integration with Zendesk, providing customers with a smooth and intuitive support experience to create, track and manage their support tickets. For more information about VAST’s Uplink Cloud Management service, check out this blog post and deep-dive demo.
Enhanced Performance for Secure Protocols
Support for NFS4 over RDMA, delivering a performance boost for NFS4. By extending NFS4 over RDMA, VAST is increasing speed while providing customers with an enhanced security blanket via a Kerberized connection. VAST is the only vendor to accelerate NFS4 with RDMA, making it possible to power high-performance high-scale HPC, AI, media and analytics workloads with a simple and secure client interface.
About VAST Data
VAST Data delivers the data platform at the heart of the AI-powered world, accelerating time-to-insight for workload-intensive applications. The performance, scalability, ease of use and cost efficiencies of VAST’s software helps enterprise organizations overcome the historic barriers to building all-flash data centers. Founded in 2019, VAST is the fastest-selling data infrastructure startup in history.
Newgen Software Technologies Limited | January 21, 2022
Newgen Software, a leading provider of a unified digital transformation platform, is pleased to announce that it is acquiring India-based Number Theory, an AI/ML (artificial intelligence and machine learning) data science platform company, subject to the completion of conditions as stated in the approved Share Purchase Agreement.
Number Theory's platform, AI Studio, brings intuitive AI/ML to every enterprise, while unifying the entire lifecycle of data engineering, from data preparation to model development and monitoring. It empowers both citizen and expert data scientists to work faster and more efficiently, thereby helping in accomplishing key machine learning tasks in just hours or days, not months. This acquisition will further strengthen Newgen's low code digital transformation platform, NewgenONE, with AI/ML modeling and data analytics capabilities.
"Our customers are increasingly looking to leverage data for deeper insights and accelerated growth. Number Theory will bring domain expertise, along with a powerful engine to extract actionable insights in real time. AI/ML projects often get complex, expensive, and not rewarding. What we like about Number Theory's platform is that it is for every enterprise. It lets fusion teams build, deploy, and collaborate on the entire modeling lifecycle in low code and on cloud. We look forward to welcoming the Number Theory team to the Newgen family."
Virender Jeet, CEO, Newgen
"Newgen has developed mission-critical and complex business applications for its customers across the globe, including for enterprises in the banking and insurance space. We felt that Newgen, with its strong customer portfolio and partner ecosystem, is the perfect growth partner. We are looking forward to helping our joint customers utilize their data in the enterprise with full potential using AI/ML technologies," said Rajan Nagina and Tarun Gulyani, co-founders of Number Theory.
About Newgen Software Technologies Limited
Newgen is the leading provider of a unified digital transformation platform with native process automation, content services, and communication management capabilities. Globally, successful enterprises rely on Newgen's industry-recognized low code application platform to develop and deploy complex, content-driven, and customer-engaging business applications on the cloud. From onboarding to service requests, lending to underwriting, and for many more use cases across industries. Newgen unlocks simple with speed and agility.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
Searchable.ai | May 02, 2022
Searchable.ai announces Constellation, their unified data platform that brings together all the data and information that knowledge workers need, in one place.
Searchable.ai launched in 2019 as a search company that enabled users to simultaneously search across all their cloud and local files. In building this capability, several of its partners saw the greater potential in the company's technology to connect the wealth of data that knowledge workers and their teams create and utilize.
Given the critical challenges businesses face in efficiently sharing information across teams and platforms, Searchable.ai has invested its resources and latest round of funding into building out Constellation, a unified data platform for teams. Since January, the company has expanded its suite of integrations to include even more essential workplace apps, including Trello, Asana, Jira, Notion, and Confluence. The company continues to integrate with additional apps and services and will soon expand its support to design apps like Figma and code repositories like Github. By mid-2022, Constellation will connect with over 30 of the most used cloud applications.
While Searchable.ai initially focused on unifying data and information from files, such as those created with Microsoft Office and Google Workspace apps, as well as PDFs, Constellation makes it possible to unify user-inputted SaaS data. Structured information from Jira tickets and Trello cards, for example, as well as conversations in apps like Slack, can now be searchable and shareable. Additionally, Constellation's Live Sync technology means data is constantly being updated and refreshed, so users always have access to the latest information.
Built for scale, Constellation supports an unlimited amount of data and is engineered with enterprise-grade security. Eventually, Searchable.ai will enable developers to access the Constellation framework for their own apps and services, including corporations who may want to ingest this data into their own repositories.
"Google, Bing, Baidu, and others aggregated web information and made it searchable; Snowflake and Databricks brought together corporate data for advanced business intelligence. But nothing analogous exists for knowledge workers. Constellation unifies work data into a single view to make knowledge instantly accessible and actionable for teams."
Brian Shin, co-founder and CEO of Searchable.ai
For now, Searchable.ai will leverage Constellation to extend its end-user capabilities beyond search. The company will soon be releasing Collections, a way for users to assemble groups of files, email, and cloud data in a central space where others can add, find, and access what they need for their work.