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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

Manta Tools Partners Up with Information Asset

October 13, 2016 by

Manta Tools has a lovely new partner – East Coast based Information Asset

Manta Tools has a lovely new partner – East Coast based Information Asset

Our relationship has been short, but passionate. It’s been only four months since Manta Tools and Information Asset met for the first time at Enterprise Data World in San Diego, and we’ve realized that we are the perfect fit.

Information Asset (LinkedIn) provides customers with beginning-to-end services for the data governance lifecycle including consulting, training, tool evaluation, and product implementation. On the other hand, our Manta Flow enables enterprises to get end-to-end data lineage. This helps them achieve regulatory compliance and save millions of dollars on development, among other things.

Manta understands a very critical role of respected and professional partners both for customers’ satisfaction and our future growth,” says Tomas Kratky, our CEO. “Sunil Soares, CEO of Information Assets, is a great professional with a lot of experience and deep understanding of (not just) metadata and data governance both in theory and in practice. He built an amazing company very well known for its ability to help clients doing smart decisions, implementing efficient processes and choosing right tools. I am proud to welcome Information Assets among our top partners.

We are already on the hunt for joint customers, so wish us luck! And there is one more thing you can do for us – follow both companies on Twitter (this is ours and this is IA’s)!

 

 

Metadata as Explained to My Grandma

September 25, 2016 by

Our CEO Tomas Kratky explains to his grandma what we do: “Metadata management is simply cartography.” 

Our CEO Tomas Kratky explains to his grandma what we do: “Metadata management is simply cartography.” 

A few weeks ago, I talked to my grandma. I travel a lot and she lives quite far away, so we hadn’t seen each other for a long time. She is an old lady, very kind and also very curious about what I do and how I live. She had many questions (half of them about kids which I don’t have yet) but everything went well till she asked about Manta Tools, the company I run. “Tomas”, she said, “tell me more about what you do for a living. You do computers, don’t you?”

I am used to talking about my vision, about what we do as a company and why, with so many people – our team, our clients, our partners, our investors. But none of them are like my grandma. The most advanced thing she can imagine is how to turn on her television. She doesn’t care about big data or any other similar buzzwords, so I was absolutely unable to say even a single word. When I left her room, I knew that I had failed badly.

I spent several weeks thinking about the best way to describe the world I live in, and this is the result. I haven’t used it yet; I wanted to share it with you, other professionals. I hope you’ll find it useful and helpful. And I would be glad to hear your feedback to further improve my story. In the end, I want to make my grandma proud of me.

You Need Information…

There are many huge companies like banks, telcos and utilities around us. Let’s imagine that one huge company is a country, like the United States, for example. Such a company provides a lot of services to its customers and runs a lot of processes. To do that efficiently, they need a lot of IT systems like online banking and accounting. And there are also many other systems which are owned by other companies but are somehow visible and even accessible to our example company, like weather forecasts and social networks. All those systems are valuable sources of information – about clients, about partners, about the environment, about our own performance, etc. Information is our gold today and it always has been. You are stronger when empowered with the right information delivered at the right time. So if information is gold, those systems I’ve just mentioned are gold mines.

…To Make Decisions

The main purpose of information is to use it to make decisions. After all, we live in a data-driven world. Let’s pretend that decision makers are dukes, lords and kings living in that country. They own the gold, for sure, but to use it, we must dig it up and transport it to them. And you know what? This is exactly what business intelligence is about, isn’t it? The mines are data analytics in the real world; the trucks and roads are ETLs (or data processing).

So, we have a great country with gold everywhere and lords eager to get it. And we have a way to find, dig up and deliver the gold to them. But, just as in the real world, our country is large with deep valleys, fierce rivers, steep mountains, dark woods, hot deserts, and insidious swamps. Delivering the gold from the mines to the lords is sometimes a very dangerous job, as you can imagine. We can mistake rocks for gold, or we can damage it (this is why everybody runs data quality programs). But it is also dangerous for us – we can easily get lost if we choose to follow the wrong road. And so, we need maps.

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They allow us to share with others the knowledge of one brave Indiana Jones, the very first discoverer of that road, about the right direction and all associated dangers. Those maps are metadata, ladies and gentlemen, and metadata management as a discipline is simply cartography.

Lords always want more gold. They are born with this obsession. So they continuously invest into better and larger mines, wider and safer roads, and faster and bigger wagons to deliver as much gold as possible in the safest way possible. We have great highways now (yes, I mean those wonderful graphical ETL tools like Informatica PowerCenter, IBM DataStage, and Talend) which are very easy to discover and map for any cartographer, regardless of their level of experience.

But with all those rivers, mountains, swamps, and deserts it is simply not smart or even possible to build highways everywhere. Sometimes we just need a way to quickly walk through a dark forest, and building an expensive highway is not a good choice if we don’t understand what’s on the other side (yes, I am talking about data science!). Sometimes we need to build a bridge across a river or a road through a dangerous swamp. So you need special construction to do that (now I am talking about programming code, like SQL for example, which allows us to overcome almost any engineering difficulty). Unfortunately, mapping complex bridges, desert roads, and special roads through swamps is a very tricky job for any cartographer.

The Exponential Growth

What is even worse, in the last few years the number of mines, roads, and wagons of all kinds has grown exponentially. We build them everywhere and usually there is not enough time to do it according to a bigger plan. It is a huge mess today. Detailed, accurate maps are needed more than ever before. We can get really lost without them. All our gold can be lost forever, in just a second.

Fortunately, there are several great and popular companies doing cartography – Informatica, IBM, Adaptive, Collibra, and Alation, to name a few. But they focus more on how their maps look, how easily they can be used, and how understandable they are for drivers. Unfortunately, they don’t map more dangerous roads (programming code in the form of various SQL scripts or stored procedures) correctly. So the maps they produce are rather incomplete with a lot of “here be dragons” areas, blank spots. And this is exactly where Manta Tools comes in.

We are the Indiana Joneses, the adventurers of modern cartography. We discover dangerous roads where others are afraid to go. We map them and help the bigger cartographers produce as complete and precise maps as possible.

With Manta Tools, there are no “here be dragons” areas anymore.

And all the precious and shiny gold of our lords is much safer with us!

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