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Business Intelligence Startup Looker Scoops Another $30m

Looker Business Intelligence 30m FundingLooker, an intuitive SaaS business intelligence tool provider that assists companies dealing in Big Data analytics, recently announced closing a $30 million Series B financing round. The round was spearheaded by Meritech Capital Partners, and saw participation from Sapphire Ventures, as well as existing investors Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, and PivotNorth. “The BI market is experiencing a renaissance as data analysts and business users demand more than visualization and discovery from their tools. We expect Looker to lead the charge and become a dominant player,” said Rob Ward, Managing Director at Meritech Capital Partners. Data analysts can use Looker’s platform to create and curate custom data experiences, “so everyone in the business can explore the data that matters to them in the context that makes it truly meaningful,” explains...
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Ryft’s Big Data Analytics Platform Promises 10GB per sec- or Faster- Performance

Ryft Big Data Analytics 10 Gigabytes SecondRyft, a big bata outfit that has products which offer ‘actionable intelligence from complex data’ has rolled out a new analytics platform that claims to be 200X faster than conventional hardware, in analyzing historical and streaming data simultaneously. Dubbed, Ryft ONE, the new offering promises to provide actionable business insights by simultaneously analyzing up to 48 terabytes of historical and streaming data at an 10 gigabytes/second or faster. It claims to be the only commercial 1U platform capable of doing so. “The loosely coupled, physically distributed compute-and-memory nodes of today’s high-end clusters turn daunting data analytics problems into IO bottlenecks that can slow solution times. The Ryft ONE platform aims to supercharge performance on challenging analytics workloads with a scalable 1U device designed for easy integration into existing server environments,”...
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Pyramid Analytics Just Tripled Their Customer Base, Again

Pyramid Analytics Business Intelligence Magic Quadrant GrowthPyramid Analytics has reported all round growth in the past year, marked by increased customer base – which has been tripling every year in the last three years, and doubled workforce. “The market is rapidly evolving from departmental BI to more mature, cross-departmental BI for the enterprise,” notes Omri Kohl, co-founder and CEO of Pyramid Analytics. “The responses from our customers gave us a ‘big mover’ advantage in the Garter MQ, validating that our governed data discovery platform offers all users the necessary assurance that the data they are working with provides everyone with the same version of the truth.” The Amsterdam based, global outfit hired finance veteran Micha Ben Chorin as chief financial officer recently. The Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, conducted annually, published in February this...
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Data vs. Style- When Data’s Not the Only Thing That Matters

Westwing_Mood_Summerglam_FINAL (1)The data science market has reached a point that we can safely assume that if you have customers, data is valuable to you. It can help you find new customers, re-engage exisiting ones, and make product recommendations tailored to their specific needs. But for Westwing, an online style and furniture “magazine”, data can’t replace a good curatorial eye. We spoke to Global Head of Business Intelligence at Westwing Thomas Rützel, about fusing data and style to create the perfect product.  Tell us a little bit about Westwing. Westwing is a leading international ecommerce company started in 2011 as the first online home and living shopping club in Germany. The idea behind our shopping club is to be a “shoppable magazine”: Like a magazine we inspire our over 19 million members with great...
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10 Predictive Analytics Influencers You Need to Know

Top Predictive Analytics Advanced Figures InfluencersPredictive analytics is the sweet spot where machine learning meets the enterprise. Analytics & predictive algorithms fused together mean we can now gains insight into how future patterns and trends may develop. This type of technology has ramifications across industries, but many are left clueless about the development and applications in this field. But never fear- we’re here to help. These 10 influencers provide a fascinating and hassle-free entry point into the world of predictive analytics. As always, a note on our methodology: we discovered and ranked influencers based on Twitter activity around “#PredictiveAnalytics” and “Predictive Analytics”, using Keyhole, FollowerWonk, Klout, and a little of our own algorithmic magic to compile the sources. The list contains influencers from a diverse range of backgrounds, including media moguls, serial entrepreneurs and academics....
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Phocas Software Tops Thirteen Categories in World’s Largest Business Intelligence Software Survey

