BriefsDigital Archaeology Addresses Data Prep for Data Mining
DELANO INTRODUCES SOFTWARE THAT SPEEDS THE PREPARATION OF DATA FOR DATA MINING AND ANALYSIS Benchmark Study, Customers Cite 2-3 Times Performance Gains over SAS‘ Toronto, Canada December 4, 2001 Delano Technology Corporation (NASDAQ: DTEC; TSE: DLN) today announced the introduction of a powerful new software product called the Digital Excavator‘, which cuts in half the preparation time associated with data mining and analytic engagements when compared with industry leading tools and methods. The Digital Excavator‘ product was developed by Digital Archaeology, the analytics division of Delano, which is located in Lenexa, KS. A benchmark of Digital Excavators data preparation capability, conducted by a large Midwestern business intelligence consultancy, indicated an ability to halve the time that is currently being spent on data preparation activities over industry-leading software solutions. The study replicated the entire data preparation process in various tools covering project planning, data exploration, coding of data transformation programs, debugging these programs, interpreting their results, and the raw execution time of these programs. Initial customer experiences have exceeded the productivity gains achieved in the benchmark study. Dan Steinberg, CEO of Salford Systems, the award-winning San Diego-based data mining vendor that markets CART and MARS decision tree software has evidenced breakthrough results with the Digital Excavator. Out of the box, Digital Archaeologys software is 2 to 3 times faster than SAS at performing data preparation tasks. Equally impressive is the ability to rapidly build higher order visual programs that turbo-charge the data preparation process to our unique requirements without requiring programming skills. This capability will boost our productivity by another order of magnitude. This product is truly remarkable and essentially creates a new category of offering because of its focus on the data preparation process something that no one vendor does well today. Digital Excavator allows users to perform typical data manipulation tasks in substantially fewer steps. Many leading tools were not designed with data preparation as a high priority and subsequently force users into piecing together several components and many steps to reach the same objective. Moreover, Digital Excavator facilitates the highly iterative nature of data mining projects. The organization capabilities and automatic audit trail make it quite easy to investigate issues that arise with the data at any point in the process, make appropriate modifications to how the data is prepared, and return to the point where the issue occurred. Digital Excavator also demonstrated some tremendous performance advantages, particularly when working with highly normalized data structures, as is often the case with data retrieved from operational systems or data warehouses. Through its multi-threaded, parallel execution architecture and algorithms specifically optimized for large data sets, the Digital Excavator can sort, de-normalize and integrate disparate data sets in as little as a tenth of the time required by leading tools. For more information about Digital Archaeology products or services, visit www.digarch.com.
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