Panopticon Software

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Panopticon Software (now part of Datawatch Corporation)
Type Public
Industry Computer software
Founded Stockholm, Sweden (1999)
Founder(s) Willem De Geer, Markus Skyttner, Ludvig Sandman, Sam Giertz
Headquarters Stockholm, Sweden
Number of locations 6 (Stockholm, London, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago)
Area served North America, Europe, Asia
Products Panopticon 6 Enterprise Application with Embed Option, Panopticon Developer SDK for Java, .NET & Microsoft WPF
Employees 200
Website Datawatch.com

Panopticon Software was a multi-national Data Visualization software company specializing in monitoring and analysis of real-time data. The firm was headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with additional offices in New York City, London, Boston, San Francisco, and Chicago. It partnered with several large systems integrators and infrastructure software companies, including SAP, Thomson Reuters, Kx Systems, and One Market Data (OneTick). The company's name is derived from the Greek: 'pan' for all, 'optic' for sight.

In August 2013, Panopticon was acquired by Datawatch Corporation.[1]

Panopticon Software was a key player in the data visualization sector along with for example Qliktech, Tableau Software and TIBCO Spotfire.[2] Its Swedish origins are shared with GapMinder, Qliktech and Spotfire, making Sweden a centre for Information Visualization research and development.

It historically specialised in selling Treemapping and Heatmap visualisation software and development tools to clients within the financial services and telecommunications industries. It uses a variety of other visual analysis tools in its products, including Scatter Plots, Dot Plots, Pie Charts, Line Graphs, and Bullet Graph visualizations. The company's products are sometimes deployed as Executive Dashboards that allow managers to interact, explore, monitor and analyze rapidly changing and/or large data sets. Panopticon tools are also often embedded in other enterprise applications using the company's SDK, which is available for Java, Microsoft .NET and the Windows Presentation Foundation. The Panopticon products are optimized for use with real-time data message buses, CEP engines, relational databases, and column-oriented databases.[3][4] and is a regular exhibitor at financial industry events such as SIFMA, and SIA.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

The company was founded in 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emerging Markets brokerage named Brunswick Direct before being spun off as a separate entity in 2002.[8] It later was acquired by the UK based Hamsard Group (Hamsard is now known as Cantono Plc), and became a subsidiary of the Group.[9] In March 2007 its competitor Spotfire undertook negotiations with Hamsard Group, to take full ownership of Panopticon.[10] This potential deal was not completed,[11] Spotfire pulling out of negotiations, and itself subsequently being purchased by Tibco.[12] In May 2007 the company was sold back to its founders as part of a management buyout.[13]

In December 2007, the company elected a new board, including Carl Palmstierna, a former partner with Goldman Sachs and John Wattin, previously Chairman of MySQL AB.[14]

In December 2007, the company appointed Peter Simpson as Senior Vice President of Research and Development. Peter had previously held senior positions with Instant Information and HSBC.[15]

In May 2009, the company appointed Chris Elsmore as SVP Partners and Channels Worldwide. Chris had previously been in charge of SAP/Business Object's partner program.[16]

In September 2010, Michael LeLion joined Panopticon as SVP International Sales. Michael had previously help positions with Platinum Technology, Fujitsu ICL, Comshare (now part of Geac), and Datamonitor.[17]

In May 2011, the company announced that Thomson Reuters is embedding Panopticon visualizations into its Quant trader platform to allow traders and quantitative researchers to analyze and monitor any real-time or historical data series available via Thomson Reuters Velocity Analytics.[18]

In February 2012, the company announced the release of a real-time data connector for Oracle CEP; this will allow Oracle customers to utilize Panopticon’s interactive dashboards as the user interface for their CEP-enabled analytical solutions.[19]

In March 2012, the company announced that Omaha Foreign Exchange had deployed Panopticon visual data analysis software within its new facilities to analyze risk, liquidity and other key performance factors. [20]

In April 2012, the company announced that former QlikTech CEO Måns Hultman and Enterprise Software Veteran Charles Kane had joined Panopticon's Advisory Board. [21]

In April 2012, the company announced that BlackRock had purchased Panopticon for an enterprise-level deployment supported visual analysis of risk and performance data. [22]

In May 2012, the company announced that QlikTech had partnered with Panopticon to enable QlikTech clients to embed Panopticon data visualizations into their QlikView dashboards. Panopticon supports QlikView desktop, web, and mobile interactive dashboards and allows users to filter and interact directly with real-time data. [23]

