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Increase Efficiency of Your BI by 30% in 2017

April 3, 2017 by

MANTA helps enterprises get full data lineage of their business intelligence systems and achieve three basic goals:

MANTA helps enterprises get full data lineage of their business intelligence systems and achieve three basic goals:

  1. Complete regulatory output and improve data governance
  2. Eliminate manual labor and increase effectivity
  3. Unlock the potential of existing data governance solutions

But they key question always remains – how do these goals translate into actual $$$? We’ve gathered data from our existing customers both in the US and Europe and put it together:

20% – 30% increase in overall efficiency of the BI/DWH team*
*including analysts, architects, developers, testers

For a team of 20 with an average salary of $100,000 per year, MANTA provides a $400,000 – $600,000 value per year (or $20,000 – $30,000 a year per team member).

1. Full compliance with existing toolsets

Data governance has always been about making sure that all your solutions work perfectly together. Many of our customers, especially in banking and finance, are also pressured by regulators to prove they completely understand data flows in their BI. There’s usually many different (and expensive) metadata and other tools involved, and MANTA is able to connect all of them and accelerate compliance projects by up to 45%.

2. More efficient onboarding of new team members

On average, a typical onboarding process takes from 5 to 10 months before a new team member is fully up-to-speed (depending on the complexity of the environment). MANTA reduces this time by 40% by providing newcomers with complete, transparent documentation of code, even the old/legacy code, without any extra manual work needed.

3. Agile and more efficient maintenance of BI/DWH

With the growing importance of data for running a company, business departments are exerting even greater pressure than ever before to obtain insights quickly and get new features implemented as soon as possible. Analyses of the current state and the anticipated impacts of any changes (as-is analyses, impact analyses) are critical and time consuming phases of a development life cycle. Industry practice says that analysis represents 20% to 40% of the effort needed for any change request. MANTA increases the efficiency of doing as-is and impact analyses by 90% by automating them and eliminating all the manual work.

4. Less money spent correcting errors

One of the most frequent causes of errors in programming systems is the combination of missing documentation and the limited ability to foresee the impact of the changes being implemented. Also, when fixing bugs there are typically more senior team members involved which further increases the costs associated with every issue. MANTA cuts the time spent by the whole team on bug fixing by 30%.

5. Always up-to-date documentation

Most teams struggle with the right approach to documentation. They usually either spend no time doing it, which leads to enormous problems and costs associated with long term maintenance, or they spend too much time on it, trying to cover all important aspects – starting with the bigger picture (business requirements, goals, KPIs) and then diving into the details (logical, physical models). But there are more static and more dynamic parts of documentation and trying to keep them up-to-date becomes very expensive and time consuming. MANTA reduces the time needed to create and maintain documentation of code by 80%.

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Join Us At FIMA 2017 in Boston in May

March 20, 2017 by

Another year, another FIMA. Come with us and save money. 

Another year, another FIMA. Come with us and save money. 

We went to FIMA last year and since we’ve really felt like home there, we are going this year again! In 2017, FIMA aims for three days of content and 12+ hours of networking with total over 300 attendees. You can also take a look at sessions and discussions lead by top reference data management professionals, all covering topics that are of fundamental importance to enterprise-wide data management initiatives.

And here’s the sweet bonus – if you decide to come, you can use our code to get 25% discount on your ticket!

When: May 8-10, 2017

Where: The Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA (map)

25% Discount Code (use during the registration): FIMA17MANTA

And do not forget to stop by our stand and take a look at a couple awesome new features, technologies and our Big Data integration. See you there!

Manta Meets Big Data: The Mirror between Two Worlds

March 14, 2017 by

MANTA is entering the world of Big Data. How? We now help enterprises with migration projects and automate lineage for Big Data technology Hive (with more to come soon). 

MANTA is entering the world of Big Data. How? We now help enterprises with migration projects and automate lineage for Big Data technology Hive (with more to come soon). 

