WekaIO to Manage WeRide's AI Data Pipeline

WekaIO, Dasher | July 21, 2020

WekaIO™, the innovation leader in high-performance and scalable file storage, announced today that WeRide, a smart mobility company with industry-leading autonomous driving technologies, has selected the Weka File System (WekaFS™), the world’s fastest shared parallel file system from WekaIO, to manage its artificial intelligence (AI) data pipeline from the edge to the core to the cloud. WeRide implemented WekaFS using a hybrid model to manage compute and storage resources both on-premises using commodity Intel x86-based servers and in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. WeRide chose WekaFS because it presented a hardware-agnostic solution that was also the most cost-efficient, delivering high-bandwidth I/O to the company’s GPU farm for high performance with mixed workloads.

WeRide is a multi-faceted AI startup that works on advanced research and development (R&D) cycles for Level 4 (L4) autonomous driving vehicles and on partnerships with transportation platform providers that support robotaxi services for commuters. The company processes data at the petabyte (PB) level with a daily mix of large video and image files generated from mapping the operational design domain for the robotaxi service. The images are collected from more than 2 million kilometers of driving distance. WeRide produces millions of high-quality labeling data that is annotated at the core, trained by the AI model on the cloud-based cluster, and fed back to the on-premises AI engine.

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March Networks Acquires Cloud-Based Data Analytics Platform from DoIT Software

March Networks | October 07, 2022

March Networks®, a global video surveillance and video-based business intelligence leader, is pleased to announce it has acquired the FOCUS Business Analytics Platform from DoIT Software Sp.Z.o.o based in Gliwice, Poland. The transaction fast-tracks its transition to cloud video and gives March Networks a new cloud-based data analytics platform that will be integrated into its existing Searchlight software, further extending its ability to deliver operational and business intelligence to its customers. March Networks completed the acquisition on October 1. The majority of the DoIT Software staff will join the newly established March Networks Poland and the facility will serve as the company's newly created development center for advanced data analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Searchlight is a highly flexible platform that combines high-definition video surveillance with various data sources including transactional data from point of sale systems, metadata from AI-enabled cameras and other forms of sensor-driven data to give organizations a complete view of their business. Using the platform, corporations can address security and fraud concerns, while also gaining insights into operational, compliance, and sales and marketing issues. With the new FOCUS software integration, Searchlight will be further enhanced so all data lives in the cloud. A modern and intuitive user interface will also feature customizable reports and dashboards, allowing customers to configure a multitude of reports, establish key performance indicators (KPIs), monitor trends, and set targets for improvement. Multiple sources of data can be tied together, analyzed and visualized, giving customers a more comprehensive view of their business. Today, 15,000 business locations worldwide use March Networks Searchlight™, including multi-national retailers and financial institutions, major restaurant chains, as well as leading c-stores. Once the integration with Focus is complete, these customers will be able to upgrade to the new cloud-based platform and take advantage of its scalability and flexibility. "We are very excited to add the FOCUS platform to the March Networks product portfolio. This represents our first acquisition since being acquired by Delta in December. "Our product strategy continues to center on extending the value of video surveillance beyond security, and this new platform — with its ability to process large data sets from multiple sources — offers almost unlimited potential to gather new operational and business intelligence. We are very happy to welcome Leszek Tomanek and the staff of DoIT Software to the March Networks family. We plan to further invest in the area and expect to double the number of employees in our new Gliwice office." Peter Strom, President and CEO of March Networks Leszek Tomanek, CEO of DoIT Software, said the March Networks product vision aligns well with DoIT Software's technical expertise. "Our FOCUS software developers bring years of experience building scalable video and data analytics solutions. We're excited to bring this knowledge and experience to March Networks, and further enhance an already well-established and successful product in Searchlight." March Networks is targeting to launch the next evolution of Searchlight integrated with the cloud-based FOCUS platform in Q1 2023. Existing March Networks hosted Searchlight customers will be able to gain access to the new platform on a trial basis, while still enjoying the same features and functions that exist today. About March Networks March Networks® helps organizations transform video into business intelligence through the integration of surveillance video, analytics, and data from business systems and IoT devices. Companies worldwide use our software solutions to improve efficiency and compliance, reduce losses and risk, enhance customer service and compete more successfully. With deep roots in video security and networking, March Networks is also recognized as the leader in scalable, enterprise-class video management and hosted services. We are proud to work with many of the world's largest financial institutions, retail brands, cannabis operators and transit authorities, and to deliver our software and systems through an extensive distribution and partner network in more than 70 countries. Founded in 2000, March Networks is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is owned by Delta, a global leader in power and thermal management solutions. For more information, please visit marchnetworks.com. March Networks and the March Networks logo are trademarks of March Networks Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. About DoIT Software DoIT Software was founded in 2019 by a group of experienced professionals. The company's focus was to build software products based on the latest available technology with the goal of delivering valuable content to businesses. Using expertise around different types of data, the DoIT team built a big data platform accompanied by a web-based application. The solution allowed users to process a variety of data and give it a visual context.

