Starhub Deploys Denodo for Data Virtualization to Accelerate IT Delivery of Data Services

Denodo | September 21, 2020

Denodo, the leader in data virtualization, today announced that StarHub, a leading homegrown Singapore company that delivers world-class communication, entertainment and digital solutions, has implemented the Denodo Platform as part of the modernization of StarHub’s IT landscape. By adopting the Denodo Platform, StarHub aims to provide a single secure data services delivery platform to provide timely data to the business.

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In the nascent crypto trading markets, the levels of competition are relatively low and inefficiencies abound, creating ample opportunities for active trading strategies to earn healthy risk-adjusted returns. However, that is bound to change as high returns inevitably attract new entrants and increased competition will unavoidably drive the returns down, pushing the weakest players into unprofitability. To remain competitive, crypto traders will need to evolve and seek a totally different level of expertise, infrastructure, and resources.


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Fractal expands cloud AI offerings with the acquisition of Neal Analytics

Fractal | January 12, 2022

Fractal, a global provider of artificial intelligence and advanced analytics to Fortune 500® companies, today announced the acquisition of Neal Analytics, a cloud, data, engineering and AI Microsoft Gold consulting partner, for an undisclosed amount. Neal Analytics strengthens Fractal's AI engineering capabilities & cloud-first offerings on Microsoft's multi cloud ecosystems and enables clients to scale AI and power decisions; It also strengthens Fractal's presence in the Pacific Northwest, Canada, and India. Founded in 2011, Neal Analytics is a Microsoft Gold Consulting Partner supporting its cross-industry clients, such as PepsiCo and Microsoft, in their data-driven transformation initiatives. Neal Analytics' 200+ team brings deep expertise on the Azure stack - across data science, AI & ML, IoT, Edge Computing, BI, application development, migration and modernization, and automation. Neal Analytics also has partnerships with Intel, Nvidia, and Databricks. "We are excited about partnering with Dylan and his talented team at Neal Analytics. They have built a great client-centric, people-oriented culture, and have an impressive track record of solving and scaling AI engineering challenges, especially on the Microsoft platform, for marquee clients. This partnership will accelerate our ability to power data-driven decisions end-to-end for our Fortune® 500 sized clients." Srikanth Velamakanni, Co-founder and Group Chief Executive, Fractal Dylan Dias, CEO, Neal Analytics, said, "This is the successful culmination of a thorough, year-long process. Our goals were to find the best long-term home for Neal's 200+ employees, a platform to scale faster, and the ability to play a bigger role in this fast-accelerating space. Fractal was a clear choice. Our culture and vision are 100% aligned. This is an exciting opportunity to empower our people and work alongside like-minded practitioners to transform businesses with cloud, data, and AI. It will enable Neal Analytics and Fractal to grow and achieve more together." Satish Raman, Chief Strategy Officer, Fractal, said, "Hyperscale cloud infrastructures are enabling organizations to be more agile and improve their business performance to better serve clients. Neal's award-winning experts in Microsoft's Azure and cloud technologies have been helping organizations to securely migrate, modernize and accelerate their business transformation within the cloud for more than a decade. We're delighted that this acquisition of Neal will further strengthen our rapidly growing analytics, AI, and data engineering business in North America." About Fractal Fractal is one of the most prominent players in the Artificial Intelligence space. Fractal's mission is to power every human decision in the enterprise and brings AI, engineering, and design to help the world's most admired Fortune 500® companies. Fractal's products include Qure.ai to assist radiologists in making better diagnostic decisions, Crux Intelligence to assist CEOs and senior executives make better tactical and strategic decisions, Theremin.ai to improve investment decisions, Eugenie.ai to find anomalies in high-velocity data, Samya.ai to drive next-generation Enterprise Revenue Growth Management, Senseforth.ai to automate customer interactions at scale to grow top-line and bottom-line and Analytics Vidhya is the largest Analytics and Data Science community offering industry-focused training programs. About Neal Analytics Neal Analytics is a cloud, data, and AI Microsoft Gold Consulting Partner supporting data-driven transformation initiatives from data strategy to solution design, architecture, development, operationalization, and support. Neal leverages Agile methodologies and flexible engagement models to deliver measurable customer value with a focus on right sized and pragmatic approaches towards digital transformation.

