Crunchy Data | January 04, 2022
Crunchy Data - the leading provider of trusted Open Source PostgreSQL products, solutions and support, is proud to announce that PostgreSQL advocate Jean-Paul Argudo has joined its team to lead Crunchy Data's expansion into France, building on Crunchy Data's momentum in the European market.
Argudo previously served as the co-founder and CEO of Dalibo, where he helped build the company as the leading PostgreSQL provider in France. He has actively promoted Open Source technology since 2000 and has played an important role in driving PostgreSQL adoption throughout France. Argudo has been active in the PostgreSQL community for many years, serving as a member of the administration council and as one of the founders of the PostgreSQLFr nonprofit organization. He also created the first version of the French-speaking PostgreSQL website and co-founded and served as the treasurer and board member of PostgreSQL Europe between 2008 and 2013.
"Crunchy Data's trusted Open Source Postgres technology, including its cloud-native Postgres for Kubernetes offerings and fully managed Postgres offering, Crunchy Bridge, have seen considerable interest in France and Europe more generally," said Crunchy Data President Paul Laurence. "We are enthusiastic about Jean-Paul joining Crunchy Data to build on the momentum we are seeing in Europe and assist Crunchy Data's customers in their successful adoption of Postgres."
"I am very happy to join Crunchy Data, which is among the finest PostgreSQL technical teams in the world. Its Open Source offerings will meet the expectations of the most demanding PostgreSQL users," said Argudo. "Crunchy Data enables Postgres users to maintain their freedom of choice when operationalizing PostgreSQL and deploying it to any of the popular clouds. Since PostgreSQL has become strategic in many businesses, I'll be happy to explain to them how Crunchy Data can help build a fast and reliable data infrastructure for their needs."
The expansion into France follows Crunchy Data's 2021 expansion into APAC with the addition of Tony Mudie leading Crunchy Data Australia.
PostgreSQL is a powerful, Open Source, object-relational database system with more than 25 years of active Open Source development and a strong global community. Commercial enterprises and government agencies with a focus on advanced data management benefit from PostgreSQL's proven architecture and reputation for reliability, data integrity, and cost effectiveness.
About Crunchy Data
Crunchy Data allows companies to build with confidence as the leading provider of trusted Open Source PostgreSQL and enterprise technology, support and training. Crunchy Data offers Crunchy Certified PostgreSQL, the most advanced and true open source RDBMS on the market. The company also offers Crunchy Bridge, a fully managed cloud Postgres service available on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. PostgreSQL's active development community, proven architecture, and reputation for reliability, data integrity, and ease of use makes it a prime candidate for enterprises looking for a robust relational database alternative to expensive proprietary database technologies.
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Huron | December 23, 2021
Global professional services firm Huron today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Perception Health Inc., a healthcare predictive analytics company focused on bringing data sources together to illuminate opportunities for improved clinical and business decision-making. Huron’s deep healthcare expertise, technology and analytics capabilities combined with Perception Health’s analytics, predictive models and data platform will strengthen the firm’s ability to help providers uncover patterns of care to lower costs, improve patient outcomes and deliver a better healthcare experience.
“The healthcare industry is under immense pressure to deliver high-quality, individualized care. This acquisition allows Huron to offer providers, payors and research institutions data insights across the care continuum to make better decisions and proactively impact patient care and clinical outcomes.”
James H. Roth, chief executive officer of Huron
Since its founding in 2014, Perception Health has been providing the healthcare industry predictive data insights and intelligence to illuminate opportunities for their clients to gain a competitive advantage. Perception Health’s robust intelligence platform of solutions enables providers, payors and research institutions to analyze network integrity, identify early disease risk factors and optimize patient care. All Perception Health employees will join Huron, including Gregg Loughman, chief executive officer, and Tod Fetherling, co-founder and chief data scientist.
“We are thrilled to join a values-led and people-focused organization that shares our vision for transforming healthcare,” said Gregg Loughman, chief executive officer of Perception Health. “Huron and Perception Health are strategically aligned and committed to helping our clients harness the power of curated data and analytics to make smarter decisions that profoundly impact patient outcomes, experience and cost of care.”
Perception Health will be included in Huron’s Healthcare operating segment. Terms of the acquisition, which is expected to close in December, were not disclosed.
