IBM has announced the acquisition of data observability software vendor Databand.ai. Today’s announcement marks IBM’s fifth acquisition of 2022. The company says the acquisition “further strengthens IBM’s software portfolio across data, AI, and automation to address the full spectrum of observability and helps businesses ensure that trustworthy data is being put into the right hands of the right users at the right time.”
Data observability is an expanding sector in the big data market, spurred by explosive growth in the amount of data organizations are producing and managing. Data quality issues can arise with large volumes, and Gartner shows that poor data quality costs businesses $12.9 million a year on average.
“Data observability takes traditional data operations to the next level by using historical trends to compute statistics about data workloads and data pipelines directly at the source, determining if they are working, and pinpointing where any problems may exist,” said IBM in a press release. “When combined with a full stack observability strategy, it can help IT teams quickly surface and resolve issues from infrastructure and applications to data and machine learning systems.”
IBM says this acquisition will extend Databand.ai’s resources for expanding its observability capabilities for broader integration across more open source and commercial solutions, and enterprises will have flexibility in how they run Databand.ai, either with a subscription or as-a-Service.
IBM has made over 25 strategic acquisitions since Arvind Krishna took the helm as CEO in April 2020. The company mentions that Databand.ai will be used with IBM Observability by Instana APM, another observability acquisition, and IBM Watson Studio, its data science platform, to address the full spectrum of observability across IT operations. To provide a more complete view of a data platform, Databand.ai can alert data teams and engineers when data they are working with is incomplete or missing, while Instana can explain which application the missing data originates from and why the application service is failing.
“Our clients are data-driven enterprises who rely on high-quality, trustworthy data to power their mission-critical processes. When they don’t have access to the data they need in any given moment, their business can grind to a halt,” said Daniel Hernandez, General Manager for Data and AI, IBM. “With the addition of Databand.ai, IBM offers the most comprehensive set of observability capabilities for IT across applications, data and machine learning, and is continuing to provide our clients and partners with the technology they need to deliver trustworthy data and AI at scale.”
Databand.ai is headquartered in Tel Aviv, and its employees will join IBM’s Data and AI division to grow its portfolio of data and AI products, including Watson and IBM Cloud Pak for Data.
“You can’t protect what you can’t see, and when the data platform is ineffective, everyone is impacted –including customers,” said Josh Benamram, co-founder and CEO of Databand.ai. “That’s why global brands such as FanDuel, Agoda and Trax Retail already rely on Databand.ai to remove bad data surprises by detecting and resolving them before they create costly business impacts. Joining IBM will help us scale our software and significantly accelerate our ability to meet the evolving needs of enterprise clients.”
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With the number of lines of code in the average car expected to skyrocket from 10 million in 2010 to 100 million in 2030, there's no getting around the fact that embedded software development and a systems engineering approach has become central not only to automotive design, but to product design in general.
Yet despite the invigorated focus on what is essentially a long-standing design process, organizations still struggle with siloed systems and engineering processes that stand in the way of true systems engineering spanning mechanical, electrical, and software functions. In an attempt to address some of those hurdles, IBM and National Instruments are partnering to break down the silos specifically as they relate to the quality management engineering system workflow, or more colloquially, the marriage between design and test.
"As customers go through iterative development cycles, whether they're building a physical product or a software subsystem, and get to some level of prototype testing, they run into a brick wall around the manual handoff between the development and test side," Mark Lefebvre, director, systems alliances and integrations, for IBM Rational, told us. "Traditionally, these siloed processes never communicate and what happens is they find errors downstream in the software development process when it is more costly to fix."
NI and IBM's answer to this gap? The pair is building a bridge -- specifically an integration between IBM Rational Quality Manager test management and quality management tool, and NI's VeriStand and TestStand real-time testing and test-automation environment. The integration, Lefebvre said, is designed to plug the gap and provide full traceability of what's defined on the test floor back to design and development, enabling more iterative testing throughout the lifecycle and uncovering errors earlier in the process, well before building costly prototypes.
The ability to break down the quality management silos and facilitate earlier collaboration can have a huge impact on cost if you look at the numbers IBM Rational is touting. According to Lefebvre, a bug that costs $1 to fix on a programmer's desktop costs $100 to fix once it makes its way into a complete program and many thousands of dollars once identified after the software has been deployed in the field.