In June 2012, the company announced that SAP was utilizing its Panopticon data visualization tools as the front end for real-time deployments of the SAP HANA in-memory appliance. [24]

In June 2012, the company announced the release of an HTML5 front end for its enterprise data visualization applications. The new HTML5 thin client provides a complete range of interactive filtering capabilities for analytical dashboards on mobile devices, including Apple iPads, Android tablets and smartphones. [25]

In August 2012, the company announced that Campbell & Company, an asset manager with over $3 billion under management, had implemented its advanced data visualization tools as part of a OneTick deployment. Campbell & Co. decided it needed a better way to store, distribute and visualize its data, so it turned to OneMarketData and Panopticon for the solution.[26]

In October 2012, the company announced the release of Panopticon 6, which incorporated all the functionality of its previous EX and Rapid Development Kit products into a single offering. As in previous generations, Panopticon 6 incorporates the ability to visualize data from true real-time streaming sources, including message queues, CEP engines and tick databases as well as federate data from multiple sources. The system's architecture enables client organizations to leverage the powerful data aggregation capabilities of CEP engines and tick databases.[27]

In January 2013, the company announced the release of Panopticon 6.1.1, which supports new time series data visualizations, enhanced HTML5 functionality and new data connectors. [28]

In January 2013, the company announced record results for the previous year with 112% books growth. [29]

In February 2013, the company announced that Nadeem Chowdhry, QlikTech's former Sales Director of Financial Services, had joined Panopticon. [30]

In February 2013, the company announced that Nadeem Chowdhry, QlikTech's former Sales Director of Financial Services, had joined Panopticon. [31]

In April 2013, Panopticon was selected for inclusion in UBM Tech Channel's CRN 2013 Big Data 100 list. The Big Data 100 recognizes innovative technology vendors that help businesses manage "Big Data" — the rapidly increasing volume, variety and velocity of information being generated today. The list covers three categories: business analytics, data management, infrastructure and services. The Big Data 100 includes many established vendors as well as startups and specialized suppliers of niche products that help businesses address Big Data needs. [32]

In April 2013, Panopticon was named a Gartner "Cool Vendor" in the Cool Vendors for In-Memory Computing 2013 report by Gartner, Inc. The April 23, 2013 report was co-authored by Roy Schulte, Roxane Edjlali, et al. This is the first year that Gartner has called out In-Memory Computing specifically as a subject for one of its Cool Vendor reports. [33]

In June 2013, Panopticon announced that it had released Panopticon 6.2.2, the latest version of its popular data visualization software suite. As with previous releases, Panopticon 6.2.2 supports Windows and Java IT environments for enterprise deployment and also allows clients to publish interactive HTML5 dashboards to desktop and mobile devices and to embed Panopticon dashboards into their own applications. [34]

In June 2013, Panopticon announced that Tony Evans had joined the company in the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Evans will head the growing Panopticon sales and marketing group and work directly and will be part of the company's executive management team. Evans will be based in the company’s expanded New York office. [35]

In August 2013, Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) announced that it had completed its acquisition of Panopticon Software AB. [36]

Pre-attentive processing[edit]

The visualizations that Panopticon offers within its products attempt to utilize the human capacity for Visual Search and Pre-Attentive Processing to enhance comprehension of large multi-element datasets in less than 250 milliseconds.[37]

Pre-Attentive Processing is a term from the area of human cognitive psychology and refers to the ability of the low-level human visual system to rapidly identify certain basic visual properties. Examples of visual features that can be detected in this way include hue, intensity, enclosure, orientation, size, and motion.[38][39]

Technology overview[edit]

Panopticon's technology relies on in-memory OLAP cubes, which are displayed through a series of visualizations including treemaps. This allows the user to load data, select variables and hierarchical structures, and navigate through the resultant visualization, filtering, zooming and drilling (sometimes called slicing and dicing), to identify outliers, correlations and trends.

Its streaming OLAP implementation takes an in-memory OLAP cube and allows data to be streamed through it. This combination makes the company's products attractive to industry verticals that require live streaming data, such as financial market data utility grid monitoring and telecommunications network traffic analysis. This is very different than the vast majority of OLAP implementations in which cubes are rebuilt periodically for new batches of data.[40][41]

This support for streaming data with its products has allowed financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase [42] , Citigroup [43] , Citadel , and BlackRock [44] to implement the Panopticon Products within their real-time trading and risk applications. Euromoney has stated that it provides the trader community with a way of quickly digesting information.[45]

Product overview[edit]

Panopticon has two platform independent product lines: Its enterprise application, which support enterprise deployments and also provides the ability to embed Panopticon tools into third party applications, and its SDKs in Java language, .NET Framework and Microsoft Windows Presentation Foundation.

