Connotate Announces High-Volume “Intelligent” Web Data Monitoring and Collection Solution: Agent Community V3
Flagship Solution Offers Cost-Effective Way to Reliably Retrieve and Organize Data from the Deep Web
New Brunswick, NJ (September 29, 2010) – Connotate, Inc., a provider of solutions that help companies collect data and content from the Web, today announced the release of Agent Community V3 – the latest iteration of its flagship Web data monitoring and collection solution. Agent Community allows non-technical users to capture and analyze dynamic Web content and data via a patented visual abstraction technique and easy-to-use interface. Agent Community V3 includes new features such as increased automated Web data collection capabilities, improved text analytics, “slice-and-dice” Agent subscription and management views, and compatibility with the Mozilla Firefox Web browser.
“Businesses need to monitor continually their competitors, their customers, and emerging market trends,” said Sue Feldman, IDC’s VP for Search and Discovery Technologies. “It is no longer humanly possible to do this effectively, given the high volume and changing nature of information in traditional and social media. Tools that automate the process of collection, and that provide summaries and analysis give businesses the market insight that they need to make better decisions.”
The Agent Community solution provides the scalability, reliability and resiliency necessary to drive strategic value by delivering targeted dynamic Web content and data in a cost-effective manner. The solution increases productivity by up to 100 times by empowering non-technical business users to create Agents that eliminate many of the tasks associated with hunting, gathering and manually integrating data from disparate internal and external sources through automated processes.
“In the past, efficiency gains around monitoring and gathering content often meant moving the task to be performed offshore. Costs were reduced but a valuable connection was lost to the folks who envisioned and designed the end product. Now we are seeing new technology based approaches that reduce the cost of execution while enabling a publisher to be more agile as end user needs evolve.” Ned May, VP & lead analyst for Search, Aggregation & Syndication market at Outsell.
TRACK AND COLLECT HIGH VOLUMES OF DATA FROM THE WEB
Agent Community is built on the foundation of Connotate’s “Intelligent Agent” technology that enables a non-technical user to create Agents for tracking, collecting and updating data from a Web page, spreadsheet, database, PDF file, email and/or legacy application data source.
HIGH SCALABILITY, FLEXIBILITY AND RESILIENCE
“We started training to use the Connotate solution in May of 2010 and of course had 0 agents at that point,” said Chris Clifford, manager of content creation, FactSet. “By the middle of August, however, we had managed to create 35,000 Agents by ourselves with a team of just 20 employees. In just a few months we had begun the leverage the Connotate solution to optimize our Web research process. On top of that, Connotate reported changes to the information we were tracking with much greater accuracy than the previous solution we used, resulting in more reliable, up-to-date and accurate data for us to use.”
NEW FEATURES INCREASE BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY, REDUCE TIME AND EFFORT
Agent Community V3 includes numerous new features and functionality improvements to streamline data collection and organization to provide maximum value for business users.
New Agent creation capabilities:
Enhanced data management options:
Expanded Back-End Compatibility:
“Having an efficient, scalable information management solution that is affordable over the long-term is critical for data-driven businesses,” said Connotate’s CEO, Tom Meyer. “Agent Community automates previously manual, tedious processes, allowing users who don’t have programming skills to quickly gather insightful information from millions of websites and sources. Our customers have built tens of thousands of Agents in only a few weeks – and these Agents are resilient to the transformations a website goes through over time, including changes in URL or potential dead links. This enables Connotate to deliver the durability, scalability and reach organizations need to absorb and use information in today’s highly-competitive economic environment.”
For organizations in which content and data are vital to success, Connotate puts the ability to automate Web data monitoring and collection in the hands of the business user. With its easy-to-use interface and patented algorithms, Connotate delivers the scalability, reliability and resiliency necessary to cost effectively collect, analyze and distribute high-volumes of unstructured Web data. Connotate’s customers, such as McGraw-Hill, Associated Press and Thomson Reuters, have realized benefits ranging from dramatically reduced data collection costs to building new content offerings with millions of subscribers. Connotate has been named a KMWorld “Trend-Setting Product” for the past five years. For more information, please visit http://www.connotate.com.
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