December 10, 2013
Oracle is in the business of acquisitions and upgrades lately. They are ramping up the headlines before 2014 and Rittman Mead Consulting reports that “Oracle Endeca Information Discovery 3.1 And Self-Service Data Mashup Capability.” The new Oracle Endeca Information Discovery (OEID) 3.1 moves Oracle toward providing its clients with better self-service discovery capabilities.
The article states:
“OEID 3.1 now enables its non-technical users to securely run agile business intelligence analysis on variety of data sources in much easier way and without need to IT. On the other hand the integration with Oracle Business Intelligence is now even more tight to the extend that Oracle announced OEID 3.1 as ‘the only complete data discovery platform for the enterprise.’ The product data sheet is accessible here and in the same way as older versions of OEID, this software is downloadable via Oracle e-Delivery website which is the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud where you can find downloads for all licensed Oracle products.”
The new version allows users to join data sources together, such as files, databases, and pre-built Endeca servers. Files no longer have to be solely in Excel format and the added geocode features allow users to map data. Users will not have to rely on IT to deliver enrichment for unstructured data, because there is a new option to find hidden entities, sentiment, and more. Managing data is easer with the application settings.
Oracle OEID 3.1 empowers the average user to become a data expert. The user-friendly UI and upgraded features are the software’s biggest selling features.
Whitney Grace, December 10, 2013
December 9, 2013
Oracle has made a new acquisition, according to CMSWire in the article, “Oracle Adds InQuira Knowledge Management Technology To CRM Offerings.” Oracle purchased InQuira in hopes to strengthen its stance in the customer relationship management market. By acquiring InQuira, Oracle gains CRM technology for analytics and knowledge management. Oracle wants a piece of the $4 billion revenue CRM pie predicted for 2014. Microsoft, SalesForce.com, and SAP are the company’s biggest rivals. One of the ways Oracle’s rivals stay on the top is by continuing to add new features to their products, such as social media integration. Oracle hopes InQuira’s technology will give it the same, if not better, competitive edge.
“Oracle is a huge software company and its Fusion suite is massive. Many may wonder why Oracle elected to acquire InQuira’s knowledge management technology instead of building its own. Knowledge management is a specialized area and InQuira is one of the market leaders. Acquiring InQuira means Oracle acquires the InQuira’s market leadership — if Oracle can do a good job integrating the technology into its existing product offerings.”
Oracle saves time and cuts development costs by purchasing a company already acknowledged as a leader in the CRM market. InQuira’s reputation and client base is now transferred to Oracle. Was it a good strategic move? Most definitely.
Whitney Grace, December 09, 2013
December 4, 2013
An article on ZDNet titled Splunk Shares Rise After Hours Thanks to Q3 Revenue Surge, Strong Outlook explains the progress of the San Francisco based software corporation Splunk. After upsetting estimates of losses on shares with the news of a record third quarter, Splunk announced the addition of 450 new customers, making the total 6400 customers internationally.
The article quotes Godfrey Sullivan, CEO of Splunk:
“ “More customers are adopting Splunk software as their enterprise standard. We expanded our product portfolio this quarter with the release of Splunk Enterprise6, Splunk Cloud and Hunk: Splunk Analytics for Hadoop, providing more power, functionality and flexibility for our customers.” For the fourth quarter, analysts were expecting Splunk to deliver non-GAAP earnings of six cents a share on revenue of $86.12 million. Splunk responded with revenue guidance of $88 million and $90 million.”
The upgrades Sullivan mentioned only skim the surface of the increased potential of the latest software. Splunk claims that the Enterprise 6 is 1,000 times faster than old versions. Quarter 3 also included the acquisition of BugSense Inc. and an expanded partnership with Amazon Web Services. Internal changes were also made, with Stephen Sorkin made chief strategy officer and Todd Papaioannou as chief tech officer for C-level appointments.
Chelsea Kerwin, December 04, 2013
October 11, 2013
Now that data outfit Kapow Software is part of Kofax, it is emphasizing its enterprise search chops. The page that introduces its enterprise search solution is titled, “Enhancing Content to Ensure Search Relevancy and Accuracy.” The product description leads with the usual big data introduction, emphasizing that businesses must adapt to the shift from structured to a combination of structured and unstructured data. The blurb states:
“The problem lies in the fact that standard search engines may index content faithfully, but they are unable to gauge the content’s significance to the user without rich metadata. They also do not offer an easy way to enrich the content with metadata applied based on rules that are meaningful to your business and that will ensure the best search results.
