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Krishna Roy
Analyst, BI and Analytics

Krishna covers the Enterprise Software sector, focusing on business applications and software infrastructure. In the past, she has also covered M&A activity for The 451 Group.

Prior to joining The 451 Group, Krishna held a number of positions as a journalist in London and the US, including several years writing for Computergram International. She was also an Assistant Editor at the monthly magazine IBM System User, which focused on IBM software and hardware. In addition, Krishna spent three years covering M&A activity throughout Silicon Valley and was a founder of M&A Impact, a newsletter highlighting M&A activity in the software industry.


Reports by this Analyst

InsightSquared uses SaaS play to seek gold in analytics for salesforce, QuickBooks
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The SaaS BI startup has expanded its SMB-oriented analysis focus with a new offering for Intuit's QuickBooks accounting app. We take a look at how its product portfolio and business is shaping up as a result.
DataHero steps into the business of visual analysis with cloud service for SaaS apps
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The startup has entered the red-hot and jam-packed visual analysis sector with a cloud service designed for business users who need to glean insight from SaaS applications they use frequently. We examine its offering and prospects.
With $40m series F funding behind it, Talend elucidates data-integration business plans
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The open source-based data management player is freshly funded and looking to accelerate its roadmap. We take a closer look at some of the key linchpins in its strategy and future pointers for its business.
Armed with $2.5m series A and new CEO, Wise.io shifts to machine-learning apps focus
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The two-year-old machine-learning startup has scored its first major infusion of venture capital and has a new head honcho, who has tweaked its business model and focus. We examine Wise.io's new go-to-market strategy.
BeyondCore bags funding as it looks to automate advanced analysis for the masses
MIS Impact Report - April, 2014
The company has landed its first round of institutional financing, having launched a cloud service designed to meet business users' most common advanced analytic needs a year ago. The service is currently being enhanced for a 3.0 release.
Datameer gets into the analytics workflow with data profiling for Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The startup is now focusing on addressing one of the main issues in analytics – dirty data – in its latest release, as it looks to shore up a purview in the integration, analysis and visualization of data in the open source data processing framework.
Pentaho sheds light on the business of integration as it heads deeper into 'big data'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The commercial open source firm is perhaps best known in BI, but its integration software continues to open doors and generate sales. We explore what Pentaho Data Integration is and how it is being further primed for 'big data' analysis.
Datawatch forges further into data discovery as it serves up visualization makeover
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The firm is seeking to cement its presence in the red-hot, but crowded, data-discovery sector, and has unleashed a fresh cut of its visual-analysis wares to aid in this end game. We examine progress made under its new corporate focus.
Could it be time for visual analysis darling Tableau to make its first M&A play?
TDM Acquirer IQ - March, 2014
The firm continues to see a payoff from its land-and-expand sales model, which successfully propelled it to a stellar IPO. But that strategy is also leading Tableau into hitherto unchartered enterprise waters, which may necessitate a tuck-in acquisition.
Fractal looks to cement standing in analytics with machine-learning managed services
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The consultancy-cum-software firm is looking to grow its presence in advanced analytics using domain-specific managed services that draw on internally developed machine-learning smarts. We examine its offerings and business prospects.
SpagoBI illuminates roadmap in support of 'big data' and self-service requirements
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The open source BI division of Italian consultancy Engineering Group is looking to better meet two hot-button industry trends. We take a look at what's in store as a result and see how SpagoBI's business is shaping up.
Adaptive rebrands to stress smarts beyond planning, revamps cloud service
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The performance management and BI-as-a-service pure play has released a new version of its cloud service and changed its name to Adaptive Insights. We take a closer look at both moves, along with other developments within its business.
Yottamine revs private machine-learning service by hooking up with Eucalyptus, Dell
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The startup is responding to feedback from prospects and taking its public cloud machine-learning service – pitched as 'big data' predictive modeling – private. We take a closer look at the move, alongside other developments in Yottamine's business.
Simba boards Hadoop and NoSQL train as the on ramp for 'big data'
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The data access and connectivity veteran sees a rich vein to mine in bringing SQL to the Hadoop open source data processing framework and NoSQL databases. We take a closer look at its big-data offerings and business.
GoodData uses OpenStack and partner strategy for BI PaaS as it looks to go global
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The cloud pure play has introduced a fresh cut of its SaaS BI offering, Open Analytics Platform, billing it as a PaaS for data governance and discovery. GoodData intends to take the offering onto the global stage later this year and into 2015.
