Digital Hive appoints Lynn Moore as CEO

Digital Hive appoints Lynn Moore as CEO

Digital Hive, which provides an Intelligent Analytics Portal, announced today that it has appointed Lynn Moore as CEO, with immediate effect. Moore, who is a co-founder and chairman of Digital Hive’s board, has helped define the vision, strategy, and technical direction of the Digital Hive platform (formerly known as Theia) since its inception in 2015. More information on Digital Hive is available here

Moore’s software engineering background coupled with 25 years experience cultivating relationships with enterprise buyers and strategic partners like IBM made him an ideal fit for the CEO role.  Moore’s top priority for 2022 will be to seize the huge market opportunity in this year of change to fuel enterprise sales and close strategic partnerships.

According to Moore

“After a few turbulent years economically, most large enterprises are going through some business and IT consolidation, either through mergers/acquisitions or digital transformation. Rather than having to invest years of resources into integrating systems at the backend, Digital Hive lets enterprises pull them all together at the frontend through a common interface that IT can manage and users can personalize.”

Moore replaces Kevin Hurd, who will continue to serve as Digital Hive’s Chief Product Officer and Managing Director of Digital Hive’s partner Assimil8. This change means that Hurd will have greater resources to lead the product team to deliver new functionality for enterprise customers including full support for Cloud, AI-driven personalization, UX improvements, integrations with popular communications tools, and data storytelling.

Moore lives and works from Plano, Texas. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Arkansas. Outside of work, Moore is passionate about marine ecology and can be found doing cleanup dives with his son in Curaçao, in the Dutch Caribbean.

About Digital Hive

Digital Hive is an international software company that provides an intelligent analytics portal to information from multiple analytics and BI tools, content management systems, and file systems – on premise and in the cloud. By providing a single, shared organizational view, federated search across tools, and custom branding, Digital Hive helps drive systems adoption, improve data literacy, and deliver data stories for better decision making and business performance. A 2020 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor,’ Digital Hive customers like Clarity, DFS, Highmark, Froneri, Pomona College, and University of Denver.

How Intelligent Portals help you serve the diverse needs of the XYZ workforce

How Intelligent Portals help you serve the diverse needs of the XYZ workforce

In today’s data and KPI-driven business culture, XYZers expect software to ‘just work’. Each passing generation becomes increasingly intolerant of any friction or complexity that stands in the way of delivery.

Depending on where you are in the world, millennials either dominate, or are about to dominate the workplace. They are bookended by the Gen Xers, who now command most of the top leadership positions, with Gen Zers occupying entry-level and junior roles. This collective group is becoming known, unsurprisingly, as the XYZ workforce.

XYZers’ experiences and expectations have been shaped in varying degrees by consumer apps and software. Gen Xers, though the oldest group, are arguably the most technically agile. Many have navigated sweeping changes in business software – from the early days of MS Office 1.0 and Lotus 1-2-3 through to today’s modern, consumerized business apps like Slack and Zoom. Gen Zers, for whom DOS prompts and keyboard commands are the stuff of science museums, are the most demanding. This group is raising the bar high on user experience (UX), speed and self-service.

Above all, in today’s data and KPI-driven business culture, XYZers expect software to ‘just work’. Each passing generation becomes increasingly intolerant of any friction or complexity that stands in the way of delivery. They definitely don’t want to have to rely on IT or data experts to use business software for planning, reporting, making decisions, or solving problems.

This issue is so important that we are seeing more and more prospective enterprise customers explicitly stating in their briefs that software must meet UX requirements that new generations of workers demand. There are business-critical reasons throughout the employee lifecycle to justify making XYZ satisfaction a priority, borne out by research.

 

Attracting star employees 

Let’s start at the beginning with the recruitment. Research from CompTIA revealed that two-thirds of millennials and Gen Zers responded that technology was a key factor in the employment decision. Since younger workers felt the most strongly about this, these figures have likely increased since this survey was carried out in 2018. 