“We help you solve that challenge by opening up access to any web based content source, providing a platform that makes it easy to enrich the content with metadata attributes that are meaningful to your intended audience. Using Kapow Synthetic API technology, you can enrich legacy and unstructured content without relying on manual processes, custom scripting or connectors.”
I am reminded of a thoughtful presentation Kapow’s CEO, John Yapaola, gave last spring about the unknowns within the big data; it is evidence that Kofax made a smart choice in bringing the Kapow team aboard. Launched in 2005 and based in Denmark, Kapow Software brings with it a healthy roster of customers from around the globe.
Customer engagement company Kofax makes it a point to begin at the beginning, emphasizing a focus on customer interactions from the start of the relationship (what they call the “First Mile”). Since the company began in 1991, it has gathered more than 20,000 customers around the world in a variety of markets. Though headquartered in Irvine, California, Kofax maintains subsidiaries in 30 countries.
Cynthia Murrell, October 11, 2013
September 22, 2013
Our globetrotting leader tells me he had trouble accessing Yahoo in Europe just last week. Nevertheless, acquisitions continue, as the company announces in, “Yahoo Buys Image Search Specialty Startup” at Yahoo UK & Ireland Finance. Service? Well, maybe later.
The startup in question is IQ Engines, and Yahoo plans to incorporate their tech into Flickr (which Yahoo picked up back in 2005). The press release tells us:
“IQ Engines is known for software that analyzes, sorts, and categorizes images using techniques including facial recognition. In May, Yahoo unveiled a dusted-off design of its Flickr photo platform with chief executive Marissa Mayer saying her goal was to make the online service ‘awesome again.’ Sunnyvale, California-based Yahoo has been on a buying spree since Mayer became chief last year with a mission to revive the withering Internet pioneer. The list of more than 20 acquisitions includes Qwiki, a New York operation behind an application that converts video and pictures on iPhones into sharable movie clips complete with music soundtracks. Yahoo in June completed a billion-dollar deal taking over the popular blogging platform Tumblr, a move aimed at bringing more youthful users into the company’s orbit.”
Yes, “more youthful users” are an important commodity for Yahoo, which has indeed been going through some changes since Marissa Mayer took over last year. The CEO’s strategy also includes increased emphases on mobile devices, video services, personalized content, and the company’s reputation overseas. We have one suggestion for Mayer—focus a bit more on service, so Yahoo can retain existing users while pursuing new ones.
Founded in 2007, IQ Engines is based in Berkeley, California. Their image recognition platform, merrily titled Glow, automatically tags and arranges users’ photos and is designed to integrate with both mobile and web applications. The company professes that Glow can recognize people, objects, landmarks, and text within images. We can see why Yahoo wants to add that capability to Flickr.
Cynthia Murrell, September 22, 2013
September 21, 2013
Will document management work as a new business focus for an old printer company? We should find out soon enough; BusinessLexington reports, “Lexmark Announces Plans to Buy European Software Company Saperion for $72 Million.” The move is expected to expand Lexmark’s data management capabilities; it is probably a wise shift as the transition away from paper records continues. The write-up tells us:
“The purchase is another in a line of acquisitions aimed at transitioning Lexmark from a company that makes printers to a document management company, leaning heavily on software to store and deliver documents without the use of paper except when necessary.
“In addition to having a multilingual structure, Saperion’s platform can integrate with all major business software known as enterprise resource planning (ERP) as well as email and document management systems. Saperion has also developed cloud-based and mobile solutions to provide access to content, even when those trying to access documents are away from their offices.”
Saperion brings along a roster of clients from mid-sized businesses to global enterprises. The new addition would report to another acquired division, Perceptive Software, which Lexmark snapped up last year. I fact, Lexmark has been on a spending spree recently. The Perceptive deal was announced at the same time as the company’s acquisition of Nolij, and this past march it bought up Twistage and AccessVia. It looks like Lexmark is fully committed to adapting to market changes through acquisitions. Will it pay off?
Founded in 1991, Lexmark is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. The company stresses that its background in printing uniquely qualifies it to handle unstructured data. Saperion is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, has been helping clients digitize records since 1985. That business likes to focus on simplicity and efficiency, and serves organizations in a range of fields.
