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Databricks targets retail vertical with its first industry-specific lakehouse


Did you miss a session from the Future of Work Summit? San Francisco headquartered Databricks, a company that offers the capabilities of a data warehouse and data lake in a single "lakehouse" architecture, today announced its first industry-specific offering: Lakehouse for Retail. Designed specifically for enterprises dealing in the retail and consumer goods vertical, Databricks says Lakehouse for Retail is a fully integrated platform that aims to solve the most critical challenges retailers and their partners face while trying to leverage surging data volumes for AI and analytics projects. The solution, which is generally available as of today, has already seen early adoption from major retail enterprises including Walgreens, Columbia, H&M Group, Reckitt, Restaurant Brands International, 84.51, Co-Op Food, Gousto, and Acosta. "With hundreds of millions of prescriptions processed by Walgreens each year, Databricks' Lakehouse for Retail allows us to unify all of this data and store it in one place for a full range of analytics and ML workloads," said Luigi Guadagno, the VP of pharmacy and healthcare platform at Walgreens.

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"The vision of lakehouse helps solve many of the challenges retail organizations have told us they're facing," said Ali Ghodsi, chief executive and co-founder of Databricks. The San Francisco-based company sells services based on open-source Apache Spark, a real-time data-analytics technology that Mr. Ghodsi helped create. Apache Spark emerged from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2009. Lakehouse for Retail consolidates a variety of information in a single digital repository. In the past, such repositories, often called data lakes, required users to make a copy of the data so that it could be structured and analyzed in a separate environment, the company said.

Databricks announces a new portal named Databricks Partner Connect


Databricks, the Data and AI company and pioneer of the data lakehouse architecture, today announced Databricks Partner Connect, a one-stop portal for customers to quickly discover a broad set of validated data, analytics, and AI tools and easily integrate them with their Databricks lakehouse across multiple cloud providers. Integrations with Databricks partners Fivetran, Labelbox, Microsoft Power BI, Prophecy, Rivery, and Tableau are initially available to customers, with Airbyte, Blitzz, dbt Labs, and many more to come in the months ahead. Enterprises want to drive complexity out of their data infrastructure and adopt more open technologies to take better advantage of analytics and AI. The data lakehouse enabled by Databricks has put thousands of customers on this path, collectively processing multiple exabytes of data a day on a single platform for analytics and AI workloads. But, the data ecosystem is vast, and no one vendor can accomplish everything.

Databricks' TPC-DS benchmark results and the analytics platform wars


As data sources and volumes grow, and as a data-driven orientation is increasingly deemed to be a competitive necessity, the war between platform vendors to provide the primary repository for our data is intense. The war has several fronts, one of which is analytics. And within that scope, the data warehouse and data lake camps are the main combatants. The data warehouse side is strong, as it includes a combination of stalwart incumbent vendors like Teradata and Vertica (now part of Micro Focus), all three major cloud providers and industry darling Snowflake. On the data lake side, independent providers, like Cloudera and the aforementioned Databricks, are perhaps the most emblematic competitors.

Arcion Partners With Databricks for Real-Time Data Replication


Arcion announced a partnership to bring the world's only cloud-native, CDC-based data replication platform to Databricks. Arcion is the first partner to offer preconfigured, validated data replication for users of Databricks through that company's new Partner Connect program. "Companies across the globe are using ML and advanced analytics to turn raw data into tangible business value, but they need the right tools to help them get there. Arcion helps companies unify their data by delivering it to Databricks, where everything is available in one place, with zero delay." Arcion's product enables faster, more agile analytics and AI/ML by empowering enterprises to integrate mission-critical transactional systems with their Databricks Lakehouse in real time, at scale, and with guaranteed transactional integrity.