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ThoughtSpot for Sheets Launches to Bring Self-service Analytics to Spreadsheets

ThoughtSpot | October 28, 2022

ThoughtSpot, the Modern Analytics Cloud company, today announced the launch of ThoughtSpot for Sheets, an entirely new web plug-in that brings modern, true self-service analytics directly to data in Google Sheets. With ThoughtSpot for Sheets, users simply install a free plugin app for Google Sheets, and then can instantly begin analyzing all their data in these sheets through search. Built and run entirely in the browser, ThoughtSpot for Sheets requires no data modeling, technical skills, or existing architecture. Users simply install, connect, and start searching. Currently, ThoughtSpot for Sheets is compatible with Google Sheets, including Connected Sheets, along with Supermetrics and Coefficient. Additional partners are planned for the near future. Customers can leverage ThoughtSpot for Sheets directly on their data already in Google Sheets. With Coefficient, customers can easily and quickly bring data from their cloud data platform or cloud applications into Sheets, which is then immediately ready for analysis with ThoughtSpot for Sheets. Supermetrics enables customers to bring data from their various marketing applications into sheets, which can then be searched and analyzed instantly with ThoughtSpot for Sheets. Extending self-service analytics to data in sheets Since its founding, ThoughtSpot has been on a mission to make the world more fact-driven by empowering anyone to ask questions and get answers from data. The company pioneered the first true Live Analytics platform, where every employee, regardless of technical sophistication, could use search to extract insights from their cloud data platform and take action on them. Today, customers like Harri, Frontify, and Accern rely on ThoughtSpot as the experience layer of their modern data stack. With ThoughtSpot for Sheets, this same interactive, intuitive analytics experience is being extended to the tremendous amounts of data and information stored in spreadsheets. While much of the business world’s data has moved to cloud data platforms, the reality is a massive amount of data remains in spreadsheets. More than a billion users engage with Google Sheets, and research suggests that 40% of spreadsheet users struggle to make sense of their data in spreadsheets. Historically, analyzing the data in these sheets required a deep understanding of spreadsheet best practices and operations, or moving this data into an analytics solution. ThoughtSpot for Sheets dramatically simplifies this process. Analyzing this data is as simple as asking a question in simple natural language, without needing to purchase any software or move any data. “ThoughtSpot is the platform for the masses, for everyday people to be able to ask questions of their cloud data and get reliable answers back instantly. But we know to truly advance our mission of building a more fact-driven world, we must go beyond the more robust, mature cloud data platforms, and be anywhere data lives. That includes spreadsheets. “ThoughtSpot for Sheets makes it possible for any individual to experience the power of self-service analytics and get answers, exactly when and where they need them.” Sumeet Arora, Chief Development Officer, ThoughtSpot "There are millions of companies that use Google spreadsheets every day. For many, spreadsheets remain a center of gravity or a necessary extension for data analysis and critical rapid decision-making. What ThoughtSpot has done here is so powerful yet so simple,” said Anand Thaker, martech industry expert and Exec GTM Advisor. “By bringing the power of search directly to where data lives for these companies, ThoughtSpot for Sheets will enable hundreds of millions of users to analyze data and share insights within their current agile workflows." “The biggest obstacle in analytics for most companies is the constant battle to scour their marketing data for value,” said John Wall, Partner, Trust Insights and Host of Marketing Over Coffee. “ThoughtSpot for Sheets provides a quick and easy solution that any marketer can use to master their spreadsheet data.” “Nearly everyone has interacted with spreadsheets at some point in their professional lives. While spreadsheets are extremely powerful, they lack the data connectivity needed to be truly useful and trusted across a company,” said Ben Crosswell, COO, Coefficient. “With our new integration with ThoughtSpot for Sheets, it’s incredibly easy to leverage live company data directly from Google Sheets to explore insights with ThoughtSpot for Sheets, and share those insights across the company. We’re in a new era of empowering the business user, and we’re happy to be working together to help teams take advantage.” “Every marketer today engages with data in some capacity, whether to measure and optimize campaigns, deliver exceptional customer experiences, or shape products and services. With data coming from so many different applications and sources, our customers unlock tremendous value by bringing this data into spreadsheets for analysis. But exploring this data, finding insights, and creating charts and visualizations can be both challenging and time consuming,” said Mikael Thuneberg, Founder & CEO, Supermetrics. “With ThoughtSpot for Sheets, our customers can now sync all their marketing data to Sheets with Supermetrics and then instantly search to explore their data, visualize insights, and share those with others to create efficient, delightful marketing.” The launch of ThoughtSpot for Sheets comes on the heels of ThoughtSpot’s year focused on democratizing the Modern Analytics Cloud, including the launch of new Team and Pro editions that make ThoughtSpot affordable for every size team and budget. 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. With ThoughtSpot’s developer-friendly platform, ThoughtSpot Everywhere, customers can also bring the Modern Analytics Cloud to their products and services, engaging users and keep them coming back for more. Organizations like BT, T-Mobile, Snowflake, HubSpot, Exxon, Daimler, Medtronic, Hulu, Royal Bank of Canada, Nasdaq, OpenTable, Workato, and Nationwide Building Society rely on ThoughtSpot to transform how their employees and customers take advantage of data.