Huron is a global consultancy that collaborates with clients to drive strategic growth, ignite innovation and navigate constant change. Through a combination of strategy, expertise and creativity, we help clients accelerate operational, digital and cultural transformation, enabling the change they need to own their future. By embracing diverse perspectives, encouraging new ideas and challenging the status quo, we create sustainable results for the organizations we serve.
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EXL | December 21, 2021
EXL , a global analytics and digital solutions leader, today announced its acquisition of Clairvoyant, a global data, AI, and cloud services firm. The acquisition strengthens EXL’s capabilities by adding additional expertise in data engineering and cloud enablement, further supporting its clients in insurance, healthcare, banking and financial services, and retail.
With the acquisition, Clairvoyant will become part of EXL’s fast-growing analytics business, which helps clients make sense of data to drive better decision-making across the enterprise and rapidly adapt business strategies in response to market changes. The addition of Clairvoyant’s talent and capabilities in data engineering, AI/ML operations and cloud will accelerate EXL’s data-driven strategy, expanding critical cloud operations capabilities to help our clients drive large-scale digital transformation projects and generate faster value from modern cloud-based data and analytic platforms.
“Data has become the lifeblood of every industry as businesses confront volatile swings in the economy, changes in consumer preferences and the need to continually adapt to new technology. Clairvoyant has established itself as a leader in data and cloud engineering, bringing many of the key structural components we need to expand our offerings and help our clients harness the power of data to enable better and faster decision making.”
Rohit Kapoor, EXL Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Founded in 2012, Clairvoyant has consistently been named among the fastest growing and most innovative privately held companies in the U.S. Headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, with multiple offices throughout North America and India, the company employs more than 550 people globally and serves marquee clients in the financial services, retail, healthcare, and tech industries.
“The need to quickly aggregate and interpret data has grown exponentially across industries in recent years,” said Vivek Jetley, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Analytics at EXL. “As our clients look to leverage the power of analytics for business advantage, they need to modernize their data capabilities to keep pace. Having worked closely with Clairvoyant, we believe that the combination of our domain expertise, data management and analytics capabilities and their industry-leading data and cloud engineering services will help clients increase agility and speed to value and set the stage for breakthrough solutions.”
"We are thrilled to join forces with EXL. We share a culture of fearless innovation and a relentless commitment to helping our clients overcome some of their biggest challenges,” said Chandra Ambadipudi, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Clairvoyant. "By integrating our capabilities with EXL’s broad reach and expertise, we will be able to add value across a much wider range of clients and unlock exciting new growth opportunities along the way."
The transaction was completed in the fourth quarter of 2021. Clairvoyant is expected to be accretive to 2022 adjusted diluted EPS and will be reported in our Analytics segment.
EXL is a global analytics and digital solutions company that partners with clients to improve business outcomes and unlock growth. Bringing together deep domain expertise with robust data, powerful analytics, cloud, and AI, we create agile, scalable solutions and execute complex operations for the world’s leading corporations in industries including insurance, healthcare, banking and financial services, media, and retail, among others. Focused on driving faster decision-making and transforming operating models, EXL was founded on the core values of innovation, collaboration, excellence, integrity and respect. Headquartered in New York, our team is over 34,000 strong, with more than 50 offices spanning six continents.
Clairvoyant is a global technology consulting and services leader that helps organizations in their business transformation by maximizing the value of data through actionable insights. The company provides data engineering, analytics, machine learning, product engineering, and cloud-based solutions to some of the world's largest brands. Founded in 2012, Clairvoyant is headquartered in Phoenix, AZ, with offices in the U.S., Canada, and India.
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Fluree | December 27, 2021
Fluree, provider of the Web3 data platform, today announced significant momentum as the technology of choice for privacy-preserving data ecosystems.
Fluree’s immutable semantic graph database played a key role in a wide range of projects in 2021, including secure academic credentials for projects funded by the Department of Education, a tamper-proof and fair blockchain-backed election, and off-chain data storage for Cardano, the sixth-largest cryptocurrency in the world.
