Halo Business Intelligence 2013 Announced

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New business analytics platform release delivers big data integrations, cloud-based deployments and twenty-fold performance improvements

The breadth and scope of Halo 2013's features place it on par with custom-built systems in the world's largest enterprises, but at a price point and ease of use much more accessible to smaller organizations.

Halo Business Intelligence (Halo BI) today announced Halo 2013 Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform, a significant update to its award-winning business analytics and visualization software suite. Included among the more than 40 new features are native connections to hundreds of new enterprise applications, databases and warehouses, integration with big data sources such as social media and sensor data, cloud-based deployment options, and high performance computing enhancements that boost the system's speed by 20 times or more.

"Over the past few years there's been a proliferation of specialized BI and visualization tools designed for a specific department or type of data analysis," said Halo BI CEO Ray Major. "This has balkanized business information and created the very problems business intelligence was supposed to solve. Our goal with Halo 2013 is to deliver a business analytics platform that can combine all types of data -- structured, unstructured, big, small, you name it -- and provide a single source for information and analysis no matter what your department, role or location within the enterprise."

In all Halo 2013 offers nearly four dozen new features and improvements. Chief among them:

  •     Big Data Integration and Analysis -- Halo 2013 can ingest data from extremely large, high volume and/or unstructured data sources such as social media, web and e-commerce logs, machine sensors, etc. and combine that information with that of mainstay corporate systems such as ERP, CRM, HR, Customer Service, accounting and so on. This provides everyone from marketing staff to the executive suite the ability to work with and make business decisions based the full scope of internal and external information
  •     High Performance Data Extraction -- Traditionally one of the most time-consuming aspects of business analytics and intelligence, extracting data to be analyzed from large applications and databases can often take hours or even days to perform. Halo 2013's new Parallel Data Extraction allows it to maximize the full resources of the server -- CPU, memory and discs -- to work around software limits and accelerate the extraction cycle by twenty-fold or more. In some cases extracts that once took a full day can be cut to as little as half an hour.
  •     Cloud-based Deployments & Platform as a Service -- In addition to standard on-premise configurations, Halo 2013 can be deployed in a hybrid or pure private cloud system as well as delivered in a 100% hardware-free Platform as a Service (PaaS) model. These options allow organizations greater flexibility to choose the business analytics model that suits their operation best.

Other new features included in Halo 2013 include advanced roll-based security, metadata enrichment and auto-geocoding, native support for all major relational databases, integrated data quality tools, self documenting analytics, enhanced reporting, alerting and integration with desktop tools such as Microsoft Excel, and numerous user interface enhancements for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones.

"This is undoubtedly the most significant release we've had to date," Major said. "The breadth and scope of Halo 2013's features place it on par with custom-built systems in the world's largest enterprises, but at a price point and ease of use much more accessible to smaller organizations. We're very excited to bring it to market."

Halo 2013 will begin rolling out to current Halo BI customers in early July. New deployments are expected to begin soon thereafter. For more information on the Halo 2013 Business Intelligence and Analytics Platform visit http://halobi.com/halo2013/.

About Halo Business Intelligence
Halo Business Intelligence is a global provider of information discovery, business intelligence and analytics systems tailored for small and mid-sized enterprises. Developed to leverage common business software systems, open technologies, and mobile devices like smartphones and tablets, Halo BI frees non-technical users to do their own data-mining, analysis and reporting without relying on IT staff or proprietary applications. Founded in 2008, the company has more than 300 customers in manufacturing, retail, construction, health care, hospitality and professional services worldwide. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California, and maintains corporate offices in North America, EMEA and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information, contact Halo BI at tel: +1 888 300-0219, email: info(at)halobi(dot)com, or on the web: http://www.halobi.com.

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