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MANTA x Conferences: Where you can meet us in 2019

February 15, 2019 by

Conference season is knocking. Have you already purchased tickets to some tech conferences in 2019? Let Jan Ulrych invite you to conferences where you can meet MANTA this year.

Conference season is knocking. Have you already purchased tickets to some tech conferences in 2019? Let Jan Ulrych invite you to conferences where you can meet MANTA this year.

Hi, readers. It’s Jan here. You might remember me from my last article in 2018, where I summed up my experience from last year’s conferences. A lot has changed with our software since then, and you can come and talk to us about it. But just to give you a little appetizer before the main conference experience:

As you might have read in our Release 3.23 article, MANTA has added or upgraded both its integrations and connectors for many new technologies, including Sqoop, Talend Data Integration, Microsoft SSAS, Apache Pig, IBM IGC, Collibra DGC, PostgreSQL, and many, many more.

Now, without further ado, here are the Conferences where you can meet us in 2019:

  • IBM Think February 12-15, booth no. 472
  • Enterprise Data World March 17-22, booth no. 60
  • FIMA US April 1-3, booth no. is yet to be specified
  • Teradata Universe April 7-10, booth no. is yet to be specified
  • Informatica World May 20-23, booth no. is yet to be specified
  • Collibra Data Citizens May 22-23, booth no. is yet to be specified
  • MIT CDOIQ Symposium 2019 July 31-August 2, details are yet to be specified

 

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

If you have any questions about MANTA’s presence at conferences, feel free to e-mail us at manta@getmanta.com

MANTA Cases: Market Data Tracking

We have created a new series for you on our blog: MANTA Cases. Real-life examples of how to use MANTA are what interests our readers and prospective customers the most, therefore we have decided to periodically publish some of the most interesting and creative cases on our blog. You will be able to find the entire series in the category called “Use Cases & Case Studies” on the right side of the page. Enjoy!

We have created a new series for you on our blog: MANTA Cases. Real-life examples of how to use MANTA are what interests our readers and prospective customers the most, therefore we have decided to periodically publish some of the most interesting and creative cases on our blog. You will be able to find the entire series in the category called “Use Cases & Case Studies” on the right side of the page. Enjoy!

The first part of our series is dedicated to using MANTA for market data tracking. This interesting way of using MANTA was thought up by a company that provides analysis and reporting services to their customers. Such companies handle large amounts of data. They themselves also need to buy enough data for their analyses and reports from other companies, e.g. market data from Bloomberg and others.

The problem, in this case, was not a matter of personal data, therefore they did not need to comply with GDPR. (Compliance projects are, by the way, one of the most common uses of MANTA.) This was data such as past and current prices of shares, market research data, and other data that has a different kind of “sensitivity”.

Here, there were two main problems with the sensitivity of the data:

  1. When the company buys market data from third parties, they often need to assure the seller that the data is being handled in a safe way, with minimum risk of leaking, and it usually must be used according to the terms of a license agreement for data use.
  2. The second thing to look out for in relation to this data is that such data is usually priced according to the number of users who have access to it.

Based on these two points, MANTA had to help the customer with the need to comply with the licensing agreements, to be able to prove how and where the data is being stored; and to be able to prove the number of users, to monitor the profiles of the users working with the data.

How does MANTA solve these problems?

MANTA documents what market data sets are used in which individual reports. When combined with access privileges to the individual reports, the company has a clear and documented understanding of which data set is used by ho many end-users, and they pay for the particular data set accordingly. Moreover, with people coming and leaving and any changes happening in the actual data use, the always up-to-date lineage gives them exact numbers at any point in time.

Do you have any questions about how MANTA can solve a problem at your company? Contact us at manta@getmanta.com or use the cute little bot on the right. 

Budget Friendly MANTA: Our Pricing Is Built to Last

January 9, 2019 by

Most budgeting for the next year occurs at the end of the previous one. But we really get into it in January, when things start to fall into place. To help you calculate along with MANTA in 2019, we have written an article all about MANTA’s pricing.

Most budgeting for the next year occurs at the end of the previous one. But we really get into it in January, when things start to fall into place. To help you calculate along with MANTA in 2019, we have written an article all about MANTA’s pricing.

