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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

Tamr launches vertical strategy as it builds business in self-service data preparation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
Having launched into the self-service data-preparation sector last summer, Tamr has taken the wraps off a freshly minted release of its data management stack and served up industry-specific apps to kick off its vertical strategy.
NLG sector consolidates as STATS nabs Automated Insights
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
A nascent area of analytics, the natural-language generation segment is in the early stages of an M&A shakeout as one of the initial pure plays joins sports statistics and information company STATS. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Oversight illuminates Insights On Demand roadmap, business progress
MIS Impact Report - February, 2015
The SaaS vendor continues to apply smarts in transaction analytics, machine learning, case management and multi-dimensional analytics to its Insights On Demand portfolio. What's next for Oversight's analytics-as-a-service product family and how is the company's business shaping up?
HDS plants a stake in Internet of Things analysis ground with Pentaho pickup
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2015
Industry consolidation in the open-source-based analytics sector continues apace. Following TIBCO snagging Jaspersoft in April 2014 and Microsoft nabbing Revolution Analytics in January, HDS has reached for Pentaho in order to cement its ambitions in IoT analysis. We examine the deal.
SAS throws its hat into the self-service data preparation ring with Data Loader for Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The analytics leviathan is the latest firm to enter the DIY data management sector, with a new offering dubbed Data Loader for Hadoop. We examine the latest addition to SAS's product family, including some enhancements in the cards.
Microsoft fortifies predictive analytics play with purchase of Revolution Analytics
TDM Deal Analysis - January, 2015
The Redmond giant is looking to gain a competitive advantage against advanced analysis market leaders SAS Institute, IBM and Oracle by snagging Revolution Analytics, the commercial backer of the increasingly ubiquitous R open source statistical computing language.
Deep learning: the new kid on the advanced-analytic block is coming of age
MIS Spotlight - January, 2015
The application of machine learning for predictive analysis is entering the mainstream and spawning a crop of startups and applications with a deep-learning bent. In this Spotlight, we examine what exactly this branch of machine learning is, and how it is being harnessed for analytics.
Armed with a new management team, Birst sets its BI sights on enterprise deals
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The purveyor of cloud BI is making a concerted push into the enterprise in 2015 in the wake of hiring a new management team. What does this strategy entail, and how could it alter the shape of the firm's business?
RapidMiner looks to step up advanced analysis business, adds to processing options
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The open-source-based advanced analytics vendor has an accelerated growth strategy in place, and has also expanded its data-processing and deployment options of late. We take a closer look at all of these developments.
TIBCO provides Clarity on its play in cloud data preparation
MIS Impact Report - January, 2015
The public-turned-private enterprise software veteran entered the red-hot self-service data-preparation sector in late 2013 with its Clarity cloud service. The company is positioning the offering as a user-friendly data management service for ad hoc datasets and reports.
SAP plots a course for its BI and predictive analytics portfolio
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The firm has illuminated the future direction of its BI and predictive analysis portfolio, fashioning the former around simplification and the latter around the three pillars of democratization and real-time and embedded advanced analysis. How will this strategy play out?
Zementis rides 'big data' train to growth in taking predictive analysis operational
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The 10-year-old firm continues to carve out a business in taking predictive models from development into production, alighting on Hadoop and other big-data environments as the latest focus for its go-to-market strategy.
IBM makes self-service data-preparation play with DataWorks data-refinery cloud service
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
Following Informatica's unveiling of Project Springbok and the introduction of dedicated offerings from startups including Trifacta and Tamr in 2014, IBM is now entering the sizzling DIY data management sector.
GoodData lands $25.7m series E funding, elucidates cloud BI business with a view to an IPO
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The seven-year-old SaaS BI firm continues to forge ahead as a cloud BI pure play with a multi-tenant stack for reporting, dashboard and analytics needs. GoodData secured some fresh capital and has earmarked a public offering as its top exit strategy.
Pentaho enters self-service integration fray, illuminates BI business
MIS Impact Report - December, 2014
The BI vendor has served up a streamlined data refinery as a first step in its strategy to take ETL-based integration to business users. We examine the move, along with other key developments in the firm's portfolio and business.
With $100m funding in the bag, Magnitude aims to be greater than its EIM parts
TDM Acquirer IQ - December, 2014
The company – formed by combining data-warehousing and MDM firm Kalido with Noetix, a purveyor of prebuilt content for Oracle E-Business Suite – wants to be a tour de force in EIM, and has secured $100m in financing for M&A and organic growth with this endgame in mind.
Tidemark makes foray into semi-structured data, charts performance management waters
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The startup has unveiled a freshly minted performance management service, taking it into the 'big data' finance realm, and has also shed light on future plans in the wake of scoring $32 series E funding in April.
Adaptive adds tentacles to performance management and BI service as it heads for IPO
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The performance management player has overhauled its cloud service and unleashed a revenue analysis, planning and management offering for it. We examine Adaptive Insights' portfolio and business as it looks to go public in the next 18 months.
Qlik snaps up DataMarket: let the multi-structured analytics M&A wave commence
TDM Sector IQ - November, 2014
Qlik's acquisition of DataMarket is the latest move in BI to serve multi-structured analytic scenarios. The deal could spark a shopping spree as established players follow suit by snagging startups with unstructured data capabilities to provide bigger, deeper and better insights.
The rise of the narrative as a complement to visualization in analytics
MIS Spotlight - November, 2014
Visualization is now a de facto practice in analytics. While this technique provides many advantages, it also has its limitations, heralding a new frontier in analytics involving narrative and visual analysis.