While the integration isn't yet commercialized (Lefebvre said to expect it at the end of the third quarter), there is a proof of concept being tested with five or six big NI/IBM customers. The proof of concept is focused on the development of an embedded control unit (ECU) for a cruise control system that could operate across multiple vehicle platforms. The workflow exhibited marries the software development test processes to the hardware module test processes, from the requirements stage through quality management, so if a test fails or changes are made to the code, the results are shared throughout the development lifecycle.
Prior to such an integration, any kind of data sharing was limited to manual processes around Word documents and spreadsheets, Lefebvre said. "Typically, a software engineer would hand carry all the data in a spreadsheet and import it into the test environment. Now there's a pipe connecting the two."
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SASE company Netskope has acquired smart device security platform WootCloud. As a result of the deal, Netskope will be able to extend its security service edge (SSE) and Zero Trust capabilities to protect enterprise IoT devices.
PentaFour acquires Winterhawk Consulting
PentaFour, a provider of managed ERP and GRC services, has acquired GRC, security, role design and audit company Winterhawk Consulting from access orchestration firm Pathlock. The deal helps PentaFour accelerate its multi-ERP and GRC strategy, and enhances its engineering and service delivery teams.
Presidio acquires ROVE
Digital services and solutions provider Presidio has announced the acquisition of ROVE, a system integrator serving organizations in the Southeast of the US. The deal helps Presidio’s geographic expansion. Presidio noted that ROVE’s offerings closely align with its own in several areas, including cybersecurity.
ReliaQuest acquires Digital Shadows
Security operations vendor ReliaQuest has announced plans to acquire threat intelligence startup Digital Shadows in a deal valued at $160 million. ReliaQuest said the deal adds contextual threat intelligence data to its GreyMatter platform and new technology to help organizations quickly respond to cybersecurity incidents.
SEMPRE.ai acquires NewSpace Networks
SEMPRE.ai, a government contractor specializing in securing communications and networks, has acquired aerospace infrastructure company NewSpace Networks. SEMPRE will integrate NewSpace technology into its military-grade Private 5G offerings, which are built to withstand various types of attacks, including a nuclear-generated EMP and nation state-level cyber threats.
TCDI acquires Aon’s Ediscovery Practice
Legal services, software and cybersecurity provider TCDI has signed an agreement to buy the ediscovery practice of British professional services firm Aon. The deal will help TCDI expand its ediscovery capabilities, with Aon's NOMAD mobile processing platform, PHI/PII detection and post-data-breach support tools being added to the TCDI technology suite.
The Citation Group acquires Mitigate Cyber
UK-based compliance and quality services firm The Citation Group has acquired cybersecurity training and consultancy company Mitigate Cyber, which is also based in the UK. Mitigate Cyber becomes part of The Citation Group. Mitigate said the services offered by The Citation Group complement its product portfolio.
Ultima acquires The AntiSocial Engineer
Cloud, security and digital services provider Ultima Business Solutions has acquired The AntiSocial Engineer, a company whose training services are designed to help organizations protect themselves against cyberattacks that involve social engineering. Both companies are based in the UK.
Vista Equity Partners acquires majority stake in BetterCloud
Investment firm Vista Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in cloud service management startup BetterCloud. BetterCloud’s offering includes cloud application security and data protection solutions.
Advent One acquires Layer 8 Networks
Hybrid cloud and cybersecurity services provider Advent One has acquired Layer 8 Networks, a boutique consulting firm specializing in unified communications, networking, and network security. Both companies are based in Australia and both are expected to benefit from the deal.
Apollo acquires CyberDefenses
IT and cybersecurity solutions provider Apollo Information Systems has announced the acquisition of CyberDefenses, a company that provides cybersecurity services to government and private organizations. The deal will help the companies expand their offerings and expertise.
China Mobile acquires Venustech
Telecom company China Mobile has acquired a controlling stake (23.08%) in Beijing-based network security company Venustech Information Technology Group for 4.14 billion yuan ($620 million). The deal will help China Mobile expand its offering. Venustech will use the new funds to supplement working capital and it will leverage China Mobile’s brand, tech capabilities and sales network.
