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Paxata Congratulates Polaris for Being Recognized as a 2018 Best Practices Awards Winner by TDWI

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Nonprofit Acknowledged for Using Paxata's Data Preparation to Combat
and Prevent Modern-Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

Paxata,
the pioneer in self-service data preparation for analytics, today is
pleased to announce that Polaris,
the leading nonprofit organization whose mission is to eradicate modern
slavery, has been chosen the winner of the 2018 Best Practice Award in
the BI and Analytics on a Limited Budget category by TDWI. All nominated
solutions were evaluated by TDWI analysts and faculty, who selected the
award winners based on business impact, maturity, innovation, and
relevance in their field.

Polaris was praised by judges for using the Paxata
Adaptive Information Platform
to automatically transform the massive
human trafficking-specific datasets and make them consistent and ready
for analysis. Using Paxata's self-service data prep solution, Polaris is
quickly and easily transforming and reformatting the structured and
unstructured confidential data obtained from the National Human
Trafficking Hotline that Polaris operates. Then, their analytics team is
able to exchange and combine it with data from their worldwide
counterparts to try and pick up on cross-border trends and apply it for
analytic purposes.

Polaris, which is dedicated to eliminating the multi-billion-dollar
human trafficking industry that affects more than 25 million people
around the world, began operating the National Human Trafficking Hotline
for the federal government in 2007 on a 24/7 basis. Offering crisis
response and support for all human trafficking situations throughout the
United States and its territories, the nonprofit has identified and
responded to over 40,000 cases of human trafficking since 2007 and has
reported over 6,500 cases to law enforcement.

TDWI's Best Practices Awards program is designed to identify and honor
companies and other organizations that have demonstrated best practices
in developing, deploying, and maintaining solutions for business
intelligence (BI), analytics, data warehousing and related data
management areas. Paxata
has enabled Polaris
to reduce the time spent on data projects while
allowing its small staff to massively increase capacity and provide more
information to more people while maintaining one of the largest data
sets on trafficking in the United States. The self-service data prep
solution has also enabled Polaris to remove its reliance on
labor-intensive and error-prone spreadsheets and has significantly
reduced the number of requests made on their one on-staff developer
which allows them to respond to threats faster.

"We're honored to be recognized with Paxata for strategically leveraging
technology and data to shed light on the true nature of human
trafficking," said Bradley Myles, CEO of Polaris. "Without Paxata,
manually analyzing our extensive datasets while maintaining strict
confidentiality was a cumbersome and limiting process. Now we can move
directly to our analysis work and to developing the most effective and
targeted strategies possible to systemically disrupt the human
trafficking networks that rob people of their lives and freedom."

Paxata's data preparation solution helps Polaris work through new ways
to transform data and enables analysts to transform and reshape data to
accurately identify:

  • Demographics of victims and traffickers.
  • Recruitment and trafficking locations, routes, and networks.
  • How people are recruited and what jobs they are offered.
  • What forms of force, fraud, and coercion traffickers use to assert
    control.
  • What intervention and prevention methods are likely to be most
    effective.
  • How potential victims or others reach out for assistance.

"Human trafficking is believed to be the third-largest criminal activity
in the world, according to the FBI, and the Department of Homeland
Security reports that industries around the world, including
agriculture, hospitality, restaurant, domestic work, and prostitution,
often take advantage of modern slavery," said Piet Loubser, SVP and
Global Head of Marketing, Paxata. "We are honored to be associated with
this important issue and to help Polaris bring together multi-structured
data from diverse sources, prepare it, and combine it with additional
data to put it into context so they can help those inflicted by this
horrible crime."

About Paxata

At Paxata, we turn raw data into trustworthy information at the speed of
thought. We provide an Adaptive Information Platform that enables
business leaders and analysts with an enterprise-grade, self-service
data preparation system for analytics, operations and regulatory
requirements. Business analysts work within an intuitive, visual
application to access, explore, shape, collaborate and publish data with
clicks, not code, with complete governance and security. IT is able to
support the scale of data volumes and variety, enterprise and cloud data
sources, and business scenarios for immediate and repeatable data
service needs. Built on Apache SparkTM and optimized to run
in hybrid, multi-cloud environments, Paxata leverages automated
artificial intelligence, elastic cloud architecture and distributed
computing to deliver an immersive business consumer experience that
automates the data-to-insight pipeline.

Paxata is headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices in New
York, Ohio, Washington D.C., and Singapore. Visit www.paxata.com
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