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September 30: From BI to AI (AWS, Databricks, DataRobot, Domino, Microsoft Azure, Qlik, Salesforce, SAS) 

Dreamforce

Salesforce Premieres Genie, the New Realtime Data Platform Behind the Customer 360 

At Dreamforce, Salesforce launched Salesforce Genie, a realtime data platform undergirding Salesforce Customer 360. Genie ingests and stores streams of realtime data and combines it with transactional Salesforce data, then turns the combined data into a unified customer record. In addition, Einstein AI can provide additional relevant personalizations and predictions based on this realtime data, and Flow can trigger actions automatically based on the same realtime data. 

Salesforce and AWS Now Let You “Bring Your Own AI” to Customer 360 

Salesforce and AWS teamed up to reveal new integrations between Salesforce and Amazon SageMaker. Joint customers will be able to use SageMaker and Einstein AU in concert to build custom AI models – to “bring your own AI” and use it in realtime across the Customer 360. Cleansed and unified realtime Salesforce customer data alongside an organization’s data from an AWS data lake or data warehouse will be jointly accessible for building and training machine learning models in SageMaker.  The underlying technology enabling these integrations is Salesforce Genie, mentioned above.

Salesforce Appoints Robin Washington Lead Independent Director of the Board 

Salesforce also announced the appointment of Robin Washington as the Lead Independent Director of the Company’s Board of Directors, succeeding Sanford Robinson. Washington has served as Director of Salesforce since 2013, and currently also chairs the Board’s Audit Committee. Washington has also served on the boards of Gilead Sciences, and currently serves on the boards of Alphabet, Honeywell International, and Vertiv Holdings Co. 

Launches and Updates

DataRobot Debuts Dedicated Managed AI Cloud

DataRobot Dedicated Managed AI Cloud is now publicly available, DataRobot announced earlier this week. The Dedicated Managed AI Cloud is a dedicated hosted version of DataRobot’s AI Cloud, managed by DataRobot experts, allowing organizations to outsource certain aspects of AI platform deployment, configuration, management, and maintenance when staffing constraints limit on-prem capabilities.

Domino Data Lab Announces New Ecosystem Solutions with NVIDIA

Domino Data Lab announced two solutions with NVIDIA ecosystem partners last week. Domino and NVIDIA have created an on-prem GPU reference architecture and an integrated MLOps solution for high-performance processing needs on NVIDIA DGX systems.

Partnerships

Qlik Launches Two More Products in Partnership with Databricks  

Qlik debuted two more solutions in its partnership with Databricks. The first is the launch of the Databricks Lakehouse (Delta) Endpoint within Qlik Data Integration, which will make it easier for customers to get data into their Delta Lakehouse. The second is the integration of Qlik Cloud with Databricks Partner Connect, improving the “trial experience” of Qlik Data Analytics within Databricks. 

SAS Viya Now Available On Azure Marketplace

SAS Viya is now available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, expanding on the existing SAS-Microsoft partnership. Users will be able to access the full Viya package on Azure, including SAS Visual Analytics, SAS Visual Statistics, SAS Visual Data Mining and Machine Learning, and SAS Model Manager, with no-code and code-centric interfaces available.

Hiring

 Debanjan Saha Named Chief Executive Officer of DataRobot

Last week, DataRobot announced that Debanjan Saha had been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Saha originally joined DataRobot in February 2022 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and served as DataRobot’s interim CEO when Dan Wright stepped down in July. Prior to DataRobot, Saha was the VP/GM of Data Analytics at Google, and the VP GM of Aurora and RDS at Amazon. 

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September 16: From BI to AI (Altair, AWS, Dataiku, Oracle, RapidMiner, Salesforce, Sigma Computing, Snowflake, Tableau) 

Updates and Launches

Oracle Brings MySQL HeatWave to AWS

Oracle announced this week that MySQL Heatwave was now available on AWS. AWS users will be able to use MySQL Heatwave for transaction processing, analytics, and machine learning automation within a single MySQL database on AWS. As part of this release, AWS customers will also have access to MySQL Heatwave ML at no additional charge, which provides machine learning capabilities inside MySQL databases. 

