By Olivia Cahoon
In its 34th year, the 2016 Software 500 indicates changes in the software industry from a revenue, employee, and solutions perspective. Today’s data management software companies create solutions for speed, reliability, and security.
Eight companies make up the 2016 data management sector. An average of 58 percent growth in software and services revenue was reported from the previous year. Here is a review of the data management industry’s top players ranked highest in the 2016 Software 500.
Oracle Corporation ranked number three in the 2016 Software 500 with a corporate revenue decline of 0.13 percent, bringing the company to $38,226 million. With 132,000 employees, the company is based out of Redwood City, CA.
Oracle works to eliminate the complexity that stifles business innovation, engineering in speed, reliability, security, and manageability. Its database and data management solutions are essential to its portfolio.
For data management, Oracle offers Oracle Master Data Management, a comprehensive platform that delivers consolidated, consistent, and authoritative master data across the enterprise and distributes the information. It is designed to reduce the cost of compliance and time to market as well as improve customer experience by optimizing marketing efforts.
The software leverages Oracle enterprise data quality for seamless data cleansing and standardization. It is multi-domain for a variety of data dimensions and manages products, sites, suppliers, and customers across applications.
Oracle Master Data Management includes hubs that provide data models for multiple data dimensions. The Oracle Customer Hub manages customer information, Oracle Product Hub manages product information, Oracle Supplier hub streamlines supplier locations and related information, and Oracle Site Hub consolidates site information and leverages Google Maps for greater insight.
Also included is Oracle Data Relationship Management, a financial reference data master for hierarchy management. Oracle has over 1,000 Master Data Management customers worldwide. The company’s latest database cloud innovations help businesses leverage enterprise capabilities and simplify for developers and IT.
Teradata Corporation, number 57 in the 2016 Software 500, achieved revenue of $2,530 million, a 7.39 percent decline from last year. Teradata offers solutions for companies to achieve high-impact business outcomes. The company is headquartered in Dayton, OH, and employs 11,300 people.
Teradata Everywhere analytic database parallel processes to multiple clouds, managed, and on premises environments like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Teradata Managed Cloud, VMware Virtualization, and Teradata IntelliFlex platform.
“With decades of experience and thousands of installations for the world’s biggest brands, the success of Teradata is driven by our unique analytics products and services,” says Mike O’Sullivan, public relations, Teradata.
According to O’Sullivan, Teradata solutions are recognized by Gartner & Forrester who position Teradata as a leader in database activities, which includes the company’s big data analytics consulting services.
As companies seek more technology choices they also want flexibility to ensure database compatibility across deployment modes. “They seek hybrid architectures with a common database that enables shifting of workloads between environments as business needs evolve, supporting a company’s changing deployment strategy and economic needs,” explains O’Sullivan.
There are also challenges to contend with. Millions of data streams flow into a business system daily, which requires powerful technology resources and guidance. O’Sullivan says Teradata addresses these needs by providing the most efficient and effective analytic ecosystem tools and consulting services.
Teradata offers its Unified Data Architecture—a framework for organizations to integrate and analyze data across multiple systems. It enables business users to ask questions against data with any analytic.
Teradata recently introduced portable database licenses for customers to have flexible choose, shift, expand, and restructure hybrid cloud environments by moving licenses between deployment options as business needs change. “This new software licensing model is the first in the hybrid cloud market to feature portability—a shift away from cloud lock-in or siloed on premises deployments,” says O’Sullivan.
InterSystems Corporation ranked 141 in the 2016 Software 500, reporting revenue growth of 9.67 percent, bringing the company to $536.30 million in revenue. With 1,480 employees, the privately held company is based out of Cambridge, MA with offices worldwide.
InterSystems Corporation provides an information engine that powers applications in healthcare, finance, and government. Every product the company builds is designed to adhere to its IRIS principle—interoperable, reliable, intuitive, and scalable.
InterSystems offers Caché, an advanced database management system and rapid application development environment. It offers fast performance, scalability, and reliability with minimal maintenance and hardware requirements.
Caché offers multidimensional data engines and multiple modes of data access. It stores information in sparse, multidimensional arrays called globals that enable modeling complex, real-world data. The software provides multiple modes of data access and developers can store and access data through objects, SQL, or directly referencing globals.
Caché includes iKnow to analyze unstructured data without pre-defining dictionaries or ontologies. The software also uses InterSystems DeepSee technology for embedding real-time analytics into applications. DeepSee gives users insights and leverages iKnow technology to enable decision-making based on all available data.
Data is still protected while stored in the database and at rest. Caché enables encryption of an entire database and specific pieces of information within a database. The software also provides specialized tools for organizations that wish to migrate existing applications into Caché.
Sphere 3D Corp.
Sphere 3D Corp. ranked 322 in the 2016 Software 500 with a revenue growth of 465.48 percent, bringing the company to $67.17 million. With 429 employees, the company is based out of East Mississauga, ON, Canada.
Sphere 3D’s SnapCLOUD is built on the same storage platform used in 350+PB of data center deployments worldwide. It is an enterprise-class virtual storage platform with block and file level access and cross-platform compatibility. SnapCLOUD enables enterprise-grade data storage deployment in minutes for unplanned business needs.
SnapCLOUD is based on Guardian OS, found in all SnapServers. The on demand virtual storage platform provides unified NAS storage and SAN data management as well as pay-as-you-go pricing.