Comcast acquires Levl
Comcast is acquiring Levl, a startup specializing in security- and privacy-focused device intelligence, for roughly $50 million. Comcast will reportedly use Levl technology to address issues related to network user identification.
Giesecke+Devrient acquires Valid’s payment and identity solutions business
Giesecke+Devrient (G+D), a Germany-based company that provides secure payment, identity and connectivity solutions, has acquired the payment and identity solutions business of Valid USA. The deal helps G+D accelerate growth in the US.
Interlaced.io acquires Grove Technologies
MSP Interlaced.io has announced buying Grove Technologies, which provides Apple support and cybersecurity services to small businesses. The deal will help both companies enhance their capabilities, but Grove will continue to operate as a standalone brand.
Johnson Controls acquires Tempered Networks
Smart building infrastructure and technology giant Johnson Controls has purchased zero trust security provider Tempered Networks. Technology from Tempered will enable Johnson Controls to bring zero trust security to connected buildings.
Logically acquires Cornerstone IT
Managed services provider (MSP) Logically has announced buying MSP Cornerstone IT. The deal will enable Logically to expand in the United States and enhance its cybersecurity and data backup and recovery capabilities.
MetaCompliance acquires Moch
Security awareness and compliance training firm MetaCompliance is expanding in Europe with the acquisition of Denmark-based Moch, an EdTech company that specializes in cybersecurity and compliance solutions.
Miss Group acquires PrivateVPN
Web hosting company Miss Group has acquired VPN provider PrivateVPN. Both companies are based in Sweden. Miss Group said this deal provides a foundation for building a broader security product portfolio.
Nasuni acquires Storage Made Easy
File data services provider Nasuni has purchased UK-based Storage Made Easy (SME) in an effort to bolster data management and remote work capabilities. Nasuni said SME will help it expand its capabilities, enabling customers to address file storage, backup and ransomware concerns.
Nitel acquires Hypercore
IT and communications firm Nitel has acquired Hypercore Networks, which provides technology solutions and managed cybersecurity services. Nitel said the deal is part of its inorganic growth strategy and noted that it’s particularly interested in the security sector.
Quantum Computing acquires QPhoton
Quantum Computing has completed the acquisition of quantum photonics company QPhoton. The acquisition enables Quantum Computing to extend its solutions in areas such as supply chain, fraud detection, government defense and security.
Sky.One acquires Vublo
Cloud services provider Sky.One has acquired cybersecurity company Vublo. Both companies are based in Brazil. With the acquisition, Sky.One has launched a new business unit named Sky.Security.
Thrive acquires DSM and Edge Technology Group
Cybersecurity and digital transformation managed services provider Thrive this month announced the acquisitions of DSM, a Florida-based MSP, and Edge Technology Group, a technology advisory and fully-managed IT services provider for alternative investment managers. The deals will boost Thrive’s geographic expansion.
XM Cyber acquires Cyber Observer
Cloud security company XM Cyber has acquired Cyber Observer, which specializes in continuous controls monitoring (CCM) and cloud security posture management (CSPM). Both companies are based in Israel. The deal helps XM Cyber extend its attack path management platform.
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It’s becoming clear that we are starting to move toward a hybrid and multicloud world. Although many organizations will be content to use a limited number of public clouds and keep the bulk of their workloads on a favorite platform, many organizations are starting to diversify their cloud strategies and recognize the need for more integration and portability.
In our latest Future of Hybrid Cloud Automation report, Futuriom looked at multicloud and hybrid cloud strategies and real-world implementations and found that hybrid platforms are indeed being put into production. Multicloud enables organizations to leverage the tools of multiple clouds. Hybrid cloud enables organizations to blend infrastructure and applications into one virtualized cloud, tapping multiple providers.
In our discussions and research the key benefits of multicloud and hybrid cloud architectures include accelerated digitization, applications workload flexibility, control over the IT infrastructure, and better control over cloud costs. We found a number of organizations that have successfully moved to hybrid cloud and multicloud architectures over the past few years, including Coca Cola Enterprises, Target, Walmart, Fidelity, Mercedes-Benz, and the BMW Group – just to name a few.