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Piano Partners with Snowflake to Help Teams Leverage the Power of Advanced Analytics

Piano | January 19, 2022

Piano, the Digital Experience Cloud, today announced a partnership with Snowflake, the Data Cloud company, to help businesses understand and activate their data at scale. As part of the Powered by Snowflake program, Piano leverages Snowflake as the cloud-based data platform for its sophisticated analytics tool—making it fast and easy to store, query, enrich and securely share data within the Snowflake ecosystem. These advanced capabilities enable real-time, accurate analysis of customer behavior to help organizations drive personalization at scale. Launched in September 2021, Piano Analytics delivers a powerful analytics solution designed for broad accessibility and manipulation, regardless of an employee's level of data proficiency. By democratizing access to data, businesses can eliminate data silos and ensure all teams, from marketing to sales, data science to operations, are operating from a single source of truth. A core feature of the Piano Analytics solution is its superior data harvesting, which ensures data is clean, privacy-compliant, reliable and never sampled. This reduces risk for businesses and means they're able to confidently chart their path forward using the most accurate information at their disposal. The Snowflake partnership improves data portability for Piano Analytics customers, who can now use Secure Data Sharing within Snowflake to easily connect their high-quality data into other systems in the Snowflake Data Cloud, such as business intelligence tools or data governance tools. This process, which can be completed in as few as two clicks, eliminates data silos within an organization, ensuring all teams can access and work from the same reliable source of information. Thanks to Snowflake's architecture, Piano Analytics users also benefit from faster querying times, allowing teams to understand and optimize campaigns faster without compromising data quality or integrity. "We've long admired Snowflake's leading position in the data industry. When we built our Piano Analytics platform on Snowflake, we knew it would dramatically enhance both our capabilities and our user experience. As our relationship continues, we're eager to partner with Snowflake in new ways to revolutionize how organizations work with their data and use it to create superior digital experiences for their customers." Trevor Kaufman, CEO, Piano Piano's tools for data analysis and activation are already used by blue chip clients in many industries, including publishing, broadcasting, financial services, travel and more, to understand their audiences and personalize customer experiences. "The Snowflake and Piano partnership is focused on providing customers with the tools to enhance the customer experience with cutting-edge efficiency and performance," said Colleen Kapase, SVP of Worldwide Partnerships at Snowflake. "Together, we can empower joint customers to drive personalized digital strategies and connect them to other data-driven organizations through the Snowflake Data Cloud." Learn more about this partnership during Snowflake's Media Data Cloud Summit on January 19, 2022. Piano will discuss how secure data sharing through Snowflake helps organizations put the right data in the hands of every employee. About Piano Piano's Digital Experience Cloud empowers organizations to understand and influence customer behavior. By unifying customer data, analyzing behavior metrics and creating personalized customer journeys, Piano helps brands launch campaigns and products faster, strengthen customer engagement and drive personalization at scale from a single platform. Headquartered in Philadelphia with offices across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, Piano serves a global client base, including Air France, the BBC, CBS, IBM, Kirin Holdings, Jaguar Land Rover, Linkedin, Nielsen, The Wall Street Journal and more. Piano has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing, most innovative technology companies in the world by World Economic Forum, Red Herring, Inc. and Deloitte.