Chartio bags fresh VC, adds blending and formula creation to visualization service
MIS Impact Report - March, 2014
The SaaS startup has secured additional financing and given its visualization service in the cloud a makeover with more sophisticated types of analysis in mind. We take a closer look at this – and other developments – within its business.
TIBCO unleashes fresh visual analysis options in the cloud
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
After an initial cloud play in the summer of 2011 with Silver Spotfire, the company has revisited its visual-analysis-as-a-service strategy. We examine the latest fruits along with other recent notable developments with its Spotfire portfolio.
Is self-service the holy grail of integration?
MIS Spotlight - February, 2014
Self-service integration is a logical extension of the DIY approach to BI and analytics. It has spawned a new crop of offerings, sparked startup activity and is a welcome development in data management, albeit one that is not without issues.
Data Platforms and Analytics – 2014 Research Agenda
MIS Spotlight - February, 2014
Integrating and managing the multitude of platforms for, and approaches to, analyzing data from multiple sources will be key to generating business value from data management projects in 2014.
Oversight makes SaaS play using machine learning, BI and case management smarts
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The analytics veteran has shifted focus on serving business-oriented analysis scenarios via subscription-based services to its Insights On Demand portfolio.
28msec goes vertical in financial services and publishing as it eyes venture funding
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
Having started out with a horizontal go-to-market strategy for its information processing stack for semi-structured and structured data, the startup has now settled on two vertical markets as it looks to land series A funding.
Informatica adds business twist to integration, data quality and MDM, eyes $1bn in sales
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company is seeking to better cater to business needs with its latest Informatica 9.6 and Informatica MDM 9.7 platform releases. What form does this strategy take, and how is its business shaping up?
Microsoft gives Excel cloud service more 'power' in bid to prime it further for BI
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has served up a number of capabilities for its spreadsheet, including a cloud service for sharing and collaboration, under its 'Power' brand. Is Excel now a full-fledged BI tool?
IBM plants Big Blue kiss on visual analysis space with cloud service for business users
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company has made previous forays into visual analysis and discovery, but is now looking to make its mark on the sector by introducing the fruits of Project Neo as Watson Analytics. How is it different, and could it be a game-changer?
Alpine snags $16m series B funding, Pivotal as a reseller for in-database analysis play
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The advanced analytics startup is fueled by a recent infusion of capital and a broader distribution channel inside EMC, which also now brings collaborative capabilities to its wares via a reseller deal with Pivotal. Is it primed for real growth?
Birst eyes accelerated growth in cloud BI, bursts into visual-analysis fray
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
With a fresh infusion of venture funding in the bag, which it is using for growth capital, the SaaS BI player is looking to increase its adoption by entering the sizzling (albeit crowded) visual-analysis sector.
Actian positions itself as 'big data' analytics platform following acquisition spree
MIS Impact Report - February, 2014
The company once known as Ingres has been stepping up its ambitions to be a 'big data' player, completing a rebranding exercise around what it calls 'big data 2.0.' We examine its strategy and latest yield in the form of the Actian Analytics Platform.
Global IDs plots growth strategy and data management roadmap for 2014
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The company has a number of initiatives lined up for the coming year in support of accelerating its business in supporting complex data environments within enterprises. Is it about to hit prime time?
Armed with fresh VC and Wipro investment, Opera sets out 'big data' analysis score
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The consultancy-cum-software vendor has shed fresh light on its go-to-market strategy to serve 'big data' advanced analytic scenarios in the wake of two capital infusions, including minority ownership by Wipro. How is its business now shaping up?
Let's learn: inside the machine for advanced analytics
MIS Spotlight - January, 2014
Interest in machine learning continues to grow, buoyed by a new crop of startups and IBM's recent commitment to the space. But what exactly is machine learning? Why is it rising to commercial prominence, and what of its future?
Trifacta raises $12m series B funding to make integration a self-service affair
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The startup is one of the latest young guns to emerge out of stealth mode with a mission to take data integration beyond its traditional purview in IT. We take a closer look at its offering.
MicroStrategy makes free data-discovery play as part of honed focus on analytics
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The enterprise BI veteran recently unleashed a free personal desktop-analysis tool in the wake of a rebranding exercise to play up its analytic capabilities. Is it now an analytical powerhouse?
IBM steps up commitment to Watson with business unit, $1bn investment, $100m startup fund
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