With these trends now in place, we have seen an explosion of new cloud tools adopted for hybrid and multicloud environments – while at the same time established cloud platforms are pivoting to fit into the new hybrid reality. The large public cloud providers are all ramping up tools — including offerings in management, compute, networking, and security – to support hybrid or multicloud operations. In addition, major cloud platform providers such as VMware and IBM have spent years of M&A and strategy to build up cross-platform hybrid cloud tools.
The main thrust of these efforts includes integrating key functions such as cloud management, Kubernetes cluster management, and multicloud networking. In between, there is a wide variety of cloud integration specialists using APIs and connectors to streamline the process of connecting hybrid clouds. In addition to the major players, there are dozens of startups targeting hybrid cloud operations.
Futuriom spent months studying these developments, which we have summarized in our Hybrid Cloud Automation report. Next week, we’ll discuss what we’ve found in multicloud networking integration, security, cost management, and hybrid cloud management areas. But first, let’s take a look at the hybrid cloud movement for the major public cloud players – platforms such as Amazon Web Service (AWS), Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Oracle Cloud.
The major cloud providers are constantly adding proprietary management and platform tools (such as networking) to make their clouds “stickier.” Many end users we speak to are leery of the inevitable “lock-in” strategy pursued by the public cloud providers, so they will also look at ways to do this independently.
Amazon has indeed emphasized a “one cloud” strategy to build the broadest and most capable cloud platform, including developing their own Graviton chips. Amazon’s also pushing further out to the edge with Outposts as well as its own private wireless offering for 5G and other wireless services. Some of the customers Amazon promoted for its “one cloud” strategy included DISH, Goldman Sachs, and United Airlines. Amazon also has an interesting tool called CloudFormation, which allows you to model resources in YAML or JSON, automate them, and then deploy them in your AWS cloud-based infrastructure. This is competitive with tools that are more geared for multicloud, such as Hashicorp Terraform or Morpheus Data, for example.
Micrososoft and Google have been less forceful in pushing a one-cloud strategy, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a lock-in agenda as well. For example, Microsoft has focused on networking tools designed to create end-user addiction to its own cloud network. It’s had great success with its own open-source networking platform, Software for Open Networking in the Cloud
(SONiC) and Azure Virtual WAN. Recently, however, Microsoft has paid more marketing attention to hybrid cloud operations and has made Azure Arc a centerpiece of this strategy, saying it offers customers the potential to take advantage of Azure’s security, governance, and management capabilities while at the same time being able to deploy resources on private cloud and on-prem resources. Microsoft has cited Royal Bank of Canada as a customer implementing this hybrid cloud strategy.
Hybrid and multicloud presents both a threat and an opportunity for public cloud providers. For the leaders, particularly #1 Amazon, it’s more of a threat. For the insurgents lower on the totem pole – players like Google, IBM, and Oracle – it’s an opportunity. Microsoft, at #2, can benefit from both perspectives.
Google is also increasing both its internal cloud management tools , including Anthos, Looker, BigQuery Omni, and Apigee API management. Of course, Google cites its managed service for Kubernetes (which it invented), Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), as the ultimate hybrid and multicloud tool. Its BigQuery Omni tool can analyze data stored in multiple clouds and is available on both Azure and AWS as well. Anthos, the linchpin of Google’s hybrid strategy, enables organizations to run Kubernetes in multiple infrastructure environments.
Customers can manage their Kubernetes infrastructure using GKE, regardless of where the workloads are running. In theory, this provides portability of Kubernetes-based applications among various cloud services. Given this approach, Google seems to be more multicloud-friendly at this point, than, say, Amazon. This makes sense, considering that its main rival Amazon occupies the #1 market-share position in public cloud while Google is an insurgent at #3, according to most public cloud revenue and market-share measurements.
Not to be left out, the commonly recognized #4 and #5 players in public cloud, Oracle and IBM (not necessarily in that order), are also pushing hybrid and multicloud tools. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) offers a comprehensive set of multicloud solutions in the form of specialized deployments, database services, monitoring capabilities, and strategic partnerships. It has also teamed with Azure Interconnect to provide organizations with a simple path to a multicloud environment.
