Kalido Introduces KONA Information Appliance for Analytics and Reporting


Kalido, a provider of information management software for enterprise data governance, and Netezza (NYSE: NZ), a data warehouse and analytic appliances company, today announced that Kalido has licensed and will directly sell a custom-built Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance engineered and optimized for the Kalido Information Engine and Kalido's new industry analytics and reporting solutions.

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The agreement expands an existing partnership announced in March 2009.

The Kalido KONA Information Appliance addresses specific business information needs in various industries, enabling enterprises to more effectively manage key performance indicators for their critical business operations. The pre-built, customizable solutions can start delivering business benefits in 30 days -- a sharp contrast to the nine to eighteen months frequently required to build a traditional analytic data warehouse using hand-coding and an assortment of software tools. And Kalido KONA is the only information appliance with a completely-integrated MDM solution.

Priced at $450,000 for all hardware, software and professional services, the Kalido KONA Information Appliance costs up to 80 percent less than a comparable system built using traditional tools.

The Kalido KONA Information Appliance is an end-to-end analytics and reporting solution containing industry-specific business information models and all required hardware and software for data storage, data sourcing and integration, master data management and governance, and analysis and presentation. The pre-configured appliance dramatically reduces deployment complexity, implementation time, and both initial and ongoing costs.

A Complete, Industry-Specific Information Appliance

The Kalido KONA Information Appliance includes:

  • Netezza TwinFin data warehouse appliance.

  • The Kalido Information Engine, a fully-governed information management platform.

  • Reports and dashboards powered by QlikView.

  • Data extraction and integration capabilities.

  • Industry-specific business information models.

  • Governance and stewardship application for master data.

  • Pre-built analytics.

Kalido anticipates introducing products for multiple industries. Initial solutions include:

  • Kalido KONA Information Appliance for Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Analytics: This solution allows pharma sales and marketing business analysts, line-of-business managers and executives to analyze and report on key performance indicators. The appliance sources and integrates CRM, IMS and ERP data to form a complete data foundation, including product master, on which to base business decisions.

  • Kalido KONA Information Appliance for Insurance Sales and Distribution Analytics: This solution provides insight into customer acquisition and retention of property and casualty insurance companies by sourcing and integrating policy, premium, and agent/broker data in one easily accessible location.

Orders for the Kalido KONA Information Appliance can be placed immediately. General availability is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010.

Industry Analyst Quote

Wayne Eckerson, director of research, The Data Warehousing Institute, said: "The next wave of business intelligence is end-to-end packaged solutions (i.e., industry models, data sourcing and integration, MDM, analytics, and dashboards) tailored to specific business domains that offer quick time to value at an affordable price. Kalido's partnership with Netezza represents the vanguard of the coming revolution that promises to deliver business what it wants: faster, better, cheaper BI."

Executive Quotes

Bill Hewitt, president and CEO of Kalido, said: "The Kalido KONA Information Appliance exemplifies our ongoing commitment to providing innovative, cost-effective and flexible information management solutions. Kalido's focus remains making relevant software that helps our customers improve enterprise data governance and business performance. Companies that choose the combination of Kalido's information management solutions and Netezza's groundbreaking TwinFin data appliance no longer have to choose between price and performance. The Kalido KONA Information Appliance meets the needs of IT and business without compromise.

Jim Baum, president and CEO of Netezza, said: "The launch of Netezza's TwinFin line of data warehouse appliances last month once again extended our clear market leadership. Netezza is building a special model using our TwinFin architecture for Kalido's KONA Information Appliance. We are very pleased that our valued partner Kalido is leveraging our industry standard blade server-based appliance for its exciting line of analytic solutions. We look forward to working closely with Kalido in support of its new initiative."

Lars Björk, CEO of QlikTech, said: "The Kalido KONA Information Appliance is designed to simplify the challenge of delivering critical business information. QlikView is a leader in simplifying the complex world of business intelligence, so this new solution is a natural extension of our partnership announced last year. The Kalido KONA Information Appliance meets the ever-growing challenge of rapidly changing business requirements in a way that is cost-effective, easily implemented and easy to use. At the same time, it provides out-of-the-box functionality not available anywhere else. QlikView is proud to be part of this innovation."

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