Big Blue is looking to monetize its former Watson research project – a set of technologies designed to navigate natural language, evaluate and hypothesize to put content in context, and get smarter with each interaction. We examine its strategy.
Diyotta aims to bring data integration to the yottabyte generation using an ELT approach
MIS Impact Report - January, 2014
The startup is looking to build a data integration business among enterprises that have invested in massively parallel databases and Hadoop. We examine its strategy and data extraction, load and transformation offering.
SAP illuminates rationale for KXEN acquisition and serves up first fruits
TDM Post-Merger IQ - January, 2014
Having reached for the predictive analytics pure play in September, SAP has swiftly served up a first yield from KXEN and shed light on its place within the company's advanced analytics strategy and portfolio.
Host Analytics gives Airlift to Excel users, eyes IPO as 'Hyperion in the cloud'
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The 13-year-old SaaS performance management player is looking to deepen its appeal as an Excel alternative, as it doubles down on market positioning against a market leader in the sector, and gears up to go public.
With $4m series A funding behind it, Nutonian elucidates machine learning strategy
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
We investigate the machine-learning startup's strategy to address this emerging, and increasingly crowded, field of advanced analysis.
Talend steps further down 'big data' management path, anoints new CEO
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
It's been a busy few months for the firm, which has appointed a new chief executive, unveiled a fresh cut billed as a big-data release owing to expanded Hadoop and NoSQL support, and moved to a different open source license.
QuantCell harnesses love of spreadsheets to create polyglot IDE for advanced analytics
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The startup focuses on furnishing spreadsheet devotees with an array of programming languages, data sources and deployment options for analytical models. We take a closer look at its business and products.
0xdata seeking to serve the need for speed in predictive analytics using R, Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The open-source-based startup is looking to provide a fast prediction engine to data scientists and analysts who use the R language to build predictive models. We explore what's currently inside its H2O offering and where it is heading.
AYATA pitches a prescriptive approach to analytics with private cloud service
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The firm is championing a new style of BI called prescriptive analytics. We take a closer look at AYATA's offering and business in this emerging field.
Logi lands $27.5m series C round, eyes broader adoption with visual analysis play
MIS Impact Report - December, 2013
The BI veteran is looking to accelerate growth using a fresh infusion of capital and a new addition to its product portfolio.
With an $8m series B round behind it, Paxata enters data management fray with SaaS service
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The 18-month-old startup has fresh VC fuel in the tank and has jumped into data management with a cloud service that promises to make business analysts' lives easier when it comes to integrating, cleansing, enriching, mastering and governing information.
Armed with $4m series A funding and an upgraded BI service, BIME eyes US
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The four-year-old French SaaS BI startup has secured a new infusion of capital, overhauled its hosted dashboard and analysis service, and is eyeing a move into the US. Is it now ready for prime time?
RapidMiner bags funding, restructures business and predictive analysis wares for US push
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
It's been a busy time for the open-source-based predictive analytics player. The firm has institutional financing, and has undergone corporate restructuring to move to the US with a new trading name, tiered releases and a new licensing model.
QlikTech looks to be a disruptive force in BI once again with QlikView.next
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The BI vendor has unveiled a long-awaited major overhaul to its so-called business discovery platform, which will be available in 2014. But is it enough to engender renewed growth in the company's business?
Actuate realigns portfolio and sales force, looks to boost BI linchpin with iHub refresh
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The BI stalwart has reorganized its products into three areas and appointed a dedicated sales team for each. It hopes to make its portfolio simpler to understand and more salable. Actuate has also launched a fresh release of its BIRT iHub technology.
SiSense goes for growth in BI with an eye toward an IPO
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The purveyor of BI for business users is on a mission to triple revenue each year and go public like rivals Tableau and QlikTech. How is its business currently shaping up, and what's in its latest offering to aid this exit strategy?
Tidemark bags $13m series D round, seeks performance management beachhead with fresh cut
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
Armed with a fresh infusion of capital and a new release of its hosted multi-tenant service, Tidemark is looking to triple its customer base to 46 accounts by the end of its financial year in January 2014.
Platfora embraces a series of events as part of a multilayered Hadoop analytics vision
MIS Impact Report - November, 2013
The two-year-old startup is setting out to build a 'big' product to serve its 'big data' vision. It says it has a broader vision to cater to a variety of big-data analytics, including entity-centric analysis of events, which is included in Platfora 3.0.

 

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