Oracle also offers Dedicated Regions that can provide OCI in specific geographic regions, including on premises. Oracle has also teamed with VMware to provide an environment that is portable across clouds. Customers can use Oracle VMware Solution to move or extend on-premises VMware-based workloads to OCI across all regions, including on-premises Dedicated Regions, without rearchitecting applications or retooling operations. latest customer announcements include TIM Brasil, which uses OCI to build a hybrid cloud strategy.
IBM has a sprawling portfolio of cloud offerings, which is sometimes tough to navigate. The situation was complicated by the latest spinoff of Kyndryl, formerly IBM’s cloud infrastructure division. Kyndryl also has strategic partnerships with Google and Microsoft, among others. IBM’s Red Hat division is a key element of its hybrid strategy, providing a Kubernetes management (OpenShift) platform for compute services on multiple clouds, including IBM Cloud, Azure, and AWS.
IBM’s strategy looks either multicloud-friendly or schizophrenic, depending on how you look at it. The major breakup of the company doesn’t make it much easier to understand. One could argue two ways: IBM’s strategy is either more confusing, because it has so many partnerships with other cloud companies, or it’s the best positioned for hybrid and multicloud, with Red Hat OpenShift as a leader for those implementing multiple cloud environments. Microsoft, for example, provides a fully managed OpenShift on Azure service.
In Futuriom’s opinion, Microsoft seems positioned best for hybrid cloud, with world-class management and networking tools. SONiC and Azure Virtual WAN provide it a strong networking platform that customers can leverage. Its move into communications and software platforms with the acquisition of Metaswitch and Affirmed is also interesting, giving it powerful routing and communications services tools that can be used by enterprises and service providers alike. ExpressRoute provides private connectivity among clouds at major datacenters. Azure Arc enables Azure to provide consistent security and operations across hybrid environments.
Another key strength for Microsoft is its natural position in enterprise software, which gives it a huge edge with customer engagements. Amazon’s heritage is in selling to startups and developers, and Google is still challenged to build a strong enterprise sales culture. Amazon’s “one-cloud” strategy is a huge risk from a marketing perspective – a bet that the market will not move quickly to hybrid or multicloud.
Of course, I doubt that any of this will remain static. The competition for cloud business is fierce and the public cloud providers are constantly upgrading their platforms.
The big question that customers should have going forward in evaluating the multicloud and hybrid cloud offerings of the major cloud providers is: Are they really trying to help me build a hybrid platform or do they just want to lock me in? For the customers, the key considerations in moving forward with a balance of public cloud tools and multicloud cools will include the portability and costs of how they operate in the cloud.
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ТАMPA, Fla., July 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MANTA, the data lineage platform, today announced it is working with IBM to drive data-driven success for enterprise-level customers. MANTA’s data lineage platform is now available with IBM Cloud Pak for Data to provide businesses with historical, indirect and technical data lineage capabilities.
Data is among an organization’s most critical assets, yet the volume and complexity of today’s data ecosystems are rife with blind spots that result in slower data delivery, increased number of incidents and unreliable business insights. Having a clear and comprehensive view of all data flows is critical for organizations to help ensure they are maximizing the value of their data governance frameworks and reinforcing overall data management strategies.
MANTA’s automated data lineage platform is designed to provide a line of sight into data environments by building a powerful map of all data flows, sources, transformations and dependencies to help Excellerate data governance, streamline migration projects and accelerate incident resolution.
Through this new agreement with IBM, MANTA Automated Data Lineage for IBM Cloud Pak for Data is now available to clients who are using IBM’s data fabric solution for data governance and privacy. This enables clients to add MANTA’s capabilities for historical, indirect, and technical data lineage to Watson Knowledge Catalog in IBM Cloud Pak for Data to help them perform effective impact and root cause analyses, meet common regulatory compliance standards, and gain deeper insights into data quality issues.
“By integrating with IBM Cloud Pak for Data through Watson Knowledge Catalog, this ensures that customers have the tools needed to make informed, data-driven decisions that drive their business forward,” said Petr Stipek, vice president of partnerships at MANTA. “This integration enables customers to harness the power of their data to adapt quickly to changing needs, address challenges as they occur and capture new opportunities as businesses evolve.”