The world of business intelligence has been rocked by Big Data over the last few years and MANTA has been positioned in a bit more conservative part of it. That’s why we started with more traditional SQL-based technologies and now support all the big players in the field (Teradata, Informatica, Oracle, and IBM, to name a few).

Our ability to create complete data lineage from different sources has many unique uses for our customers. One of them is especially useful – complete data lineage proves absolutely necessary when it comes to migrating between different technologies. And that’s why we’ve set foot on this tricky path to Big Data.

How to Migrate without Losing Your Mind

Our key data lineage product, Manta Flow, can serve as a mirror between the old and the new. But that statement is a bit vague (yet poetic), so let’s illustrate it using a classic example:

A company is thinking about migrating part of their BI into a fresh new Big Data technology (like Hive) and wants to keep some parts in a solid old database (like Teradata). 

Using an all-powerful database for a routine data transfer is obvious overkill, but those heavy-duty data marts are good where they are for now. So, how exactly can Manta be beneficial during the migration?

  • You must understand the old code to migrate the logic into a new system. Manta Flow can help you with that – we’re more than capable of documenting data lineage and helping your data professionals make everything work as it is supposed to.
  • Step-by-step approach. Everything should be under control, especially when your data is in question:
    1. Manta Flow analyzes the old part of the BI and shows you all data flows.
    2. After that, your BI pros can migrate it to Hive and test it.
    3. Manta Flow analyzes Hive as well and provides you with data lineage for Hive.
    4. You can easily see how everything works and if the old and new fits mirror each other.
  • The “discovery phase” is now manageable. Even if you are not so sure about the migration, a valuation alone could cost you a fortune. But you have to know what you are migrating before you do it, right? Manta Flow can help you with migration difficulty scoring and provide you with a detailed analysis of the code and its logic.
  • We are ready for more. So far, we’ve started with Hive, but we are working on other technologies – Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, Spark, Pig, Google Spanner, and more.

Are you ready to discuss your plans with us? Get in touch!

 

 

 

 

Take a Peek at What’s Coming in 2017

February 10, 2017 by

MANTA is sailing west (again)!

MANTA is sailing west (again)!

The new year is undeniably here and we want to give you a chance to meet and get to know MANTA even better.

Teradata Universe is the first European conference MANTA will participate in this year. We want to show you how to maximize the value of your Tedarata-based DWH. Our product, Manta Flow, deployed in Teradata-based environments helps improve data lineage, manage off-loading projects, and much more. So, pack your bags and meet us on the beautiful beaches of Nice.

As the year goes by, we will travel across the Atlantic to take part in FIMA US in “The City on a Hill.” Boston has one of the oldest public parks in the US where we can discuss how MANTA can save you millions by completing regulatory output and eliminating manual work.

Just a couple of days later, Informatica World will open its gates and, of course, we will be there. In sunny San Francisco you can learn more about our partnership with Informatica and how Manta Flow brings additional value to IMM (Informatica Metadata Manager) and enriches its metadata model with data lineage.

But those aren’t the only places where our ship will anchor. We are going to attend a lot more conferences where you will have the opportunity to meet MANTA and chat with us. Don’t worry, we will keep you updated.

Don’t hesitate to join us on this tremendous journey!

No Manta Tools Anymore

January 3, 2017 by

Some of you may have already heard, some not, but it’s time to make it official. 

Some of you may have already heard, some not, but it’s time to make it official. 

Manta Tools, after years of using this title, is dropping the “Tools” from its name. It’s very necessary for three main reasons:

  • We are not “tools” anymore. Both Manta Flow and Checker are highly specialized products, but the “tools” in our name was hurting us in negotiations and common thinking about the brand.
  • We’ve grown to know who we are. The way we think about our product(s) and brand has changed a lot. We are more “producty” than ever before.
  • We are MANTA anyway. Everybody has always call us that. So why resist the urge?