Presenting the PyTorch Foundation

Meta announced this week that core AI research framework PyTorch will transition to being managed by the new PyTorch Foundation, part of the Linux Foundation. Initial PyTorch Foundation board members will include representatives from cloud platform providers AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, as well as chipmakers AMD and Nvidia, and Meta itself.  Meta will continue to invest in PyTorch and use it as Meta’s primary AI research framework.

Syniti Adds Data Quality and Catalog Capabilities to Syniti Knowledge Platform

Enterprise data management provider Syniti announced that it had added data quality and cataloging capabilities to its Syniti Knowledge Platform, expanding the rubric of its data management platform’s proficiencies. These new features will allow for more centralized and consistent data management practices. 

Partnerships

Real-Time Data Sharing Comes to the Salesforce-Snowflake Partnership 

Salesforce and Snowflake revealed upcoming data sharing innovations, available in pilot in Fall ’22. Specifically, a new integration between Salesforce and Snowflake will allow for uninterrupted access between Salesforce data and the Snowflake Data Cloud in real time, without needing to move data or perform any data copying or syncing operations. This will permit faster cross-platform unified analytics and personalization of customer profiles. In addition, data from both Salesforce and Snowflake can be visualized together in Tableau, building on Tableau’s long-standing relationship with Snowflake.

Sigma Computing Debuts Snowflake Healthcare & Life Sciences Data Cloud Integration

BI alternative Sigma Computing revealed this week that it had partnered with Snowflake, launching an integration for joint customers on the Snowflake Healthcare and Life Sciences Data Cloud. The Sigma integration will allow healthcare companies a unified data platform, eliminating data silos and remaining compliant with healthcare data regulations while permitting business users to safely analyze sensitive data.

Acquisitions

Altair Expands Data Analytics Portfolio with RapidMIner Acquisition

On September 13, Altair agreed to acquire low-code machine learning and analytics platform RapidMiner for an undisclosed amount. RapidMiner will be integrated with existing Altair tools, including machine learning solution Altair Knowledge Studio, enterprise data platform Altair SmartWorks, and SAS language compiler Altair SLC. 

Hiring

Dataiku Appoints Daniel Brennan as Chief Legal Officer

Dataiku announced Daniel Brennan as their new Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Dataiku, Brennan was the Vice President, Deputy General Counsel of Twitter, where he spent over a decade of his legal career, having seen Twitter through its IPO, as well as more recent legal challenges.  Before that, Brennan was the Executive Director, Legal for Dell’s Global Services business unit. 

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September 9: From BI to AI (AWS, Blaize, Datadobi, Google Cloud, MariaDB, OrionVM, Privacera, Qlik, ThinkData Works)

Launches and Updates

Datadobi Updates StorageMAP to Deal with Orphaned Data

Datadobi has updated its StorageMAP data management platform. The focus of the new capabilities is around dealing with orphaned data – data where the data owner is inactive in the organization’s systems. StorageMAP can now identify data sets with a high amount of orphaned data, allowing companies to remediate said data more easily.

MariaDB and Qlik Partner to Migrate Data Away from Legacy Systems

MariaDB and Qlik have announced a partnership to help migrate organizations from legacy databases to MariaDB products such as MariaDB Enterprise Server, MariaDB Xpand, or MariaDB’s SkySQL cloud database service. Companies will be able to do so using Qlik’s Data Integration platform.

OrionVM and Blaize Present AI-as-a-Service Offering

Infrastructure-as-a-service provider OrionVM has partnered with edge AI provider Blaize, building an AI-as-a-service offering. Blaize’s AI apps will be available on OrionVM’s cloud platform. Key usecases for this include virtualizing Blaize’s Graph Streaming Processor chips for edge AI on OrionVM, creating dedicated AI environments with virgualized GSPs, and developing AI apps without needing to purchase and configure dedicated hardware environments using Blaize AI Studio on OrionVM. 

Privacera Launches AWS Lake Formation Integration, Expands Data Governance Capabilities for Cloud Data Lakes 

Data governance platform Privacera announced an integration with AWS Lake Formation, now in private preview. Data teams will now have access to Privacera’s automated data governance and data access capabilities across multiple popular AWS services such as Amazon S3, Amazon Redshift, and Amazon RDS.  Users will be able to build data access policies atop AWS Lake Formation, and policy enforcement will include popular data analytics systems such as Databricks. 

