Jan Andrš

MANTA 3.24: New scanners for ODI, SSRS, ER/Studio and More!

March 27, 2019 by

Here in Prague, where MANTA’s engineering office is located, the snow has melted and sunny spring has arrived. As the first baby otters are born, we are delivering a new little baby of our own: MANTA 3.24. Read about it in our blog post below or check out the two-minute video where Jan Ulrych summarizes all the changes and updates.

Here in Prague, where MANTA’s engineering office is located, the snow has melted and sunny spring has arrived. As the first baby otters are born, we are delivering a new little baby of our own: MANTA 3.24. Read about it in our blog post below or check out the two-minute video where Jan Ulrych summarizes all the changes and updates.

What’s new this time? After finalizing our Microsoft SSRS connector, we have added two more new connectors. The first one is a scanner for Oracle Data Integrator (ODI); the second is for ER/Studio, which expands our influence in the realm of data modelling tools so that we can now create logical lineage automatically, making data lineage from MANTA more accessible for users who aren’t database tech pros.

However, the biggest success in this release is the direct integration with Collibra via API. We have been partnering with Collibra on the development of this synchronization API for quite some time now. So, we are pleased to inform you that we can now introduce the final version.

How is it different from the old integration?

  1. Direct integration. We are so integrated that we are basically part of Collibra DGC. This makes your work with Collibra and MANTA so much faster and easier.
  2. Automatic metadata update. Collibra can fully use this MANTA feature now.
  3. Table synchronization. We are the first ones on the planet able to update your Collibra DGC with your database 1:1, meaning you can now get rid of non-existent tables in DGC and make room for new ones.
  4. All in one. We are able to export all MANTA data lineage to Collibra, including the newly supported Microsoft SSRS.
  5. Logical Lineage. Since we support metadata extraction from E/R models and mappings between physical and logical layers, we can provide this information to Collibra so it can provide logical data lineage.
  6. Installation. It is just so much easier now.

Besides the hot stuff mentioned above, MANTA 3.24 finally offers transformation logic in Teradata and a long-awaited experimental Java version. We are currently doing closed beta testing with some of our customers, and from the next software release onward, we will be doing open testing.

Interested? Got questions? We are here for you. Throw a message into our trusty mailbox at manta@getmanta.com. We will reply!

Press Release: Credo Ventures and Senovo Invest in MANTA

September 18, 2018 by

Prague, New York – Czech fund Credo Ventures and German B2B Cloud & SaaS venture capital group Senovo have joined forces to finance a seed investment round for the Czech-American tech start-up MANTA.

Prague, New York – Czech fund Credo Ventures and German B2B Cloud & SaaS venture capital group Senovo have joined forces to finance a seed investment round for the Czech-American tech start-up MANTA.

MANTA developed a unique solution for the automated analysis of information flows in business intelligence and analytics environments. The product is a result of its cooperation with prominent Czech universities and the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic. MANTA is currently a key part of the data infrastructure of many global companies, including PayPal, Comcast, and a bank from the US Big Four. The company successfully expanded to the US three years ago, opened a branch in Silicon Valley, and acquired its first several dozen customers.

“The market for data governance solutions literally exploded during the past year,” says Tomas Kratky, MANTA’s CEO. “Now, both big and small companies understand that if their data is a mess, no big data, AI, or data science investment will pan out. That’s a great opportunity for MANTA.”

Tomas Kratky continues: “We had an amazing first half of the year, but I felt like our potential was so much bigger. That’s why it was the right moment to invite a partner on board. I am extremely happy to join forces with Senovo and Credo. The funds they have invested will help us expand our sales and development teams, strengthen our position as the market leader in data lineage automation, and accelerate our growth on the American and Western European markets. To be honest, the first steps have already been taken. We opened another US branch in New York in May, doubled the number of developers in our DevCenter, and signed up a few new clients, all at the top of their respective fields. What a ride!”

