|By Business Wire||
|November 27, 2012 07:01 AM EST||
Actuate Corporation (NASDAQ: BIRT), The BIRT Company and the leader in open source business intelligence (BI) - today announced that golf travel specialist Golfbreaks.com has implemented Quiterian’s visual analytics product to deepen its understanding of both its clients and suppliers. Golfbreaks.com – Europe’s largest golf travel company - will use the tool across its entire portfolio, including sister brands Teeofftimes.co.uk and Bookaspa.com. The company selected Quiterian Analytics for its powerful visualization, and because it shifts the emphasis away from the IT department responding to data requests – to business users driving their own queries. Quiterian was recently acquired by Actuate Corporation, and Quiterian Analytics will be rebranded as BIRT Analytics (see announcement on October 22nd: Actuate Acquires Quiterian S.L. to Deliver Big Data Analytics and Visual Data Mining to Business Users).
Goflbreaks.com has experienced 13 years of rapid and sustained growth since its inception in 1998, with the number of bookings increasing more than tenfold in six years, going from less than 20,000 a year to 200,000. The move to Quiterian comes as part of on-going investment in business intelligence, analytics and CRM, which has left senior management keen to be able to better segment, profile, and predict customer behavior. VPT, a UK-based Quiterian reseller partner, has been involved with various aspects of Golfbreaks.com’s BI and analytics-related projects and is seen as a trusted partner in both strategic consultancy and implementation.
Golf tourism is worth more than $17 billion worldwide across a broad demographic, and proactive exploration of marketing and operational data will certainly give Golfbreaks.com a competitive advantage: “This product meets a need that we see evolving,” Steve Hemsworth, Managing Director at Golfbreaks.com, commented. “We already have good BI, but we want to be able to intuitively drive analysis of client behavior and product performance. The insights Quiterian Analytics can give us into who is likely to do what, when and where, will enable a massive improvement in both our product development and the quality of advice we can give our clients. It will also increase the effectiveness of our decision making.”
VPT helped Golfbreaks.com throughout the whole process, from presenting Quiterian as a solution to an identified need, to technical and organizational implementation and customized training.
“Our confidence in VPT was a key factor in our buying decision,” continued Hemsworth. “Their engagement with our needs and their best-practice advocacy has been critical in the successful deployment. With so much evolution in our BI and analytics technology and practice going on across the organization we needed a safe pair of hands, and that’s what VPT offers.”
Specific uses to which Golfbreaks.com will be putting the Quiterian tool will include identifying clients who would enjoy products outside their usual buying habits, improving the effectiveness of their Breakpoints loyalty scheme as a marketing tool, and looking at patterns around venue use.
“The Quiterian product is a true business-user-driven tool,” says Daniel Fedak, Managing Director at VPT. “Ad-hoc queries can be made through an intuitive and highly visual interface without the need to go through IT or analytics specialists. Users ‘discover’ ever-deepening insights through an exploratory process that is very natural.”
Fedak added, “We enjoy working with Golfbreaks.com; it is an organization that stays ahead of the game by embracing innovation and taking a practical approach to business problems. We are also very pleased with the flexible and rapid delivery we have experienced with Quiterian. In less than 10 weeks at Golfbreaks.com, Quiterian Analytics took the step up from observing performance to exploring patterns and bringing a new level of insight to a wide variety of businesses.”
Golfbreaks.com was formed in 1998 by Andrew Stanley, Chief Executive, and is Europe’s largest golf travel company, organizing golf breaks and holidays for hundreds of thousands of golfers a year in the UK, Europe and worldwide. With more than 13 years’ experience and an expert team that is passionate about golf and travel, we are known for delivering outstanding service, with the reassurance and security of booking with an ABTA and ATOL bonded travel company. Golfbreaks.com has partnership deals with the PGA, The Daily Telegraph and Bauer Media, publishers of Golf World and Todays Golfer magazines, and is also the only golf travel company to reward customers for their loyalty through the Breakpoints customer rewards program, which earns money off all future bookings made with Golfbreaks.com and its sister companies, Teeofftimes.co.uk and BookaSpa.com.
VPT is a boutique Business Intelligence and Analytics consultancy with a passion for making data meaningful. This is reflected in their 10 years of consulting and delivery experience with over 100 successful implementations. VPT’s unique combination of strategic excellence, deep technical know-how and project leadership means that their executive-level guidance is well grounded and their involvement exceeds expectations.
