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A Big Data Boost for Dane County and United Way of Dane County

Aug. 5, 2016, 6:54 CT from MIOsoft Corporation

Madison, Wis., Aug. 5, 2016 -- A new collaboration between United Way of Dane County and Madison-area technology experts will create a strategic plan focusing on how United Way can better use data, analytics and technology for community impact.

The eight-member Technology Task Force will guide United Way’s plans for technology and data on several fronts, including:

  • Data-based evaluations of program impacts and effectiveness.
  • Data-backed support for prioritizing efforts to meet current community needs.
  • Better engagement with volunteers and donors.

Madison has a thriving big data community, according to Jordan Barrette, a member of the Task Force and chief operating officer at MIOsoft, a Madison-based data quality and analytics software company. But conversations about big data often focus exclusively on its business role.

“If you’re not in the tech industry, it’s not always clear how Madison’s big data community can be relevant to you,” said Barrette. “We jumped at the chance to work with United Way and show how a partnership between them and the big data community here can directly benefit everyone in Dane County.”

The Task Force’s recommendations will support United Way’s pursuit of its strategic goals, which revolve around improving education, income, health and civic engagement throughout Dane County.

“Increased use and analysis of data will make it possible for us to address the community’s needs, so Dane County can be a place where everyone succeeds,” said Renee Moe, United Way’s President and CEO. “Our community – donors, volunteers and those working toward stability – deserve programs and resources that are both effective and proven to have an impact.”

Task Force members are enthusiastic about the prospect of creating a vision for United Way’s data and analytics, but acknowledge that it might be a challenging road.

“Embracing big data and other new technologies isn’t a simple process for any organization,” said Barrette. “We’re lucky to be in a community where United Way is ready to take on this challenge for the greater good.”

Task Force members are: Carl Grinstead, chair (American Family Insurance); Jordan Barrette (MIOsoft); Bradley Clerkin (BreakFree Solutions); Josh Herritz (MIOsoft); Anton Kapela (5Nines); Tamara Knickmeier (American Family Insurance); Daniel Ovokaitys (First Business Financial Services); Hernan Tocuyo (M3 Insurance).

The Technology Task Force’s report is expected in November 2016.

About MIOsoft Corporation

MIOsoft turns raw data into meaningful, actionable information. Since its founding in 1998, MIOsoft's technology has helped organizations at many scales—from startup companies to Global 2000 enterprises—solve their biggest data quality and analytics challenges. For more information, visit www.miosoft.com, or contact:

Lori Herrick
MIOsoft Corporation
lori.herrick@miosoft.com
608-210-1171

About United Way of Dane County

United Way of Dane County is committed to the vision of a Dane County where everyone can succeed in school, work and life. Our community’s Agenda for Change are six goals focused on three priority areas of Education, Income and Health – the building blocks of a stable life. Through strategic partnerships and collaborative work, we are bringing the many voices of Dane County around a neutral table to find common ground and make progress, while providing organizations and individuals the opportunity to give, advocate and volunteer to change lives in Dane County. For more information, visit www.unitedwaydanecounty.org, or contact:

Krystal Webb
United Way of Dane County
krystal.webb@uwdc.org
608-246-5487

Correction (Aug 5): Bradley Clerkin is at BreakFree Solutions, not Slalom Consulting. Renee Moe stated that United Way would "address" the community's needs, not "achieve". We regret the errors.

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MIOsoft Recognized in Gartner Critical Capabilities for Data Quality Tools

Jan 14, 2016, 9:19 CT from MIOsoft Corporation

MADISON, Wis., Jan. 14, 2016 -- MIOsoft received the highest score in 4 of 6 use cases evaluated in Gartner, Inc.'s Critical Capabilities for Data Quality Tools report,* MIOsoft announced today. Use cases in which MIOsoft received the highest score of all vendors rated are:

  • Big Data & Analytics
  • Data Migration
  • Information Governance Initiatives
  • Master Data Management

This is the second time in a row that MIOsoft has received the highest score in Data Migration and Information Governance Initiatives in this report.

MIOsoft received the second-highest score of all vendors rated in the remaining 2 use cases:

  • Data Integration
  • Operational/Transactional Data Quality

The December 2015 report evaluated MIOsoft based on MIOvantage, its data quality platform.

"One of our main goals with MIOvantage is to rescue companies that have spent a lot of time and effort trying unsuccessfully to force data quality solutions to meet their specific needs," said Jordan Barrette, MIOsoft's chief operating officer.

When a company embarks on a data quality initiative, Barrette explained, there are several major factors that can vary widely, even between organizations in the same industry. A data quality solution must account for the systems the data is currently located in, the systems the final data must be sent to, and the type, format, and structure of the data that the company has, among other variables.

"Realistically, you can't build a data quality solution that, directly out of the box, effectively addresses each of these factors for every possible customer," said Barrette. "Especially once you get into the true big data verticals like telecommunication, healthcare, and government, where there are a lot of custom and legacy systems."

Overreliance on out-of-the-box solutions, according to Barrette, is one reason why organizations can struggle significantly with data quality. Workarounds to address gaps in and changes to a standardized solution can become unsustainable over time. Frequently, organizations are then forced to choose whether to attempt to maintain the partial solution, or whether to change the business to reflect the technology's capabilities.

"For truly effective data quality, you have to embrace an organization's unique factors and make sure they're part of the solution from the start," said Barrette. "That's why we built MIOvantage to have robust tools that are innately flexible. We expect our customers to have unique needs, and designed our technology so we can deliver a complete data quality solution that meets those needs.

