This article provides a synopsis of the announcement by Syncsort to acquire Trillium Software from Harte-Hanks.
Syncsort announced that it would acquire Trillium Software from Harte-Hanks. Syncsort is a long standing software vendor in the data integration software market with a legacy in mainframe; leveraging its IP and experience to apply “Big Iron to Big Data.” The acquisition will add the long standing and proven Trillium data quality and profiling software, an as-a-service cloud platform, and self-service data preparation software that was added to the Trillium portfolio in early 2016 through a partnership with Unifi Software. When I wrote about the Trillium and Unifi relationship earlier this year, I suggested that self-service and data quality were like peanut butter and chocolate – better together. Does the same analogy apply to Syncsort and Trillium?
In 2016, IDC renamed the Data Integration and Access software market to the Data Integration and Integrity software market because data access is no longer the secondary function of software in this market. The secondary focus in this software market is now on data integrity, through software inclusive of data quality and profiling, metadata management, master data definition and control, and self-service data preparation. Many of the large incumbents in this market have a full portfolio inclusive of data integration and integrity offerings. Through the acquisition, Syncsort is expanding its offerings beyond data integration into integrity, resulting in a software vendor that is able to compete across a broader spectrum in the market.
According to Syncsort CEO Josh Rogers, as its solutions have expanded into distributed systems, and more recently into Hadoop, the use cases Syncsort is seeing have an increased demand for data quality around the core data integration process. This is consistent with what IDC has been seeing in the market as Hadoop moves out of the labs and into business operations. Data integration vendors have been leading the charge delivering solutions that are adding business-level control and governance in what can be uncontrolled big data environments. Syncsort also benefits from Trillium’s as-a-serivce cloud platform, providing a foundation on which Syncsort can look to expand into its own platform-as-a-service offerings. Trillium benefits from the Syncsort brand and product set, along with deep connections into the Hadoop community and code base that will be leveraged to improve current Trillium Hadoop and big data quality solutions.
Josh Rogers indicated that in the beginning, Trillium will continue to remain an individual business unit to protect the brand and to maintain operations without too much disruption. Over time, Syncsort and Trillium will use customer demand for product integration as a guideline to prioritize business integration, while also considering product strategies, market trends and talent optimization as each merge into one entity.
Syncsort is a long standing proven provider of data integration software and solutions. Trillium is a long standing proven provider of data integrity software and solutions. Together, they become a long standing proven provider in data integration and integrity. So yes, they are better together. The challenges ahead will include integrating the right things at the right time, and protecting both brands as they merge into one.