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  • 2 November, 2015

Franz’s Gruff Produces Dynamic Visual Discovery for Graph Analytics

Gruff and AllegroGraph Power Visual Graph Search and Visual Query Building for Banking, Healthcare, Pharma Discovery and Security Applications

OAKLAND, Calif. — November 2, 2015 — Franz Inc., an early innovator in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and leading supplier of Semantic Graph Database technology, today announced Gruff v6.0, the industry’s leading Graph Visualization software for exploring and discovering connections within data. Gruff provides novice users and graph experts the ability to visually build queries and visualize connections between data without writing code, which speeds discovery and enhances the ability to uncover hidden connections within data.

“Gruff allows for easy viewing of graph style data and provides an easy on-ramp for non-technical users to explore connections in their data,” said Dr. Jans Aasman, CEO of Franz Inc. “Users can easily create queries visually, without becoming a query language expert, which further empowers the business user for this technology. Power users also benefit by creating ever more detailed queries in order extract knowledge from their data.”

Gruff v6.0 produces dynamic data visualizations that organize connections between data in views that are driven by the user. This visual flexibility can instantly unveil new discoveries and knowledge that turn complex data into actionable business insights. Gruff was developed by Franz to address Graph Search in large data sets and empower users to intelligently explore graphs in multiple views including:

  • Graphical View – See the shape and density of graph data
  • Tabular view – Understand objects as a whole
  • Outline view – Explore the often hierarchical nature of graphs
  • Query view – Write Prolog or SPARQL queries
  • Graphical Query Builder – Create queries visually via drag and drop

Franz was recently named by CIOReview as one of the Top 20 Most Promising Database Solutions providers, due in part to the unique discovery capabilities offered by the combination of Gruff and AllegroGraph, Franz’s Semantic Graph Database technology.

“Franz has been leading the burgeoning Graph Database revolution with a highly sophisticated, yet elegant Semantic Graph database solution,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher & Founder, CIO Review. “Franz’s AllegroGraph continues to break new ground in predictive analytics and visual graph discovery capabilities- benefiting organizations around the globe within Healthcare, Intelligence/National Security, Life Sciences and Financial Services.”

The popularity of Graph databases has skyrocketed – growing nearly 500% in the past two years, according to a ranking by DB-Engines. One reason for this growth is interest in using graph databases, rather than relational databases, to store master data. Graph databases offer a 360-degree view of master data and can answer questions about data relationships in real time, providing new, actionable insights from existing data.

A recent Dataversity article by Jelani Harper noted, “There is a considerable degree of complexity in MDM systems in a business climate impacted by Big Data, especially for systems centered on customer domains. Numerous external sources (including social media and various forms of sentiment analyses) considerably complicate key relationships for products and customers. The deployment of graph databases, such as Franz’s AllegroGraph, with MDM can simplify these relationships by visually representing the way that different categories of an organization’s core business—based on ontologies—relate to one another.”

Gruff and AllegroGraph also play a pivotal role in the Semantic Data Lake for Healthcare. A collaboration with Franz Inc., Montefiore Medical Center (the eighth largest hospital in the U.S.), Intel, Cloudera and Cisco, to provide a scalable and extensible Healthcare platform designed for Accountable Care and Personalized Medicine initiatives.

“Making sense out of big data is a challenge, particularly in the healthcare industry where information comes from a variety of sources and in different forms including structured, unstructured, images, temporal, geo-location and signal data,” said Dr. Aasman, “With Gruff as part of the Semantic Data Lake platform, we can perform visual data exploration to discover new relationships between data that can save lives and improve care.”

Franz Inc. will host a Webcast on November 18th at 10AM PST, “Enriching the Property Graph with Relationship Objects,” which will demonstrate the power of Gruff and AllegroGraph for an online banking application, a fraud detection application for a European tax office, a machine learning application in healthcare and the CrunchBase investment database.

Gruff 6.0 Availability

Gruff 6.0 is available as a free download from the AllegroGraph website.  The product runs on Mac OSX, Windows, Linux and is offered as a standalone application or client-server for remote users.

About AllegroGraph

Unlike traditional relational databases or Property Graph Databases, AllegroGraph employs semantic graph technologies that process data with contextual and conceptual intelligence. AllegroGraph is able run queries of unprecedented complexity to support predictive analytics that help organizations make more informed, real-time decisions. AllegroGraph is the first Graph Database to support analysis across N-dimensions – any conceivable measurement of an object, property or operation. For example, AllegroGraph can analyze temporal (time) and geospatial (location) dimensions relative to any ‘event,’ such as a disease, drug interaction, genetic combination, biomarkers, observations, image or physical sensors.

About Franz Inc.

Franz Inc. is an innovative technology company with expert knowledge in developing and deploying Graph Search solutions. AllegroGraph, Franz’s flagship, high-performance, transactional, and scalable Graph Database, provides the solid storage layer for powerful Enterprise grade NoSQL solutions. AllegroGraph’s Activity Recognition capabilities provides a powerful means to aggregate and analyze data about individual and organizational behaviors, preferences, relationships, plus spatial and temporal linkages between individuals and groups. For additional Franz Inc customer success stories please visit:

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Franz’s Professional Service team is in the business of helping companies turn Data into Information and Information into Knowledge. We combine Data, Business Intelligence, and Analytics consulting services under one roof for our customers. Franz, an American owned company based in Oakland, California, is committed to market-driven product development, the highest levels of product quality and responsive customer support and service. Franz customers include Fortune 500 companies in the government, life sciences and telecommunications industries. Franz has demonstrated consistent growth and profitability since inception.

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