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Octo Partners with Dataiku to Enable Data Science Collaboration

Octo | September 09, 2021

Octo, the premier pure-play IT modernization provider for the Federal Government, announced today it has partnered with Dataiku, a platform democratizing access to data and enabling enterprises to build their own path to AI in a human-centric way. The partnership enables Octo to further its commitment to collaborating with customers to provide mission critical solutions in defense, intelligence, health, finance, and law enforcement federal markets.

Dataiku is a back-to-back leader in Gartner's "Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine-Learning Platforms." Their Data Science Studio (DSS) is a singular, end-to-end platform that enables mission owners, business analysts, data scientists, and data engineers to work collaboratively in developing and deploying machine and deep learning models. Dataiku was developed for skill-agnostic users who can interact with the software via high-code, low-code, or no-code interfaces. The general purpose platform for data science allows members of a data team to work together across all stages of any data project, including data access, data exploration, data preparation, model development, model deployment, and model monitoring.

Cindy Walker, Vice President of Octo’s Data Science Center of Excellence said, “It’s all about improving outcomes, and to do that, we need to collaborate with our teams and our customers. Partnering with Dataiku allows us to even better deliver innovations and proven approaches to managing and using data and information to enhance the mission.”

Rob Albritton, Senior Director of Octo’s AI Center of Excellence said, “In a field that is historically siloed, Dataiku democratizes data science across teams and various user personas while maintaining security. This is especially important as we work toward making tactical data accessible to soldiers, first responders, and teams in other sectors that depend on the ability of our data scientists to collaborate and find viable solutions.”

Octo CEO Mehul Sanghani stated, “Octo’s culture of collaboration promotes partnerships like we have established with Dataiku. We are exceedingly pleased to be able to offer our customers alternatives in data science solutions to address their unique, complex challenges.”

About Octo
Octo is a technology firm dedicated to solving the Federal Government’s most complex challenges, enabling agencies to jump the technology curve. We don’t just modernize. We create lasting change through best practices that help agencies implement and integrate at-scale next-generation technology and innovation. With a mission and service first mentality, we provide Agile, DevSecOps, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Blockchain, Cloud, Open Source, and Data Science solutions, collaborating to solve customers’ pressing problems. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Octo delivers proven technology vital to the intelligence community and health care, defense, national security, and civilian agencies that directly impact our nation.

About Dataiku
Dataiku is the world’s leading AI and machine learning platform, supporting agility in organizations’ data efforts via collaborative, elastic, and responsible AI, all at enterprise scale. At its core, Dataiku believes that in order to stay relevant in today’s changing world, companies need to harness Enterprise AI as a widespread organizational asset instead of siloing it into a specific team or role.

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