Last year we published an article about how MANTA is able to last a company lifetime from a technological perspective. Now, we’ll share how MANTA’s pricing is also set to meet your needs. Besides the carefully designed tiers that you can read about here, we have also made sure our pricing meets customer needs even when special situations occur – for example, growth of the environment or the need to upgrade to a higher tier.

When it comes to upgrading, we are always sure to take into account how much you have already paid for MANTA. You see, with us the minimum term for a subscription licence is one year. Twelve months from beginning to end. For example, let’s say you buy a MANTA licence now, in January. But as you can not always plan absolutely everything in advance, by April you find you need to upgrade to a higher tier. In this case, MANTA takes into account the remaining months of the subscription and allows you to upgrade to a new tier with a contract starting from the date of purchase. So now, your new contract with MANTA will last from April to April of the following year.

Now, a less standard situation would be one where the customer upgrades after a longer period of time. Such a customer might have an older MANTA licence, for example, a now historic one-time-purchase licence. In such a case, MANTA takes this licence into account as well. If such a licence is still supported, meaning the customer pays for support, we pause this licence at the time the customer closes an annual contract for a higher tier. Yes, you understood that right, pause!

So theoretically, if one of our customers ever wants to downgrade from the subscription back to the basic licence, it is always possible. But that has never happened. Once our customers take a sail on one of the big boats, they never want to go back to the cheap-folks pier.

You can view our full price list here.

Do you have any more questions about how our pricing works? Then write us at manta@getmanta.com or schedule a call at a time that is convenient for you directly in our chatbot. He’s over there on the right, and he is really not as annoying as he looks, I promise!

MANTA 2019: We wish health to all of you and your data as well!

December 31, 2018 by

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.

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!

MANTA 3.23: Talend, Sqoop, Microsoft SSAS, and More!

December 18, 2018 by

Depending on where you are, either snow is slowly covering the ground and rooftops or, well, not. Here in Prague where MANTA’s development center is, it’s freezing outside. Let’s grab a hot chocolate and dive into our last software release of 2018.

Depending on where you are, either snow is slowly covering the ground and rooftops or, well, not. Here in Prague where MANTA’s development center is, it’s freezing outside. Let’s grab a hot chocolate and dive into our last software release of 2018.

Each new version of MANTA supports a new technology. In the last release of this year, we are bringing you not one, but two! They are connectors for Talend Data Integration and Sqoop, and from Microsoft’s SQL Server toolbox, we now fully support SSAS. If your BI environment includes Talend projects, jobs, and subjobs with SQL code, you can now include them in your data lineage in MANTA’s native visualization, IBM IGC, Collibra DGC, and TopQuadrant.

For now, SSAS is only supported in MANTA’s native visualization. In the previous release, we added support for tabular models. Now, we support all SSAS models, including multidimensional models with cubes. MANTA now has the ability to automatically read SSAS dimensions and measure groups with all their hierarchies and sets.

The second big hit in this release is a Sqoop connector. If you have Sqoop scripts written in shell, MANTA can now add them to the data lineage in its native visualization, IBM IGC, Collibra DGC, and TopQuadrant. Before the end of the year, we will add a detailed Sqoop page to the Scanners & Integrations section on our website, so keep an eye open for that!

Our development teams have also improved existing connectors. The Apache Pig connector can now read macros, and the PostgreSQL connector, as well as Amazon Redshift and Greenplum, has been extended to read stored procedures. The biggest improvements, however, have been made to our Informatica EDC connector. MANTA can now upload data into EDC fully automatically. This is possible mostly thanks to Informatica’s new API. Besides automated upload, we are now also able to load metadata from Teradata Parallel Transport (TPT) scripts.

Last but not least, our installer, configurator, and updater now work for all integrations in our tech hub. You can now integrate each and every one of your connectors from the comfort of your own user interface – preferably from your own couch with cookies and hot chocolate. Happy Holidays!

Don’t forget that MANTA does a more detailed technological breakdown for every release together with screenshots and more, made especially for our partners & customers. If you haven’t gotten yours, contact us at manta@getmanta.com and we will make sure it arrives in your inbox.

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