Company positioned for rapid growth and continued product innovation
MONTPELLIER, FRANCE and KANSAS CITY, MO, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 – BIME Analytics, the pioneer in true cloud business intelligence (BI), today announced it has secured a Series A round of funding totalling $4 million, which is led by Alven Capital Partners in Paris. This round immediately follows the company’s expansion, with the opening of its US headquarters in Kansas City, MO.
“We owe our rapid growth to the success of our unique technology. The rise of Big Data is a reality, and businesses of any size are using cloud-based tools like BIME to become truly data-driven,” said Rachel Delacour, CEO and cofounder. “We help businesses turn the entire web into a seamlessly connected data warehouse. BIME now has the capital and talent to keep innovating and expand globally, particularly in the dynamic US market.”
BIME intends to use the Series A proceeds to invest in continued enhancements to its industry-leading true cloud BI offering that turns the entire web into a seamlessly connected data warehouse, allowing companies to query data sources across the entire web in real-time, and to expand sales in North America.
“Business analytics is one of the fastest-growing segments of modern IT. Every enterprise that is serious about harnessing the value of Big Data needs to tap into dozens of live data sources and be able to ask questions in the moment. BIME empowers them to do so, with a lightweight yet infinitely scalable service,” said Jeremy Uzan, Investment Director with Alven Capital Partners. “Our funding makes sure BIME can build on its success and establish itself as the most agile player for true cloud BI.”
In October, BIME opened the first office outside of France in The Crossroads section of Kansas City, MO, which has been ranked by The Kauffman Foundation as third among large metro areas for start-up activity in the past decade. BIME will start with an initial team of seven employees, focusing on sales and support, and plans to accelerate headcount growth in 2014. The company will also increase staff at its French headquarters in Montpellier, doubling the overall company size by the end of this year.
BIME has won praise among analysts as the only true cloud BI architecture that frees companies from expensive capital expenses and time-consuming set-up and training. The current version BIME v5 consists of an HTML5 framework, an in-memory calculation engine built for speed and a powerful feature set. BIME was the first vendor to offer a BI front-end for Google BigQuery. It has been recognized by Forrester, Design for Experience, and Dresner Advisory Group for its capabilities.
“Organizations are constantly trying to play catch-up with dozens of data sources -- from transactions and sales over web logs and CRM entries to social media comments or other user-generated content. BIME takes away the pain of linking such data and extracting meaning from it,” said Nicolas Raspal, CTO and cofounder. “With BIME, even a small team can get a fast start to change their data world. They can link dozens of datasets on the fly, get answers in seconds and share them through live dashboards.”
BIME v5 has a unique compression scheme allowing more data to fit in-memory while saving compute time. It also offers smart automatic caching to serve assets and minimize database calls and processing -- from its small Déjà Vu cache all the way up to the powerful capabilities of Google BigQuery to delve into billions of rows. That way, users can see and begin analyzing results in a matter of seconds and see changes as the underlying data sets change instantly.
Its Grand Prix calculation engine scales automatically so new servers may launch, join or leave the cluster as needed. BIME sets itself apart through an unmatched number of connectors to a wide range of data sources, from spreadsheets on a laptop and large relational databases to datasets in the cloud such as Dropbox, Google Analytics, Vectorwise, Amazon Redshift, SAP HANA and salesforce.com.
Founded in 2009, BIME powers the first pure cloud BI service for the age of Big Data. With dual headquarters in Montpellier, a hotbed of academic R&D in the South of France, and Kansas City, MO, a fast growing high-tech community in the midwestern United States, BIME delivers simple-to-use yet powerful data analysis, visualization and dashboarding as a fast, easy to set up and low-cost service that lets companies and teams of any size mine their business. BIME is available in four languages, including Chinese, and has customers from Brazil to Australia. It was the first vendor to offer front-end BI capabilities for Google BigQuery and has received numerous cloud innovation awards.
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