Well, that’s a wrap! 2018 is behind us, so as you sit in your office chairs in the first few work days of 2019, read our last blog post about 2018 written by our CEO, Tomas Kratky.
For most people around the world, especially those in areas with Christian roots, the time around Christmas and New Year is somehow special. It starts with Christmas parties. There are so many of them everywhere that you can literally spend the whole first half of December going from one to the next. Later in December, no matter how busy our year is, we usually tend to slow down a bit and think about spending more time with family and friends. Even workaholics consider taking some time off. This magic is what I love so much about Christmastime.
The end of the year is also a good time to look back and thank the people who have supported us on our journeys. At Manta, we would like to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all our customers, partners, and supporters. 2018 was an amazing year – we experienced triple-digit growth in customers, employees, and revenue. We also completed our first investment round last summer and welcomed two VCs on board. With their support, we are continuously improving our operations and internal processes to prepare ourselves for the coming years of growth.
I could fill pages with all the great things we achieved in 2018, but what would be the point in doing that? The most important thing is to say how proud we are to serve such great companies and how it is even better to see and enjoy the excitement that individual users and data professionals experience as a result of the lineage automation capabilities Manta brings them. In those moments, we feel like all the hard work and sleepless nights are worth it.
The end of the year is also a time flooded with different Top X predictions. Sometimes it is so boring to read again and again how technology X will disrupt the whole industry next year. This year, we are all talking about AI and machine learning. It is funny to see every technology out there suddenly “powered by AI & ML”, “bringing AI & ML to everyday life”, etc. But you know what – things are really changing, and AI & ML buzzwords are getting more and more real. Which is great. But like with big data a couple years back, we have to govern new initiatives properly and make them part of our data governance programs from day 1, otherwise we will end up with a big mess (as we did with data swamps). With no trust in the data you use for AI and ML, how can you trust the outcomes and results of your intelligent algorithms. Remember – mess in, mess out!
The end of the year is also the time for New Year’s resolutions and wishes. In Manta, we have no special resolution, just to keep on doing the same as we have been doing every year since we started (aligned with our mission to provide our customers with fully automated and complete navigation through their entire data and application landscape) – to push the boundaries of lineage automation and again understand a bit more, always maintain a can-do attitude, and continue to become slightly better versions of ourselves.
And my wish for 2019? As my grandma always says: “I wish you good health, my boy, and you will take care of the rest!” And she is right. Health is critical, not only for people but for data too. With bad data, we very much limit our ability to use it to its full potential. But the same way we sometimes harm ourselves (drinking, smoking, no sleep, no fitness, etc.), we can also do a lot of harm to our data. So my wish for 2019 is the best possible health to all of you and your data as well!
Happy New Year! Šťastný Nový Rok! Frohes Neues Jahr! Feliz Año Nuevo!