ThinkData Works Now Available on Google Cloud Marketplace

On September 7, ThinkData Works debuted its data catalog on Google Gloud Marketplace. Customers will now be able to connect data in their ThinkData Works catalog to AI and data analytics capabilities on Google Cloud.

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September 2: From BI to AI (CelerData, Fidap, Nexla, Run:ai, StarTree, Teradata)

Funding and Finance

StarTree Raises $47M in Series B Funding

Realtime analytics platform StarTree announced a $47M Series B funding round this week. GGV Capital led the round, with participation from existing investors Bain Capital Ventures and CRV, and new investor Sapphire Ventures. StarTree will use the funding for product development and to grow its sales and marketing capabilities.

Updates and Launches

CelerData Incorporates From StarRocks 

Realtime analytics provider StarRocks announced that they had incorporated CelerData to lead StarRocks development, grow its dev community, and build commercial products based on StarRocks. Forthcoming releases include CelerData Enterprise as an on-prem deployment of StarRocks with added enterprise security features, and CelerData Cloud, a managed cloud service. 

Run:ai Reveals Hybrid Cloud AI Orchestration Capabilities for Atlas Platform 

AI compute orchestration provider Run:ai announced that their Atlas Platform now supports hybrid cloud and multi-cloud AI infrastructure. Atlas provides a centralized panel that abstracts connecting to cloud platforms’ Kubernetes infrastructure, simplifying the process of managing compute orchestration.

Teradata Debuts VantageCloud Lake

Teradata Updates ClearScape Analytics

Teradata made two major announcements this week. Cloud data lake VantageCloud Lake launched on AWS, marking Teradata’s first venture on its brand new cloud-native architecture. It’s intended to be a self-service counterpart to VantageCloud Enterprise, which is designed for a more traditional IT-managed environment. Teradata also announced updates to its analytics platform, ClearScape Analytics. New features include new time-series and machine learning in-database analytics capabilities, as well as an integrated and governed model management framework. VantageCloud Lake is available on AWS now, with availability on other major cloud networks in early 2023; ClearScape Analytics is available today.

Acquisitions and Partnerships

Data Engineering Automation Company Nexla Acquires Clean Data Provider Fidap  Nexla, a data engineering automation company, announced late last week that they would acquire Fidap, a provider of cleansed data. As a result of the acquisition, Nexla will provide ready-to-use datasets, both public and commercial.

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August 26: From BI to AI (Alteryx, BigID, Domino, Micro Focus, OpenText, Salesforce, SAS, SingleStore, Sisu, Snowflake, Zilliz)

Funding and Financials

Salesforce Announces Q2 2023 Fiscal Results 

Salesforce released its Q2 2023 financial report on August 24. Revenues were up 22% year over year, at $7.72B for the quarter. Despite the improvement in revenues, CRM stock dropped over 6% after the report was released.

Snowflake Reports Q2 2023 Financial Results

Snowflake released their Q2 2023 fiscal results the same day as Salesforce. Snowflake revenues were up 83% year over year, with $497.2M in total revenue for the quarter. These numbers were strong enough SNOW jumped nearly 20% at the opening bell, though Snowflake stock is currently trading at just below $200/share, about half of its previous peak value.

Vector Database Company Zilliz Raises Additional $60 Million in Series B Extension

 Zilliz, a vector database company, raised an additional $60M in funding in an extension to its earlier $43B Series B round. Prosperity7 Ventures led the extension, with participation from 5Y Capital, Hillhouse Capital, Temasek’s Pavillion Capital, and Yunqi Capital. Zilliz will use the additional funding to continue expanding its engineering and go-to-market teams, once they’ve opened their new Silicon Valley HQ.

Launches and Updates

Alteryx Releases Alteryx Server-FIPS for Public Sector Analytics 

Following up on their May release of Alteryx Designer-FIPS, Alteryx announced this week the launch of Alteryx Server-FIPS. Alteryx’s FIPS releases are compatible with the Federal Information Processing Standards  for data and computer security, which apply to public sector computing environments that require high-quality data encryption. Alteryx Server-FIPS will allow analyst teams within public sector organizations to collaborate on analytic workflows, macros, and apps.