MANTA is known for its unique ability to “crack” programming code and map data flows in very complex BI environments that consist of millions of lines of code. MANTA’s customers are no longer dependent on manual labor and are able to implement their data governance doctrine across the whole company. It does not really matter if the main reason is regulatory compliance (BCBS 239, GDPR, or something else), effective data management, or lowering development and maintenance costs – MANTA is the right solution to automate data lineage. This unique ability is an advantage not only for MANTA’s customers, but also its partners – data solution providers, local and international consultation companies, and worldwide system integrators.

“Effectively implementing data governance is one of the main challenges we see with enterprise companies. Manual mapping and the subsequent “freezing” of system landscapes just won’t work anymore with agile, data-driven organizations and Manta is the globally leading solution for this critical piece of effective data governance”, says Markus Grundmann, Partner at Senovo, on what made the investment so compelling. Vladislav Jez, Partner at Credo Ventures, adds that “by learning more about Manta and talking to its customers, we came to believe the company has developed a stellar technology, which, backed by the zeal and skills of Tomas and his team, has what it takes to provide the much needed visibility into increasingly complex and opaque IT systems.”

MANTA is a great example of the connection between business, traditional, and new findings in computer science. Joint research projects with the Czech Technical University and Charles University are moving the whole field forward and simultaneously allowing the direct application of the research results in a business reality.

About Credo Ventures
Credo Ventures is an early stage venture capital firm with offices in Prague and Silicon Valley. Investing in IT startups with a strong technological foundation, the Credo team strives to partner with outstanding founders to realize their global ambitions. It manages 71M € across 2 funds and to date, it has made more than 35 investments throughout Central and Eastern Europe.
www.credoventures.com

About Senovo
Senovo is a Munich and Berlin based early stage venture capital fund with a focus on B2B SaaS Investments. The Senovo team believes that SaaS should be the dominant model for delivering software and is thrilled about the great market opportunities which are continuously created by the secular shift towards SaaS. Senovo funds outstanding entrepreneurs and teams building world class products and generally gets involved soon after product launch.
www.senovo.vc

About MANTA
MANTA automates customer data lineage and enhances the capabilities of data governance solutions. MANTA is the leader in metadata harvesting due to its ability to process and understand custom programming code and describe its logic. The data lineage extracted can then be further used for data warehouse optimization, lowering development costs, impact analyses, data migration, data discovery, and data security projects as well as for meeting regulatory compliance standards such as CCAR, HIPAA, BASEL II/III, GDPR, and others. MANTA’s customers include organizations such as PayPal, Comcast and OBI.
www.getmanta.com

Any questions or press inquiries? Drop us a line a on manta@getmanta.com.

BackOffice Associates Embeds MANTA Technology to Deliver Actionable Data Lineage Capabilities Across Information Governance Solutions

Partnership Establishes Data Lineage Visibility as Key Driver of Data Policy Creation and Enforcement in a Single, Integrated Solution.

Partnership Establishes Data Lineage Visibility as Key Driver of Data Policy Creation and Enforcement in a Single, Integrated Solution.

BackOffice Associates, the worldwide leader in solutions that solve enterprises’ most complex data transformation challenges, today announced a partnership with MANTA, a leading provider of data lineage and impact analysis solutions. BackOffice Associates will directly embed MANTA’s Flow technology into its suite of integrated information governance and data stewardship solutions. This will enable a market-first solution that offers data lineage tracking, impact analysis and metadata scanning coupled with the power of BackOffice’s Data Stewardship Platform and Information Governance Cloud software for end-to-end data policy setting and enforcement.

“Combining the power of BackOffice Associates’ and MANTA’s technologies offers our global customers a rich, transformative solution that allows them to directly link enterprise data lineage discovery and impact to data policy establishment and enforcement,” said Rex Ahlstrom, Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, BackOffice Associates. “Manta’s metadata scanning capabilities will augment the powerful AI functionality already available in our data catalog, meta data management and business glossary components, while providing elevated visibility into overall data quality monitoring and policy enforcement activities.”

The addition of MANTA’s data lineage and impact analysis software further strengthens BackOffice Associates singular product vision. For example, debugging efforts associated with complex data migration scenarios can be reduced from hours to minutes per incident, delivering significant cost savings. Visual data lineage and impact analysis also greatly simplifies compliance efforts in which understanding how data flows across systems and processes is critical.