Cynthia Murrell, September 21, 2013
September 3, 2013
Reuters reported on July 31 the update Kofax Buys Kapow Technologies for $47.5 Million. Kofax, an Irvine, California based company acquisitioned the Palo Alto based Kapow for its analytics and data integration software. The purchase moves Kofax into the big data analytics sphere. The Kapow integration product is lauded for its user-friendly interface and its simplicity (Kapow uses a subscription model which makes installation and tests unnecessary. The article Kofax Adds Integration, Big Data Analytics in Kapow Acquisition on eweek explains,
“Thus Kofax… is combining all its newly acquired software IP to provide the basis for a significant big-data software package that will enable large organizations to access data–particularly the hard-to-get data that sits behind apps with no APIs (application programming interfaces)–faster and more cost-effectively…
Kapow Katalyst provides near real-time application integration and process automation, offering traditional API level integration capabilities as well as what it terms a “synthetic API” approach, which provides business users with a point-and-click interface, the company said.”
Kapow Kapplets are the apps that implement that data integration made possible by Kapow Katalyst. Kapow customers include Astra Zeneca, Audi and Zurich Insurance Group. The Chief Officer of Kofax applauded Kapow for its consistent growth in revenue over the last four fiscal years. The most surprising aspect of the deal may be the low deal price, assuming $47.5 million is correct.
Chelsea Kerwin, September 03, 2013
August 7, 2013
Penguindom House is here, we decided after reading “World Blockbuster in Penguin and Random Merger” at the U.K.’s Express. After the deal, said to create the world’s biggest consumer publishing company, the new entity will employ over 10,000 workers. Regarding the combined talent and titles, the write-up tells us:
“[The merger] brings together Penguin authors including Dawn French and Zadie Smith and Random House writers such as Andy McNab and Dan Brown, while the enlarged business has a back catalogue that takes in the likes of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen.”
John Fallon, head of the education-focused Pearson, Penguin‘s parent company, is optimistic. (For the record, media firm Bertelsmann owns Random House. The two larger companies share ownership of the new entity almost equally.) Fallon states:
“This combination creates a clear world leader with a strong platform for continued creative and commercial success in a rapidly changing consumer publishing industry.”
Rapidly changing, indeed. Will this noteworthy development change the way writers must go about getting their work published, even through traditional, wood-pulp based channels? Will it stimulate interest in the self-publishing platforms available from Amazon, Apple, and others? Stay tuned.
Cynthia Murrell, August 07, 2013
August 1, 2013
Last year, the veteran information management firm Cuadra bid fond retirement wishes to its founders, then-president Carlos Cuadra and then-CFO Gloria Cuadra. Now, the SydneyPLUS affiliate joins several others being wrapped into the rebranded Lucidea, we learn from that company’s post, “Announcing Lucidea. . . We Help You to Think Clearly.” The write-up tells us:
Lucidea is a newly created knowledge management software and solutions company that includes the SydneyPLUS, Inmagic, CuadraSTAR, LawPort,LookUp Precision, ARGUS.net and ISS products. Our solutions empower people to navigate the ever expanding universe of information, resulting in actionable knowledge. We highlight our clients’ brightest people, clearest thinking and best ideas.
Please follow the links below to access more information about this exciting new development, and take a few moments to learn:
- Why we think this is great news for our products, employees and customers.
- How this latest evolution of our corporate structure will affect you.
- What effect this will have on the products you are currently using.
Founded in 1978, Cuadra is headquartered in Los Angeles. CuadraSTAR is an acclaimed software package with the flexibility to manage data collections of all types from multiple environments, including archives, libraries, museums, and publishing houses.
Lucidea began in 1989 as SydneyPLUS, and it bought Cuadra in 2008. That was just one in a series of purchases that gave the firm the resources to launch this current incarnation. The company has blended its valuable acquisitions into the consolidated and rebranded Lucidea that we see now, with offices in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
Cynthia Murrell, August 01, 2013
July 30, 2013
The medical field is always evolving with new advances. The same can be said about the medical technology field, especially in mobile data analytics. Today’s hot trend is a relic faster than in almost any field, so we try hard to keep tabs, such as an illuminating article in CMS Wire, “Temis Acquires i3 Analytics to Boost Text + Data Mining.”
According to the story:
“While we don’t know how much Temis paid out in this deal, we know doctor’s love iPads. This tells us pretty much all we need to know about this deal. i3 Analytics specializes in what it calls biopharma, what most of us know as pharmaceutical research or biotechnology.”
Advances in biotech and biopharma mean more data for doctors and drug companies to rummage through, something a company like i3 Analytics is more than happy to help them with.
This is an interesting story of healthcare analytics. Frankly, nothing surprises us anymore. Heck, we recently heard that Kansas City is the new boomtown for healthcare analytics. We think if things like this are possible, there’s no way this dynamic industry will stop changing anytime soon.
Patrick Roland, July 30, 2013