DATA ARCHITECTURE

Linq Analytics Extends Master Data Management and FP&A Capabilities

Linq Analytics | January 18, 2022

Linq Analytics, LLC, a provider of software and services for adaptive customer data management and analytics, announced today its acquisition of certain assets of Altius, Inc., a privately-held company with US offices in Sugar Land, TX. Altius' Flex™ suite of planning and Master Data Management (MDM) products give users the ability to augment Microsoft Excel™-based financial models with data enrichment and workflows, providing them a more accurate understanding of their information and enabling management tailored to their business.

The addition of the Flex™ suite to the Linq Analytics portfolio will add capabilities that extend both Linq's Account Hierarchy Management Solution and associated analytics and workflows, helping Clients realize additional value across the Customer data chain through more agility in data integration, extensive analytics insights, and decreased redundancy.

"Our Clients and Partners have expressed a desire to seamlessly connect their customer data from multiple CRM and ERP instances with existing analytics and finance workflows. We believe that adding the Flex™ capabilities helps us to provide a more complete solution that can drive additional value for our Clients."

Brandon Swalve, Linq Analytics' co-founder and CEO

As part of this transaction, Linq Analytics will appoint Noel Phillips as Chief Technology Officer. "In addition to the product capabilities, I'm excited to welcome Noel to Linq," continued Swalve. "He adds significant technical knowledge, functional expertise, and strong leadership to our rapidly expanding team, and our Clients will feel his impact quickly."

"I'm very excited to join the superb team at Linq Analytics.  I know the combination of Linq's innovative CRM and ERP tools - along with the  Flex™ Planning Platform - will prove incredibly powerful.  It tells a compelling story and will benefit current and future clients alike.  I can't wait to see what we will achieve together."

The Flex™ product suite will continue to be available from Linq Analytics. Support services for current Flex™ clients will be delivered through Altius, with transition for support expected to occur in Q2 2022.

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Privacera Expands Data Governance Capabilities for Cloud Data Lakes with Native Aws Lake Formation Integration

Privacera | September 12, 2022

Privacera, the unified data access governance leader founded by the creators of Apache Ranger™, today announced the availability of its AWS Lake Formation integration in private preview, which offers complete data governance automation and fine-grained data access for AWS services including Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift and Amazon RDS. Privacera helps enterprise data teams protect sensitive data and enable privacy across all on-premise, hybrid and multi-cloud data sources while reducing time to insights by automating outdated, manual governance processes. Privacera is expanding its support and native integration for diverse AWS environments with the new AWS Lake Formation integration to simplify data access governance for complex and heterogeneous data lake and data mesh environments by extending Lake Formation enforcement to third-party services like Databricks, enabling additional governance use-cases. With this new integration, organizations will be able to accelerate their migration to the cloud by leveraging Privacera to securely manage data access policies within a single governance platform across diverse on-premise and cloud data sources. This will significantly reduce the efforts around data migrations to the cloud through increased automation and consistent policy management, and the ability to ensure compliance through an open, consistent and proven standard. "Organizations operate in diverse data ecosystems, and it's becoming increasingly challenging to not only manage the data from a governance perspective, but ensure that organizations are gleaning timely insights securely through appropriate access controls and automation, and that's why Privacera exists," said Privacera CEO Balaji Ganesan. "As an AWS partner, expanding our capabilities with this new integration allows us to deliver a solution that leverages the strengths of both Privacera and AWS Lake Formation, helping organizations with a secure and simple approach to data access while delivering business value." The latest integration will give users: A unified data governance strategy including your lake formation data assets AWS Lake Formation policy enforcement extended to popular data analytics systems like Databricks An intuitive and easy-to-use interface to build data access policies on top of AWS Lake Formation Financial services company Sun Life uses Privacera to accelerate AWS migration and unify data access governance and compliance. "Because Apache Ranger is critical to the success of our entire analytics platform, so is Privacera as it allows us to capitalize on existing technology and deliver critical data to our analytic teams quicker," said a Director of Cloud Infrastructure & Operations at Sun Life. "Our goal was to get our data into a data lake as quickly as possible and then apply access rules so approved Sun Life professionals can actually use the data to generate important insights. Requests that used to take three to four weeks to program can now be reacted to in less than two days." About Privacera Founded in 2016 by the creators of Apache Ranger™, Privacera's SaaS-based data security and governance platform enables analytics teams to simplify data access, security, and privacy for data applications and analytical workloads. The Privacera platform supports compliance with regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, LGPD, and HIPAA. Privacera provides a unified view and control for securing sensitive data across multiple cloud services such as AWS, Azure, Databricks, GCP, Snowflake, and Starburst. The Privacera platform is utilized by Fortune 500 customers across finance, insurance, life sciences, retail, media, and consumer industries, as well as government agencies to automate sensitive data discovery, mask sensitive data, and manage high-fidelity policies at petabyte scale on-premises and in the cloud.

