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Io-Tahoe: Helping Organizations Uncover the Value in their Data

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

Enterprise organizations are coming to understand that their data may be their single, most important asset. The challenge, however, is that most organizations have trouble sorting through their mountains of data to find those elements that will help them create competitive advantage and re-envision business models — let alone to meet regulatory and compliance demands, reduce costs, and ensure data governance.

Data lakes (and other related approaches) were supposed to help organizations solve these problems. But in most enterprises, data lakes have merely become data swamps, adding to the problem rather than solving it. According to Io-Tahoe, the real solution is more fundamental: an organization must understand how data flows through the enterprise and is interrelated to extract value from it. 

The company’s solution, which recently became generally available, is a machine learning-driven data discovery platform that it designed to serve as the building blocks for all other data disciplines. It believes that once an organization understands data flows and relationships, it can then better protect, manage, and monetize it. What sets its approach apart, according to the company, is that unlike other systems that rely on meta-data, its platform analyzes the data directly and then uses machine learning to determine data flow and relationships.

Taking a platform-agnostic approach, the solution enables organizations to discover data assets and relationships across organizations and technology silos. Moreover, the company built the solution for business users, providing an intuitive interface that enables non-technical users to discover and leverage value from enterprise data. Once an organization has discovered the full landscape of its data assets, according to the company, it can use its platform for any number of purposes, including discovering sensitive and proprietary data, identifying data redundancies, creating smart data catalogs, ensuring data governance, and feeding information about its data into other systems.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.