BigID Debuts Auto-Classification for Data Governance

Data intelligence platform BigID announced auto-classification capabilities for data governance and management. Organizations will be able to automatically classify and tag data for governance purposes, even in multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments. 

Domino Data Lab Obtains ISO 27001:2013 Certification

On August 24, Domino Data Lab announced that they had achieved ISO 27001:2013 certification. ISO 27001:2013 standards require following strict rules around data security, risk management, continuous monitoring and improvement, and personnel training to assure end-to-end security around accessing and using sensitive data in machine learning models.

Incorta Adds Component SDK, Marketplace, Additional Data Apps 

Incorta announced new data applications for a number of platforms, opening up Incorta capabilities to new types of data. The new data apps include Workday (Workforce and Compensation), SAP ECC (Financials and Supply Chain), and Oracle EBS and Cloud ERP (Financials and Supply Chain, and Human Capital Management). Incorta also debuted the Incorta Marketplace, allowing Incorta users to share analytic content in the form of additional data apps, as well as custom visualizations and dashboard controls. Finally, Incorta also released a component SDK that developers can use to create new data connectors beyond the library of already-existing ones.

Sisu Expands Capabilities with Automated Analytics 

Sisu Data has added new features to its Sisu Decision Intelligence Engine. With these new features, Sisu customers will be able to automatically detect trends and anomalies in data, and augment analytics workflows with “automated analytics” to track and understand how and why metrics change and predict the future impact of such changes.

Acquisitions and Partnerships

OpenText to Acquire Micro Focus International PLC

On August 25, OpenText announced its intent to acquire British software and IT firm Micro Focus at £5.32 per share, implying an estimated total value for Micro Focus around $6B. The acquisition is expected to close in early 2023. From our BI to AI perspective, this acquisition helps augment OpenText’s existing analytics capabilities through Micro Focus’ Vertica analytics platform, in addition to a broad set of capabilities available in the rest of Micro Focus’ broad portfolio.

SAS Integrates Viya with SingleStore

Analytics firm SAS and cloud database SingleStore have announced an integration between SAS Viya and SingleStore as part of their ongoing partnership. SAS Viya with SingleStore will allow SAS analytics and AI services to be used on data stored in SingleStore.

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August 19: From BI to AI (Alteryx, Collibra, Cloudera, data.world, Explo, integrate.ai, InterSystems, Omni)

Funding and Financials

Customer-Facing Analytics Solution Explo Raises $12M Series A 

Customer-facing analytics solution Explo has raised $12M in a Series A funding round. Craft Ventures led the round, with participation from Amplo VC and Felicis Ventures. Explo will use the funding to further their product roadmap.

Unified BI Platform Omni Emerges from Stealth, Raises $26.9M in Funding

BI platform Omni launched publicly this week with $26.9M in funding. Redpoint led the $17.5M Series A, with participation from First Round and GV. A seed round was raised back in April, led by First Round, with participation from BoxGroup, GV, Quiet Capital, Redpoint, and Scribble Ventures. Omni was founded by Looker alums Colin Zima (Chief Analytics Officer) and Jamie Davidson (former VP of Product), and former Stitch CTO Christopher Merrick. 

Updates and Launches

Cloudera Launches First All-in-One Data Lakehouse Cloud Service 

Cloudera launched Cloudera Data Platform One, an integrated SaaS data lakehous solution. CDP One includes cloud compute, cloud storage, streaming analytics, machine learning, and security under one roof, on private single-tenant cloud infrastructure, with the aim of permitting secure self-service analytics and exploratory data science in the cloud. CDP One is currently available on a limited basis, with wider availability planned for later in 2022.

data.world Announces Eureka Explorer Lineage

Enterprise data catalog data.world debuted Eureka Explorer Lineage this week, a data lineage product built atop data.world’s knowledge graph. Eureka Explorer Lineage shows the flow of data from source to analysis, revealing where data is sourced, where it’s aggregated, and whether or not it has been transformed at any point. Explorer Lineage also uses the knowledge graph to map data to business concepts, making it easier for nontechnical team members to understand what their data is saying.

integrate.ai Releases Privacy-Preserving Machine Learning and Analytics Platform

SaaS company integrate.ai debuted its machine learning and analytics platform, focused on preserving the security and privacy of sensitive data while still allowing machine learning and analytics capabilities to be performed. Machine learning traditionally requires centralizing and aggregating data sources, which may not be possible with certain types of data. integrate.ai works via federated machine learning, which allows data to remain distributed while being analyzed, and the aggregated end results maintain the privacy of the original data.