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Syniti Announces Partnership with Global IT Solutions Aggregator TD SYNNEX

Syniti | September 01, 2022

Syniti, a global leader in enterprise data management, announced today a new partnership with TD SYNNEX, a global IT distributor and solutions aggregator formed through the merger of Tech Data and Synnex. This partnership will provide enterprises with new access to Syniti's award-winning data management solutions. The first solution available through this new partnership is Syniti Replicate, a data replication software with change data capture that enables the timely, relevant data enterprises need to make critical business decisions and support transformative experiences. Having accurate, decision-relevant information available quickly is crucial for many tasks in enterprises of all sizes, whether that's running high-speed analytics or supporting business intelligence applications. With Syniti Replicate, enterprises can: Deliver fresh data to analytics and decision makers to get immediate insights Reduce stress on production systems enabling improved overall system performance Migrate data away from difficult to access legacy systems meaning users can access data faster Democratize data across the entire organization with the consolidation of data from numerous sources into a central data lake With a user-friendly, wizard-based graphic interface, configuration is faster and easier which means businesses can more quickly deploy and may see immediate benefits. Syniti Replicate requires no coding, stored procedures or proprietary syntax to set up, which lessens the burden on internal IT teams. The software has extensive security including user and certificate authentication and supports dozens of relational databases as sources and targets, including Amazon, Oracle, SAP and Snowflake, with no additional programming. "We chose to partner with TD SYNNEX for their ability to support the growth and expansion of Syniti's direct solutions, including Syniti Replicate. More organizations can now benefit from our world-class replication engine, getting the real-time data they need to make critical business decisions and create differentiated experiences." Brian Haering, Vice President, Direct Solutions, Syniti Cheryl Neal, Vice President, Vendor Acquisition and Global Solutions, TD SYNNEX, said, "TD SYNNEX is committed to uniting IT solutions that deliver business outcomes today and unlock growth for the future. With Syniti added to our portfolio of vendor partners and providing our first data replication software capability, we're able to enrich the breadth and depth of our offerings so customers can realize business outcomes faster with their data. Syniti Replicate is available as a standalone solution or included as a component of the Syniti Knowledge Platform. About Syniti Syniti solves the world's most complex data challenges by uniquely combining intelligent, AI-driven software and vast data expertise to yield certain and superior business outcomes. For over 25 years, Syniti has partnered with the Fortune 2000 to unlock valuable insights that ignite growth, reduce risk and increase their competitive advantage. Syniti's silo-free enterprise data management platform supports data migration, data quality, data replication, master data management, analytics, data governance, and data strategy in a single, unified solution. Syniti is a portfolio company of private equity firm Bridge Growth Partners LLC. Read more at www.Syniti.com. About TD SYNNEX TD SYNNEX is a leading global distributor and solutions aggregator for the IT ecosystem. We're an innovative partner helping more than 150,000 customers in 100+ countries to maximize the value of technology investments, demonstrate business outcomes and unlock growth opportunities. Headquartered in Clearwater, Florida, and Fremont, California, TD SYNNEX' 22,000 co-workers are dedicated to uniting compelling IT products, services and solutions from 1,500+ best-in-class technology vendors. Our edge-to-cloud portfolio is anchored in some of the highest-growth technology segments including cloud, cybersecurity, big data/analytics, IoT, mobility and everything as a service. TD SYNNEX is committed to serving customers and communities, and we believe we can have a positive impact on our people and our planet, intentionally acting as a respected corporate citizen. We aspire to be a diverse and inclusive employer of choice for talent across the IT ecosystem.

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Mutually Human Announces Merger with Mirrorlytics, a Respected Data and Business Analytics Firm

Mutually Human | September 08, 2022

Mutually Human, a nationally recognized digital transformation and software consultancy firm, announced today that it has acquired Mirrorlytics, a respected data and business analytics firm headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI. The two companies will combine under the Mutually Human brand. As a result of the merger, the combined organization will offer a broader set of solutions to its clients. The additional data analytics capabilities will directly enhance Mutually Human's efforts in digital transformation, workforce transformation, and the proper application of new and innovative technologies. Along with the combination, the company has also announced three leadership team changes. Mark Van Holstyn, Mutually Human's founder, has taken a strategic role as Chief Technology Officer. In this role, Van Holstyn will be responsible for technology innovation and leading the delivery of custom software and automation solutions. Data and analytics initiatives will be led by Jordan Poortenga, founder of Mirrorlytics, as Vice President of Analytics. Jason Kuipers will lead the combined company as President, where he will be responsible for all day-to-day operations. "We are thrilled by what this means for our clients," said Kuipers. "The pace of digital change our customers face is continuing to accelerate. Incorporating the Mirrorlytics team will enable us to help our clients harness their data for a better understanding of their businesses, their customers, and their employees - ultimately leading to improved business outcomes. It's a powerful addition to our already industry-leading software development and automation capabilities." "We've built a talented team at Mirrorlytics. By bringing our two organizations together under a single brand, we'll provide even more depth to our data and analytics advisory capabilities and enhance our full-service software consultancy," stated Poortenga. Century Technology Group, Mutually Human's parent company, managed the acquisition. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed. About Mutually Human Mutually Human is a full-service software development and digital transformation consultancy that specializes in custom software, data analytics, and intelligent automation. Our U.S.-based team of technology strategists, business analysts, designers, engineers, and developers craft powerful, human-friendly software for organizations of all sizes looking to launch new digital products, identify processes ready for automation, or simply better understand their business. In short, Mutually Human works with clients to create and implement technology that people want to use, improves business outcomes, and empowers organizations to do more with less. About Mirrorlytics Founded in 2017, Mirrorlytics is a Management Consulting firm that specializes in Strategic Analytics. They provide analytical services that aim to help businesses develop a data-driven culture. Mirrorlytics work to align data-centered projects with strategic planning to ensure long-term goals are being met. About Century Technology Group Century Technology Group is a family office based in Grand Rapids, MI. The firm partners with proven operating leaders to provide growth capital, administrative resources, and managerial consulting to promising technology-lead businesses with strong core products, services, or capabilities. Their portfolio companies also include MindSpring, a global leader in digital content production, and Talent Strategy, a professional search and recruiting firm.