  • Panopticon Developer .NET, WPF and Java.

All products support a number of different data visualizations including:

Awards[edit]

Its technology when adopted by financial institutions has led to recognition from financial industry periodicals such as:

Joint ventures and strategic alliances[edit]

In February 2012, the company announced the release of a real-time data connector for Oracle CEP; this will allow Oracle customers to utilize Panopticon’s interactive dashboards as the user interface for their CEP-enabled analytical solutions.[64]

In February 2012, the company announced that HotButton, a Canadian firm offering a variety of data collection and aggregation technologies targeted at the needs of oil and gas producers, is incorporating Panopticon data visualizations into the HotButton HotLeap EASY and HotLeap PRO products used by major energy producers and utilities.[65]

In November 2011, Sky Road ASP, a provider of innovative cloud-based solutions to the financial services industry, will integrate Panopticon visualizations into its systems to allow traders and managers to view intraday P&L, exposures and other key parameters using interactive analytical dashboards.[66]

In October 2011, the company announced a strategic relationship with OneMarketData to incorporate Panopticon's real-time data visualizations to OneMarketData's OneTick CEP and database system in order to offer a single solution for tick data management, analytics and complex event processing (CEP).[67]

In June 2011, Portware announced that it will add Panopticon data visualization technology to Portware's suite of global, multi-asset trading systems.[68]

In June 2011, Callidus Software Inc, Sales Performance Management (SPM) company, launched its Sales Performance Visualizer solution that incorporates Panopticon visualization tools.[69]

In May 2011, Imagine Software, a developer of software for hedge funds, asset management firms, pension funds, investment banks, prime brokers, market-makers, and sovereign wealth funds, integrated Panopticon visualizations into its portfolio and risk management system[70]

In May 2011, the company announced that Thomson Reuters is embedding Panopticon visualizations into its Quant trader platform to allow traders and quantitative researchers to analyze and monitor any real-time or historical data series available via Thomson Reuters Velocity Analytics.[71]

In November 2010, the company signed an agreement with Sybase, an SAP company that allows Sybase to Panopticon's enterprise application with other Sybase products including Sybase IQ, Sybase RAP the Trading Edition, the Sybase ESP CEP engine, and Sybase ASE.[72]

In November 2010, GoldenSource announced that it will incorporate Panopticon's data visualization tools into their systems in order to offer clients a more user-friendly front end.[73]

In February 2008, Tbricks, an algo trading software developer, announced the launch of Tbricks Genesis for automated trading of any electronically traded asset class. This system incorporates Panopticon Treemaps and other data visualizations as primary components in the user interface.[74]

In January 2008, Advent Software signed an OEM agreement with Panopticon that allows Advent to develop a new visualization module based on Panopticon's technology for integration into Geneva®, Advent's award-winning global investment management and accounting solution.[75]

In May 2006, the company announced a strategic partnership with Deltek, an enterprise project management solution provider. Deltek provides enterprise management solutions to more than 11,000 project-focused customers in the United States, enabling them to maximise profitability and productivity.[76]

In May 2006, Polystar, a developer of telecoms network monitoring software, announced it had become an OEM for Panopticon data visualization technology.[77]

