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Krishna Roy
Senior Analyst, Data Platforms and Analytics

As part of the Data Platforms and Analytics team Krishna is responsible for the coverage of reporting and analytics, advanced analytics, performance management, data integration and data management. Prior to joining 451 Research, 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

Dataiku eyes international stage for its machine-learning-based predictive workbench
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The French startup scored seed financing at the beginning of 2015, and is now taking its Data Science Studio offering, which is all about providing an end-to-end collaborative environment for predictive analytics, to the US.
deFacto Global illuminates its Microsoft-based performance management business
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
Having come into existence to plug the gap left by Microsoft's exit from the performance management market, deFacto Global is carving out a business with Microsoft shops. It introduced a server component to its lineup, and the company's performance management offering was born.
Impetus spinoff Kyvos Insights emerges with OLAP-for-Hadoop play
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The market for bringing interactive analytics to the Hadoop data-processing framework using an OLAP-based approach is heating up, with Kyvos Insights the latest player to enter the fray.
Armed with $28.2m series B, Enigma looks to demystify public-data analysis
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The startup is looking to build a business around harnessing public and private data for corporate decision-making, and has landed fresh financing to aid business development and further growth.
Welcome to OLAP on Hadoop: The cube meets the elephant
MIS Spotlight - July, 2015
OLAP, a long-standing analytical technique employed to represent data in two, three or more dimensions using a cube structure, is back in vogue and being applied to the analysis of information in the Hadoop open source data-processing framework. We take a closer look.
Yellowfin eyes deeper international waters for its visual-analysis business
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The Australian firm has been operating in the BI sector for 15 years, building a solid following among APAC-based organizations, which are principally drawn to its dashboards. Yellowfin now wants to crack the US and Europe. emerges with brain-like semantic approach to text analytics
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The startup is looking to bring a fresh approach to natural-language processing by mimicking the brain and using smarts in semantic folding theory. Is the text-analytics world about to be shaken up?
BOARD sets its sights on breaking out of Europe with expanded portfolio
MIS Impact Report - July, 2015
The BI and corporate performance management veteran is looking to go global and has been reshaping its sales model accordingly. BOARD plans to redesign its core BI platform and introduce industry-specific applications as part of its go-to-market strategy.
Sensai makes unstructured data analytics play to give content a Cuddle
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The startup has entered the crowded analytics sector with a product that is underpinned by its Cuddle proprietary language for querying third-party content and corporate documents. Sensai's early customers are in financial services.
CoolaData targets online businesses with behavioral analytics cloud service
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The three-year-old startup is seeking to build a business using a soup-to-nuts SaaS play for behavioral analysis, and is unleashing a more formal coming-out party for its behavioral analytics cloud service,. Should Adobe Omniture, Splunk and others sit up and take notice?
Panorama expands visual-analysis and discovery vista to shore up BI beachhead
MIS Impact Report - June, 2015
The BI veteran is seeking to harness the shift away from IT-led developer reporting to business-driven analytics with its Necto offering. But is Panorama truly able to give Tableau, Qlik, et al. a run for their money?
Hitachi Data Systems illuminates IoT strategy with Pentaho formally in the fold
TDM Post-Merger IQ - June, 2015
HDS – a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi – recently completed its acquisition of open-source-based analytics player Pentaho in order to enter the IoT analytics fray. How is the deal playing out for the company, which now places 'social innovation' center stage?
Total Data market expected to hit $115bn by 2019
MIS Spotlight - May, 2015
The Total Data market – consisting of data platforms, data management and analytics – will nearly double in size between the end of last year and 2019, according a new market sizing and forecasting service from 451 Research.
Informatica bolsters data security with data classification and analytics
MIS Impact Report - April, 2015
The data management vendor recently added 'data security intelligence' to its data-masking capabilities. The technology is designed to give customers a better idea of where sensitive data is, where it's been and where it's going.
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?


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