August 20: From BI to AI (Adapdix, Apollo GraphQL, Cloudera, Databricks, Edge Intelligence, Monte Carlo, SnapLogic, TigerGraph)

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Product Launches and Updates

Cloudera Introduces Cloudera DataFlow for the Public Cloud

On August 16, Cloudera launched Cloudera DataFlow for the Public Cloud to better manage customer data flows. When too many data flows are deployed into a single cluster, performance often falters, yet choosing larger infrastructure footprints “just in case” is expensive. Cloudera DataFlow was created to automate and manage complex cloud-native data flow operations, automatically scale up and down said streaming data flows more efficiently, and cut customers’ cloud costs. Cloudera DataFlow is generally available on AWS now.

Latest Release of the SnapLogic Platform: Self-service Integration and Automation

On August 17, SnapLogic announced its August 2021 product release, introducing no-code SnapLogic Flows for business users, ELT support to Databricks’ Delta Lake, and zero downtime upgrades, along with updating its API lifecycle and development portal. SnapLogic Flows will enable business users to construct data flows and apps to integrate into popular business software such as Salesforce without needing to know how to code, while allowing IT to provide guiderails and requirements to oversee said apps. New features in SnapLogic API lifecycle management include the abilities to maintain, improve, unpublish, deprecate, and retire APIs, ensuring that older versions aren’t used in error.

Funding

Apollo GraphQL Announces $130 Million Series D Investment to Power the Future of Graph and Application Development

On August 17, Apollo GraphQL announced a $130M Series D funding round. Insight Partners led the round, with participation from existing funders Andreessen Horowitz, Matrix Partners, and Trinity Ventures, and new investor Next47. The funding will be used on continuing R+D of open source graph technology to make app development faster and more accessible.

Monte Carlo Raises Series C, Brings Funding to $101M to Help Companies Trust Their Data

On August 17, Monte Carlo, a data reliability company, announced a $60M Series C funding round, led by ICONIQ Growth. Salesforce Ventures, along with existing investors Accel, GGV Capital, and Redpoint Ventures, all participated. Monte Carlo will use the funds to expand its product offerings, support more use cases, and open up to new markets.

Acquisitions

Adapdix acquires Edge Intelligence to bring data and AI closer together

Adapdix, an edge AI/ML platform, announced the acquisition of Edge Intelligence, a data management platform, on August 16. Edge Intelligence will improve Adapdix’ existing EdgeOps Data Mesh with better data management capabilities, and allow Adapdix to expand its existing offerings in edge automation.

Hiring

Fermín Serna Joins Databricks as Chief Security Officer

On August 19, Databricks announced that they had appointed Fermín Serna as the company’s new Chief Security Officer. Serna is coming over from Citrix, where he was the Chief Information Security Officer; before this, Serna was the Head of Product Security at Google. At Databricks, Serna will lead the network, platform and user security programs, as well as governance and compliance efforts.

TigerGraph Adds Industry Leader and Trailblazer to its Executive Team; Announces Fall Graph + AI Summits

On August 19, TigerGraph, a graph analytics platform, announced that they had hired Dr. Jay Yu as Vice President of Product Innovation, and as GM at the San Diego Innovation Center for TigerGraph. Dr. Yu comes to TigerGraph from 18 years at Intuit, where he led the Financial Knowledge Graph project and encouraged graph technology adoption in large commercial cases. TigerGraph also announced the Graph + AI Summit for this fall on two dates, October 5 in San Francisco and October 19th in New York. Both hybrid events will be livestreamed to virtual attendees, as well as including in-person attendance.