Alation | October 12, 2023
Alation, Inc., a prominent data intelligence company, has unveiled its latest offering, Alation Analytics Cloud1. This unified reporting platform empowers organizations to gain insights into their data usage and, in doing so, assess the effectiveness of their data initiatives and the overall maturity of their data culture.
The stakes are high in today's data-driven landscape, given the vast opportunities associated with data, analytics, and AI, and organizations can no longer afford to operate with disjointed data efforts that lack a clear connection to value. Alarmingly, a vast majority of Chief Data Officers (CDOs) fail to accurately assess and price the business outcomes generated by their data and analytics efforts, as revealed by Harvard Business Review. Consequently, there is a pressing need for a framework that enables organizations to benchmark and enhance their data management capabilities as they become critical strategic endeavors. However, this void has persisted because organizations have lacked the tools required to quantify the value and impact of their data initiatives on their business operations. Moreover, disparate teams within organizations often employ distinct data analysis methods, emphasizing the necessity for a solution that facilitates the consistent assessment of critical usage statistics, thereby fostering the growth of a robust data culture.
The Alation Analytics Cloud offers a framework to articulate the business value of data initiatives. Leveraging Alation's innovative Query Log Ingestion technology, leaders can gain insights into which data sources are most frequently accessed and which teams are executing specific queries. This knowledge enables data leaders to comprehensively map data consumption across the entire organization. These insights serve a dual purpose, facilitating the measurement of the effectiveness of diverse data programs and, subsequently, enabling an assessment of the maturity level of an organization's data culture. These insights can also be harnessed to optimize queries and rationalize data sources, for example, by expediting the migration of frequently used datasets or the retirement of data sources that are no longer in active use, thereby reducing costs.
Key benefits of the Alation Analytics Cloud include the ability to:
Measure Data Culture Maturity: Organizations can now measure their data culture maturity by examining four vital components: data leadership, data search and discovery, data literacy, and data governance.
Score Data Programs: Data leaders are empowered to gauge the progress of their data initiatives using a variety of metrics, such as total assets curated, the number of active users, and many other relevant indicators.
Map Data Consumption: Business and data leaders can gain visibility into the efficacy of individual data products by closely tracking actual usage. Reports provide valuable insights into which queries are being executed by specific users on various data stores, including details about the total execution time of database queries, thus pinpointing areas that can be optimized.
Alation is a leading enterprise data intelligence solutions provider, offering capabilities that empower self-service analytics, drive cloud transformation, and enhance data governance. Over 500 leading enterprises, including prominent names like Cisco, Nasdaq, Pfizer, Salesforce, and Virgin Australia, rely on Alation to cultivate a data culture and bolster data-driven decision-making. The company's commitment to excellence is evidenced by its recognition on Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces list four times, its status as a UK's Best Workplaces in tech and Best Workplaces for Women in 2022, and its continued accolades as a UK's Best Workplaces in 2022 and 2023.
Big Data Management
PR Newswire | October 31, 2023
Immuta, a data security leader, today announced the release of Immuta Discover, a new product for automated tagging and classification on cloud data platforms. Immuta Discover enables data teams to establish and maintain highly accurate metadata for the primary purpose of data access control, monitoring and regulatory compliance.
Immuta Discover automatically and continuously discovers structured data in cloud data platforms. It can also leverage existing metadata pulled from enterprise data catalogs like Alation. Leveraging all of this metadata, Immuta Discover provides visibility of all sensitive data, which is critical for building data policies to protect the data and analyzing its usage. As a core pillar of Immuta's comprehensive Data Security Platform, Immuta Discover eliminates manual, error-prone processes and helps organizations improve data security, gain full visibility into their data and unlock its value.
Discovering, tagging and classifying sensitive data with highly accurate and descriptive metadata is a critical component of a successful data security strategy. However, today's organizations are burdened with increasingly dispersed data as the number of data sources and users continues to grow. Existing solutions are not designed to tag and classify data across all of these sources with the accuracy and granularity required for security and governance. The lack of accurate metadata creates security gaps and blind spots, making it difficult to meet stringent compliance regulations.