InterSystems Announces Numerous Updates to IRIS

InterSystems announced new releases for its data platform IRIS. The additions of Embedded Python and IntegratedML to IRIS will accelerate and simplify creating smart data fabrics. InterSystems also announced better collaboration facilities for data analysts and data scientists to make their work usable by each other without having to move the underlying data at any point in the process. Improvements to Adaptive Analytics were also released, allowing business users to more easily explore data ad hoc.  Finally, InterSystems announced a partnership with data intelligence platform Collibra, allowing customers to take advantage of Collibra’s data governance, privacy, and quality capabilities.

Hiring

Alteryx Names Steve Brodrick as Chief Transformation Officer | Alteryx

Steve Brodrick joined Alteryx this week as their Chief Transformation Officer. Brodrick comes to Alteryx from Stanley Black and Decker, where he focused on financial and transformation efforts over the last 20 years. Brodrick will report directly to Alteryx President and CRO Paula Hansen

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August 12: From BI to AI (Anaconda, Dropbase, Mighty Canary, Oracle, Verta)

Funding

Dropbase Reveals $1.75M Funding Round
Data management company Dropbase announced that they had raised a $1.75M venture funding round this week. Gradient Ventures led the round, with additional participation from Bragiel Brothers, Liquid 2 Ventures, Unpopular Ventures, Y Combinator, and additional angel investors. The funds will be used to XYZ. Dropbase allows users to drag and drop a simple CSV file into a Postgres database while addressing typical dirty data issues on the fly.

Launches and Updates

Mighty Canary Introduces “Trustmark” for Realtime Data
Data trust company Mighty Canary introduced the concept of a “trustmark” this week. Trustmarks report on the state of existing data pipelines, noting the freshness of realtime data on a dashboard. This allows business users to better understand – and trust – that the data on their dashboards is accurate and timely, and note when there are relevant issues. Mighty Canary is currently in beta.

Verta Adds Enterprise-Focused Capabilities to its MLOps Platform
MLOps platform Verta added several new integrations to its MLOps platform. Key new capabilities include support for Active Directory and OAuth, enabling single sign-on (SSO) and automating user provisioning and management; Python Package Index (PyPi =) integration, allowing teams to securely share Python packages and dependencies within their organization; Datadog integration, which will send operational and endpoint metrics from Verta to Datadog so that teams have better visibility into their machine learning models; Apache Kafka integration for simple scalable deployment; and finally, vulnerability scanning throughout the machine learning lifecycle to improve model security.

Partnerships

Anaconda Announces Strategic Cloud Partnership with Oracle
On August 9, Anaconda announced a partnership with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Anaconda will embed its repository of open source Python and R packages within OCI’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Services., giving customers access to Anaconda without requiring a separate license.

Anaconda Announces Strategic Cloud Partnership with Oracle
On August 9, Anaconda announced a partnership with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Anaconda will embed its repository of open source Python and R packages within OCI’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Services., giving customers access to Anaconda without requiring a separate license.

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August 5: From BI to AI (Alteryx, Databricks, dbt labs, Hazelcast, MicroStrategy, Snowflake, Zilliz)

Financials

Alteryx Announces Second Quarter 2022 Financial Results
Alteryx announced its Q2 2022 financial results on August 2. Revenues of $180.6M were up 50% year over year; specifically, subscription revenue doubled to nearly $81M. AYX saw a significant boost in the market based on the revenue growth spurt, though they ended the quarter with a net loss of $106.7M.