“It’s inspiring to see the ways that developers are taking advantage of Fluree’s ability to deliver trust, semantic context and security to data projects,” said Fluree Co-CEO and Co-Founder Brian Platz. “Support for our platform is at an all-time high, driven by data-centric architecture that can power trusted, interoperable data ecosystems.”
“Mainstream adoption of Web3 — the decentralized Internet of data — is on the horizon. As the rise of data ecosystems are met with privacy, trust and interoperability challenges, Fluree is uniquely poised to become the infrastructure of choice in the emerging Web3 market,” said Dan Malven, Managing Director at 4490 Ventures.
Surge in Developer Adoption: 500% Growth in 2021
Fluree’s open source technology grew 500% in users in 2021, topping 100,000 total downloads to date as it becomes the technology of choice for privacy-preserving data ecosystems. Key use cases in verifiable credentials, education technology, enterprise knowledge graphs, and blockchain applications continue to emerge. Fluree’s recently overhauled developer portal and growing Slack community accommodates the influx in developer adoption, prioritizing the Fluree developer experience and community.
Fluree’s rise in both developer adoption and strategic partners has been recognized, winning local awards such as Tech Tribune’s Best Tech Startup in Winston-Salem to being recognized as CRN’s Coolest Database System Company of 2021 as well as a winner of Business Intelligence Group’s Fortress Cyber Security Award.
Digital Privacy and Verifiable Credentials for the Public Sector, Supporting Education and Health Care Improvements
Verifiable credentials and decentralized identifiers have become a central theme in rising Fluree use cases across education ecosystems and healthcare. As the world begins to understand the value of privacy in digital ecosystems, organizations have chosen Fluree to power solutions that return ownership of information to consumers.
Education Credentials: Two winning projects of the American Council of Education’s Blockchain Innovation Challenge, funded by the Department of Education, are using Fluree's technology to transform credentialing in academic ecosystems. The LifeLong Learner Project focuses on providing teachers with a wallet to store and present certifications as they move throughout their careers. The UnBlockED project is focused on creating an open transfer exchange that will empower college students by streamlining transfer credit recognition. In both projects, Fluree’s technology provides the foundation for the exchange of secure and interoperable verifiable credentials across owners, issuers, and third-party institutions. Key partners within these initiatives include the University of Arizona, the Gardner Institute, and Georgia Tech.
Healthcare Credentials: Pulse Connect has partnered with Fluree to build verifiable credential solutions for patients and health providers. This will help support verification requirements around vaccine credentialing in view of increasing vaccine mandates.
Strategic Partnerships: Supporting Cryptocurrency Advancements, Tamper-Proof Elections and Codifying Unstructured Data
Much of Fluree’s 2021 momentum stems from Fluree’s growing partner ecosystem, which recently won the CRN’s “Channel Chiefs Award.” Examples of rising stars in Fluree’s Partner Ecosystem include:
Building a Metadata Sidechain Solution for the Sixth Largest Cryptocurrency: The community supporting the high-ranking cryptocurrency blockchain platform Cardano selected Ikigai Technologies and Fluree to power Logosphere. The Logosphere project proposes Fluree as an "off-chain decentralized app (dApp) data storage solution" for the metadata related to Cardano transactions. Instead of placing data into siloed databases, Fluree will act as a secure and interoperable metadata layer for dApp developers. This will enable a new class of data-driven dApps, such as non-fungible token (NFT) exchanges, decentralized knowledge graphs, and other data-centric Web3 applications.
Powering the World’s First End-to-End Blockchain Election: Marzex.tech technologies delivered a Fluree-powered digital voting platform for the International Islamic University of Malaysia. The digital platform used Fluree’s backend to successfully register identities, facilitate private voting, and thwart efforts to tamper with the election.
Turning Text into Trusted, Interoperable Data: Fluree integrated with Lead Semantics to offer TextDistil, a natural language processing (NLP) pipeline for unstructured data. The integration will allow organizations to transform their text and other unstructured data into a rich set of queryable information, readily integrated into data fabrics and enterprise knowledge graphs. This is particularly valuable for the healthcare industry, which deals largely with unstructured data and has experienced an 878% increase in health data over the last five years.
Founded in 2016 by Brian Platz and Flip Filipowski, Fluree PBC is headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Fluree is pioneering a data-first technology approach with its data management platform.