“We’re thrilled to partner with BackOffice Associates to deliver actionable data lineage visibility across global customers’ enterprise data initiatives,” said Tomas Kratky, CEO of MANTA. “Deeply embedding our offerings will give enterprises a greater, richer level of data governance to drive the development of sound information governance roadmaps.”

 

About MANTA

MANTA helps enterprises all around the world to automate their data lineage across many different technologies. Complete data lineage enables our customers to improve their data governance, comply with regulations and unlock the potential of existing data governance solutions. We started changing the world of BI in 2013 in Prague, Czechia and quickly expanded to the rest of Europe and the US, currently providing data lineage capabilities to companies all around the world. To learn more, please visit: getmanta.com.

 About BackOffice Associates

BackOffice Associates is a worldwide leader in solutons that solve enterprises’ most complex data transformation challenges. Our range of award-winning products, built on a revolutionary platform, address the needs of business users seeking to unlock the value of their data assets. Our products and services enable organizations to accelerate growth, gain actionable visibility and reduce risks. Founded in 1996, we have an unparalleled record of success in the most complex data environments across a variety of industries with Fortune 1000 organizations. BackOffice Associates is a global corporation headquartered in Massachusetts with additional offices in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Dubai, India, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany and the U.K. To learn more, please visit www.boaweb.com.

Quirks in Your Data Warehouse You Would Never Find

August 7, 2018 by

We all have a very good image of what our data warehouse should look like, and what roles and functions it should play in the company’s business intelligence environment. But that is rarely the reality. Our BI consists of more than just “perfect” structured data marts. It is usually filled with all kinds of quirks, the kind that only MANTA  can deal with. Read on to find out how.

We all have a very good image of what our data warehouse should look like, and what roles and functions it should play in the company’s business intelligence environment. But that is rarely the reality. Our BI consists of more than just “perfect” structured data marts. It is usually filled with all kinds of quirks, the kind that only MANTA  can deal with. Read on to find out how.

First there must be data, then there is a data warehouse

The usual reason why we don’t have a text-book perfect DWH in our company is that we simply never start from zero. Our developers don’t come to a blank (in this case empty) canvas where they can model and build an imposing BI environment from scratch. First there must be data, then there is a data warehouse. And when there is enough data in the company for someone to notice that it would be a good idea to start managing it, the developers are called to the rescue to build a DWH. They often get their hands on a load of unorganized data: non-integrated data marts that are usually just libraries scattered all over the enterprise.

It’s not like the data has a family tree

Since it’s enterprise data, not a fancy little dog, it probably won’t have a family tree  of its own. The metadata might not match across various libraries in different departments of the company, and even the code itself probably won’t be in the same style. There is little to no hope that the different implementers in the various departments process data identically, leaving the entire DWH a very inconsistent place. At this point, the amount of time and financial resources spent on each individual data mart are so high that many developers just “go with it” or try to do their best to standardize and migrate the data together. This process begs for errors and quirks. They may not occur at the moment, but they are sure to show up when it’s least convenient, for example, when the company needs to analyze the entire data warehouse and get end-to-end data lineage for further data migration or compliance projects.

Rely on software, not people

Luckily, no matter how many sins the company has collected over years of poor DWH development and no matter how many quirks are hiding in your BI environment waiting to be unleashed in an unpleasant BI malfunction crisis, MANTA can deal with it. Better yet, it can uncover quirks you didn’t even know you had.

MANTA scans all the metadata sources directly or pulls them out of your metadata management solution. Then it can automatically find all the hidden logic and dependencies in the environment. That would be hard, or maybe even impossible, to do manually, depending on the amount of data accumulated in the BI environment and the size of the team working on the project. But either way, the time of those employees could be spent in a far better way than manually going through metadata sources. Once MANTA is able to find all the weak spots, it is easy for the customer to mend them all at one time.

Does this sound like something you might be struggling with as well? Let us know at manta@getmanta.com. We’ll help you figure something out.