"We believe that our scores in the Critical Capabilities for Data Quality Tools and our positioning as a Visionary in Gartner's recent Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools** validates how effective our approach has been for our customers."

Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MIOsoft Corporation

MIOsoft turns raw data into meaningful, actionable information. Since its founding in 1998, MIOsoft's technology has helped organizations of various scales—from startup companies to Global 2000 enterprises—solve their biggest data quality and analytics challenges. MIOsoft has a worldwide presence through MIOsoft Deutschland GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and MIOsoft (Beijing) Corporation in Beijing, China.

For more information, visit www.miosoft.com, or contact:

Lori Herrick
MIOsoft Corporation
lori.herrick@miosoft.com
608-210-1171

*Gartner Critical Capabilities for Data Quality Tools: Ted Friedman, Saul Judah, 18 December 2015.
** Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools: Saul Judah, Ted Friedman. 18 November 2015.

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MIOsoft Named as a Visionary in 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools

Nov 20, 2015, 9:22 CT from MIOsoft Corporation

MADISON, Wis., Nov. 20, 2015 -- MIOsoft Corporation announced today that Gartner Inc. has identified MIOsoft as a Visionary for data quality tools, based on MIOsoft's ability to execute and completeness of vision. This recognition comes in the Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools, published on Nov. 18, 2015.*

The components of MIOvantage, MIOsoft's data quality solution, have been used since 2004 for data quality in enterprises worldwide, including some of the world's largest companies. The MIOvantage platform, which combines these components, was introduced in 2014.

MIOsoft's cofounders have extensive backgrounds in enterprise environments, which has informed MIOvantage's development from the beginning, according to Jordan Barrette, MIOsoft's chief operating officer.

"MIOvantage's suitability for enterprise usage isn't a side effect of developing for big data in general," said Barrette. "Our technology has been driven specifically by the needs of enterprise customers from Day One."

As described by Gartner, "Visionaries demonstrate a strong understanding of current and future market trends and directions, such as the importance of alternative deployment options like SaaS, support for large datasets, the engagement of business subject matter experts and the delivery of data quality services. They exhibit capabilities aligned with these trends, but although they may deliver good customer experiences, they may lack the market presence, brand recognition, customer base and resources of larger vendors."*

According to Barrette, customers of future MIOvantage deployments will see enhanced all-around support for their data quality initiatives.

"Although our customers have been happy with their MIOvantage experiences, we know that in the end it's all about how fast and effective we can be at solving the specific problems of a specific customer," Barrette said. "This led us to include work with our in-house experts as part of every step of the MIOvantage sales and deployment process, so we can better support the customer's data quality initiatives from the ground up. That covers everything from weighing in on strategy and big-picture questions to just saying, 'Here's how you do that in MIOvantage.'"

To learn more about MIOvantage, visit https://www.miosoft.com/products/miovantage/.

Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About MIOsoft Corporation

MIOsoft Corporation was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. MIOsoft has a worldwide presence through MIOsoft Deutschland GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and MIOsoft (Beijing) Corporation in Beijing, China.

For more information, visit www.miosoft.com, or contact:

Lori Herrick
MIOsoft Corporation
lori.herrick@miosoft.com
608-210-1171

* Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools: Saul Judah, Ted Friedman. 18 November 2015.

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New Barrage Service Brings Affordable Advanced Analytics for IoT

Pattern-Based Analytics for Time-Series Data Finds Events As They Happen

Oct 26, 2015, 6:34 CT from MIOsoft Corporation

MADISON, Wis., Oct. 26, 2015 -- Entrepreneurs and inventors looking to make a splash using streaming data now have a new, low-cost option for advanced analytics: MIOsoft Corporation's Barrage service, which opened for public signup Oct. 1.

Most established event analytics services use thresholds to identify interesting events, evaluating incoming data based on magnitude alone. A startup needing more nuanced event detection previously had few options but to pour resources into building a custom analytics tool.

It was this gap between affordable threshold services and expensive custom solutions that led MIOsoft to create Barrage. Barrage eschews thresholds in favor of pattern analysis: an approach to event detection where events are defined using multiple characteristics of the data, including magnitude, rate of change, and duration.

"Responsiveness to the environment is a defining feature of the Internet of Things," said Bert Barabas, MIOsoft's CTO. "But you can only respond effectively if you have alerts that are both high-information and real-time. As soon as you need to respond to more than one type of event, threshold alerts aren't good enough: was an alert triggered by thunder, or an alarm? With patterns your alerts can make those important distinctions."

A Barrage account is free for up to two databases, and includes 2.5 million values per month streaming, 1 million total stored values, and unlimited patterns and alerts. Additional account tiers, which will allow users more values and databases, are in development. Barabas said prices for upgraded tiers will begin at $10/month.

"Making Barrage affordable was a deliberate development choice for us," said Barabas. "We wanted it to be accessible to innovators at every level, including those without traditional technical backgrounds or major VC funding."

Although Barrage is primarily marketed toward customers whose data originates from sensor and IoT devices, it can store and analyze any time-series data, including web and transaction logs.

Barrage recently won the first place award for Best Big Data Solution at the DATA+ conference held by Computerwoche in Hamburg, Germany.

Interested users can sign up for a Barrage account at https://databarrage.com/.

About MIOsoft Corporation

MIOsoft Corporation was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin. MIOsoft has a worldwide presence through MIOsoft Deutschland GmbH in Hamburg, Germany and MIOsoft (Beijing) Corporation in Beijing, China.

For more information, visit www.miosoft.com, or contact:

Lori Herrick
MIOsoft Corporation
lori.herrick@miosoft.com
608-210-1171