Obviously, that comes with a few changes along the way. As you might have noticed, we have migrated to a new domain – getmanta.com. Our web address has changed and our email addresses as well.

Spread the word and have a tremendous year in 2017!

MANTA 2016: A New Home, New Challenges and a New Name

December 30, 2016 by

Only a few days are left. 2017 is knocking on our doors harder and harder. We, at MANTA, had a wonderful year, a really amazing one.

Only a few days are left. 2017 is knocking on our doors harder and harder. We, at MANTA, had a wonderful year, a really amazing one.

A New Home

So many things have happened. Let’s start where it ends. Just a few weeks ago we finally found a new office, a wonderful place on I.P. Pavlova square, very close to the historic center of Prague. It was so hard; it took more than six months to find something really appropriate. But this place is cool – under the roof, a lot of space and light and energy. It will become our new home, and we are very happy about it. It is our Christmas gift. The best place for the best team.

New Challenges

Data governance, metadata, and especially data lineage became very hot in 2016. There are many reasons why that happened, but we are excited to see how companies both in the US and Europe have started their governance programs. Also, vendors have become more active in this space and a lot has changed on the metadata market map. But what has remained the same is the need to harvest metadata in an automated way from many different kinds of systems, both old and new, most of the time implemented in the form of programming code.

And while this is a weak spot for all well-known metadata players, MANTA shines when it comes to code. So, that has led us to more and more partnerships with various technology vendors. We are well known for our integration with IMM, but as of this year we are also partners with two other market leaders – IBM and Teradata. We also support Microsoft SQL Server, and a few more additions to our technology stack are planned for the first months of 2017.

New Business and a New Name

But there are also other things that have made us happy. We have continued on our US journey and signed on several new customers there, some of them really huge like one of the TOP4 US banks and one of the TOP5 mutual funds in the world. It is not a surprise that we have been growing super fast. We tripled our revenue in 2016 and our pipeline has simply exploded.

This leads us to another major change – we have decided to drop the “Tools” from our name and became only MANTA. Everybody was calling us that anyway, so why resist the urge? We’ll tell you more about it in the first week of 2017.

But the best part was getting feedback from our customers. They like what we do and how we do it. And that has been the greatest message for the whole MANTA team. It keeps us moving forward and working hard to exceed their highest expectations.

Thank you for everything in 2016 and see you in 2017!

Manta Tools 3.16: Faster Than Ever, Extended Support for IMM, IGC and More!

December 28, 2016 by

The last release of the year should also be the best one, right? Take a look at what’s new in Manta Tools 3.16! 

The last release of the year should also be the best one, right? Take a look at what’s new in Manta Tools 3.16! 

With this release, we are preparing for a new era of our product. We’ve heavily expanded our connectors to our key partners – Informatica (and its Metadata Manager) and IBM (and its InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog). In IMM, we now support the create-rename-drop pattern and you can also add optional script addresses to the descriptions of individual elements. In IGC, we’ve introduced support for Informatica PowerCenter – so if you are among those who work with both, we’ve got you covered.

Our native visualization has been massively improved as well – we’ve focused on UI tweaks this time. You are now able to filter objects horizontally and, for those of you who have really massive visualizations, you are now able to mass collapse and expand them as a whole.

The parser team (yes, we have a parser team!) pushed some new stuff into our Oracle parser (invisible columns support), Microsoft SQL parser (better trigger option), and Teradata parser (Flow is now able to crunch INCLUDE statements in TPT).

The overall performance of Manta Tools has been pushed to the limits of human-developed software – we’ve sped up post-processing in Manta’s core so everything is smoother and you’ll get your results quicker!

Do you have any questions about the update? Just let us know at manta@mantatools.com or leave us a message in the form on the right. Also, do not forget to follow us on Twitter

Our Partner Network Is Growing Again: Myriad Solutions Is Now On Board

December 12, 2016 by

A new international partner is on board. Please welcome Myriad Solutions!