MicroStrategy Announces Q2 2022 Financial Results, Separates Chairman and CEO Roles

BI and analytics company MicroStrategy announced their Q2 2022 financial results this week as well. The $122.1M in revenues for this quarter were slightly lower than the same quarter last year, though subscription services revenues were up 5% year over year at $34.1M. As of the end of the quarter, June 30, MicroStrategy had $918M in operational loss due to their Bitcoin holdings tumbling in value, though some of that value has since been recovered.

MicroStrategy also revealed that they would be dividing their Chairman and CEO roles. On August 8, current CEO and Chairman of the Board Michael Saylor will step into the new role of Executive Chairman, while retaining his Chairman of the Board role. Saylor will focus on innovation and long-term corporate strategy, while heading the Board’s Investments Committee and supervising MicroStrategy’s bitcoin acquisition strategy. Current President Phong Le will become the new CEO, in charge of MicroStrategy’s corporate strategy execution, and serve on the Board of Directors as well.

Snowflake to Announce Q2 2023 Financial Results
Snowflake announced that it will release its financial results for Q2 2023 on Wednesday, August 24, following the close of the US markets that day. Snowflake will hold a conference call at that time to discuss the results.

Launches and Updates

Databricks Makes Photon Engine Generally Available

This week, Databricks announced that its lakehouse query engine, Photon, was now generally available across all of the major cloud platforms. New features with the GA release include speed upgrades across numerous functions: vectorized sort (3-20x performance gain over Apache Spark), accelerated window functions performing calculations across table rows that are 2-3x faster than before; and stateless Structured Streaming workloads at 20% of the cost of running similar workloads on traditional Spark. Though Photon’s initial focus on SQL was to enable data warehouse workloads on data lakes, language coverage has been expanded to include modern DataFrame and SparkSQL workloads.

dbt Labs Debuts Technology Partner Program

dbt Labs formally launched its dbt Labs Technology Partner Program this week. Over 50 partners are participating, from categories such as data quality and business intelligence, including Airbyte, Monte Carlo, and ThoughtSpot. Partners integrate their software to extend dbt’s capabilities, while gaining an increased connection to dbt’s userbase.

Hazelcast Launches Viridian Serverless

Realtime data platform Hazelcast released the beta version of Hazelcast Viridian Serverless, a process that grows and shrinks a cluster based on the current workload. Not having to plan for specific sizing up front can speed up app development, and it simplifies the provisioning process. Viridian Serverless is currently available on AWS, with GCP access in the works.

Zilliz Announces Key Contributions to Milvus 2.1

Vector database company Zilliz, creators of the Milvus open source vector database, announced significant contributions to the recent Milvus 2.1 release. These contributions include performance boosts throughout, improvements to scalar data processing to support hybrid search, and tutorials to help users build apps on top of Milvus.

Hiring

Alteryx Appoints Doniel Sutton as Chief People Officer | Alteryx
On August 4, Alteryx announced that it had appointed Doniel Sutton as their Chief People Officer. Sutton brings over 20 years of human resources and strategic experience to Alteryx. She was previously the Chief People Officer at Fastly, and has held senior HR leadership roles at Paypal, Prudential, Bank of America, and Honeywell.

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July 29: From BI to AI (Datafold, Domino Data Lab, Expert.ai, FeatureByte, Fiddler, Hightouch, Informatica, Microsoft)

Funding and Finance

FeatureByte Emerges from Stealth with $5.7M Seed Round

Feature engineering and management platform FeatureByte launched this week, announcing a $5.7M seed round led by Glasswing Ventures and Tola Capital. The funding will go towards scaling up R+D and go-to-market operations. The FeatureByte founders came from DataRobot, where CEO Razi Raziuddin was the SVP of AI Services and Chief Product Officer Xavier Conort was the Chief Data Scientist. FeatureByte looks to simplify the creation and management of AI model features.

Informatica Reports Q2 2022 Financial Results

On July 27, Informatica announced its Q2 2022 financial results. Revenues of $372M beat expectations by $7.8M; earnings were above expectations at $0.16 per share. INFA is up since the earnings announcement.

Microsoft Announces Q4 2022 Financial Results
On July 26, Microsoft announced its Q4 2022 financial results. Revenues ($51.87B) and earnings ($2.23/share) were both slightly lower than expected. MSFT dipped a bit in the market, but ended the week up.

