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Hitachi Vantara Raises the Stakes of Data Integration, Catalog and IIoT – The New Stack

Hitachi Vantara on Wednesday showcased enhancements to its Lumada DataOps platform and the release of its new Lumada Industrial DataOps portfolio. The releases offer enhanced data integration, data governance, data quality, and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) features. Hitachi Vantara says the products can help customers expand their distributed data structures and achieve IT and OT (operational technology) integration.

Integration between IT and business users is also a factor. During a briefing with The New Stack earlier this week. Madhup Mishraproduct marketing manager of Hitachi Vantara – Lumada Software, said that “we are moving towards this modern operating model where we see a kind of business and IT teams coming together”, and explained that new versions of Lumada aim to “move in that direction for business users.

Beyond these high-level visionary statements, digging deeper into the capabilities of the new releases reveals a lot of substance.

Data governance, quality and integration

On the Lumada DataOps side, Hitachi Vantara is launching new versions of its data catalog and data integration products. In a way that’s no different from the new Alteryx Analytics Cloud release I recently covered, this Lumada DataOps release consolidates technologies from multiple acquired companies.

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For example, Lumada Data Catalog was largely based on technology acquired when Waterline Data was acquired by Hitachi Vantara in April 2020. data acquired during the acquisition by Hitachi Vantara of Io Tahoe in June 2021. The result is a data catalog that can assess data quality against business glossary terms, rather than just physical data columns.

Screenshot of the new version of Hitachi Vantara’s Lumada Data Catalog, showing business glossary, data quality, and data lineage features

There is good synergy here, as the Io-Tahoe-derived data quality capabilities leverage machine learning-based “fingerprinting” (data classification and labeling) capabilities on the waterline side. Lumada can now also connect to the Collibra Governance Centerallowing data tracked there to be tagged and fingerprinted by Lumada Data Catalog.

The history of data integration revolves around the v9.3 version of Pentaho Data Integration (Pentaho itself was acquired by Hitachi in 2015). 9.3 is the cloud-friendly version, both in terms of where the product runs and the data sources it can connect to, including Snowflake, Atlas MongoDB, Teradata, Elastic Search 7.x and IBM MQ 9.2.

Heavy industry

On the IIoT side, Lumada Industrial DataOps brings new digital twin capabilities, a machine learning (ML) service that includes pre-trained ML models for specific industrial domain use cases, and integration with Lumada DataOps, all of which drive IT/OT convergence.

Hitachi Vantara cites an extremely interesting case study in which Disney Parks and Resorts uses Lumada Edge Intelligence with Lumada Industrial DataOps for predictive maintenance of multiple rides in their parks around the world. According to Hitachi Vantara, the solution performs anomaly detection using digital twin simulations and ML services to predict maintenance issues nearly 48 hours before they occur. The partnership is apparently so strong that Hitachi Vantara is Disney’s official Ride and Show analytics provider.

All in the family

Hitachi, Ltd. has over a century of history and extensive experience working in industrial environments. Hitachi Vantara came into being in 2017 and has bolstered its local IIoT and analytics platform with technology acquired from several innovative startups. The combination allows it to deliver an analytics platform that can operate on its own, but is particularly applicable to industrial data use cases. To appreciate the value, compare this to how SAP or Oracle provide analytics platforms suitable for business applications and transactional data. With so many purely tech-focused startups for so long, it’s positive and unsurprising to see them consolidating, often serving enterprise and industrial implementations.

Data catalog updates for Lumada DataOps and Pentaho 9.3 are available now. Lumada Industrial DataOps software will be available at the end of April.

Disclosure: Andrew Brust is the director of Blue badge information, a research, strategy and consulting firm serving data and analytics software vendors, solution providers and customers. Io-Tahoe was a Blue Badge Insights customer from 2017 to 2018.