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ThoughtSpot Expands the Modern Analytics Cloud to Help Companies Dominate the Decade of Data

ThoughtSpot | May 11, 2022

ThoughtSpot, the Modern Analytics Cloud company, today announced a significant update to the organization’s platform during their annual customer conference Beyond 2022 to help organizations around the world dominate the decade of data. These new capabilities include ThoughtSpot Sync, CodeSpot, Bring Your Own Charts, new Liveboard capabilities, and multiple new SpotApps. ThoughtSpot also announced the launch of new editions, including Team Edition, Pro Edition, and a special offer for startups, education institutions, and nonprofits, making it possible for individuals, small teams, and growth companies to take advantage of the Modern Analytics Cloud. The dawning of the decade of data The proliferation of cloud, mobile, and new data sources over the last ten years set the stage for transformational change for every business and sector in society. Now, the rise of new technologies like AI, web3, and 5G are taking this transformation further than ever before, creating a generational shift in power in the market, within organizations, and between consumers and brands. At the core of these shifts in power is data. As these power shifts fundamentally reimagine the world around us, they’re creating new opportunities for businesses bold enough to reimagine themselves in kind. The new ThoughtSpot capabilities give companies a new experience layer that makes it possible to put innovation from across the modern data stack in the hands of every employee to maximize the value of all these different tools. Armed with these new functionalities, customers can confidently accelerate analytics initiatives and adopt the new rules of data as they seek to dominate the decade of data. A deeper look Each of the new elements launched for the Modern Analytics Cloud enables organizations, whether startups or established enterprises, to connect, build, launch, and scale the power of data in their organizations. Connect With multiple new integrations and expanded relationships, connecting ThoughtSpot to any data source or data platform has never been simpler. This includes: Support for Amazon Redshift Serverless means customers can leverage the Modern Analytics Cloud to run and scale analytics on Amazon Web Services without having to provision and manage data warehouse clusters. Snowflake Data Marketplace, including the new Snowflake Data Explorer app, gives customers the ability to create insights from third party data in the Snowflake Data Marketplace. This makes it possible to rapidly prototype insights with new data sources for leading indicators. Databricks Partner connect gives Databricks customers the ability to launch a ThoughtSpot free trial in seconds from the Databricks console. Support for new architectures with connectors for both Dremio and Starburst Galaxy gives customers the ability to leverage Live Analytics and accelerate value from different architectures, including data mesh and the data lake. Build. Organizations can build products, apps, and services faster than ever with ThoughtSpot. CodeSpot is a searchable repository of open-source ThoughtSpot blocks and code samples for developers to accelerate embedding analytics and app development with ThoughtSpot Everywhere. CodeSpot includes reusable, best practice examples of the most common development tasks, such as custom actions, visualization, API and tooling, formulas, and more. ELT Live Analytics templates are readily available custom ELT jobs built to work with SpotApps and Matillion. Any Matillion customer can launch a new use case in a matter of minutes simply by accessing the Matillion job from CodeSpot and mapping the transaction system to your cloud data platform. New third party data blocks leverage TML (ThoughtSpot Modeling Language) to empower customers to use external data to enrich their own proprietary data for more nuanced, meaningful insights. Data providers include Ibotta, Safegraph, Windfall, and FactSet. Launch. Data