Immuta Discover allows data teams to easily and accurately scan, classify and tag data so they can apply data control policies and monitor data access. This allows teams to gain full visibility and context into all of their data assets, and better protect and monitor their sensitive data for enhanced data security posture management. Immuta offers 60+ pre-built and domain-specific classifiers, providing organizations with the flexibility to tailor data classifications to their unique business needs and based on their desired confidence levels.
Immuta Discover is the foundational component to making any data security program work within your organization and to remain compliant, said Mo Plassnig, Chief Product Officer at Immuta. It's the first step that must happen in order to protect your data. Data is constantly changing in today's digital age. Organizations must fully understand what data they have – with accurate classification – and maintain a trustworthy inventory of sensitive data across cloud platforms in order to meet growing data security and access demands. And Immuta Discover helps our customers accomplish just this.
With Immuta Discover, customers can automatically identify and classify sensitive data by leveraging the following new capabilities:
Accurate and actionable metadata for data security – Immuta Discover provides accurate, granular metadata and actionable tags on sensitive data so users can seamlessly secure data across cloud platforms at scale. The product enables full metadata visibility into what data requires access controls and auditing. The metadata can be leveraged directly in Immuta Secure to govern the data and in Immuta Detect to monitor data access.
Agentless, multi-cloud data discovery – Immuta Discover scans and classifies data natively, with no software to install and no agent running next to the cloud data platform. The data never leaves the data platform. This approach simplifies operations and is secure and compliant, enabling data teams to be more efficient with an always up-to-date data inventory.
Out-of-the-box and customizable regulatory frameworks – Immuta Discover automatically categorizes data that is subject to leading regulatory frameworks such as CCPA, GDPR, HIPAA, or PCI, to implement compliant access control policies. These frameworks are created and maintained by Immuta's in-house Legal Engineering Team, and additionally enable customers to customize frameworks based on their interpretations of specific regulations for accelerated compliance.
"I am thrilled to see the addition and announcement of Immuta Discover to Immuta's Data Security Platform," said Sanjeev Mohan, former Gartner analyst and founder of SanjMo. "Efficiently tagging and classifying data is a critical first step in protecting it against the growing number of threats in today's data management landscape. Being able to scan data natively in the cloud data platform is an innovation that enables data discovery at scale."
Immuta offers a comprehensive Data Security Platform that enables sensitive data discovery, security and access control and activity monitoring. Immuta Discover automatically discovers and classifies sensitive data relevant to the leading regulatory frameworks. Immuta Detect adds critical user and data access behavior monitoring and auditing. And, Immuta Secure provides scalable data access control and enforcement across cloud data platforms. Together, these capabilities give customers comprehensive data security and governance for analytic workloads.
Immuta enables organizations to unlock value from their cloud data by protecting it and providing secure access. The Immuta Data Security Platform provides sensitive data discovery, security and access control, data activity monitoring, and has deep integrations with the leading cloud data platforms. Immuta is now trusted by Fortune 500 companies and government agencies around the world to secure their data. Founded in 2015, Immuta is headquartered in Boston, MA. To learn more about Immuta, click here.
Big Data Management
iMerit | September 07, 2023
iMerit, a prominent player in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) data solutions, has unveiled its latest offering, the Radiology Annotation Product Suite. This innovative suite is designed to cater to the needs of medical AI developers by providing advanced automation, annotation, and analytics capabilities.
This new product suite is firmly rooted in iMerit's Ango Hub platform, an end-to-end enterprise-grade technology platform that is specifically tailored to deliver top-notch data annotation tools for AI development teams. Within this suite, a comprehensive range of solutions awaits, including data sourcing, workflow design, cutting-edge data annotation tools, and the invaluable input of human experts, all seamlessly integrated into a single platform. This unique fusion of iMerit's technological prowess and radiology expertise ensures a smooth journey from training data all the way to regulatory benchmarking.
A significant hurdle in radiology AI applications is the demand for specialized tools and insights from domain experts to ensure the necessary accuracy and precision in training data. For developers, the Radiology Annotation Product Suite offers a one-stop solution, combining automation, annotation tools, and analytics within a single platform, facilitating the creation of precise data pipelines essential for quick scaling radiology AI solutions into production.