Users may build a virtual environment with SnapCLOUD using servers, storage, and networking from the Azure Marketplace. The software unifies data manageability, access control, and replication between physical data center and public cloud to enable a hybrid cloud architecture. It has interoperable features like automated change-based replication engines for a disaster recovery site in the cloud. The central management enables a remote branch office in the cloud. Data is shared among users and devices with a built-in sync-and-share functionality.
At number 356 in the 2016 Software 500, Hortonworks Inc. reported a revenue of $55.17 million, a decline of 31.79 percent from the prior year. Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, Hortonworks Inc. has 850 employees. It provides virtualization technology and data management solutions that enable workload-optimized solutions.
Hortonworks offers Hortonworks Dataflow (HDF) and Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP). HDF collects, curates, analyzes, and delivers real-time data from the Internet of Anything including devices, sensors, clickstreams, and log files. It works on premises or in the cloud through an integrated solution with Apache NiFi, Kafka, and Storm.
HDF adjusts data sources and visually traces the data path to manage all processes of data. The software also optimizes the architecture to reduce cost and complexity with data collection technologies. HDF uses real-time traceability with rich metadata and contextual detail for troubleshooting security issues.
HDP is an enterprise-ready, open source Apache Hadoop distribution based on a centralized architecture, YARN. YARN maximizes data ingestion by enabling enterprises to analyze data. It also coordinates cluster-wide services for operations, data governance, and security.
HDP is designed to address the needs of data at rest, power real-time customer applications, and deliver robust analytics that accelerate decision making and innovation. HDP is interoperable with an ecosystem of data center and cloud providers. It enables enterprises to deploy, integrate, and work with unprecedented volumes of structured and unstructured data.
PASSUR Aerospace Inc.
At number 429 in the 2016 Software 600, PASSUR Aerospace Inc. reported $12.54 million with a growth of 9.12 percent. Headquartered in Stamford, CT, PASSUR Aerospace Inc. has 44 employees. The company’s mission is to improve global air traffic efficiencies by connecting the world’s aviation professionals onto a single aviation intelligence platform.
PASSUR works to make air travel more predictable by using predictive analytics generated from big data. It is the largest connected global aviation customer network and includes over 125 airlines, 60 airports, 200 business aviation organizations, and the U.S. government.
The PASSUR platform integrates available data and information from all key stakeholders. It blends the siloed data streams into an integrated whole to create visibility and solutions for key financial, operational, and customer service metrics.
The platform allows key stakeholders to communicate and collaborate in real time using the same operating pictures. The business aviation sector needs big data to optimize customer marketing and pricing programs.
PASSUR ETA is designed to allow an entire airport system to optimize all existing business and operational processes. It is based on proprietary algorithms fed by multiple data sources in real time.
PASSUR’s Traffic Flow Management solution provides a data-driven, common operating platform that enables ATC and airlines to collaboratively arrive at the right rate based on instant data mining processes that match the weather forecast to historical performance under identical conditions.
Bradmark Technologies ranked 456 in the 2016 Software 500 with a revenue decline of 11.27 percent, bringing the company to $7.09 million in revenue. Bradmark Technologies provides database management solutions and services.
With 20 employees, the company is based out of Houston, TX, and meets industry trends like big data and analysis, blockchain technology, data security, and machine learning.
Bradmark’s Surveillance DB is an SQL server monitoring solution that enables IT operations to monitor and manage data servers from a single operational dashboard. “Bradmark has a globally disperse DBA and systems administrator services team with a combined 90 years of database management experience ready to address any database challenge or IT project,” says John Avery, marketing director, Bradmark Technologies.
He identifies market challenges as limited data availability due to poor database performance, the inability to quickly find and correct system bottlenecks and inefficiencies, new hardware platform changes, and virtualization or system upgrades that increase IT cost and risk.
“Bradmark offers the most advanced monitoring toolset available to quickly detect and prevent problems before adversely affecting user productivity and ensure optimum system availability and efficiency,” says Avery. To reduce IT cost and mitigate risk, the company provides services and consulting to address database projects like educational training, managed services, database migration and installation, and performance tuning.
According to Avery, Surveillance DB is optimized to capture more performance data faster and collects information at real-time rates without impacting production servers. For heterogeneous environments, Surveillance DB supports and manages database incidents on SAP HANA, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Informix, and MySQL.
Avery believes maintaining longstanding customer value and satisfaction drives the company’s success in the data management market. This results from improved system production and efficiency, lowering cost of ownership, and around the clock service and support.
At number 458 in the 2016 Software 500, TigerLogic Corporation reported a revenue of $6.99 million with an increase of 27.38 percent. Headquartered in Portland, OR, TigerLogic Corporation has 65 employees and locations in Portland, U.K., Germany, and France.
TigerLogic is a global provider in engagement solutions. The company’s end-to-end solutions launch initiatives that drive engagement and helps control data and transform it into business intelligence.
TigerLogic offers Omnis, a mobile development platform, and Postano, a social media aggregation and display platform.
Omnis is designed to help enterprises design and deploy tailored applications. Its offerings combine business-oriented data management technology with object-oriented rapid application development tools.
Omnis Studio is a development environment that allows users to deploy applications to any device or platform. It provides a complete integrated development environment for creating web, mobile, and enterprise applications. Its SQL Browser connects natively to leading databases including Oracle, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and others via JDBC and ODBC.
Companies seek technology choices for flexible database compatibility across deployment modes. Data management software offers solutions for consistency and security. Today several solutions are available for data management.
August2017, Software Magazine