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Expansion and Innovation in Wrangling: Reflection on 2016

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December 29, 2016

As 2016 comes to a close and we head into the New Year, we’re taking a moment to reflect on some of the milestones we shared throughout the year with our partners and our Wrangler community. With a focus on continued innovation, we delivered two product launches and introduced the groundbreaking Photon Compute Engine providing a user experience that is completely unique in its scale, richness and immediacy. With Photon, we engineered a purpose built data wrangling engine to power a rich user experience that makes people who wrangle data more productive and creative than ever before. You can read more about Photon from Trifacta co-founder and chief strategy officer Joe Hellerstein.

With Photon under our belts, we also released v4 of Trifacta Wrangler Enterprise, our most significant release to date, focused on any user, any data and any cloud. This major upgrade to our flagship product delivers new capabilities including Builder, to guide users through each step of their wrangling tasks with the assistance of drop-down menus and intelligent in-application guidance. The release also provides expanded support for customers deploying Trifacta in cloud environments. The team blogged on each of the new key features so you can learn more about the UX team’s thinking behind the design of Builder, how Engineering brought Photon to v4 to power wrangling on-the-fly, and how the Product team’s focus on the end-user experience resulted in the delivery of truly self-service data connectivity in v4.

Most recently, we were very excited to unveil the addition of Trifacta Wrangler Pro to our product portfolio. At Trifacta, our focus is on helping anyone who works with data have a more productive and enjoyable experience making data useful for analysis. Knowing that people face wrangling challenges everywhere, whether that’s dealing with diverse excel files on your desktop, various relational and cloud data sources amongst teams or massive volume and variety within Hadoop; our goal is to make wrangling data a more intuitive, efficient and enjoyable process, regardless of the data’s size, shape or location. You can learn more about how our ambitions towards broadening the scope of Trifacta led us to develop Wrangler Pro (formerly Wrangler Edge) in director of product marketing Will Davis’ blog.

Throughout the year, Data Wrangling has taken us around the world working with customers and attending events like Strata + Hadoop World in London, NYC and San Jose, and Tableau Conference in Austin. Members of the Trifacta team were able to share advancements in data wrangling technology at many of these events, including: co-founder, Sean Kandel’s session on visualizing data lineage, the Customer Success Team’s review of top data wrangling use cases; senior software engineer, Seshadri Mahalingam’s session on architecting the Photon Compute Framework; and co-founder and UC Berkeley professor, Joe Hellerstein’s keynote at Strata + Hadoop World London giving a talk on data relativism and the rise of context services.

While it has certainly been a big year for our product development, we were also focused on the tremendous expansion within our partner ecosystem. Our partners are crucial in promoting the adoption of data wrangling within business departments and analytics teams. In May, we launched the Trifacta Wrangler Partner Program to support our expansive global ecosystem of reseller, consulting and technology vendors, who are helping customers implement and support their data wrangling initiatives.

Speaking of partners, Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, partnered with Trifacta to provide a data wrangling solution for the Infosys Information Platform (IIP). You can watch vice president of business development and alliances, Fergus Moroney, join Infosys’ head of big data and analytics, Abdul Razack, as they discuss how the two technologies are enabling businesses to deliver new value from diverse data. To develop some great insights for customers within the ecosystem, we joined forces with partner AtScale and other leading vendors to create the 2016 Big Data Maturity Survey. Download your copy and find out where you stack up against the over 2,500 participants.

This past year also marked a number of other major milestones including our growth stage fundraising at the beginning of the year and our expansion into the federal market. The end of last year, we announced our expansion within Europe with the opening of our offices in London and Berlin. Our momentum in Europe accelerated throughout 2016, and in November we highlighted that Europe’s leading financial institutions, including Munich Re, Nordea, Santander, Royal Bank of Scotland and Enstar are utilizing Trifacta to empower their analysts to wrangle their data to drive their business and compliance analytics initiatives.

Through the course of the year, we were honored to be recognized for a series of awards including being selected as Champion and Top Vendor in the Bloor 2016 Self-Service Data Preparation Market Update, and as an IDC Innovator for self-service data preparation. We are also very proud to have been selected as the top vendor for the second year in a row in Dresner Advisory Services’ annual End User Data Preparation Market Study.

The best honor of all comes in the success of our customers who have turned to Trifacta to unlock the potential of their data and deliver on an amazing array of use cases. Two customers recently featured include the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and NationBuilder.

  • The CDC, an organization that serves on the front lines to protect public health from the ravages of disease, is using the power of data to help slow the spread of disease and was recently featured in Datanami, covering how they worked to slow the spread of an opioid-fueled HIV outbreak in Indiana.
  • NationBuilder has developed a platform to help a new idea or viewpoint reach voters. They were recently featured in Forbes, describing how they have leveled the campaign playing field, giving a local mayoral candidate or ballot initiative the power and capability formerly only available to multimillion-dollar campaign efforts.

It has been a busy and rewarding year indeed, and we are proud to also be able to give back to our community. We continued our Trifacta Volunteer Week program, working with organizations like 826 Valencia for tutoring, Glide SF and SF Marin Food Bank to provide meals to homeless, and Lava Mae to pack hygiene kits for the SF mobile hygiene buses; and participating in the annual JP Morgan Corporate Challenge and Cycle for Survival fundraisers.

 

As the Trifacta community continues to grow and evolve, we are fortunate to have such an incredible array of talent and innovation represented across our customers, our partners and our employees. On behalf of Trifacta, I thank each of you for your continued support. Wishing you and your families a very happy holiday season and we look forward to continuing to wrangle together in 2017!