Ab Initio (company)
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Ab Initio Software is an American multinational enterprise software corporation headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts. The company specializes in high-volume data processing applications and enterprise application integration.  It was founded in 1995 by the former CEO of Thinking Machines Corporation, Sheryl Handler, and several other former employees after the bankruptcy of that company.
The Ab Initio products are provided on a user friendly platform for data processing applications. These applications perform functions relating to fourth generation data analysis, batch processing, data manipulation graphical user interface (GUI)-based parallel processing software which is commonly used to extract, transform, and load (ETL) data.
Ab Initio products include: Graphical Development Environment (GDE), Co>Operating System, Enterprise Meta>Environment (EME), Conduct>It, the Component Library, Data Profiler, and Business Rules Environment (BRE).
In 2010 Ab Initio started a desktop only version of GDE for training purposes on an application called Ab Initio.
The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools 2009 listed IBM, Informatica, Oracle Corporation, and SAP Business Objects as the leading vendors followed by Microsoft as challenger. iWay Software, SAS Institute, Sybase, Pervasive Software and Talend are listed as visionaries. The 2009 report also included newcomers such as expressor, CloverETL and Pentaho software. Gartner considers Ab Initio to not meet its analysis criteria due to a lack of information available. Due to this lack of information available, Ab Initio has had a particularly poor run over the latest Gartner Magic Quadrants, dropping from Visionary (2005) to Niche (2006) before falling off the grid entirely (2007). Ab Initio was criticised for their extreme secrecy about their products. Anyone working with their product (even who work for organizations who use Ab Initio) operate under a non-disclosure agreement which prevents them from revealing Ab Initio technical information to the public. As its competitor started gaining marketshare, Ab Initio introduced a free feature-limited version known as Elementum in 2010. However, it is only available to customers who already purchased commercial license for Ab Initio. This version is only intended for desktop use.
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