451 Research - Biography


Krishna Roy
Senior Analyst, Data Platforms and Analytics

As a Senior Analyst for the Data Platform and Analytics team, Krishna is responsible for the coverage of self-service analytics, predictive analytics and performance 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

Automated Insights eyes narrative content-generation business with Wordsmith
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The consultancy-turned-software firm is targeting a wider market with its new general-purpose content-generation cloud service, dubbed Wordsmith.
Total-data advanced analytics techniques are multitudinous and evolving
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
The ability to capture, process and predictively analyze data in a variety of formats has moved on a fair amount since we last examined the subject in 2012. Along with this evolution have come a number of buzzwords and approaches, which we seek to unravel in this report.
'OLAP on Hadoop' and visual-based analysis open the door to total data analytics
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
The need to achieve more from data as organizations become data-driven has pushed total data analytics up the corporate agenda, spawning new approaches and startups. We navigate through some of the latest options available to achieve insights from all data, whether structured or unstructured in nature.
Pyramid Analytics looks to shore up its governed, self-service BI play
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company, which is a Microsoft Gold partner, has $30m in series B funding and is looking to strengthen its presence in the analytics sector, where it provides governed and self-service Web-based business intelligence for IT and business users in one offering.
Total data reporting: Renaissance or demise of the business intelligence report?
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
Enterprise reporting has somewhat fallen out of favor, supplanted by dashboards and other forms of self-service BI. We examine the market dynamics and approaches now surrounding total data reporting, which we use to describe the ability to create formatted and interactive reports of summarized information from data in multiple formats, three years on from our first look at this topic in the light of changes to the enterprise reporting market.
NoSQL analysis tools: a new M&A frontier for 2016?
TDM Sector IQ - January, 2016
The value of analyzing data in multiple structured and semi-structured states is now widely recognized, but dealmaking to enable this endgame has largely focused on Hadoop. With NoSQL stores increasingly deployed in enterprise settings, and the growing need to gain insight from data in these emerging databases, NoSQL analytics could shape M&A activity in 2016.
Domo lifts the veil on its cloud BI business, looks to expand geographically
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The self-styled business management player believes that a firm needs to bring data into one place and provide all the technical components required for decision-making by business users. We investigate its business progress and plans for 2016.
IBM illuminates SPSS advanced analytics portfolio
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The buzz around IBM Watson Analytics continues to mount, but Big Blue also continues to enhance its longtime SPSS portfolio for advanced analysis. We examine key differences between the two offerings, along with some notable recent deliverables within the SPSS product family.
Perfect Price sets sights on growth in retail with SaaS play for machine-learning analysis
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The startup now has a year under its belt selling a machine-learning-based cloud analysis service, with price optimization an initial use case. What's in store for 2016?
Alpine Data eyes fresh funding, expands focus to the business of predictive analytics
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The purveyor of in-database and in-Hadoop predictive analytics is preparing to land some additional venture capital in 2016 and has extended its purview to business users as part of a strategy to serve the 'last mile' of advanced analysis.
Narrative Science looks to new fields for its natural language generation service
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company is hatching a partner strategy for its Quill natural language generation software in a bid to open up new avenues of revenue where Quill's smarts in figuring out a set of ideas from raw structured data, and turning the ideas into plain English, can be harnessed.
Datameer bags $40m series E, bolsters Hadoop analytics for enterprise requirements
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company has landed additional financing to fuel Asia-Pacific expansion plans, served up some enhancements to cater to enterprise requirements for Hadoop-based analysis, and is busy building a partner network.
SAP makes all-in-one BI, performance management, predictive analysis cloud play
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The company is looking to up the ante in the crowded SaaS sector with SAP Cloud for Analytics, seeking differentiation through an integrated cloud service for multiple analytical use cases and audiences.
Tableau refreshes portfolio and illuminates expanded visual-analysis horizons
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
The darling of the data-discovery and visual-analysis sector has given its portfolio two recent refreshes in its Tableau 9.1 and 9.2 releases. We examine the company's latest offerings, along with some of its investment priorities.
SlamData preps first commercial fruit of MongoDB analytics open source project
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
Startup SlamData is readying its first licensed offering for native visual analysis and exploration of the MongoDB document-oriented NoSQL database. The product is a deliverable from SlamData's open source project and a first step in its 'multi-structured analytics' vision.
prevero unveils cloud strategy as it seeks to expand its BI and planning horizons
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The Munich-based company has established a midmarket customer base in German-speaking countries for its BI and performance management offerings, and is looking to build on that foundation by establishing a cloud business and executing on a geographic expansion plan.
Cloud9 Charts emerges with reporting and visualization service for multi-structured data
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The startup is one of the latest players to tackle the thorny but ever more necessary task of enabling insights into data in traditional SQL databases and newer environments, such as NoSQL databases
Vena courts Excel devotees with performance management cloud service
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The company is one of the latest entrants into the SaaS budgeting, planning, financial reporting and analysis sector. Billed as the fastest-growing cloud corporate performance management vendor, we examine the underpinnings behind Vena's growth strategy.
Dundas focuses on expanded market opportunity with soup-to-nuts BI platform play
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The business intelligence veteran has evolved from a purveyor of visualization components for developers to a provider of an end-to-end BI stack for data analysts and business users. The company has been expanding its direct sales team and adjusting its sales strategy.
Google uses open source model to encourage take-up of TensorFlow deep-learning software
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
