Jan Andrš

Data Management Radio: Drawing the Line – Why Data Lineage Matters?

August 15, 2019 by

Any podcast enthusiasts out there? Last week’s episode of Data Management Radio had an interesting topic – why data lineage matters. Take a look at what has been on the table and tune in!

Any podcast enthusiasts out there? Last week’s episode of Data Management Radio had an interesting topic – why data lineage matters. Take a look at what has been on the table and tune in!

“Data lineage is like 23andMe of data. Where did you get this data? How did you get this data? What is the provenance of the data? And that’s gonna matter more and more as time goes by,” declares Eric Kavanaugh in the opening statement. He’s absolutely right, but there was more that was discussed on the show:

  • Origins of data lineage and where the industry is going
  • Data lineage for supply chain transparency in retail and healthcare
  • What are the needs of business users, technical users and everybody in between
  • Data lineage in the age of Big Data
  • The black box full of data – and why we need to break it down
  • Data lineage and AI machine learning – the bright future?
  • How automated data lineage influences lives and job satisfaction of data professionals

Eric had three very interesting guests on the air – Geoffrey Raynes from Data Advantage Group, Dan Everett from Informatica and MANTA’s own Jan Ulrych.  Ready to tune in? Listen right here:

Data Management Radio | Drawing the Line: Why Data Lineage Matters (45:47)

If you have more questions about data lineage and why it matters, Jan is available for further discussion. Just shoot us an email at manta@getmanta.com and he’ll get back to you.

 

 

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.

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