professionals and analytics engineers are facing increasing demands from businesses to get use cases from development to production quickly. New features from ThoughtSpot arm these professionals with the capabilities they need to do so at scale. These include: Integration with dbt, now generally available, empowers analytics engineers to translate dbt models to TML (ThoughtSpot Modeling Language). With dbt, data teams can more effectively collaborate on modeling data in the cloud data platform, then make those data models immediately consumable with ThoughtSpot. New SpotApps make getting up and running with use case templates for critical use cases simple, dramatically accelerating time to value for customers. These new SpotApps include different templates for transaction systems like ServiceNow, Snowflake, HubSpot, Okta, Google Analytics, Google Ads, Jira, Redshift, and Databricks. Scale. The transformative value of data can only be realized when it’s possible to scale these initiatives to every corner of the business quickly and efficiently. To make this achievable, ThoughtSpot has introduced new capabilities, such as: ThoughtSpot Sync, which enables companies to operationalize insights by using them to automatically trigger actions in other applications and services through APIs. Bring Your Own Charts gives users freedom to engage and see their insights in entirely new ways with the best possible chart, graph, or visualization. With Bring Your Own Charts, customers can bring any visualization from other javascript or d3 libraries directly into ThoughtSpot’s interactive, Live Analytics experience. Monitor, now generally available, scales analytics further by eliminating the need to even log into an analytics platform. Instead, users get automated insights that alert them to changes as they happen. Users can simply create KPIs, then the system continuously scans for changes, outliers, and anomalies. When detected, it goes further, initiating an automated change analysis to uncover the key drivers of the change then pushes all these insights to a user. “The more we talk to customers, the more it’s clear they need an entirely new experience layer for analytics if they want to realize the potential of the modern data stack. The tools built for desktops that deliver static visualizations simply won’t cut it in the decade of data,” said Ajeet Singh, cofounder & Executive Chairman, ThoughtSpot. “With today’s new capabilities, we’re answering the call of customers. Whether they’re looking to bring insights to everyone in their organization, build products and apps with Live Analytics, or launch new use cases, we’re ready to help them make that possible with the Modern Analytics Cloud.” “Data is a vital element of our education products and services. With ThoughtSpot, we’re able to deliver fundamentally new ways to obtain valuable data and share insights that can lead to better student outcomes,” said Patrick Deshler, SVP Technology, Survey & Document Solutions, Data Recognition Corporation. “This ability to incorporate agility directly into our product is critical to driving a differentiated experience for our customers.” See the power of the Modern Analytics Cloud for yourself and start a 30 day free trial today. About ThoughtSpot ThoughtSpot is the Modern Analytics Cloud company. Our mission is to create a more fact-driven world with the easiest to use analytics platform. With ThoughtSpot, anyone can leverage natural language search and AI to find data insights and tap into the most cutting edge innovations the cloud data ecosystem has to offer. Companies can put the power of their modern data stack in the hands of every employee, extend the value of their data to partners and customers, and automate entire business processes. ThoughtSpot enables everyone within an organization to limitlessly engage with live data regardless of their cloud data platform, making it easy to achieve granular, actionable insights through Live Analytics. Customers can take advantage of ThoughtSpot’s web and mobile applications to improve decision making for every employee.