Phocas Software Tops Thirteen Categories in World’s Largest Business Intelligence Software SurveyPress Release: Global business intelligence (BI) software firm Phocas Software has ranked on top of its competitors in 13 categories and scored outstanding results in 26 others in its two peer groups ad-hoc reporting and visual discovery in the latest findings from the world’s largest survey of business intelligence software users. The BARC BI 2014 Survey findings, released this week, ranked Phocas on top in key areas in the visual discovery peer group including: Business benefits – such as increased employee satisfaction and better business decision making Mobile BI use – how many sites use Mobile BI with their business intelligence tool Cloud BI – access their data from a secured internet environment Project Length – how long it takes to implement the product Performance Satisfaction – top ranked Visual...
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SnowFlake Scoops Up $26M to Carve Out Niche in Data Warehousing Tech

Hot Air BaloonSnowflake Computing, a cloud data warehousing startup that’s coming out of stealth mode with intentions to disrupt the data warehousing market, has secured $26 million in Series B funding from prominent venture capital firms Redpoint Ventures, Sutter Hill Ventures and Wing Ventures, to do just that. The total investment has now reached about $50 million since their seed and Series A funding. John Walecka, founding partner of Redpoint Ventures will join the SnowFlake board. Team expansion to accelerate product development and customer and partner ecosystems creation remain on the cards. “There has been shockingly little innovation in data warehousing in a decade. That creates a huge and largely unaddressed market opportunity—to create a data warehouse designed for the data, analytics, and technology innovations of today and tomorrow,” explains Bob Muglia,...
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Birst and SAP Extend Partnership to Offer Instant Cloud Analytics

SAPCompanies offering cloud-based analytics platforms have received considerable attention over the past few years and it is undeniably a hot place to be today. Take the release of Oracle RightNow Analytics Cloud last week, as an example of this, or GoodData’s recent funding announcement. SalesForce is also preparing an analytics cloud plan, which is rumoured to be announced next week. Given the extreme shift towards cloud analytics, companies in this space have to offer something unique to differentiate themselves from their competitors. In an attempt to do just this, SAP and Birst today announced that they will extend their partnership to combine SAP HANA’s Cloud Platform with Birst’s analytics capabilities. Branding it as instant analytics offering, the partnership is aimed at addressing a key enterprise problem in the market right...
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Zoomdata Picks up $17M in Series B Funding to Alter Business Intelligence Landscape

Zoomdata picks up $17M in Series B to alter Business Intelligence landscapeZoomdata, a Big data Visualisation startup, has landed $17 million recent funding for its proprietary platform capable of analyzing billions of records in seconds, bridging old and new data management platforms. Zoomdata’s mission is to make the processing and visualising of big data an accessible field to all; their technology processes and streams data into visuals, which begin taking shape in seconds. The series B funding round was led by Accel Partners with help from NEA, Columbus Nova Technology Partners, Razor’s Edge Ventures and B7. After the July 2013 Series A round of $4.1 million, the total funds raised has gone up to $22.2 million, Zoommdata announced in a press release on Monday. “We have not seen a technology as potentially disruptive as Zoomdata’s in this space,” noted Jake Flomenberg,...
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BI Vendor Series: Focus Datavirtuality

dv_featured_imageBusiness intelligence has gained considerable traction over the past decade. The explosion of data and the importance it now has on every modern business has led to a dramatic rise in BI vendors offering various solutions to improve the ways in which a company stores, collects and analyses its data. Modernising your company’s BI infrastructures and practices is of the utmost importance for improving decision making, discovering new business opportunities and dramatically reducing costs. With so many BI vendors offering to do a better job than the other, however, how do you differentiate which one is best for your particular business needs? To help you with this decision, we have launched a new series to dispel the myths around the topic. This edition will focus on a German Startup called...
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