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Analytics8 Acquires High-End Data Analytics Consultancy Mashey

Analytics8 | September 23, 2022

Analytics8, a data and analytics consulting firm that specializes in designing, developing, and deploying modern data solutions, has announced the acquisition of Denver-based Mashey, a high-end data analytics consultancy focused on modern data technology. The move to acquire Mashey—which was finalized on Sept. 16, 2022—enables Analytics8 to further its goal of continued growth while providing exceptional data services to clients, career development opportunities for its staff, and enhanced partnerships with industry vendors. "Our objective is to build Analytics8 into the premier independent data and analytics consulting firm in North America." said David Fussichen, CEO of Analytics8. "This is another step in that direction." "We are delighted to welcome Mashey's entire team because they demonstrate and support the core values and business philosophy of Analytics8—where employees can grow their careers by engaging in interesting, meaningful client work, and where clients can come to expect the best experience working with a data and analytics consultancy." Mashey brings to Analytics8 additional capabilities around modern data technology, including dbt, Fivetran, Snowflake, Looker, Qlik, Airbyte, Sigma, Monte Carlo, and Firebolt, along with valued perspectives that come with years of experience in the data and analytics space. "We aim to be the best data analytics team possible, both for our customers and for ourselves," said Philip Lima, founder of Mashey. "Combining the Mashey team with Analytics8 will ensure we all get there even faster." As Analytics8 sets goals for continued growth, the company also renews its commitment to its employees, to foster an environment that promotes inclusivity and career development; and to its clients, to provide customer-centric data services that change how they work with data. If you're interested in learning more details about this acquisition, check out the interview with Analytics8 CEO, David Fussichen, and Mashey founder, Philip Lima. About Analytics8 Analytics8 helps organizations make smart, data-driven decisions by translating their data into meaningful and actionable information. Our data consultants help with the entire data and analytics lifecycle—from strategy to implementation—so companies can make sense of their data and use it to solve complex business problems.

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Precisely Works with AWS to Power Mainframe Modernization for Real-Time Access to Data

Precisely | December 01, 2022

Precisely, the global leader in data integrity, today announced it is working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) on its AWS Mainframe Modernization service. The integration offers real-time replication of mainframe data to AWS leveraging Precisely Connect, allowing customers to securely and efficiently migrate data, as well as access mainframe data on AWS for more powerful analytics. This new scope of work delivers a mainframe modernization solution to the market that allows customers to replicate mainframe data onto AWS with zero downtime. The functionality allows customers to build resilient, high-performance data pipelines that connect data from their mainframe databases to AWS services like Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), Amazon Aurora, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon EMR, Amazon Managed Streaming for Apache Kafka (MSK), Amazon Redshift, Snowflake on AWS, and more. By accelerating access to mainframe data on AWS, businesses can get mainframe migration projects done on time and on budget, all while extending the value of mission-critical, and high investment, mainframe systems. The integration solution works within a business’s existing architecture, allowing teams to future-proof solutions and be flexible when introducing new applications and use cases. Customers that have already begun taking advantage of these joint capabilities include AAA Life Insurance: “Our customers rely on us to provide financial protection for their loved ones, and with over 1,500,000 active policies, central to success is real-time access to trusted data across multiple sources. This includes mainframe systems - which are notoriously challenging to integrate effectively,” said Steven Hinzmann, Manager of Application Development at AAA Life Insurance. “Precisely Connect allows us to quickly and easily access vast volumes of historical business and customer data, which is then replicated to the AWS environment where it can be leveraged for advanced analytics. The combination of Precisely’s rich heritage in handling mainframe data with AWS’s cloud platform has been unbeatable for allowing us to innovate and drive the best possible customer experience." “Data is the lifeblood of the digital economy and the pipelines that carry it are essential to a business’s IT infrastructure. “Together with AWS, we can help our customers to maximize their data and investments - unlocking the true potential of their critical data assets to power their business by making critical data assets available for AWS and for advanced analytics.” Eric Yau, Chief Operating Officer at Precisely “AWS and Precisely empower our customers to build trust in their data,” said Bill Platt, General Manager for Migration Services at AWS. “By integrating data from complex mainframe systems directly onto AWS, customers can rely on their data to be the driving force of confident analytics, and ensure they are deriving maximum value from their infrastructure investments.” About Precisely Precisely is the global leader in data integrity, providing accuracy, consistency, and context in data for 12,000 customers in more than 100 countries, including 99 of the Fortune 100. Precisely’s data integration, data quality, data governance, location intelligence, and data enrichment products power better business decisions to create better outcomes.

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