BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE,BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,DATA SCIENCE
ACA Group | September 26, 2022
ACA Group (ACA), the leading governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisor in financial services, today announced that it has acquired Ethos ESG (Ethos), a provider of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings data and software for financial advisors, asset managers, institutions, and investors.
This acquisition marks ACA’s first analytics offering, which will be paired with ACA’s ESG experts to form an integrated tech and advisory offering under the ESG Advisory practice. ACA’s existing ESG Advisory practice supports with a range of programmatic needs for firms that integrate ESG into their business or investment activities. This currently includes advice and implementation support around strategy, policies/procedures, regulations and frameworks, training, and external reporting, among other areas. With Ethos, ACA’s clients will now also be able to easily analyze investments and automate several elements of ESG reporting.
Founded in 2019, Ethos offers an interactive platform that allows for the evaluation of over 350,000 impact ratings including companies, stocks, and funds through a prism of 45 ESG causes such as climate change, racial justice, mental health and more. Providing full transparency into how each impact score is calculated and the ability to upload portfolios and create models, Ethos allows for GRC professionals to understand the ESG characteristics of their investments and make responsible decisions that align with their firm's values and ESG commitments.
Ethos uses a proprietary set of approximately 100 underlying databases to generate its ratings. These databases provide a unique impact view of ratings, as well as provide insight into key metrics where available. The databases are fully transparent, so clients can see which underlying database source for each data point. Ethos also has capabilities developed to quickly scrape the public domain for material publicly available information to include in the ratings. These state-of-the-art capabilities allow Ethos to quickly add company coverage to help clients achieve full coverage of their investment portfolio.
Ethos has invested in innovation through the recent launch of its Impact Calculator, an embeddable widget that takes a dollar amount and immediately calculates the real-world equivalent impact of investing that amount in a specific fund or other product, compared to a benchmark.
Additionally, Ethos recently introduced its Carbon Neutral Certification program for mutual funds and ETFs, developed in conjunction with Change Finance. Through the certification, Ethos performs an independent analysis of a funds carbon footprint (covering Scope 1 and Scope 2 emission) and carbon credits (offsets) to verify whether the fund is carbon neutral during a specified period.
“This is an exciting step in helping to grow our presence in the ESG space and is ACA Group’s first foray into analytics as a service,” said Shvetank Shah, CEO of ACA Group. “We are invigorated to be building out and launching our data capabilities, starting with Ethos ESG. Combining data with our scalable solutions will continue to empower our clients to reimagine GRC and protect and grow their business.”
“We are thrilled to partner with ACA Group, as their brand and reach in the GRC space is well-known. “Not only is taking into consideration the ESG impact of your decisions right on its merits, but greater transparency into ESG issues helps firms mitigate risk and make informed choices while growing sustainably.”
Luke Wilcox, Founder and CEO of Ethos ESG
“This pairing will help us to leverage data in a new way to help firms of all sizes develop and monitor their ESG programs to mitigate risk, make informed choices, combat greenwashing, and grow profitably and sustainably in the process. Access to high-quality, transparent ESG data is an essential part of any ESG endeavor, and our partnership with Ethos will allow us to build and protect our clients’ ESG strategies in ways few others can,” said Dan Mistler, Head of ESG Advisory at ACA Group.
About ACA Group
ACA Group (ACA) is the leading governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) advisor in financial services. We empower our clients to reimagine GRC and protect and grow their business. Our innovative approach integrates advisory, managed services, distribution solutions, and analytics with our ComplianceAlpha® technology platform with the specialized expertise of former regulators and practitioners and our deep understanding of the global regulatory landscape.
About Ethos ESG
Founded in 2019, Ethos ESG provides data and analytics for financial advisors, asset managers, institutions, and investors. With over 350,000 impact ratings of stocks and funds across 45 causes, Ethos ESG helps firms offer robust impact reporting, monitor and address sustainability risks, and enhance quantitative research and modelling with transparent ESG data.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT
Sesame Software | August 12, 2022
Sesame Software, the innovative leader in Enterprise Data Management and creator of Relational Junction, today announced the addition of a new data source connector for HubSpot. With Relational Junction for HubSpot, you can easily connect HubSpot with cloud applications and relational databases to the data warehouse of your choice. This connector empowers data teams to improve data quality, eliminate silos, and uncover new insights to support data-driven decision-making.
HubSpot is a leading platform for inbound marketing, sales, and customer relationship management. With HubSpot, you can get exhaustive data on your marketing efforts and Relational Junction helps you take control of that data.
