BIG DATA MANAGEMENT

Mindtree has Earned the Analytics on Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

Mindtree | June 03, 2021

Mindtree, global technology services and digital transformation company, today announced it had earned the Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization, a validation of a partner's capability in planning and delivering tailored analytics solutions, following Microsoft and industry best practices.

Only partners that meet stringent criteria around customer success and staff skilling and pass a third-party audit of their analytics planning and deployment practices can earn the Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization.

As more businesses recognize the value of effective data and analytics strategies but struggle to implement them, partners with proven experience delivering customized Microsoft analytics solutions using Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Data Lake, Azure Data Factory, and Azure Databricks are well-positioned to capture this market opportunity.

These partners can help customers better integrate endlessly scalable analytics platforms into their businesses to quickly capture insights from all their data across data warehouses and big data analytics systems.

"Our clients have a business imperative to derive meaningful insights from data and convert those insights into business value," said Radhakrishnan Rajagopalan, Global Head, Customer Success, Data and Intelligence, Mindtree. "The Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization will bring our experience in accelerating data discovery and making data-driven business decisions more accessible to those organizations that are dedicated to their business transformation journeys."

Rodney Clark, Corporate vice president, Global Partner Solutions, Channel Sales and Channel Chief at Microsoft, added, "The Analytics on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization highlights the partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to building transformative and secure analytics solutions on Azure. Mindtree demonstrated that they have both the skills and the experience to assist our customers in harnessing the power of insight and transforming their businesses in a scalable, secure, and cost-effective way."

About Mindtree
Mindtree is a global technology consulting and services company helping enterprises marry scale with agility to achieve competitive advantage. "Born digital," in 1999 and now a Larsen & Toubro Group Company, Mindtree applies its deep domain knowledge to 270 enterprise client engagements to break down silos, make sense of digital complexity and bring new initiatives to plug faster. We enable IT to move at the speed of business, leveraging emerging technologies and the efficiencies of Continuous Delivery to spur business innovation. Operating in 24 countries across the world, we're consistently regarded as one of the best places to work, embodied every day by our winning culture made up of over 23,800 entrepreneurial, collaborative, and dedicated "Mindtree Minds."

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Comet Introduces Kangas, An Open Source Smart Data Exploration, Analysis and Model Debugging Tool for Machine Learning

Comet | November 17, 2022

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Komprise Hypertransfer Migrates Data to the Cloud 25x Faster

Komprise | December 14, 2022

Komprise, the leader in analytics-driven unstructured data management and mobility, today announced the availability of Komprise Hypertransfer for Elastic Data Migration, which accelerates data transfer to the cloud while strengthening cloud security. As enterprises migrate more file data to the cloud, IT organizations face many barriers which cause migrations to often take weeks to months. SMB workloads such as user data, electronic design automation (EDA) and other multimedia workloads contain lots of small files and are a particular challenge since the protocol requires many back-and-forth handshakes that increase administrative traffic over the network. Komprise Hypertransfer optimizes cloud data migration performance by minimizing the WAN roundtrips using dedicated channels to send data, mitigating the SMB protocol issues. According to recent tests performed by Komprise, Hypertransfer improves data transfer rates across the WAN by 25x over other alternatives for SMB datasets with predominantly small files. Komprise already delivers 27 times faster performance for NFS migrations. Komprise Hypertransfer also strengthens security and defense against ransomware by not accessing cloud file storage over the network during data migrations, since data transfers from source to target over private channels. “Enterprises need to move file data to the cloud to cut costs and unlock strategic value. “With Komprise Hypertransfer you get measurably faster SMB cloud data migrations—shaving weeks off migration timelines while minimizing the chance for errors or data loss. Komprise Hypertransfer makes cloud migrations feasible.” Kumar Goswami, CEO and co-founder of Komprise Komprise Elastic Data Migration is a software as a service (SaaS) solution available with the Komprise Intelligent Data Management platform or as a standalone product. Designed to be fast, easy and reliable with elastic scale-out architecture and an analytics-driven approach, it is the market leader in file and object data migrations. Komprise Elastic Data Migration ensures preservation of data integrity with access control propagation and file-level data integrity checks such as SHA-1 and MD5 checks with audit logging. With the latest release, Komprise administrators also have more flexible migration configuration settings to handle read-only sources and sources with access-time tracking disabled. Additionally, customers can now enable and disable data integrity checks to either ensure data accuracy or improve migration performance. About Komprise Komprise is a provider of unstructured data management and mobility software that frees enterprises to easily analyze, mobilize, and monetize the right file and object data across clouds without shackling data to any vendor. With Komprise Intelligent Data Management, you can cut 70% of enterprise storage, backup and cloud costs while making data easily available to cloud-based data lakes and analytics tools.

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Alation Brings Trusted Data to Spreadsheet Users with Alation Connected Sheets

Alation | November 29, 2022

Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence, today announced the launch of Alation Connected Sheets, a new product stemming from the company’s acquisition of Kloud.io. Alation Connected Sheets enables business users to pull trusted, governed, and up-to-date data from data sources into spreadsheets, including Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel1, via Alation Data Catalog. Spreadsheets are foundational for business decision-making across every industry. According to IDC2, there are 78 million advanced spreadsheet users worldwide. While both static in nature and disconnected from data sources, spreadsheets remain the preferred tool for business users; however, 90% contain errors. Data within spreadsheets is often copied-and-pasted from one spreadsheet to another or downloaded into CSV files via untraceable data sources. 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Opaque Systems | December 08, 2022

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The Opaque platform advancements come on the heels of Opaque announcing its $22M Series A funding, Confidential Computing – projected to be a $54B market by 2026 by the Everest Group – provides a solution using TEEs or 'enclaves' that encrypt data during computation, isolating it from access, exposure and threats. However, TEEs have historically been challenging for data scientists due to the restricted access to data, lack of tools that enable data sharing and collaborative analytics, and the highly specialized skills needed to work with data encrypted in TEEs. The Opaque Platform overcomes these challenges by providing the first multi-party confidential analytics and AI solution that makes it possible to run frictionless analytics on encrypted data within TEEs, enable secure data sharing, and for the first time, enable multiple parties to perform collaborative analytics while ensuring each party only has access to the data they own. "Traditional approaches for protecting data and managing data privacy leave data exposed and at risk when being processed by applications, analytics, and machine learning (ML) models, The Opaque Confidential AI and Analytics Platform solves this challenge by enabling data scientists and analysts to perform scalable, secure analytics and machine learning directly on encrypted data within enclaves to unlock Confidential Computing use cases." -Rishabh Poddar, Co-founder & CEO, Opaque Systems. Strict privacy regulations result in sensitive data being difficult to access and analyze, said a Data Science Leader at a top US bank. New multi-party secure analytics and computational capabilities and Privacy Enhancing Technology from Opaque Systems will significantly improve the accuracy of AI/ML/NLP models and speed insights. 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