Updates and Launches

Expert.ai Adds New Features to its Natural Language Platform

Natural language platform Expert.ai made improvements to its natural language platform. Key new features include improved data labeling with active learning capabilities, automatic generation of extraction rules enabling users to generate rule-based models, and pre-trained knowledge models in specific domains.

Fiddler Updates Machine Learning Model Management

Fiddler, a model performance management platform, revealed new capabilities this week. Fiddler customers will now be able to use vector monitoring to better observe models in production involving unstructured data, such as ones based on natural language processing and computer vision. Fiddler will also surface more low-frequency events that can contribute to subtle model drift while concealing issues such as fraudulent transactions. Finally, Fiddler has also unveiled a “single pane of glass” user interface, allowing data science and MLOps teams to view and manage models from a centralized dashboard.

Partnerships

Datafold and Hightouch Debut Integration
Data reliability company Datafold and data activation platform Hightouch announced an integration to alert data engineers whenever a dbt data model change will impact data involved in a Hightouch sync. Hightouch automates data integration from data warehouses to business systems such as CRMs, ERPs, and custom applications; data model changes upstream or downstream can break data syncs. Datafold’s Data Diff combines with Hightouch to alert data engineers to potential issues before they become issues in production.

Domino Data Lab and Alexander Thamm Partner to Scale Data Science in Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Domino Data Lab announced a partnership with consultancy Alexander Thamm to help customers in the German-speaking DACH region accelerate their data science implementation timelines. The Data Science Journey Accelerator will pair Domino’s Enterprise MLOps platform with Alexander Thamm’s consulting services for data science and data engineering. Offerings will include assessments in data strategy, the data science lifecycle, and business value, as well as creating proofs of concept.

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July 22: From BI to AI (Askdata, Cloudera, DataRobot, Datatron, Microsoft Azure, Oracle, Pecan AI, SAP, Talend)

Hiring

Debanjan Saha Steps Into DataRobot Interim CEO Role

DataRobot President and COO Debanjan Saha has been appointed interim CEO in the wake of Dan Wright stepping down from the CEO position. Saha joined DataRobot in February 2022. Prior to DataRobot, Saja was the VP and GM of Data Analytics at Google, as well asthe VP and GM for Amazon Aurora and RDS. Saha also spent a decade at IBM, primarily in storage and analytics.

Wright will continue with DataRobot in an advisory role during the executive search for a permanent CEO.

Launches and Updates

Datatron Releases Version 3.0

MLOps platform Datatron released version 3.0 this week. Key new features include integration with JupyterHub, allowing data scientists to operationalize models directly from their notebook-interface coding environment; simpler deployment and management facilities ffor all three major cloud platforms without needing to learn or manage Kubernetes; and an updated logging and operations dashboard, along with single sign-on support.

Oracle and Microsoft Present Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure

On July 20, Oracle and Microsoft announced Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure. Azure customers will be able to provision, access, and monitor Oracle Database services in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, connecting OD services running on OCI with apps in Azure that use data from those services. Oracle Database Service for Microsoft Azure is generally available now.

Pecan AI Debuts One-Click Data Science Model Deployment

Low-code automated predictive analytics company Pecan AI added one-click machine learning model deployment to its platform this week. Pecan also added model monitoring targeted towards low-code users, alerting them when models show signs of degradation. These two additions join existing features on the Pecan platform to automate all aspects of model creation and deployment.

Partnerships

Talend Enhances Cloudera Data Platform Support

Data integration platform Talend added new certifications for Cloudera Data Platform on the Public Cloud, and CDP data services including Data Engineering and Data Hub. Talend also revealed new native integrations with CDP Engineering, allowing data teams to autoscale Spark jobs without needing to manually configure and scale clusters.

Acquisitions

SAP Acquires Search Analytics Startup Askdata

SAP has acquired Italian search-driven analytics startup Askdata for an undisclosed sum. Askdata uses machine learning and natural language processing models to make it easier for less-technical users to interrogate data in place. Askdata will become part of a future analytics solution for SAP Analytics Cloud.