 

And keeping them 

Fast forward to 2021, and we see an even greater urgency for organizations to listen to and meet the needs of their young ‘rising star’ employees in rapidly changing and ‘hybrid’ workplace environments. In July, Achievers and Censuswide found that 78 percent of Gen Z employees who didn’t feel heard or valued in the workplace were in the process of applying, or intending to apply, for new jobs.

When staff members cite not having the right tech tools to do their jobs, it could signpost a wider problem. In another global study run by Unisys, “The New Digital Workplace Divide” more than half of the respondents from “technology laggard” organizations reported being frustrated with their employers. Compare this to a mere 6 percent of workers from companies classed as “technology leaders” cited this same discontentment. 

Gone unchecked, this will inevitably contribute to that high defection rate mentioned earlier. In a survey by G2, 24 percent of employees have considered quitting over bad software. The ones that do quit are likely to be among the most ambitious workers who fear they aren’t set up to succeed.

 

The new hybrid workplace 

If all this hasn’t given IT enough to deal with, another spanner has recently been thrown into the works: the new ‘hybrid’ workplace that’s been accelerated by the pandemic. Following years of varying degrees of lockdown, many people – especially older employees – plan to continue working from home. A growing number of untethered Millennials have opted to become ‘digital nomads’ living and working in exotic far-flung locations from Chiang Mai to Tbilisi. Younger generations are the most eager to return to the office to improve their professional development and escape their oppressive and disruptive flat-sharing environments. This means that business software must be easy-to-use (without IT support) and provide a relatively consistent experience whether accessed from home, work, or an island coffee shack.

 

Intelligent portals: a pragmatic solution 

So far my argument has focused a lot on YZ-ers. However, we mustn’t overlook the Gen-Xers – after all they’re the ones in charge! The CompTIA research stated: “Younger employees are more focused on the faster implementation of new technologies while older employees would prefer the focus to be on making existing technology more user-friendly and reliable.”

On the one hand that’s good news. It suggests that the BI software you invested so much in back in 2003, for example, might – if upgraded – at least be able to satisfy your top managers, if not your younger employees. But what if the upgrades aren’t good enough? And how do you satisfy all generations?

The reality is that most enterprises have made significant investments in software for things like analytics and BI, ERP, financial reporting and collaboration, and aren’t in a position to write it all off and start fresh. Even if they did, there are few, if any, ‘one size-fits-all’ systems that meet the needs of every use case and worker. 

The good news is that you don’t have to write off and replace your data and information systems. A new class of software – ‘Enterprise Portals’ – is coming onto the market to let you repackage your existing tools and drive more value from them than ever before. These sit on top of and provide a consistent interface to multiple existing business applications. They unlock access to reports from legacy tools and also enable the use of new, fast and frequently changing digital technologies. 

As a case in point, one of our customers uses our intelligent portal as a single route into five different analytics and BI systems (ABI) and all the content previously accessed via seven different intranets. Five thousand people across 20 countries access reports, dashboards and self-service analytics for financial reporting, operational reporting, executive dashboards, and quick ad hoc data queries. 

By removing complexity at the point of use, intelligent portals promote greater collaboration and flexibility – what we call ‘digital dexterity’ – across the modern workplace. They also promote data literacy by allowing people to mix and match curated content from different systems into ‘stories’. 

So if you are committed to meeting the needs of the XYZ workforce without compromising, an intelligent portal could be just the ticket.

Kevin Hurd, Founder and CEO, Digital Hive

Digital Hive Puts a Consumer Face on Enterprise Analytics and BI

Digital Hive Puts a Consumer Face on Enterprise Analytics and BI

New Digital Hive release presents content in ‘swimlanes’, offers ‘previews’ and now connects to Looker, Microsoft OneDrive, SAP Analytics Cloud, Splunk, and TIBCO Spotfire

12 May 2021 – Today Digital Hive launches the first intelligent enterprise portal that makes finding, accessing, and sharing enterprise analytics & BI (ABI) output and other company information as easy as using Netflix or Spotify. Built for today’s multi-generational, hybrid IT and digitally transforming enterprises, this release of Digital Hive presents company data and content in consumer app-inspired ‘swimlanes’, and displays content previews. It also includes new connectors to Looker, Microsoft OneDrive, SAP Analytics Cloud, Splunk, and TIBCO Spotfire.