Actuate acquired Quiterian in October 2012. Quiterian fits very well into Actuate’s core business and strengthens its unique ability to help more end users identify and operationalize insights derived from any data source. Quiterian Analytics will be integrated into Actuate’s flagship product, ActuateOne, and will be known as BIRT Analytics.
Quiterian Analytics software was featured in Gartner’s 2012 report “Magic Quadrant for BI platforms” for “providing data discovery tools with predictive analytics, and allowing business analysts to conduct Visual Data Mining without relying on the specialized skills of a data scientist”.
Among its clients are leading companies in their sectors (Station Casinos, El Corte Inglés, BBVA, La Caixa, Telefónica, Vodafone, Orange, Volkswagen, Bayer) and some of the most relevant public services institutions including public health, transportation, homeland security and government. For more, please see: http://www.actuate.com/quiterian.
Actuate founded and co-leads the BIRT open source project, which is used by 2 million developers around the globe and serves as the foundation of the ActuateOne® platform. Applications built on ActuateOne deliver more business and consumer insights to more people than all BI companies combined - ensuring organizations are ready for the exponential growth of Big Data and the proliferation of touch devices.
The ActuateOne platform empowers developers to rapidly develop custom, BIRT-based business analytics and customer communications applications. ActuateOne applications built with one BIRT design can access and integrate any data, including unstructured sources. They provide one user experience regardless of skill level and are supported by one platform for any cloud, hybrid, on-premise, web or touch device deployment.
Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Actuate has over 5,000 customers globally in a diverse range of business areas including financial services, technology and the public sector. Actuate is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol BIRT. For more information, visit www.actuate.com or engage with the BIRT community at www.birt-exchange.com.
Copyright © 2012 Actuate Corporation. All rights reserved. Actuate, ActuateOne, and the Actuate logo are registered trademarks of Actuate Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and certain other countries. All other brands, names or trademarks mentioned may be trademarks of their respective owners.
Too often with compelling new technologies market participants become overly enamored with that attractiveness of the technology and neglect underlying business drivers. This tendency, what some call the “newest shiny object syndrome” is understandable given that virtually all of us are heavily engaged in technology. But it is also mistaken. Without concrete business cases driving its deployment, IoT, like many other technologies before it, will fade into obscurity.
Nov. 25, 2015 02:00 AM EST Reads: 277
In today's enterprise, digital transformation represents organizational change even more so than technology change, as customer preferences and behavior drive end-to-end transformation across lines of business as well as IT. To capitalize on the ubiquitous disruption driving this transformation, companies must be able to innovate at an increasingly rapid pace. Traditional approaches for driving innovation are now woefully inadequate for keeping up with the breadth of disruption and change facin...
Nov. 25, 2015 12:30 AM EST Reads: 414
The Internet of Things is clearly many things: data collection and analytics, wearables, Smart Grids and Smart Cities, the Industrial Internet, and more. Cool platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Intel's Galileo and Edison, and a diverse world of sensors are making the IoT a great toy box for developers in all these areas. In this Power Panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists discussed what things are the most important, which will have the most profound...
Nov. 25, 2015 12:30 AM EST Reads: 408
With all the incredible momentum behind the Internet of Things (IoT) industry, it is easy to forget that not a single CEO wakes up and wonders if “my IoT is broken.” What they wonder is if they are making the right decisions to do all they can to increase revenue, decrease costs, and improve customer experience – effectively the same challenges they have always had in growing their business. The exciting thing about the IoT industry is now these decisions can be better, faster, and smarter. Now ...
Nov. 25, 2015 12:00 AM EST Reads: 158
I recently attended and was a speaker at the 4th International Internet of @ThingsExpo at the Santa Clara Convention Center. I also had the opportunity to attend this event last year and I wrote a blog from that show talking about how the “Enterprise Impact of IoT” was a key theme of last year’s show. I was curious to see if the same theme would still resonate 365 days later and what, if any, changes I would see in the content presented.