Talend illuminates data management business, latest release as it heads toward IPO
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The company wants to take its business to the next level and appears well on its way. It has a new management team in place, a fresh release of its data management platform available, and is targeting a public offering for 2016.
Paxata refreshes Hadoop-based data preparation service in hopes of furthering growth
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
The startup has given its multi-tenant data management service a significant overhaul as it looks to build on the growth achieved since entering the emerging self-service data preparation fray just over a year ago. It claims to have more than quintupled its customer base in that time.
Perfect Price makes the perfect price initial focus for machine learning analysis service
MIS Impact Report - November, 2014
One of the latest new companies to apply machine learning to predictive analysis, Perfect Price has entered the sector with price optimization in the cloud as a first offering. We take a closer look at its go-to-market strategy and prospects.
0xdata scores $8.9m series A, looks to disrupt advanced analysis with prediction engine
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The startup has announced its first significant round of venture financing and wants to shake up the advanced analytics sector using an open source-based play for its H2O in-memory prediction engine. We view this investment as vital, given that it's competing against a market titan, SAS Institute.
Trifacta appoints new CEO, gives Hadoop transformation offering first major overhaul
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Having entered the emerging self-service data preparation sector in February with a data transformation offering for Hadoop, the startup is looking to take its business to the next level with a new CEO and a fresh release.
BIME gives cloud BI service a visual makeover, forges into the US
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The French-born startup, which has been operating in the US for close to a year, has overhauled its multi-tenant dashboard and analysis service, and adopted a new pricing strategy. Is it now ready for prime time?
With new Analytics Cloud, aims to shake up the market
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
This year's Dreamforce conference saw aiming to have the same effect on the analytics market that it has had on the CRM space since the firm's formation 15 years ago. Will this further diversification aid those plans by providing customers with a BI/analytics tool alternative?
Revolution looks to grow services, makes freemium play for R-based advanced analysis
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The company has built a subscription business around Revolution R Enterprise. With new offerings Revolution R Plus and Revolution R Open, it is adding services-based offerings and adopting a different freemium model. We examine the firm's new strategy.
SlamData emerges with open source ad hoc and exploratory analytics for NoSQL
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The startup is preparing for a formal coming-out party later in October, when it will officially take the wraps off an open-source-based analytic offering for NoSQL stores, starting with MongoDB.
Host Analytics launches SaaS sales planning for, adds to automation options
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The cloud corporate performance management vendor has focused on serving the needs of finance personnel. But now it is looking to diversify its business with a sales-planning play. We examine the move along with the latest Summer 2014 release of its core hosted service.
ADVIZOR seeks funding, heads deeper into predictive analytics without SAP/KXEN
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The visual analysis stalwart has decided to raise venture capital, and in the meantime has a fresh release waiting in the wings with bolstered advanced analytics, which doesn't rely on partner turned rival SAP/KXEN. Is ADVIZOR's time to truly shine now approaching?
Splunk gives its Hunk a makeover, unveils cloud service and OEM deal with Amazon
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
The darling of the machine intelligence sector unleashed its Hunk exploratory analytics platform for Hadoop in October 2013. One year on, how is the offering coming along, and what are its main use cases?
IBM redefines Watson Analytics and offers it up as a freemium play
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Big Blue is now casting Watson Analytics as a cognitive and predictive analytics offering with a highly visual and easy-to-use interface for business users over the cloud. How do its underpinnings reflect this positioning, what's in store for future releases, and how is it being sold?
Informatica bounds into the self-service data preparation fray with Project Springbok
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
DIY data preparation has so far been the preserve of a group of emerging startups. A data management veteran has now entered the sector with a self-service data harmonization offering in the cloud. Should the young guns watch out?
IKANOW looks to play in multi-structured advanced-analysis fray with open source approach
MIS Impact Report - October, 2014
Having cut its teeth in the US intelligence community and Department of Defense, the startup is looking to escalate commercial sales with enterprises requiring data mining and analytics on information in diverse formats. We take a closer look at its business and open source-based platform.
As growth stalls, TIBCO looks to step off the Nasdaq in $4.3bn LBO with Vista
TDM Deal Analysis - September, 2014
After a decade and a half as a public company, TIBCO is set to be erased from the Nasdaq in a $4.3bn LBO sponsored by Vista. The take-private comes as the middleware and analytics vendor has been struggling to find any growth, even as rivals continue to grow.
With $9.5m series A in the bag, Centage illuminates business of budgeting and forecasting
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
Centage forges ahead in the midmarket performance management sector in the wake of landing a first round of venture capital. It has released the latest version of its flagship Budget Maestro package and has a number of developments on its roadmap for Budget Maestro and Analytics Maestro.
SAS illuminates Enterprise Miner roadmap as it focuses on 21st century data-mining needs
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The firm has shed light on forthcoming and recent updates to one of its most well-known and broadly used offerings. How is Enterprise Miner shaping up for current and future requirements, and what are the other linchpins in SAS's data-mining portfolio?
Metanautix sets out on multi-structured analytics Quest with its Data Compute Engine
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The two-year-old startup had a coming-out party for its Quest Data Compute Engine, which holds the promise of enabling analysts to manipulate and query data in any format, at source. How is it seeking to live up to this promise?
Alpine eyes direct sales model as it sings a Chorus for predictive analytics
MIS Impact Report - September, 2014
The startup is looking to diversify its revenue stream and has also taken control of the Chorus open source collaboration project controlled by reseller Pivotal. How is its business and advanced analysis stack shaping up as a result?


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