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InterSystems Takes Data Fabrics to the Next Level with Ever-Increasing Embedded Analytics Capabilities

InterSystems | August 17, 2022

InterSystems®, a provider of next-generation solutions dedicated to helping customers solve the most critical data challenges, has announced a series of new releases to its award-winning InterSystems IRIS® data platform. The company has also recently announced a string of new customer wins as well as a new partnership as it continues to take data fabrics to the next level. According to Gartner® analysts, “by 2024, data fabric deployments will quadruple efficiency in data utilization, while cutting human-driven data management tasks in half” (Gartner, Top Strategic Technology Trends for 2022: Data Fabric, October 2021). InterSystems IRIS empowers customers to adopt a microservices-based architecture without the typical issues associated with microservices in data-intensive applications. By adopting a unified data platform, instead of dozens of individual services, InterSystems customers avoid the challenges of building a data fabric from scratch, including integration time and risk, maintenance of the architecture, high costs of maintaining multiple overlapping infrastructure services, and the complexity associated with data duplication. Recent releases of InterSystems IRIS include new capabilities and enhancements that speed and simplify the creation of smart data fabric architectures, including Embedded Python and IntegratedML, as well as a new facility that lets data analysts and data scientists collaborate easily. Data analysts working on BI can develop measures, dimensions and labels that follow business needs, and are immediately usable by data scientists working on AI. Conversely, ML models created by data scientists are directly available to data analysts for use in dashboards, reports, and applications. This functionality connects AI and BI together under the hood without needing to move the data, thereby streamlining operations and enabling real-time insights for the business. Further enhancements have also been made to performance and scalability to handle high throughput and high-performance transactional-analytic use cases; and to Adaptive Analytics, which provides self-service capabilities, empowering business users to freely explore the data, ask ad hoc questions, and drill down via additional queries based on initial findings. When embedded into the data fabric, these analytics capabilities put the ‘smart’ into the next-gen ‘smart data fabric’ architectural approach which InterSystems champions. In doing so, InterSystems allows business users and data scientists alike to benefit from a wide range of built-in analytics capabilities, including data exploration, business intelligence, natural language processing, and machine learning. Adding to its data catalog, data lineage, and data governance capabilities, InterSystems has announced a partnership with Collibra, a data intelligence platform built for governance, quality, and privacy. The integration between the two platforms allows enterprise customers to take advantage of these extended capabilities on data that resides anywhere in the organization. Further to this, InterSystems has released enhancements to the InterSystems Kubernetes Operator (IKO) to make scale up and management of data intensive applications in Kubernetes easier. InterSystems IRIS® and InterSystems IRIS for Health™ are available as managed cloud services, as well as a variety of smart data services in the cloud, including InterSystems FHIR Transformation Services, and InterSystems FHIR Server. InterSystems is also celebrating a number of new customer wins, including UST and Harris Associates, demonstrating the continued appeal of InterSystems IRIS among key industries, such as financial services and supply chain. Next week’s Gartner Data and Analytics Summit will see InterSystems take to the stage alongside representatives from Harris Associates to discuss the role of the smart data fabric in delivering real-time data access and prescriptive analytics for financial services. About the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit The Gartner Data & Analytics Summit provides insights for data and analytics leaders to enable a data-and-analytics-centric culture within their organizations by tying strategy to business outcomes and promoting the adoption of technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), while creating a resilient culture that accelerates change and where data literacy, digital trust, governance and data-driven critical thinking are pervasive. About InterSystems Established in 1978, InterSystems is the leading provider of technology for critical data initiatives in the healthcare, finance, manufacturing and supply chain sectors, including production applications at most of the top global banks. Its cloud-first data platforms solve interoperability, speed, and scalability problems for large organizations around the globe. InterSystems is committed to excellence through its award-winning, 24×7 support for customers and partners in more than 80 countries. Privately held and headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, InterSystems has 25 offices worldwide.

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