TopQuadrant and MANTA Partner to Further Automate the Discovery of Data

TopQuadrant™, a leading provider of knowledge graph-based data governance solutions, today announced that it has partnered with MANTA to help its customers automate the discovery of data lineage information.

TopQuadrant™, a leading provider of knowledge graph-based data governance solutions, today announced that it has partnered with MANTA to help its customers automate the discovery of data lineage information.

TopQuadrant’s flagship product, TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance (EDG), helps organizations succeed in data governance. It delivers easy and meaningful access for all data stakeholders to enterprise metadata, business terms, reference data, data and application catalogs, data lineage, data exchanges and pipelines, requirements, policies, and processes. MANTA helps enterprises all around the world to automate their data lineage across many different technologies. On top of its unique data lineage extraction capabilities, MANTA offers a broad variety of connectors to different data governance solutions, as well as API.

The technology partnership between TopQuadrant and MANTA delivers an integration between TopBraid EDG and MANTA. Customers will be able to take advantage of the combined capabilities for data governance and lineage insight. After the initial setup, MANTA automatically reads the customer’s metadata and provides the metadata to TopBraid EDG.

Our customers are looking to connect the business context and meaning of their diverse data to its technical metadata in order to understand and manage it as an enterprise asset. The integration of TopBraid EDG with MANTA lets them automate the discovery of technical data lineage embedded in the SQL code and seamlessly bring it into TopBraid EDG where it gets put in context and connected to other relevant information,” said Irene Polikoff, CEO of TopQuadrant.

The end result is faster delivery of comprehensive knowledge graphs that provide businesses with meaningful information inferred from connected catalogs of terms, data, technical and business assets. This enables our customers to comply with regulations, produce accurate reports, understand the impact of changes and meet other demands common in today’s data rich environments,” said Ralph Hodgson, CTO of TopQuadrant.

Tomas Kratky, CEO of MANTA, agrees that this technical partnership gives the customer outstanding features, that it would be hard to seek in any other one solution alone: “Building custom integrations for state-of-the-art data governance solutions such as TopBraid EDG gives MANTA the ability to serve a broad range of customers, allowing them to have a data governance solution with flawless data lineage extraction and visualization capabilities, which allows them to strengthen their trust in data.

Both MANTA and TopQuadrant have a very customer-centric approach and are aiming to target very specific customer needs as well as to become a one-stop-shop. Even though the partnership has formed only recently, MANTA’s and TopQuadrant’s technology partnership already hosts its first customer, a large financial services provider. The joint solution allows them to have complete trust in their data as well as be compliant with all global industry regulations.


About MANTA

MANTA automates its customers’ data lineage and enhances capabilities of data governance solutions. The essentiality of MANTA lies within its ability to process and understand custom programming code and the ability to describe its logic. The software uses metadata harvested from the customer’s systems to visualize data lineage throughout the Business Intelligence environment. The data lineage can be further used for data warehouse optimization, lowering development costs, impact analyses, data migration, data discovery, data security projects and for meeting regulatory compliance standards for CCAR, HIPAA, BASEL II/III, GDPR and other regulations. Some of MANTA’s customers include PayPal, Comcast, Vodafone and OBI. Visit getmanta.com for more.

About TopQuadrant

TopQuadrant helps organizations succeed in data governance with TopBraid Enterprise Data Governance (TopBraid EDG).  EDG is built on standards-based knowledge graph technology to seamlessly bring together enterprise information silos, connect enterprise metadata, ensure its quality and deliver easy and meaningful access for all data stakeholders. TopBraid EDG lets enterprises govern all relevant assets including business terms, reference data, enterprise metadata, data and application catalogs, data lineage, data exchanges and pipelines, requirements, policies, and processes. TopBraid EDG is the only solution built to support integrated governance across all types of assets and governance needs while, at the same time, offering a staged approach to data governance. TopQuadrant’s customer list includes organizations in financial services, pharma, healthcare, digital media, government and other sectors. www.topquadrant.com.

Any questions or comments about the partnership and/or its fruits? Ask MANTA here or TopQuadrant here.

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