The Year in Review: 8 OmniSci Highlights from an Eventful 2019
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It’s been a huge year for OmniSci — 12 months of unprecedented growth, accomplishments and developments in accelerated analytics and data science. So much has happened that it’s hard to focus on a single event or win, but as 2019 winds down, it’s worth celebrating what we’ve achieved. With that in mind, here are our eight highlights from 2019:
- Converge: One of the most significant moments of the year was the success of our inaugural user conference, Converge, held in October at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. Many heavy hitters in the data science world participated as presenters, and almost 250 analytics sector professionals attended to hear experts from dozens of well-known organizations, including BMW, Charter, NVIDIA, Skyhook, TELUS, Verizon and UCLA. We loved getting to know our community even better and look forward to the next time we “converge.”
- Intel collaboration: Speaking of Converge, that’s where CEO, Todd Mostak announced the company’s collaboration with Intel to bring accelerated analytics at scale to CPUs. This groundbreaking partnership supercharges the performance of the OmniSci platform running on Intel architecture. The announcement capitalized on the launch of a CPU version of OmniSci Enterprise Edition, optimizing the platform to reach more data scientists and analysts than ever.
- Version 5.0 release: OmniSci also announced the release of version 5.0 at Converge. The upgrade delivers new capabilities for accelerated analytics and data science at massive scale. The rollout included new Data Fusion and integrated Data Science features, in addition to major performance improvements in the core platform. Now users can quickly fuse data and toggle between visual exploration and data science workflows seamlessly to extract deeper insights.
- New headquarters, new engineers and a new Canadian hub: To accommodate our company’s rapid growth, OmniSci relocated its headquarters to a larger space in the Financial District of San Francisco. The company also expanded its engineering staff by 50% globally — now we’re fully capable of supporting rapid platform development worldwide. In 2019, we also opened a major engineering office in Vancouver, a vibrant center for Canadian tech sector talent. View open positions here.
- EMEA expansion: OmniSci also directly launched into the EMEA region in 2019, with industry veteran Allison Searle joining the team as VP of Sales for EMEA to strengthen sales and support programs and expand into new areas. Searle and her team hit the ground running, strengthening relationships with existing customers and partners in Europe and exploring new opportunities across a variety of sectors, including telecoms, banking, automotive, aviation and other industries.
- Giving back and accelerating growth: This year, the company rolled out OmniSci for Good, providing non-profits and researchers free access to the powerful OmniSci platform to further worthy causes and expand knowledge. OmniSci also launched the OEM Startup Accelerator Program, giving early-stage, data-centric startups access to the OmniSci platform as well as expert development and marketing assistance to further growth and innovation.
- OmniSci Public Sector, LLC debut: The company formed this wholly owned subsidiary to provide more robust support to U.S. civilian, defense and national security customers in 2019. As VP of U.S. Public Sector, Ray Falcione and his team are building the infrastructure and processes needed to meet the unique needs of the U.S. government, as exemplified by our recognition in the AFWERX Multi-Domain Operations Challenge. OmniSci is now available on-premise or via all Cloud Service Providers who support the U.S. government, such as AWS and MS Azure.
- OmniSci in the Spotlight at GTC 2019: In this year’s GTC keynote, NVIDIA Founder, President, and CEO Jensen Huang invited to the stage, Aaron Williams, OmniSci VP of Global Community. Williams shared how GPU-accelerated analytics are helping a major multi-service operator decide where to build future Wi-Fi access points for over 25 million subscribers, in order to help the company offload traffic from 500,000 LTE towers. View the demo here.
These are just some highlights of an incredibly eventful year. Since our 2018 rebrand from MapD, OmniSci has added almost 4,000 corporate, academic, scientific and governmental users, has seen more than 1,500 dashboards created and 8,000-plus big data files imported. We’re excited to see what 2020 brings!