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Software AG rolls out NextGen business analytics offering

26 Apr 16

Software AG has launched its new next generation business analytics and data visualisation offering for its digital business platform.

MashZone NextGen is based on Presto, which originated from the acquisition of JackBe, and replaces Software AG’s original MashZone product. MashZone NextGen includes additional functionality that enables users to build interactive data visualisations, share dashboards and insights, and view dashboards on any device.

The ability to collect, monitor, dashboard, analyse and understand a fast-moving stream of data is crucial for any digital enterprise, Software AG says.

According to the vendor, the NextGen offering enables enterprises to perform descriptive, prescriptive and predictive analytics or deep data exploration, and visualise this operational intelligence. 

MashZone NextGen comprises an HTML5-based dashboard builder and guided analytics from which users can derive insights using custom-built or pre-built visualisations arising from the Digital Business Platform.

Giles Nelson, Software AG senior vice president product management, says, “Operations executives and data analysts can gain real-time analytics and rich visualisation using MashZone NextGen with the Digital Business Platform. This enables them to act with greater accuracy and speed as well as help them make faster and better decisions.”

MashZone NextGen connects to different types of data sources, including JDBC-compliant data stores, streaming data from Apama, in-memory data from Terracotta BigMemory, ARIS tables, XML files, REST endpoints and web services, and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Typical usage includes: self-service analytics; in-memory analytics; operational intelligence; data visualisation; situational awareness; and, self-service business intelligence.

“The self-service features in MashZone NextGen enable a business user to create new dashboards on her own without relying on IT assistance. This autonomy becomes a significant competitive advantage for enterprises that want to empower their users to make decisions quickly,“ says Nelson.

MashZone NextGen is a key component within the Digital Business Platform. Software AG’s Digital Business Platform is an integrated set of technologies, capabilities and methodologies designed to help an enterprise to be more data-driven, customer-obsessed, hyper-connected and agile. The Digital Business Platform is offered in the cloud, as a service, on premise, or a hybrid configuration.

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