A spaghetti junction of enterprise software 

Despite vendors’ efforts to convince enterprises to standardise on single applications and platforms, this rarely happens due to M&A consolidation, changing IT leadership, generational preferences, and different use case requirements. Most companies run an average of 3.8 ABI tools, according to Gartner. They also run multiple content management systems, intranets and file storage systems like Google Drive, SharePoint, and Box. 

Business users relying on these systems need to know which to look in and then track down the best report, dashboard, or file in time to do essential things like resolve customer issues, negotiate contracts, and prepare for board meetings. As Digital Hive’s CEO Kevin Hurd explains:

“Business people increasingly expect to adopt and use analytics software and other information systems the same way as they do with consumer apps – instantly, and with little or no training or need for IT intervention. That also means that businesses need to think more like Netflix and Spotify, understanding preferences, pushing out relevant content, and encouraging users to share and collaborate with peers.”

 

Simple, modern, and personal UX to boost adoption 

Digital Hive offers enterprises a pragmatic way to retain their investments in all their business systems while helping users get the most out of them. This latest release goes well beyond shielding users from the underlying complexity; it gives complex and legacy business information systems a consumer ‘makeover’ to an experience that’s simple, modern, and dynamic. By offering a personal experience, Digital Hive gives users access to the information they need to be successful in their jobs without having to rely on help from IT and data experts. This satisfying, personalized experience drives engagement for tools like Microsoft Power BI, ThoughtSpot, Tableau, Qlik, IBM Cognos and in turn, boosts adoption levels.

swimlane view of reports from multiple BI systems

New capabilities in this release of Digital Hive include:

  • Netflix-like ‘swimlanes’ – after each user inputs their initial preferences, Digital Hive organizes content into multiple swimlanes.
  • Dashboard / Report / content previews including ‘thumbnails’
  • New connectors – Looker, Microsoft OneDrive, SAP Analytics Cloud, Splunk, and TIBCO Spotfire

Additional Resources

  • Read highlights from the Gartner Cool Vendor 2020 Report – Analytics and Data Science here
  • Book a 30-minute Digital Hive demo here
  • Register for upcoming virtual Digital Hive events or watch on-demand here

About Digital Hive

Digital Hive is an international software company that provides an intelligent enterprise portal to content from analytics and BI tools, content management systems, and file systems – on-premise and in the cloud. By providing a single, shared organizational view, federated search across tools, and custom branding, Digital Hive helps drive systems adoption, improve data literacy, and deliver data stories for better decision making and business performance. A 2020 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor,’ Digital Hive customers like Clarity, DFS, Highmark, Pomona College, and University of Denver.

Theia Rebrands as Digital Hive to become the ‘Netflix of Analytics and BI’ for Enterprises with Multiple Tools

Theia Rebrands as Digital Hive to become the ‘Netflix of Analytics and BI’ for Enterprises with Multiple Tools

“Cool Vendor” also announces new machine learning-driven personalization and recommendation capabilities as part of new product vision

29 September 2020 – US-based Theia, which provides an intelligent enterprise portal for organizations running multiple analytics and BI (ABI) tools, is rebranding to Digital Hive, and introducing new machine learning-driven capabilities for personalization and recommendations. Recently named a Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’, the company’s new vision is to be the ‘Netflix of Analytics and BI,’ helping business users to instantly unearth the enterprise dashboards, reports, KPIs and raw data that helps them to meet personal and shared objectives.

