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Top 20 Big Data Companies 2015

Enabling modern Data Architecture with Big Data: Kognitio

“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney

Today’s business manager wants solutions that are pre-packaged; ready to use out of the box; flexible; scaleable; highly efficient; engineered for analytics that makes business easy and efficient. It is here that Kognitio steps in to revolutionize big data usage in the entrepreneurial venture.

Sitting at the nexus of Big Data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing, Kognitio is a pioneer in high performance Big Data analytics for Data Science & Business Intelligence. Extending existing data and BI investments as an analytical accelerator, providing a foundation for data scientists and analytical information services, the company has been helping clients gain greater insight from large and complex volumes of data with low latency and limitless scalability for competitive business advantage.

The company considers its clients goals to be of utmost importance and invests in its quality in every way including being ISO27001 certified – certificate IS 585683, providing the resources, performance and human talent critical for the rigorous processes involved with Big Data analytics and Business Intelligence.

Always innovating never complacent
Since its foundation in 1987, the privately held company has managed to specialize in Analytics, Analytical Platform, analytic platform, analytical data warehouse, business intelligence, business insight, Cloud Computing, virtual cubes, MDX, Cloud BI, in-memory database and in-memory analytics, through its hard work. The company’s Analytical Platform is used as a data science lab or to power comprehensive digital marketing analytics and runs on industry-standard servers, as an appliance, or in Kognitio Cloud, a ready-to-use analytical Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) in a public or private cloud environment, while its Analytical Services adds value to data and does what is best for the clients, giving them the answers they need from their data.

“Building and deploying technology and services for over two decades, we continue to exceed client expectations, lead innovation and deliver production-grade installations for Big Data analytics. An intuitive, massively parallel in-memory platform, combining SQL and NoSQL, reading Big Data directly from existing persistence platforms such as Hadoop, DW and cloud, while integrating with business applications via industry standard APIs. Kognitio’s implementation, services and Data Science expertise provide our clients and partners a foundation for the modern, data-driven business. Our range of solutions, from software licenses to analytical appliances and cloud-based services allows our clients and strategic partners to achieve their goals. We serve thousands of customers across a wide range of industries, including retail, media, financial services, telecommunications, on-line gaming, insurance, marketing services and hospitality. More than a petabyte of Kognitio licenses are currently in operation around the globe, helping businesses analyze and extract intelligence from large and complex volumes of data at incredibly high speeds”, adds team Kognitio.

With its list of clientele including names such as British telecom, Tattershall Castle Group (TCG) and The Blueberry Wave, the company has reinstated belief in the fact that ‘Big Data is here, it’s not scary, embrace it’.

Knowing the Key Executive
Geoff Squire –Executive Chairman
Responsible for the strategic direction for Kognitio, Geoff has more than 45 years’ experience in information technology. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors at Informatica (Nasdaq: INFA) and several privately-held companies.

In 1981 he introduced the Oracle database to the United Kingdom as the exclusive distributor. He subsequently joined the Oracle Corporation, where he became Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Europe and president of Oracle Worldwide Operations (a COO role), reporting to Larry Ellison. He was widely credited with that business’ financial turnaround in 1990 and the building of the global IT powerhouse that Oracle became in that era.

In 1994, he joined OpenVision, a systems management software company, as the President and CEO of the newly-formed international subsidiary. He became CEO of the parent company in 1995, and took the company public on NASDAQ in 1996. He executed the merger with VERITAS Corporation in 1997 and this combined entity grew to be a US $1 Billion dollar business. He remained as Vice Chairman there until the company merged with Symantec in 2005.

A former president of the UK Computing Services & Software Association and the European Information Services Association, Mr. Squire also holds an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes University and was honoured by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 1997 when he has was awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the information industry.

Roger Gaskell- CTO
Roger started at White Cross Systems, the predecessor to Kognitio, as employee number two. Today, he has overall responsibility for all product development and has been instrumental in all generations of the Kognitio Analytical Platform to date, including evolving it from a database application running on proprietary hardware, to a software-only analytical database built on industry-standard blade servers.

Paul Groom- COO
Responsible for general operations within Kognitio encompassing Kognitio Anlytical Services, Presales support, the Kognitio Analytics Center of Excellence and marketing, Paul has about 30 years of experience working with Very Large Databases (VLDBs) with in depth knowledge of databases, data warehouse and big data technologies.

In his many years with Kognitio, Paul has been a key contributor through delivery of business solutions with many clients and prospects in data mining, web analytics, business intelligence, service based delivery (DaaS), cloud (AWS) innovation, and now data science via the KACE team.

Ian Sandbach- CFO
Ian joined Kognitio from Envox Worldwide where he was EMEA financial controller culminating in the successful sale of the business in 2008. He qualified in practice and is an FCCA.