Nov. 24, 2015 08:00 PM EST Reads: 339
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
Nov. 24, 2015 07:30 PM EST Reads: 344
Microservices are a very exciting architectural approach that many organizations are looking to as a way to accelerate innovation. Microservices promise to allow teams to move away from monolithic "ball of mud" systems, but the reality is that, in the vast majority of organizations, different projects and technologies will continue to be developed at different speeds. How to handle the dependencies between these disparate systems with different iteration cycles? Consider the "canoncial problem"...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 368
Culture is the most important ingredient of DevOps. The challenge for most organizations is defining and communicating a vision of beneficial DevOps culture for their organizations, and then facilitating the changes needed to achieve that. Often this comes down to an ability to provide true leadership. As a CIO, are your direct reports IT managers or are they IT leaders? The hard truth is that many IT managers have risen through the ranks based on their technical skills, not their leadership ab...
Nov. 24, 2015 06:00 PM EST Reads: 319
The buzz continues for cloud, data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT) and their collective impact across all industries. But a new conversation is emerging - how do companies use industry disruption and technology enablers to lead in markets undergoing change, uncertainty and ambiguity? Organizations of all sizes need to evolve and transform, often under massive pressure, as industry lines blur and merge and traditional business models are assaulted and turned upside down. In this new da...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 140
There are over 120 breakout sessions in all, with Keynotes, General Sessions, and Power Panels adding to three days of incredibly rich presentations and content. Join @ThingsExpo conference chair Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040), June 7-9, 2016 in New York City, for three days of intense 'Internet of Things' discussion and focus, including Big Data's indespensable role in IoT, Smart Grids and Industrial Internet of Things, Wearables and Consumer IoT, as well as (new) IoT's use in Vertical Markets.
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 507
Discussions of cloud computing have evolved in recent years from a focus on specific types of cloud, to a world of hybrid cloud, and to a world dominated by the APIs that make today's multi-cloud environments and hybrid clouds possible. In this Power Panel at 17th Cloud Expo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, panelists addressed the importance of customers being able to use the specific technologies they need, through environments and ecosystems that expose their APIs to make true ...
Nov. 24, 2015 03:30 PM EST Reads: 460
SYS-CON Events announced today that Alert Logic, Inc., the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Alert Logic, Inc., provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Ful...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:15 PM EST Reads: 258
The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly by extending current technologies, products and networks. By 2020, Cisco estimates there will be 50 billion connected devices. Gartner has forecast revenues of over $300 billion, just to IoT suppliers. Now is the time to figure out how you’ll make money – not just create innovative products. With hundreds of new products and companies jumping into the IoT fray every month, there’s no shortage of innovation. Despite this, McKinsey/VisionMobile data...
Nov. 24, 2015 02:00 PM EST Reads: 416
As organizations realize the scope of the Internet of Things, gaining key insights from Big Data, through the use of advanced analytics, becomes crucial. However, IoT also creates the need for petabyte scale storage of data from millions of devices. A new type of Storage is required which seamlessly integrates robust data analytics with massive scale. These storage systems will act as “smart systems” provide in-place analytics that speed discovery and enable businesses to quickly derive meaningf...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:45 PM EST Reads: 338
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 7-9, 2016 at Javits Center, New York City and Nov 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 18th International @CloudExpo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world and ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.
Nov. 24, 2015 01:30 PM EST Reads: 488
We all know that data growth is exploding and storage budgets are shrinking. Instead of showing you charts on about how much data there is, in his General Session at 17th Cloud Expo, Scott Cleland, Senior Director of Product Marketing at HGST, showed how to capture all of your data in one place. After you have your data under control, you can then analyze it in one place, saving time and resources.
Nov. 24, 2015 01:30 PM EST
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing IoT strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @ThingsExpo 2016 in New York and Silicon Valley. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is as "IoT-Ready" as it can be! Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place Nov 3-5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with 17th Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty ...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:30 PM EST Reads: 482
We are rapidly moving to a brave new world of interconnected smart homes, cars, offices and factories known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors and monitoring devices will touch every part of our lives. Let's take a closer look at the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things is a worldwide network of objects and devices connected to the Internet. They are electronics, sensors, software and more. These objects connect to the Internet and can be controlled remotely via apps and programs. ...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:15 PM EST Reads: 479
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Day 2 Keynote at 17th Cloud Expo, San...
Nov. 24, 2015 01:00 PM EST Reads: 493
SYS-CON Events announced today that Kintone has been named "Bronze Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. kintone promotes cloud-based workgroup productivity, transparency and profitability with a seamless collaboration space, build your own business application (BYOA) platform, and workflow automation system.
Nov. 24, 2015 12:00 PM EST Reads: 566