A new international partner is on board. Please welcome Myriad Solutions!

Some partnerships take a long time to forge, and it is almost unbelievable how short a time it took to get Myriad Solutions interested in Manta. They are a leading provider of Application Development, Model Management, and Project Management tools and services. And with our capability to improve data governance and break into the black box of custom code – we are the perfect fit.

“We started with metadata managers two years ago, and now Manta integrates smoothly with top products – Informatica, IBM, and Adaptive to name a few. Now we feel that the time has come to open new doors to data modeling,” explains Tomas Kratky, our CEO. And so we have found a partner who will help us step into this space. Myriad Solutions is a US-based consulting company with superb experience in (not just) data modeling using the ERwin tool set. “My impression when I first met Javed, CEO of Myriad Solutions, was simply: ‘This is THE guy! He is experienced, knowledgeable, honest, and result oriented.’ We signed a partnership agreement within days, and now I am very excited about 2017 and working together to conquer new worlds.”

“Manta will complement our data management solution offerings,” adds Javed Matin, CEO of Myriad Solutions. “Manta is also going to help our clients navigate the ocean of enterprise business intelligence by enforcing standards and reviewing everything from complete data lineage including custom code and optimizing data warehouses. This new partnership will be beneficial to Manta, Myriad, and our customers.

 

How Manta Flow Now Works with IBM Information Governance Catalog

November 22, 2016 by

We are expanding our support for 3rd party metadata managers – to help our customers get the most out of their existing data governance solutions.

We are expanding our support for 3rd party metadata managers – to help our customers get the most out of their existing data governance solutions.

Our key product, Manta Flow, already complements Informatica Metadata Manager very well. With the addition of IBM InfoSphere Information Governance Catalog, we are able to deliver the same level of highly specialized code crunching to folks who use IBM’s tools as well. And how does that work? Well, it’s simple:

1. Manta Flow crunches programming code based on our supported technologies (Teradata, Oracle, Microsoft SQL and others).

2. After connecting to IGC, Manta Flow will create a new metamodel and perfectly integrate with the existing structure within IGC.

3. The customer can browse IGC as he or she is used to – it’s just going to have way more accurate data lineage ready to use.

Seamless integration into IGC is the key to success. We’ve created a short video to explain a little bit more how Manta Flow is integrated into Information Governance Catalog. And what’s inside?

1. A Brief Explanation of a New Metamodel in IGC: 0:10
2. How It Works with Queries: 1:40
3. Integration of Data Lineage Visualization: 2:13

A frinedly suggestion: Run the video on fullscreen.

And if you are not ready for IGC, stay tuned, we will soon present you our newest video about our oldest love – IMM. In the meantime, read the introductory article right here.

Any thoughts? Comments? Or do you simply want to try it out for yourself? Just let us know at manta@mantatools.com or use the form on the right.

Manta Tools 3.15: Ready for Azure, Improved Teradata & Oracle + More!

October 27, 2016 by

The summer is inevitably over and we are introducing a new version of Manta Tools.

The summer is inevitably over and we are introducing a new version of Manta Tools.

The key feature of this release is the addition of a new supported SQL sub-dialect – this time in the Microsoft SQL Server family. After a few requests, we’ve implemented support for the Parallel Data Warehouse sub-dialect, which is used in Microsoft Azure. This not only broadens our portfolio within Microsoft SQL Server space, but this update has also really helped our existing customers with MSSQL in their BI stack.

The workflow options in our data lineage tool have also been massively updated – with this new set of features, our customers are now able to filter extracted workflows by custom parameters, such as regular expressions.

Improvements have also been made to our Oracle and Teradata parsers, effectively enhancing Manta Flow’s capabilities to crunch even more types of custom SQL code.

Interested? Let us know in the form on the right. Also, do not forget to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

 

 

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