Saturday, April 15, 2017

Domo Innovates Analytics for Business

Some 3,000 people attended Domo’s recent customer event, called Domopalooza. That’s nearly double the attendance of the previous event, which my colleague Mark Smith covered. Formerly a bit “stealthy,” Domo has started sharing more information, some of which I’ll pass along, as well as observations about product announcements made at the event. As Mark Smith observed, Domo is not a typical business intelligence (BI) company. In fact, the company refers to its product as the Domo Business Cloud (notice the lack of ”business intelligence” in the name). I think the name accurately reflects its attempt to speak to a...

Friday, April 7, 2017

At Domopalooza 17, Amalgam Insights Looks Behind the Hype

Recently, Amalgam Insights (AI) had the opportunity to attend Domopalooza in Salt Lake City. Without a doubt, it was one of the most star-studded and entertaining end user events AI has attended in recent memory. Between Kesha, Jason Derulo, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Miguel, Fivethirtyeight’s Nate Silver, Chicago CubsPresident Theo Epstein, and Pixar President Ed Catmull, the celebrities were out in force. With the famous people and the hyperbolic claims made on stage that “WE ARE MAKING HISTORY HERE!” it is easy for a...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

API Design Standards with Andy Beier

There are various standards at play when creating and consuming Application Program Interfaces (APIs).  These standards, though, are mostly technical and mostly lower-level than the content of the API. Andy Beier has experienced the broad range of API quality in his role with Domo in creating integrations with other businesses.  He has made standardization of good practices in creating APIs his mission, with an emphasis on making the right information easily accessible without having to download more than necessary.  He has traveled to meet with leaders in the field to promote standards and to make APIs easier to create and...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Domopalooza 2017: The Conference That Feels Like A Festival

Between the partying, Domo announced a number of new features and provided a sneak peak of four intriguing tools that will launch later this year. I also managed to speak with over twenty Domo customers. My conversations became predictable. I would ask, “What do you like about Domo?” and they would rattle on about this and that. But then I would ask, “What don’t you like about Domo” or “How could Domo improve?” and customers would hold their chin, look at the ground, and take a full 20 seconds before answering...

Friday, March 31, 2017

Business users need a different kind of BI – Domopalooza views from Sephora and more

BI has to change – that much we know. But the trap is to assume that cool new tools will save the day. At Domopalooza 2017, customers like Sephora told a more nuanced tale, sharing how they combined modern BI tools with a rigorous collaboration with the business. Change is the hard part, but as we learned from companies like Target, business users can be won over – if we do this right...

Thursday, March 30, 2017

DOMOPALOOZA – YOU ARE THE REVOLUTION

Sitting in the Salt Lake City airport waiting to board my flight to head back to Philadelphia, I am trying to wrap my head around the last few days I spent at Domopalooza.  Perhaps I am having trouble putting my thoughts together because of pure exhaustion from attending the two concerts in two nights that Domo hosted as part of the conference.  Perhaps it is due to the amount of useful information that was provided in the breakout sessions.  Perhaps it is due to the inspiring words spoken by the keynote speakers Nate Silver,...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Domo Climbs Enterprise Ladder in Cloud Business Intelligence

Domo has graduated from analytics startup to enterprise contender, breaking ground in cloud-scale deployments. Here’s a look inside the fast-growing company. Domo is enterprise ready. That’s the key takeaway Domo wanted to project at Domopalooza, held March 22-23 in Salt Lake City. The event drew more than 3,000 attendees and saw keynote appearances from enterprise-scale customers including Target, GE Digital, UnitedHealth Group and Univision...

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Changing the data conversation at Target – a Domopalooza BI use case

Ben Schein, a BI lead at Target, had a BI problem most have confronted: he wanted a BI approach that combined speed to market, scale, and collaboration. “I was tired of being told I had to choose between them,” he told the 3,000+ audience at the Domopalooza day one keynote. This was the third annual Domopalooza, Domo’s user conference (see my Domopalooza early roundup). I chased down the details of Schein’s back story, attending Schein’s breakout session later that day. This was a chance to learn about Domo at large enterprise scale. Schein was joined on stage by...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Domo Extends Reach of Cloud Analytics Service

One of the hurdles that many organizations face when aiming to make use of advanced analytics is the high cost of developing these applications. Because of that issue, there’s naturally a lot of interest in accessing these applications as a cloud service. The issue that many organizations have, however, is that they would like to share the results of those analytics with customers and suppliers in a way that makes it appear to be a more natural extension of their own brand. At a Domopalooza 2017 conference this week, Domo launched Domo Everywhere, an initiative through which organizations...

Friday, March 24, 2017

How Colony American Finance uses data and cloud BI to punch above their weight

Companies that punch above their weight are always worth a sit down. Colony American Finance fits that bill. With a staff of only 54 people, Colony American Finance originated $2 billion in loan products in 2016. At Domapalooza, Domo’s annual user conference, I had the chance to learn about their secret sauce during a chat with Colony American Finance CIO Matthew March. It’s a lean IT/cloud tale, but with an data-as-business driver twist. Colony American Finance bills itself as a provider of “real estate financing solutions for single-family rental investors and brokers at competitive rates.” And that’s where...

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