“Businesses rely on data and AI, but many struggle with data silos that make it difficult to ensure their teams have access to high-quality data without jeopardizing governance and privacy. That’s why clients are turning to IBM to help them adopt a data fabric architecture designed so they can get the right data in the right hands at the right time, regardless of where it resides,” said Michael Gilfix, vice president of product management for data and AI, IBM. “The launch of MANTA Automated Data Lineage on Cloud Pak for Data is the latest example of how IBM is delivering new data fabric capabilities so businesses can build a trusted, business-ready data foundation.”
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Catalog Management Systems Market by Type (Product Catalogs and Service Catalogs), Component, Deployment Type, Organization Size (Large Enterprises and SMEs), Vertical, and Region – Global Forecast to 2026
The global Catalog Management Systems Market size is expected to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10.6% during the forecast period, to reach USD 1.9 billion by 2026 from USD 1.2 billion in 2020. Key factors that are expected to drive the growth of the market are the rising consumer demand for products, growing internet access, and rising penetration of smartphones demand which is acting as a catalyst for catalog management solutions from the e-commerce industries. Indispensable requirement of data hubs for better data syndication and compelling need for eliminating data inconsistencies across multiple data silos. These factors are driving the demand for catalog management systems.
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Services segment to hold a larger market size during the forecast period
Based on services, the catalog management systems market is segmented into two categories: professional and managed services. These services assist enterprises in managing and ensuring the smooth functioning of product information. Enterprises need active support from skilled professionals to minimize their downtime during the pre-and post-installation of solutions. These services provide the necessary support to uphold the efficiency of business processes, increase enterprise growth, and reduce unwanted operational expenses.
SMEs segment to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period
SMEs are defined as organizations with an employee strength ranging from 1 to 1,000. SMEs have a low marketing budget and often lack the resources and capabilities for effective marketing orchestration. These enterprises face greater challenges of limited budget as compared to large enterprises and require better methods to resolve complexities for improving the cost optimization of their business processes. However, the SMEs segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period, due to rising adoption of cloud-based catalog management systems. Cloud-based software and services offers benefits such as reliability, scalability, user-friendly capabilities, easy integration, increased agility, and improved efficiency which are expected to encourage SMEs to adopt cloud-based catalog management system solutions and services at a rapid pace.
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The catalog management systems market comprises major providers, such as IBM (US), SAP (Germany), Oracle (US), Salsify (US), Coupa Software (US), ServiceNow (US), Proactis (England), Broadcom (US), Fujitsu (Japan), Comarch (Poland), Zycus (US), GEP (US), Ericsson (Sweden), Amdocs (US), Episerver (US), Hansen Technologies (Australia), Vinculum (India), Claritum (UK), eJeeva (US), SunTec (India), Plytix (Denmark), Mirakl (France), Sellercloud (US), Vroozi (US), CatBase (UK), Akeneo (France), nChannel (US), Contalog (India), and Sales Layer (Spain). The study includes an in-depth competitive analysis of key players in the catalog management systems market with their company profiles, latest developments, COVID-19 developments, and key market strategies.
The players in this market have embraced different strategies to expand their global presence and increase their market shares. New product launches and enhancements, partnerships, mergers and acquisitions, have been the most dominating strategies adopted by the major players from 2018 to 2021, which helped them strengthen their offerings and broaden their customer base.
Salsify was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Massachusetts, US. The company offers the PXM platform that integrates Digital Asset Management (DAM), Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), syndication, and PIM capabilities. It also offers consulting and implementation services for the smooth implementation of its products. The company’s platform offers catalog management capabilities to its customers. It provides various capabilities and features, including, advanced validation, faster data imports, filtering and advanced search, editable product attribution, validation rules, inheritance rules, and entities. The company provides a digital catalog management solution platform. The platform offers features, such as flexibility, governance, workflow, multi-channel, and architecture, which enable clients to easily and quickly onboard data from multiple sources.
Zycus is a frontrunner in executing complete life-cycle solutions in catalog management and provides robust control to ensure content validity with an end-to-end partnership approach. It is a global provider of a complete Source-to-Pay suite of procurement performance solutions. It designs and develops software in the procurement domain. The company performs automatic classification using AI to correctly classify all items appearing in both hosted catalogs and punchout configurations, thereby providing reduced order processing cycle times and increased compliance to procurement contracts.
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