A unified experience…

Digital Hive connects most popular ABI platforms including ThoughtSpot, Tableau, Qlik, IBM Cognos as well as standard document systems such as Google Drive, SharePoint, Box and social media platforms. This means the typical company, which runs an average of 3.8 different ABI platforms simultaneously (Source: Gartner Cool Vendor 2020 Report – Analytics & Data Science) can provide its user community with a single, unified experience and the best tool or visualization for each job. Digital Hive customers boost returns on legacy ABI investments and raise user adoption levels.

…for meeting collective goals

The current crisis has accelerated many organizations’ change programs. By democratizing all available ABI tools and content, Digital Hive helps teams work collectively towards common goals such as digital transformation, restructuring after a merger or acquisition, or launching new commercial channels. By dismantling the information silos, Digital Hive also promotes data literacy by improving collaboration and adding an extra layer of context, helping users to see the complete ‘data story’.

Business travel company Clarity used Digital Hive to develop its Go2Insight service, which embedded ThoughtSpot’s search-driven analytics tool and more traditional BI reports from Cognos. According to Darren Williams, Head of Management Information and Data,

“Thanks to Digital Hive we were able to offer our customers really pioneering AI and search-driven analytics while still providing traditional reporting facilities to those who need them. This meant we could be bold and visionary, but without leaving any users behind.”

Personalized use cases and branding

Digital Hive is personalized for each organization, depending on their preferred use case. While many customers use Digital Hive as an ABI portal, others embed it into their intranets/extranets, customer, or supplier portals, or build bespoke portals. Companies can also set up different business units, customers, or suppliers to have their own custom-branded portals.

According to Kevin Hurd, Founder and CEO, Digital Hive:

“Companies are navigating through considerable change and uncertainty right now. Rather than more upheaval, most are pragmatic and want to leverage the tools, content, and skills they’ve already invested in. Some of our customers are running upwards of 15 different ABI tools. Whether a user needs a board report, a dashboard, or a quick data answer, Digital Hive presents these in a ‘Netflix-like’ experience, instantly recommending the best asset for the job.”

Additional Resources


About Digital Hive Digital Hive is a US-based software company that provides intelligent enterprise portal solutions, recommending and personalizing content from analytics, document systems and online applications. By providing a single, shared organizational view, federated search across tools, and custom branding, Digital Hive helps drive analytics adoption, improve data literacy, and deliver data stories for better decision making and business performance. A 2020 Gartner ‘Cool Vendor,’ Digital Hive is for most organizations that run multiple analytics and BI tools including customers like Clarity, DFS, Highmark, Froneri, Pomona College, and University of Denver.

Gartner Cool Vendors 2020 Announced

Gartner Cool Vendors 2020 Announced

Digital Hive has been named a 2020 Gartner Cool Vendor in Analytics and Data Science

With the average organization using 3.8 different BI solutions, and the number of different business roles wanting to analyze the data increasing, it’s critical that businesses make it easy for users to leverage, share and scale the analytics value from different systems that have been generated before. 

According to Gartner’s report, published May 7th, 2020: 

“Organizations are struggling to manage analytics content from different tools. This hinders the ability to share and scale the use of analytics, and limits adoption as users fail to find and compile the insights that have been generated before.”

Garter recommend that one way this can be achieved is by

establishing an easily accessible portal that has single access to the analytics content built by multiple existing analytics solutions.

Gartner’s definition of a Cool Vendor is “a small company offering a technology or service that is: innovative — enables users to do things they couldn’t do before, impactful — has or will have a business impact — not just technology for its own sake, intriguing — has caught Gartner’s interest during the past six months.”

Why is Digital Hive Cool?

Digital Hive’s technology consolidates key information assets across an entire organization in one convenient and digestible place, giving users real-time access to the relevant information they contain through a single point of entry.  

Digital Hive (formally known as Theia) connects to analytics and BI tools platforms such as ThoughtSpot, Tableau, Qlik, IBM Cognos as well as standard document systems such as Google Drive, SharePoint, Box and social media platforms

Digital Hive’s analytics catalog addresses a real pain point impacting organizations using multiple analytics and BI tools — giving business users a single point of access and thereby providing visibility, governance and control.