In addition to Sybase and Thomson Reuters, its reseller partners include Bishopsgate Financial,[78] EmblocSoft,[79] C O M E Computer Systeme GmbH,[80] and Technologies & Finance.[81]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Datawatch Corporation (DWCH), the leading global provider of information optimization solutions, today completed its acquisition of Panopticon Software AB, a privately held company based in Stockholm, Sweden and an industry leader in real-time visual data discovery solutions. 
  2. ^ Oracle targets CFOs with Hyperion acquisition 
  3. ^ Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies 
  4. ^ Survey of treemap techniques 
  5. ^ "SIFMA's Technology Management Conference 2008", events.sifma.org 
  6. ^ 2007 Technology Management Conference and Exhibit 
  7. ^ Panopticon Enterprise .Net To be launched at SIA New York 
  8. ^ About Panopticon 
  9. ^ AIM float to raise £3m for Hamsard, Computerweekly.com 
  10. ^ Cantono PLC (CTNO) - Proposed disposal, EGM notice 
  11. ^ Cantono PLC (CTNO) - - Debt for Equity Conv and EGM 
  12. ^ TIBCO and Spotfire [dead link]
  13. ^ Final Results CANTONO PLC 
  14. ^ Carl Palmstierna and John Wattin elected to new Panopticon board of directors 
  15. ^ Panopticon Software Management Team 
  16. ^ Business Intelligence Expert Chris Elsmore joins Panopticon 
  17. ^ Panopticon hires Michael Le Lion 
  18. ^ Reuters & Panopticon embed data visualization technology into quant trading platform 
  19. ^ Panopticon Provides Enhanced Front End For CEP In Financial Services - Panopticon Delivers A High-Performance Connector For The Oracle CEP, Providing Financial Services Customers With World Class Visualizations And Analysis Of CEP Data 
  20. ^ OFX Taps Panopticon Tools 
  21. ^ Panopticon forms an advisory team of industry experts and high pedigree operators to assist with strategic planning, vertical expansion and indirect channel growth 
  22. ^ BlackRock Improves Risk Management with Panopticon Visualisation Tools 
  23. ^ Panopticon Software Partners With QlikTech To Provide Real-Time Visual Data Monitoring And Analysis Dashboards - Partnership Provides The Unique Combination Of Visual Analysis Capabilities Across Real-Time And Historical Event Analytics Coupled With The QlikView Business Discovery Platform 
  24. ^ New Real-Time Data Visualization Capabilities for SAP HANA Announced by Panopticon Software 
  25. ^ Panopticon Unveils HTML5 Client for Its Enterprise Data Visualization Platform 
  26. ^ Risk on the Move: Campbell Targets Data Volumes, Risk 
  27. ^ Panopticon 6 released: Panopticon data visualization software suite supports enterprise deployment and integration with third party applications 
  28. ^ Panopticon releases version 6.1.1: Panopticon incorporates the ability to visualize data from true real-time streaming sources, including message queues, CEP engines, real time databases, and tick history stores as well as federate data from multiple sources, including standard relational databases, OData producers, other web services, and flat files. 
  29. ^ Increased demand for real-time visual analytics solutions in financial services, telecommunications, energy, manufacturing, and retailing are driving the company's growth. 
  30. ^ Panopticon Software, the provider of visual data analysis software for real-time, CEP and historical time series data, has announced that Nadeem Chowdhry has joined Panopticon as its Senior Vice President in the UK. Chowdhry was formerly Sales Director of Financial Services for QlikTech, the makers of the QlikView business intelligence system. 
  31. ^ Panopticon Software, the provider of visual data analysis software for real-time, CEP and historical time series data, has announced that Nadeem Chowdhry has joined Panopticon as its Senior Vice President in the UK. Chowdhry was formerly Sales Director of Financial Services for QlikTech, the makers of the QlikView business intelligence system. 
  32. ^ Panopticon Software today announced it has been included in the UBM Tech Channel's CRN 2013 Big Data 100 list. The Big Data 100 recognizes innovative technology vendors that help businesses manage Big Data. 
  33. ^ Gartner Names Panopticon as Cool Vendor for In-Memory Computing. Panopticon Is Profiled in Gartner's First Ever Cool Vendor Report Focused on In-Memory Computing; the Report Was Published on April 23, 2013. 
  34. ^ Panopticon 6.2.2 incorporates the ability to visualize data from true real-time streaming sources, including message queues, CEP engines, real time databases, and tick history stores as well as federate data from multiple sources, including standard relational databases, OData producers, other web services, and flat files. 
