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June 20, 2011

Data Visualization Software - Seeing Relationships in Data, Terrorist Networks

At the recent Interop Vegas 2011, TMC’s CEO Rich Tehrani (News - Alert) interviewed Francois Bertault, CTO of the interestingly-named Tom Sawyer Software.

This past March TMC (News - Alert) had the news that Objectivity, a vendor of distributed, scalable data management technologies, and Tom Sawyer Software (News - Alert), which sells software for building data visualization and analysis applications, announced a strategic alliance to bring together key technologies – visualization and deep analytics – used by customers to navigate, understand and display complex data patterns and relationships to enhance decision-making.

For visualization, “you might be thinking pie charts, bar graphs, but we go beyond that,” Bertault said, explaining that the company works in helping clients with visualizing relationships in their data.

As an example, he said they do network topology maps, network process diagrams, anything to help customers “see” the interrelations existing in the network.

The company has been around 20 years and has a wide variety of customers, from network companies back when they started up, such as Cisco (News - Alert), he said. Recently they have expanded into such markets as banking, governments, financial institutions, “many different markets,” and can do things like catch people laundering money, and identifying which people in terrorist networks should be targeted to disrupt the networks.

We’re sure Tom would have approved of that one.

Some organizations need custom applications quickly, to use data nobody can really use. It only takes a few weeks, instead of the months and months such specialized jobs used to take.

“The increasing need to discover critical insights across growing volumes of complex data requires advanced data management platforms in addition to sophisticated visualization technology,” said Brendan Madden, chief executive officer of Tom Sawyer Software.

Watch the full video below.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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