Teradata Acquires Stemma to Expand VantageCloud Data Platform Capabilities

Teradata Acquires Stemma to Expand VantageCloud Data Platform Capabilities

The News: Teradata has acquired Stemma, a startup company with Data Catalog software used to coordinate access to different sources of data. The acquisition announcement can be viewed on the Teradata website.

Teradata Acquires Stemma to Expand VantageCloud Data Platform Capabilities

Analyst Take: This is a very important strategic move for Teradata as the company expands beyond a data warehouse offering to increase its position in the developing AI space. The structure for AI development is rapidly coalescing into Data Platforms, which comprise managing the different sources of data, data conditioning and transformation by data engineers, and even controlling workflow for the AI algorithms by data scientists. As this area becomes more competitive, capabilities required for the Data Platform are expanding.

With the acquisition, Teradata has added more capabilities to its VantageCloud Data Platform, enhancing its position in AI. Notably, the primary function gained from the Stemma acquisition is a Data Catalog to enable acquiring and managing data from external sources, beyond the Teradata warehouse information. Stemma has a long list of integrations for access to other sources of data that are critical for feeding the AI models. The Data Catalog also provides Data Governance for the different sources, which is necessary for assurances of data quality and source. Another extremely valuable feature for Teradata in its development and expansion of its Data Platform is the search capability and metadata management that Stemma has included in the Data Catalog.

Stemma should be a great acquisition for Teradata – expanding the company’s Data Platform capabilities in what is becoming a very competitive area. There does not appear to be overlap between the Stemma Data Catalog and what Teradata VantageCloud has now, enabling faster integration.

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Author Information

Randy draws from over 35 years of experience in helping storage companies design and develop products. As a partner at Evaluator Group and now The Futurum Group, he spends much of his time advising IT end-user clients on architectures and acquisitions.

Previously, Randy was Vice President of Storage and Planning at Sun Microsystems. He also developed disk and tape systems for the mainframe attachment at IBM, StorageTek, and two startup companies. Randy also designed disk systems at Fujitsu and Tandem Computers.

Prior to joining The Futurum Group, Randy served as the CTO for ProStor, where he brought products to market addressing a long-term archive for Information Technology and the Healthcare and Media/Entertainment markets.

He has also written numerous industry articles and papers as an educator and presenter, and he is the author of two books: Planning a Storage Strategy and Information Archiving – Economics and Compliance. The latter is the first book of its kind to explore information archiving in depth. Randy regularly teaches classes on Information Management technologies in the U.S. and Europe.


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