In a rare move, given the company's size and stature, Google has made TensorFlow, which is intended to be a next-generation machine-learning library for deep learning, available as open source code.
GoodData recasts cloud BI service for distributed, personalized analytics
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
The purveyor of BI as a multi-tenant cloud service had a 'strategy rethink' over the summer. GoodData has shifted its gaze to providing data owners with the ability to distribute information from a warehouse on a personalized basis to end users and channel partners.
Centage sheds light on budgeting and planning business after first M&A play
TDM Post-Merger IQ - October, 2015
The midmarket budgeting and planning veteran recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of its acquisition of former OEM customer BI-Metrix. We examine the evolution of the firm's business and product portfolio since inking its first deal.
AWS revs QuickSight visualization service with an emphasis on speed, ease of use, cost
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Amazon Web Services is entering the BI sector with a data-visualization and discovery cloud service pitched around three core tenants: performance, user friendliness and price competitiveness. We examine the offering and its potential impact on AWS's BI partner strategy and the analytics sector as a whole.
After $30m series B, Looker serves up fruits of embedded and custom analytics strategy
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
Earlier this year, Looker Data Sciences received an infusion of capital, which has accelerated its existing solid growth rate. It has also unleashed deliverables from its strategy to better enable data analysts to create custom and embedded analysis for business users.
Zendesk reaches for We Are Cloud to infuse customer service and support with analytics
TDM Deal Analysis - October, 2015
The company has reached for SaaS BI startup We Are Cloud (best known as BIME Analytics) in a deal that could be seen in part as a response to rival Salesforce's entrance into analytics, and an impending move by Amazon into BI with its QuickSight visualization and discovery service.
TARGIT augments BI for Microsoft strategy with multi-structured analysis and discovery
MIS Impact Report - October, 2015
The BI veteran has built a business largely by providing BI for Microsoft shops. TARGIT is now expanding its analytics reach by serving up multi-source data mashup and discovery capabilities to better serve its target market of business analysts and users.
QFire seeks fuel for its vision to embed data quality and prep at the point of service
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The startup is looking for seed funding to accelerate its strategy to make data quality and preparation more effective by engaging business users. QFire is using an indirect strategy involving resellers and ISV-based channel partners.
Zoomdata expands multi-structured visual analysis and discovery play with AnyCloud
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The startup is building on its interactive visual-analytics capabilities for structured and semi-structured stores through partnerships and a new release unleashed under a ZoomData AnyCloud initiative. Should Tableau and other popular visual-analysis players sit up and take note?
Trifacta focuses on IT and end-user needs as it looks to grow DIY data wrangling business
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Trifacta, an early champion of self-service data preparation, is looking to better meet IT and end-user requirements. We examine the latest enhancements the startup has made to its offering with this endgame in mind, along with its business progress.
Arcadia Data realizes Hadoop-centric analytics vision with Enterprise launch
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Arcadia appeared on the Hadoop-based analytics scene in June, armed with $11.5m to deliver native visualization and BI for the open source data processing framework. The startup's strategy has taken a significant step forward with the formal launch of Arcadia Enterprise.
Paxata bags $18m series C funding to fuel enterprise self-service data-preparation focus
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
Self-service data preparation has become more mature, and is targeted by a greater number of vendors. Paxata is seeking differentiation by creating an enterprise-grade platform that can be used for data integration, data quality, semantic enrichment, collaboration and governance by data analysts.
Uncharted launches PanTera for interactive visualization of very large data sets
MIS Impact Report - September, 2015
The software and services vendor perhaps best known for its GeoTime geospatial analysis software has served up the fruits of another research project in PanTera, a real-time visualization offering for very large data sets.
Saasabi eyes funding to fuel next growth phase in SaaS BI
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Saasabi is looking to take its cloud BI business to the next level by securing some growth capital. The company provides a multitenant service, which relies on an internally developed parallel MOLAP engine crafted for, and using, Microsoft technologies. The company has amassed an initial batch of paying customers, which primarily use it for SQL Server features natively on Azure, additional security and more.
Microsoft ramps up dashboard and reporting play with major overhaul to Power BI
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
First introduced in 2013, Microsoft's Power BI has recently been subject to a number of enhancements and untethered from Office 365. It is turning into a good alternative to Excel for dashboard and reporting use cases in cloud, desktop and mobile environments.
Performance management expands beyond the finance department
MIS Spotlight - August, 2015
Performance management has traditionally been about providing finance types with improved processes and deep financial insights. But performance management is moving out of the finance department to support company-wide strategic and operational growth objectives. We take a closer look at this development.
Jedox elucidates self-service BI and performance management strategy under new CEO
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The software veteran has made a change at the top, appointing ex-Microsoft general manager Kay-Ingo Greve as chief executive at the beginning of 2015. What else is in store for the BI and planning veteran's next growth phase?
With $39m in series D funding, Quid looks to bolster its content analysis service
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
The machine-learning and visualization company has fresh venture capital, which it is using for product development. It continues to scope out blue-chip organizations that want a hosted service that searches and processes indexed documents to visually map answers to business users' questions.
Adatao does machine-learning analytics with natural language, collaborative twist
MIS Impact Report - August, 2015
Adatao is on a mission to bring predictive analytics to a technical and nontechnical audience using a combination of natural language queries, collaboration and machine-learning technologies. The three-year-old startup will be operating in a crowded analytics space.
In its first M&A play, Tableau snags Infoactive for infographics development smarts
TDM Deal Analysis - August, 2015
Tableau, the darling of the visual analysis sector, has made its first acquisition by reaching for infographic Web app startup Infoactive to get its hands on additional developer expertise. The move should accelerate the firm's cloud and mobile strategy.
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.