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Next Generation of Tableau Cloud Brings Advanced Analytics and Automated Insights to Business Users

Tableau Cloud | May 17, 2022

Today, at the annual Tableau Conference, Salesforce introduced Tableau Cloud, the fastest and easiest way for customers to get the full value of Tableau at enterprise scale. The offering is the next generation of what was formerly known as Tableau Online and includes new innovations to boost productivity by delivering intelligent, powerful and easy-to-use analytical tools to help anyone uncover insights and confidently make data-driven decisions. An integral part of the Salesforce Customer 360, Tableau empowers customers to surface and gain actionable insights from all their trusted data, creating a single source of truth, accessible anytime, anywhere. Market volatility and widespread supply chain disruptions make it increasingly challenging for companies to contain costs and keep their businesses moving forward. Data can help manage these complexities and changes. For example, connected supply chains and production lines generate a wealth of data and customers expect real-time visibility into when goods will arrive. A recent McKinsey study found a strong correlation between the success of an organization's planning and adoption of advanced analytics. Data-driven supply chain management offers new ways to avoid disruption and respond to unforeseen circumstances with speed and confidence. Tableau Cloud provides the leading analytics platform to meet customers where they prefer to operate their business. In fact, 70 percent of new customers choose Tableau Cloud over an on-premise or hybrid solution to power their analytics. Tableau also continues to offer self-managed solutions and is committed to providing customers the flexible options they need. "Speed, ease of use and flexibility have been key differentiators for Tableau and the reasons why customers rely on us to help transform their business through data-driven decision making and increased efficiency, With Tableau Cloud, we're making it easier for our customers to drive even more analytics success. Tableau Cloud helps our customers deliver the analytics they need to their users, while we ensure the highest levels of trust, availability and performance." -Francois Ajenstat, Chief Product Officer, Tableau at Salesforce. As part of the launch, Tableau is working with Snowflake to provide an extended promotional trial which includes Tableau Cloud licenses for Snowflake customers and, subject to program requirements, Snowflake credits upon conversion to a Tableau Cloud customer. New Tableau innovations delivers automated insights faster and more easily Tableau leverages the leading natural language and augmented analytics capabilities to help everyone use data to drive meaningful decisions. Data Stories adds automated plain-language explanations to Tableau dashboards at scale, helping customers understand and interact with data faster. Automating the analysis, build and communication of insights from data in a modern, easy-to-understand story format eliminates the need to explain dashboards repeatedly, makes data more accessible to business users and helps increase analytics adoption across the enterprise. Tableau is also expanding its Accelerators offering and the capabilities of the Tableau Exchange, a trusted hub of offerings that extend the Tableau Platform and help customers get faster time to value. Accelerators are ready-to-use, customizable dashboards that can be used across multiple industries, departments and enterprise applications to quickly deliver insights and value. Tableau now has more than 100 Accelerators on the Tableau Exchange, including those built by experts across the Tableau Partner Network, further expanding the unique use cases customers can apply. The Tableau Exchange also features a new in-product capability, enabling customers to explore and use any offering from the Tableau exchange directly in the product without requiring a separate download. This keeps people in the flow and enables them to get the right solution when they need it. New enterprise-ready capabilities to increase efficiency Tableau is also introducing Advanced Management, which helps Tableau customers manage, secure and scale mission-critical analytics across the enterprise. Administrators can gain deep insight into adoption and performance, leverage advanced encryption capabilities to meet security requirements and gain increased capacity limits to ensure teams and individuals have access to relevant data. Examples include: Customer-Managed Encryption Keys helps customers meet organizational compliance standards and add an additional layer of protection for their data. Activity Log provides detailed event data to help administrators keep track of how individuals are using Tableau. It also enables permission auditing to better implement controls over an enterprise's deployment. And with Admin Insights, data is retained for up to one year to help track dataset usage, license adoption and visualization load times. "Data is critical to delivering on the promise of leveraging mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients, Security, governance, scalability and manageability are important components of our overall data analytics strategy and we're excited to see how Advanced Management will make it easier and faster to optimize our deployment." -Adam Mico, Principal, Data Visualization and Enablement at Moderna. Bringing Einstein into Tableau delivers deeper insights across the Salesforce Customer 360 Tableau is also helping drive the Salesforce Customer 360 and empowering customers to fully leverage their data to gain actionable insights from their CRM data. Powered by Einstein Discovery's artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology, Tableau is helping people with domain expertise make better decisions faster and with more confidence. For example, Model Builder enables business teams to collaboratively build and consume predictive models, using the Einstein Discovery engine, without having to leave their Tableau workflows. Infusing Einstein Discovery into CRM Analytics, the advanced analytics solution for CRM users, will help customers surface actionable insights directly in the Salesforce workflow: Einstein Discovery: Text Clustering leverages machine learning (ML) models to extract keywords from large text fields to quickly reveal hidden insights and improve decision making. Einstein Discovery: Bias Detection for multiclass models expands the use-cases for multi-class models by rooting out bias by variable, preventing the need to re-train an entire model. More information: Tableau's new capabilities will be available by the end of 2022 About Tableau Tableau helps people see and understand data. Tableau offers visual analytics with powerful AI, data management and collaboration. From individuals to organizations of all sizes, customers around the world love using Tableau's advanced analytics to fuel impactful, data-driven decisions. For more information, please visit www.tableau.com. About Salesforce Salesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies of every size and industry to digitally transform and create a 360° view of their customers.

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In the nascent crypto trading markets, the levels of competition are relatively low and inefficiencies abound, creating ample opportunities for active trading strategies to earn healthy risk-adjusted returns. However, that is bound to change as high returns inevitably attract new entrants and increased competition will unavoidably drive the returns down, pushing the weakest players into unprofitability. To remain competitive, crypto traders will need to evolve and seek a totally different level of expertise, infrastructure, and resources.

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