Relational Junction is a no-code data integration and replication platform able to easily connect HubSpot and a wide variety of other data sources to your various data destinations. Thanks to its scalable architecture and automation, you can easily grow your data without the need for labor-intensive processes, including manual data entry, data mapping, and maintenance. As a result, you have the data you need, continuously updated and all in one place, allowing for you to provide better customer experiences with more targeted and informed campaigns.
Connect Your HubSpot Data with Your Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Tool
Relational Junction supports delivery to a wide range of cloud data storage and on-prem data warehouses, allowing you to consolidate all of your data into a single location for archiving, reporting, analytics, and more.
In a matter of minutes, you can connect your Hubspot marketing and sales data with other data sources. Send your Hubspot data to feed your BI, your data warehouse, or your custom analytics stack and see a full view of your leads, analytics, sales, and customer service information.
Relational Junctions Key Benefits:
Easily access, discover, and connect HubSpot data with adjacent enterprise systems — such as databases, ERP and CRM systems, and custom applications
Replicate HubSpot data into your data warehouse quickly and with no coding necessary
Move data at the fastest possible speed with hyper-threaded high-volume data connectors
Keep data fresh with automated data syncs for timely insights and accurate reporting
About Sesame Software
Sesame Software is the Enterprise Data Management leader, delivering data rapidly for enhanced reporting and analytics. Sesame Software's patented Relational Junction data platform offers superior solutions for data warehousing, integration, backup, and compliance to fit your business needs. Quickly connect to SaaS, on-premise, and cloud applications for accelerated insights.
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE,BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,DATA SCIENCE
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.
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.
BIG DATA MANAGEMENT,BUSINESS STRATEGY,DATA SCIENCE
Observable | August 25, 2022
Observable, the rapidly growing data collaboration platform, today announced the introduction of free team accounts for data analysts, data scientists, developers, engineers and key decision makers, allowing them to learn from and build on each other’s work openly and publicly. The announcement follows Observable’s Series B funding round of $35.6 million earlier this year.
With Free Teams, Everyone Benefits
Observable’s new free team offering opens up easy collaboration using the largest collection of industry-leading, public data work occurring in Observable to the platform’s engaged community of more than five million data experts and explorers engaged.
Users can create a Free Team with the click of a button and invite as many community members as they want. The notebooks are live and public so collaborators can see updates in real time, which makes it easier and faster to work together on data analysis and insights - meetings, sharing, collaborating. Users can upgrade to the paid version of Teams when they want to work with their private data securely in a private workspace. Free Teams can access nearly 700,000 custom notebooks, templates, charts, graphs and educational resources.
Let Your Insights Evolve with Observable
From the creators of D3, Observable is a collaborative canvas where teams explore, analyze, visualize and share data. From the simple, yet expressive Observable Plot charting tool to thousands of pre-populated templates, data teams can simply fork, import their own data and customize analytics dashboards in just a few minutes. Designed to drive better, faster decision making through actionable insights, Observable allows teams to:
Use data from anywhere
Inspect, transform & visualize data as a team
Share insights as reports, dashboards and data apps
Export and embed visualizations into other tools and websites with the click of a button
Learn from and be inspired by the largest online library of visualizations
“The democratization of data work and access to tools is crucial to help everyone make sense of the world with data. “By offering Free Teams, data practitioners at every experience level can create, collaborate and gain insights from their data with the help of Observable’s amazing community of data experts. There are no limits to what’s possible for open, easy data collaboration.”
Melody Meckfessel, co-founder and CEO of Observable
“We have sensors pulling in more than a half petabyte of data, but this data is not useful if our team can’t collectively interact with it and use it to better inform our scientific research,” said Brooks Mershon, Software Engineer at UNAVCO. “Iteration is crucial to converge on a good idea and Observable’s framework and tools allows our entire team to speed up our design and feedback loops, which fundamentally changes the game for us.”
“Working with Observable and its community has been a delight,” said Jeffrey Heer, Professor, Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington. “[It allows] us to disseminate work, provide interactive documentation, see how our work is being used across others' notebooks, and collaborate directly with community members. The immediate, web-based nature of notebooks supports a smooth process of development, deployment, and sharing.”
Observable is the collaborative data canvas built for, and powered by community. The company was co-founded by Mike Bostock, D3.js creator, and Melody Meckfessel, former VP of Engineering at Google. Observable helps teams at more than 300 organizations such as Stitch Fix, Trase, The Washington Post and MIT make better business decisions using data.