Alation Inc., provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, announced the release of Alation 2021.1. The newest release extends connector and query coverage to virtually any data source, expedites relevant search & discovery through data domains, and features new data governance capabilities.
Alation 2021.1 includes connectors to a comprehensive range of applications and data sources, beyond Business Intelligence (BI) and filesystems, to applications such as ServiceNow and Salesforce. The platform’s new, federated authentication enables users to query cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Snowflake using single sign-on. By snapping into a variety of applications and data sources, Alation serves as a single place to find, understand, and trust data across an organization. Alation 2021.1 also includes:
- Accelerated time to insight. A new Open Connect Framework software development kit (SDK) enables third parties, including customers and partners, to build connectors to niche RDBMS and BI data sources such as NoSQL and application sources.
- Increased search relevancy by allowing users to narrow their searches based on how data is grouped logically by the organization, such as business unit or geography.
- New data governance capabilities. New impact analysis reports provide an immediate view into the downstream impact of data changes.
Elasticsearch is a search server based on Lucene. It provides a distributed, multitenant-capable full-text search engine with a RESTful web interface and schema-free JSON documents. Elasticsearch is developed in Java and is released as open source under the terms of the Apache License. Elasticsearch is the second most popular enterprise search engine.
TA Digital announced its entry into the cognitive search space with an intelligent search solution, SearchBoost.ai. SearchBoost.ai delivers personalized search results by focusing on the users and their experience. Leveraging user data, SearchBoost.ai serves users with predictive, relevant and personalized search results that cater to the highest clicks and conversions.
SearchBoost.ai works by connecting to both the data source and the search engine in place within the client’s existing infrastructure. It imports user data and search results then trains a Machine Learning model on them to produce better results. Once those results are ready, SearchBoost.ai pushes those results back to the search engine. While SearchBoost.ai can work with any data source or search engine, there is an existing out-of-the-box connectors for Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics, Apache Solr, Elasticsearch, Adobe Experience Manager and many others in development. The company has launched its offering with four pricing options.
ThoughtSpot and Microsoft announced a new agreement to help Azure Synapse customers tap into their cloud data through augmented analytics. ThoughtSpot Cloud will be available on Microsoft Azure, giving customers a means to bring analytics and insights from their data in Azure Synapse Analytics and other cloud data warehouses to their entire organization through search and AI. Customers can equip anyone with the ability to analyze data, find insights, and make informed decisions. Customers can also buy ThoughtSpot through the Azure Marketplace. Highlights of the agreement include:
- ThoughtSpot Cloud on Microsoft Azure. ThoughtSpot Cloud, the new SaaS platform for search and AI-driven analytics, will be available on Microsoft Azure. Customers will be able to leverage their data in Azure Synapse Analytics, Azure Databricks and other cloud data warehouses.
- Enhanced support for Azure Synapse Analytics. Deeper collaboration between Microsoft and ThoughtSpot will bring new support for Azure Synapse.
- Seamless purchasing experience. Customers will be able to buy ThoughtSpot directly in the Azure Marketplace using Azure credits.
- Product co-development. Ongoing co-development of solutions will enable joint customers to take advantage of the value of their data in Azure Synapse Analytics with ThoughtSpot.
Elastic announced new capabilities and updates across its Elastic Enterprise Search, Observability and Security solutions. With searchable snapshots, users can retain and search their data on low-cost object stores such as AWS S3, Microsoft Azure Storage, and Google Cloud Storage, which can reduce storage costs. Searchable snapshots support a new cold tier capability, which is now generally available and also available in Elastic Cloud.
Expanded capabilities in Elastic Enterprise Search include a new web crawler for Elastic App Search and support for Box as a content source inside Elastic Workplace Search. The web crawler retrieves information from publicly accessible websites to make that content easily searchable in App Search engines, and the schema is inferred upon ingestion and can be updated in near real time with one click.
New in Elastic 7.11, the beta of schema on read with runtime fields gives users the ability to define the schema for their index at query time. Users can choose between flexibility and cost efficiency with schema on read or fast performance with schema on write. Elastic Observability introduces new topline views for Elastic APM and Elastic Metrics, making it easy for users to quickly spot and triage application and infrastructure performance issues.
Northern Light announced the availability of many of its specialized competitive intelligence (CI) and market research content collections on the AWS Marketplace and the AWS Data Exchange, Amazon Web Services‘ digital catalog comprising thousands of software applications from independent software vendors that run on AWS. Individuals can purchase selected Northern Light content by-the-seat on the AWS Marketplace as subscription SaaS applications. In addition, software developers can license Northern Light content on the AWS Data Exchange to embed in their own applications.
Northern Light content collections available through the AWS channels include: Business Thought Leaders; Information Technology (IT) Analyst Ratings; IT Analyst Social Media; IT Industry White Papers; Life Sciences Conference Abstracts; Drugs@FDA; U.S. Clinical Trials; PubMed Central; and PubMed Medline. Northern Light plans to make additional content collections available through AWS over time. When purchased as a SaaS application from the AWS Marketplace, each content collection is delivered with Northern Light‘s user experience, including intelligent search enhanced with extensive industry and topical taxonomies, AI-driven automated insights reports, and content referral personalized to each user as the AI learns their particular interests.
SAP SE said it has created one marketplace for solutions and services from SAP and its partners, merging SAP App Center for partner solutions with SAP Store for SAP solutions to simplify the customer shopping experience. New SAP Store capabilities include a unified home page and intelligent search functionality, which bring together all of SAP’s digitally available solutions from partner apps. Partner solutions certified by SAP and SAP Endorsed Apps are prominently noted with visual identifiers. These features make it easier to navigate through SAP and partner solutions, allowing customers to browse by industries, categories, SAP products and lines of business. Additional features include an updated category menu, guided search, favorite product pages, and search filtering tips.
SAP’s consolidated search was built with impartiality in mind to help customers discover products and solutions that best fit their needs. Although SAP products are visually identifiable, SAP says the search functionality is fair and unbiased, presenting all products that fit the search. The same holds true for the content accompanying each search and offering. Category landing pages show customer reviews of SAP and partner solutions, with quotes and ratings. SAP’s goal is to provide a better customer experience whether purchasing for personal use or for a large enterprise.
X1, provider of remote preservation and collection software, announced the extension of its X1 Enterprise Platform to include preserving and collecting data from network file shares and cloud storage platforms Dropbox and OneDrive. These new capabilities allow X1 Enterprise to remotely capture not just laptop and desktop data for Mac and Windows, as well as Office365 and Exchange, but cloud and on-premise file share data as part of any legal proceeding or investigation. Dropbox and OneDrive have become key repositories of Electronically Stored Information (ESI) required to be preserved and collected for legal proceedings and investigations. Collecting ESI from any of these sources has been a major challenge for corporations and their outside counsel and service providers.
X1’s index and search in-place technology allows organizations to remotely process their distributed data in place, in parallel on each machine, without the need to wildly overcollect by forensically imaging the data which must then be taken back to a central location for processing. This streamlined workflow enables X1 to address multiple file servers at once up to hundreds of terabytes in size.