Sina Bari MD, Senior Director of Medical AI at iMerit, explained that their suite aims to combine human expertise, data management, and automation in a single solution.
Notable features include
Customized workflows designed for Radiologists with consensus and multistep capabilities.
Diagnostic-level annotation accuracy with multiplanar functionality and 3D volume rendering.
Efficient annotation facilitated by smart automation tools and model integration.
Stringent data security and regulatory compliance, including CFR 21 Part 11, HIPAA, and SOC2.
This solution seamlessly integrates U.S. and offshore experts, including board-certified radiologists, all within a highly secure end-to-end platform, ensuring cost-effective scaling of annotation efforts.
Radha Basu, Founder and CEO of iMerit, emphasized the importance of their work, stating that they understand the challenges of developing AI applications and that their suite was built to scale data annotation efforts with high quality, accuracy, and speed.
iMerit is a prominent AI data solutions company specializing in data services such as dataset creation, image tagging, sentiment analysis, data verification, and content aggregation. It serves Fortune 500 enterprises in various industries and have a global presence, with headquarters in the United States and teams in India, the US, Bhutan, and Europe. iMerit's investors include Omidyar Network, Dell.org, Khosla Ventures, and British International Investment.
Big Data Management
Ocient | September 25, 2023
Ocient, a renowned hyperscale data analytics platform, has recently announced the release of its second annual industry report, titled "Beyond Big Data: Hyperscale Takes Flight." The 2023 report, which is the result of a survey conducted among 500 data and IT leaders responsible for managing data workloads exceeding 150 terabytes, sheds light on the escalating significance of hyperscale data management within enterprises. It also underscores the critical requisites of time, talent, and cutting-edge technology necessary for the effective harnessing of data at scale.
Building on the foundation of Ocient's inaugural Beyond Big Data survey, the 2023 report delves into the minds of IT decision-makers, seeking to unravel the challenges, investment priorities, and future prospects occupying the forefront of their agendas for 2023 and beyond. The report offers valuable year-over-year comparisons, drawing on trends identified in 2022 while also presenting fresh, timely insights that mirror the immediate concerns of enterprise leaders in the United States.
Among the pivotal insights featured in this year's report are the following:
Immediate Emphasis on Data Quality: Organizations committed to leveraging their hyperscale data for critical business decisions are placing paramount importance on ensuring the highest data quality standards.
Data Workload Growth as a Driving Force: Data and IT leaders are increasingly recognizing data warehousing and analytics as pivotal elements of their IT strategies, a sentiment vividly reflected in their budget allocations.
AI Readiness at the Forefront: Leaders are eager participants in the AI revolution, yet they grapple with concerns surrounding security, accuracy, and trust.
Innovation Hindered by Talent and Technology Gaps: Many leaders continue to struggle with the challenges of optimizing their toolsets and scaling their teams swiftly enough to meet the demands posed by hyperscale data volumes.
Stephen Catanzano, Senior Analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group, commented:
It's clear enterprises are investing in data analytics and warehousing, especially given their costs are being driven up so high with older systems that can't handle the data that's being pushed to them.
[Source – Business Wire]
Chris Gladwin, Co-Founder and CEO of Ocient, stated that data was not slowing down, and he emphasized that the results of the 2023 Beyond Big Data report confirmed the significance of hyperscale data workloads for enterprises across various industries. He also noted that data volumes were on the rise, as was the importance of comprehending one's data. Nevertheless, the challenges related to data quality, the proliferation of tools, and staffing constraints persisted and were impeding progress in the industry.
Furthermore, Gladwin mentioned that the frontier beyond big data had arrived and that Ocient's annual report illustrated the challenges and opportunities that were shaping the enterprise data strategies of the future.
Ocient is a pioneering hyperscale data analytics solutions company dedicated to empowering organizations to unlock substantial value through the analysis of trillions of data records, achieving performance levels and cost efficiencies previously deemed unattainable. The company is entrusted by leading organizations around the globe to leverage the expertise of its industry professionals in crafting and implementing sophisticated solutions. These solutions not only enable the rapid exploration of new revenue avenues but also streamline operational processes and enhance security measures, all while managing five to 10 times more data and significantly reducing storage requirements by up to 80%.