Zilliant has announced that its Zilliant IQ Platform – claimed to be the only cloud-native Platform with high availability, virtually unlimited scalability and agility, purpose-built for B2B companies – is now accessible for customers to build SmartApps upon to solve a broader set of pricing, sales and commercial challenges.
According to Gartner¹, "There have been numerous recent advances in technology, process and talent development. However, an alarming percentage of models developed with the intention of full deployment are never actually operationalised. There are many reasons for this, but a crucial one is a lack of tools to enable and facilitate operationalisation."
Business experts and data scientists within B2B companies can finally solve that challenge with self-serve access to the Zilliant IQ Platform's unparalleled extensibility. The components of the Platform, underpinned by a powerful cloud-native microservices architecture, enable customers to easily integrate data, execute rules and complex calculations, configure machine learning and data science models, seamlessly "bring their own model” via a Jupyter Notebook encapsulated container, customise user interfaces, analyse data, and integrate the model or application output with other commercial systems via high-availability APIs.
"B2B companies are facing unprecedented challenges, including increasing complexity, volatile markets, and a global recession," said Zilliant President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Peters. "For more than two decades, our customers have trusted us to solve a wide range of problems outside of our packaged solutions. Offering access to the Zilliant IQ Platform is a natural next step in our relentless drive to help our customers reimagine what it takes to compete and win – now and in the future."
Metro AG, a leading international wholesale company and current Zilliant Price IQ and Sales IQ™ customer, is equipping its own data science team with the Zilliant IQ Platform to build SmartApps that solve commercial challenges tangential to pricing and sales.
"Our data scientists are experts at creating models that answer questions critical to our business. With access to the Zilliant IQ Platform, they can easily create new models or deploy their own within Zilliant's robust and highly available platform," said METRO AG Director of Digitalisation and Pricing Matthias Buehler. "More importantly, we expect that it's simple to complete the tasks critical to operationalise these models — from job orchestration to data processing, cleansing, and transformation, to building the user interfaces and visual analytics that commercial teams need to act — ensuring success for these business-critical data science projects."
The Zilliant IQ Platform also serves as the foundation for the company's price optimisation and management, deal management and sales guidance solutions, as well as its robust IQ Anywhere API service.
¹Gartner, "Magic Quadrant for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms," Peter Krensky, et al, February 11, 2020.