Willard Bishop Chooses Kognitio Cloud for In-Memory Retail Analytics

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CHICAGO, June 19, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kognitio, driving the convergence of Big Data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing, today announced it has signed a contract with Chicago-based Willard Bishop LLC. Under the agreement, Kognitio will deliver a cloud-based environment that will enable Willard Bishop to provide advanced retail analytics to its retail and consumer packaged goods clients throughout the United States.

Using a Kognitio Cloud implementation, Willard Bishop will be able to develop shopper-based merchandising assessments, strategies and executional plans that can dramatically enhance its clients' pricing and promotion programs. Clients of wide-ranging size will be able to access sophisticated, customer-data based analyses, consistent with the company's approach to offering more innovative approaches to recognizing and acting on opportunities in the retail universe.

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"We have been seeking a flexible implementation, allowing us to import vast amounts of data and rapidly analyze it," said Jim Hertel, Managing Partner at Willard Bishop. "We can use that data along with our retail expertise to provide insights and recommendations that aren't available elsewhere, driving competitive advantage for our clients. Kognitio demonstrated its commitment to work with us in developing and implementing a cloud-based solution that would give us a permanent, low-cost research and development platform as well as a production environment that meets our changing needs. We regard Kognitio as a true partner in our business, and our success."

Willard Bishop was founded in 1976 with a focus on offering retailers more innovative approaches to recognizing and acting on opportunities. Industry experts there leverage their knowledge to give clients an actionable 'retail recipe' that can be put in place, measured, adjusted, and ultimately will improve the customer experience and the clients' bottom line.

The Kognitio Cloud is the fastest, most scalable in-memory analytical platform on the market today, and is available on a subscription basis. It delivers the benefits of total flexibility in either public or private cloud implementations. Kognitio Cloud gives firms the ability to access and analyze large volumes of detailed business data without the need to design, build, deploy and run a dedicated business intelligence system.

"Increasingly, companies like Willard Bishop need data, and need to be able to deliver in-depth analyses of it, to drive their business forward. Time and cost are the key factors, which makes the Kognitio Cloud an ideal solution," said Michael Hiskey, Kognitio vice president of marketing and business development. "As a pioneer in in-memory analytics, Kognitio has provided companies of all sizes with the ability to gain the insights they need in a fraction of the time of competing offerings. The Kognitio Cloud takes that ability to a higher level, enabling more firms than ever before to be able to analyze their Big Data sets at a cost they would simply not have been able to afford, even several years ago. Today, they can."

About Kognitio

Kognitio is driving the convergence of Big Data, in-memory analytics and cloud computing. Having delivered the first in-memory analytical platform in 1989, it was designed from the ground up to provide the highest amount of scalable compute power to allow rapid execution of complex analytical queries without the administrative overhead of manipulating data. Kognitio software runs on industry-standard x86 servers, or as an appliance, or in Kognitio Cloud, a ready-to-use analytical platform. Kognitio Cloud is a secure, private or public cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), leveraging the cloud computing model to make the Kognitio Analytical Platform available on a subscription basis. Clients span industries, including market research, consumer packaged goods, retail, telecommunications, financial services, insurance, gaming, media and utilities.

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About Willard Bishop

Since 1976, Willard Bishop has been the "go to" food retail experts for retailers and manufacturers alike. The company blends intimate retail and retailer knowledge with domain expertise and proprietary data and tools to provide its clients with solutions that work. Willard Bishop's clients realize profitable volume growth and enhanced customer loyalty that others can't deliver. For more information about Willard Bishop, visit www.WillardBishop.com.

CONTACT: Michael Hiskey Kognitio +1.646.216.2073 michael.hiskey@kognitio.com Steve Friedberg MMI Communications +1.610.518.7474 steve@mmicommunications.net

Source: Kognitio