Click here to read Gartner’s full report – link off to Gartner.


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Theia Announces Partnership with ThoughtSpot to Deliver Embedded Insight Hub to Enterprises

Theia Announces Partnership with ThoughtSpot to Deliver Embedded Insight Hub to Enterprises

Theia launches Insight Hub powered by ThoughtSpot to enable organizations to curate insights and create stunning data stories 

OTTAWA, Canada – July 31, 2019 – Enterprises across all industries have been embarking on major digital transformation projects. Despite heavy investments, many organizations still report an inability to turn these initiatives into demonstrable business value. In order to help organizations leverage these efforts and empower their team with insights,  Theia, the Embedded Insight Hub, announced a new partnership with ThoughtSpot, the leader in search and AI-driven analytics, to enable enterprises to run ThoughtSpot workloads directly within Theia. 

Building a Strong Data Culture

Theia uses data stories to empower organisations to gain business insight by combining all of their information assets and ThoughtSpot through a single, tailored user experience. Equipping employees with these insights helps build a strong data culture and encourages users to make data-driven decisions. 

Benefits of Theia’s Insight Hub include:

Accelerated Integration: Capabilities enable customers to embed ThoughtSpot alongside other information assets. Customers get a unique customized market-leading solution that provides a competitive advantage within weeks – not months. A faster and cost effective alternative to in-house development can be achieved with Theia’s code free, drag and drop environment.

Monetization & Brand Enablement: Deploy visually stunning and compelling applications that align to corporate branding for internal and external users. With the ability to white label, the power to create new revenue streams is great. 

Federated Discovery: Enterprises have many pinboards, answers, SpotIQ, reports, dashboards, presentations and media in multiple information systems. With Theia it is simple to organize and find content. Users save time through quick discovery of valuable information assets which provides insight at scale. 

“We are delighted to be able to partner with a market leader like ThoughtSpot. For our joint customers, having the ability to access the rich insight and context created by ThoughtSpot’s search & AI driven analytics platform, viewed through Theia’s flexible and intuitive lens on the business, allows a greater number of their users to make better decisions and take the actions required to drive the best business outcomes possible,” said Mitch Robinson, CEO at Theia. “The combination of our two solutions is what will enable [email protected] for our customers.” 

“Companies in every sector are seeking to transform themselves to compete in the new digital world by tapping into the value of their data. By partnering with Theia, we can protect organizations past investments in analytics tools and rapidly embed ThoughtSpot into any data-driven application,” said Toni Adams, VP of Global Channels & Alliances, ThoughtSpot. “I’m excited to work together with Theia to help companies find meaningful insights in their data and applications faster than ever before.”

About ThoughtSpot

The world’s most innovative enterprises use ThoughtSpot to empower every person in their organization, from C-suite executive to front-line employee, with the ability to quickly uncover data-driven insights. With ThoughtSpot, business people can type a simple Google-like search in natural language to instantly analyze billions of rows of data, and leverage artificial intelligence to get trusted, relevant insights pushed to them as answers to thousands of questions they might not have thought to ask. ThoughtSpot is simple enough for any business person to use, yet powerful enough to handle even the largest, most complex enterprise data without sacrificing speed, security, or governance. That’s why customers like 7-11, BT, Celebrity Cruises, Daimler, De Beers, Hulu, Miami Children’s Health System, Nationwide Building Society, and Scotiabank have turned to ThoughtSpot to transform their decision-making cultures and analyst firm Gartner named ThoughtSpot a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant. By making insights a part of every conversation and every decision, ThoughtSpot is reimagining the role of data in creating a more fact-driven world. For more information, please visit www.thoughtspot.com.

About Theia

Theia is an Insight Hub. Information from many sources is required to provide insight to make effective decisions. Theia brings sources together – BI platforms, analytics and data visualizations – into one experience, so that better, data-driven decisions can be made. Theia’s Embedded Insight Hub provides insight at scale. For further information, please visit heytheia.