Panopticon Software

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name = Panopticon Software

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foundation = Stockholm, Sweden (1999)
founder = Willem De Geer
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industry = Computer software
products = Panopticon Explorer, Panopticon Enterprise, Panopticon Developer
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Panopticon Software is a multi-national Visual business intelligence company head quartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with additional offices in London and New York, and a re-seller agreements for other markets such a Japan. The company's name is derived from the Greek: 'pan' for all, 'optic' for sight.

Panopticon Software is a one of the handful of players in the Visual business intelligence sector along with Qliktech, Tableau and Spotfire. [citation
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title = Oracle targets CFOs with Hyperion acquisition
] Its Swedish origins are shared with GapMinder, Qliktech and Spotfire, making Sweden a centre for Information Visualization.

It has historically specialised in selling Treemapping visualisation software and development tools to clients within the financial industry. [citation
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title = Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies
] [citation
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title = Survey of treemap techniques
] and is a regular exibitor at financial industry events such as SIFMA, and SIA. [citation
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title = SIFMA's Technology Management Conference 2008 | SIFMA Event
] [citation
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title = 2007 Technology Management Conference and Exhibit
] [citation
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title = Panopticon Enterprise .Net To be launched at SIA New York


The company was originally founded in 1999 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Emerging Markets brokerage named Brunswick Direct before being spun off in 2002. [citation
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title = About Panopticon
] It later was acquired by the UK based Hamsard Group (Hamsard is now known as Cantono Plc), and became a subsidiary of the Group. [citation
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title = AIM float to raise £3m for Hamsard
] In March 2007 its competitor Spotfire undertook negotiations with Hamsard Group, to take full owership of Panopticon. [citation
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title = Cantono PLC (CTNO) - Proposed disposal, EGM notice
] This potential deal failed to complete, [citation
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title = Cantono PLC (CTNO) - - Debt for Equity Conv and EGM
] Spotfire pulling out of negotiations, and itself subsequently being purchased by Tibco. [citation
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title = TIBCO and Spotfire
] In May 2007 the company was sold back to its founders as part of a management buyout. [citation
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title = Final Results CANTONO PLC

In October 2007 the company appointed Brian O'Keafe as Product Director. Brian had previously held position of Director of Financial Analytics at Spotfire. [citation
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title = Brian O'Keefe Joins Panopticon as Director of Product Management
] In December 2007 the company elected a new board, including Carl Palmstierna, a former partner with Goldman Sachs and John Wattin, previously Chairman of MySQL AB. [citation
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title = Panopticon Shareholders Elect New Board of Directors

Pre-attentive processing

The visualizations that Panopticon offers within its VBI products attempt to optimise the individual's pre-attentive processing capacity in order for them to comprehend large multi-element datasets in less than 250 milliseconds. [citation
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title = Panopticon: The Power of Pre-Attentive Processing
] Pre-Attentive Processing is an area of human cognitive psychology which refers to the ability of the low-level human visual system to rapidly identify certain basic visual properties. Examples of visual features that can be detected in this way include hue, intensity, orientation, size, and motion. [citation
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title = Perception in Visualization

Technology overview

Panopticons technology relies on in-memory OLAP cubes which are displayed through a series of vizualizations including treemaps. This allows the user to load data, select variables and hierchical structures, and navigate through the resultant visualization, filtering, zooming and drilling (sometimes called slicing and dicing), to identify outlyers, correlations and trends.

Its streaming OLAP implementation, takes an in-memory OLAP cube and allows data to be streamed through it, which ally its products to industry verticals that require live streaming data, such as financial Market data, and Utility grid monitoring. This is unlike the majority of existing OLAP implementations where cubes are rebuild periodically for new batches of data. [citation
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title = Be Your Own Rocket Scientist
] [citation
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title = Magma Systems Blog

This support for streaming data with its products has allowed financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, [citation
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title = JPMorgan and Windows Customers Sway Visualization Vendor Toward .NET
] Citigroup, [citation
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title = Citi Mulls Wider Use of Imaging App
] Bear Stearns, [citation
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title = Bear Stearns implements tree mapping software from Panopticon
] and Fortis (finance) [citation
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title = Analyze This
] to implement the Panopticon Products within their real-time trading and risk applications.
Euromoney has stated that it provides the trader community with a way of quickly digesting information. [citation
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title = Panopticon Closes Deal with Reuters

Product overview

Panopticon has three platform independent product lines. Its desktop, enterprise server, and SDKs in both Java language and .NET Framework.

* Panopticon Explorer .Net, with streaming connectivity to Microsoft Excel, Bloomberg Terminal, [citation
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title = Panopticon Information Visualization Software Now Supports Real-Time Streaming Data from Bloomberg
] Reuters and MQ, [citation
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title = Panopticon Releases New Real Time Connection– Supports fast connections to streaming data from Sonic MQ and Reuters
] and with static connectivity to relational databases such as Oracle and external OLAP cubes.
* Panopticon Enterprise .Net & Java integrated with Lightstreamer [citation
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title = Lightstreamer to ship with Panopticon Enterprise
] for streaming connectivity, and relational databases for static connectivity.
* Panopticon Developer .Net and Java.

A number of different visualizations of data are provided including:
* Treemap
* Stack Graph, effectively showing treemaps across time. [citation
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title = See how components contribute to totals with Stack Graphs
* Bar Series. A trellis of bar charts. [citation
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title = Visualize and compare Trends with Bar Series.
* Horizons. Time Series. [citation
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title = Visualize Multiple Datasets and Compare Trends with Horizon Graphs


Its technology when adopted by financial institutions has led to recognition from financial industry periodicals such as:
* The Banker (Bear Stearns, Citi) [citation
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title = Panopticon’s Visual Business Intelligence wins The Banker awards
* Euromoney (JP Morgan Chase, UBS). [citation
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title = Award Winning Implementations

Joint ventures and strategic alliances

Its technology is embedded in several firms' product offerings including:
Reuters, [citation
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title = Panopticon Signs Enterprise Wide Contract With Reuters
] [citation
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title = JPMorgan, Reuters Map Out Data Views
] Deltek, an Enterprise Project Management Solution Provider, [citation
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title = Deltek and Panopticon Forge Partnership
] Advent Software, a Financial Solution Provider, [citation
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title = Advent Software Signs OEM Agreement with Panopticon
] Kynetix, A solutions provider to Asset Managers and Hedge Funds, [citation
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title = Kynetix signs reseller agreement with Panopticon
] TBricks, a Algorithmic trading Solutions Provider [citation
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title = Tbricks Launches Next Dimension Automated Trading System
] and Polystar a Telecoms Solutions Provider. [citation
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title = Polystar OSIX and Panopticon form strategic alliance focusing on the telecom market - Operators worldwide can now benefit from Panopticon’s visualisation tools
] Its products are also resold in Japan through Lightstone. [citation
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title = Visual Business Intelligence heads for Japan
] [citation
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title = Panopticon - Visual Business Intelligence

External links

* [ Panopticon's Official Website]


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