  35. ^ Before joining Panopticon, Evans was with SAP where he held two senior positions: Vice President, Analytics and Regional Vice President of SAP’s Big Data, Analytics and Predictive business, with a focus on Financial Services, including Banking, Capital Markets, Insurance, and Exchanges. Before his tenure at SAP, Evans was Regional Sales Manager for Oracle where he was responsible for managing Oracle's Business Intelligence and Analytics business for the US Eastern Region. 
  36. ^ Panopticon extends the Datawatch solution to address business users' ubiquitous needs to understand and extract value from their data through a rich, visual data discovery experience. 
  37. ^ Panopticon: The Power of Pre-Attentive Processing 
  38. ^ Perception in Visualization by Christopher G. Healey, Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University 
  39. ^ Wolfe, J. M; Treisman, A.; Horowitz, T. S (2010), "What shall we do with the preattentive processing stage: Use it or lose it?, by Jeremy M Wolfe of Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital, Anne Treisman of Princeton University, Todd S Horowitz of Harvard Medical School & Brigham and Women's Hospital", Journal of Vision (Journal of Vision) 3 (9): 572, doi:10.1167/3.9.572 
  40. ^ Be Your Own Rocket Scientist, BusinessWeek 
  41. ^ Magma Systems Blog 
  42. ^ JPMorgan and Windows Customers Sway Visualization Vendor Toward .NET 
  43. ^ Citigroup uses Panopticon for CDS displays 
  44. ^ BlackRock Preps Panopticon 
  45. ^ Panopticon Closes Deal with Reuters 
  46. ^ Panopticon Releases New Real Time Connection– Supports fast connections to streaming data from Sonic MQ and Reuters 
  47. ^ Panopticon EX Data Visualization Software For Rapid Deployment, InformationWeek 
  48. ^ New Releases of Panopticon Data Visualization Software Support Fast Data Analysis and Short Implementation Cycles 
  49. ^ Designing and Publishing Information Dashboards with Panopticon EX 
  50. ^ Panopticon Releases World's First Visual Data Analytics SDK for Microsoft WPF Environments 
  51. ^ Treemap Data Visualizations make it Easy to Spot Anomalies & Outliers 
  52. ^ Heat Map Data Visualizations Make it Easy to Analyze Large Databases 
  53. ^ Heat Matrix Data Visualizations Help You Analyze Trends and See Correlations 
  54. ^ Candle Stick Graphs and Charts are a traditional financial visualization for display of time based price distributions 
  55. ^ See how components contribute to totals with Stack Graphs 
  56. ^ Visualize and compare Trends with Bar Graphs 
  57. ^ Visualize Multiple Datasets and Compare Trends with Horizon Graphs 
  58. ^ Find Outliers Easily with Scatter Plots 
  59. ^ Visualize Change Over Time Using Line Graphs 
  60. ^ The Dot Plot is an effective alternative to the Bar Graph data visualization in cases where the data contains groupings with similar values 
  61. ^ Bullet Graphs were developed by information visualization expert Stephen Few to replace speedometers and gauges in executive BI Dashboards 
  62. ^ Panopticon’s Visual Business Intelligence wins The Banker awards 
  63. ^ Award Winning Implementations 
  64. ^ Panopticon Provides Enhanced Front End For CEP In Financial Services - Panopticon Delivers A High-Performance Connector For The Oracle CEP, Providing Financial Services Customers With World Class Visualizations And Analysis Of CEP Data 
  65. ^ HotButton Selects Panopticon for Visual Analysis of Oil and Gas Production and Compliance Data 
  66. ^ Sky Road Employs Panopticon Visualisation Tools to Spot Trading Risks 
  67. ^ Panopticon and OneMarketData form partnership 
  68. ^ Portware Enters into Strategic Partnership with Panopticon for Data Visualization Solution 
  69. ^ Callidus Software Unveils New SPM Solution Using Panopticon Data Visualization Tools 
  70. ^ Imagine Software Leverages Panopticon Data Visualizations for its Real-Time Portfolio and Risk Management System - Imagine employs the Panopticon Developer SDK to tightly integrate analytical dashboards into its portfolio and risk management system 
  71. ^ Reuters & Panopticon embed data visualization technology into quant trading platform 
  72. ^ Panopticon Signs Reseller Agreement with Sybase announces Sales Promotion Sep 11 
  73. ^ Panopticon Partners with GoldenSource to Extend Scope of Data Visualization for the Securities and Investment Management Industry 
  74. ^ Tbricks Launches Next Dimension Automated Trading System 
  75. ^ Advent Software Signs OEM Agreement with Panopticon 
  76. ^ Deltek and Panopticon Forge Partnership 
  77. ^ Panopticon partners with Polystar to bring Visualisation to the Telecoms Market 
  78. ^ Bishopsgate Financial Announces Partnership with Panopticon 
  79. ^ On-Going Expansion of Reseller Network Makes Panopticon Data Visualization Software Available to Customers in Russia, Brazil, Sweden and China 
  80. ^ Panopticon Software and c o m e Computer Systeme GmbH Partner 
  81. ^ Panopticon Appoints Technologies + Finance as New Partner for Treemap and Heatmap Data Visualization Software