Swiss Economic Forum awards Squirro SEF4KMU label

March 29, 2015, by Dorian Selz.

The Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) awards Squirro the High-Potential SME quality label.



The initiative by the SEF recognizes high potential small and medium sized businesses in Switzerland. We feel honoured to have been awarded this label after a thorough review of our business and of growth strategy!

This blog post was written by Dorian Selz, Co-Founder and CEO.



Experton Group names Squirro a leader in their Big Data Quadrant

March 24, 2015, by Cesare Allavena. Filed under analytics, experton, big data.

Experton Group, the leading fully integrated research, advisory and consulting company for mid-sized and large organizations, published their 2015 Big Data Vendor Benchmark for Switzerland.

Squirro is positioned as a leader in the market alongside luminaries such as IBM, Splunk, SAS or SAP.


To learn more about Experton's 2015 Big Data Vendor Benchmark for Switzerland you can read, you can read this manage IT article in German or get more information in English on their website.

This blog post was written by Cesare Allavena, Marketing Director.



Challenger Sales

March 06, 2015, by Dorian Selz.

I recently was introduced to the CEB Sales Leadership Council and their research on sales and sales effectiveness. Their research shows impressively how the sales process has been changing as product and solution information becomes readily available to buyers online.

Today most buyers actually have made their purchasing decision by the time they even would consider talking to a sales professional. Equipped with comparative information a sales discussion turns quite simply into a barter session about the lowest possible price.

The CEB impressively shows that in such an environment it is about challenging prospects on their assumptions; their assumptions on how to tackle the issue at hand. The shortcut buying the cheapest possible solution might in fact just be that, a shortcut.

This challenger sales approach is not only more compelling but – and the CEB backs this up by hard numbers – manifold more impactful. In fact it is about delivering key insights to prospects on issues that impact their business. Quite a different approach to build, ship (aka fire) and forget. And something we baked deeply into our Customer Insights product.

This blog post was written by Dorian Selz, Co-Founder and CEO.



Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

December 22, 2014, by Dorian Selz.


We here from Team Squirro wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

This blog post was written by Dorian Selz, Co-Founder and CEO.



Financial institutions turn to big data to improve client advising

December 08, 2014, by Cesare Allavena. Filed under squirro, ubs, wealth management, finance, bloomberg.



Last week UBS held their first Innovation challenge in Singapore to help them answer the following problem statement:

"Across the industry, clients are overwhelmed by data from publicly available financial information and banks' proprietary research. As part of continued innovation and our commitment to service excellence, UBS is seeking a new methodology for identifying the most relevant information for each client from all available data and delivering dynamic personalized content, tailored to the individual client’s needs and investment preferences."

They reviewed over 80 entries and selected 5 finalists (amongst them Squirro) to come to their Singapore offices and present innovative solutions.

Jeffrey Vögeli of Bloomberg covered the event and in his article explains how this trend is becoming a competitive advantage for financial institutions who embrace it quickly.

Read the article here.

This blog post was written by Cesare Allavena, Marketing Director.



And the winner is...

November 05, 2014, by Cesare Allavena.



We congratulate warmly irewind on winning the Swiss ICT Award in the newcomer category and iart on winning the Swiss ICT Award.

We would like also to congratulate MemoWaysShoeSize.MeCyberfish, Swisstopo, Klewel and UBS who competed in the different categories. 

Finally thank you to the Swiss ICT Award for their commitment to promote entrepreneurship and the acceptance of ICT entrepreneurs and companies in the Swiss society.

What an honour it is to be nominated alongside such a great group of companies that have been nominated and rewarded since 2004.


This blog post was written by Cesare Allavena, Marketing Director.



10 things learned while building a business on Big Data

October 30, 2014, by Dorian Selz. Filed under squirro, talk.



Recently I gave a talk at the Jazoon conference on '10 Things I learned while building a Business on Big Data'. Sophie Bayerlein of Visual notes made a nice poster.

This blog post was written by Dorian Selz, Co-Founder and CEO.



Swiss Technology Award Finalist!

October 24, 2014. Filed under squirro, award, swisstechnologyaward.

Yay, we’re finalist in the category ‘Startups’ for the Swiss Technology Award. 

The award, founded by Nicolas Hayek, the ‘Uber-Father’ of Swatch and Swiss Watch making generally, recognises exceptional technologies with a world wide potential. 

We thinks that’s a fit ;-)



Workshop: Discovering Business Insight from Unstructured Data

October 22, 2014. Filed under squirro, qlik.

Together with our Technology Partner Qlik, we’re organising a workshop on advanced data analytics for wealth management. We’ll show how organizations increase revenue and client satisfaction through the simultaneous analysis of both structured and unstructured data. 

Date & Time: 28 October 2014, 10am-1pm
Place: New York, 292 Madison Ave 

Interested? Get in touch!



Search the 935 Iraq War lies of the Bush administration

September 04, 2014. Filed under center-for-public-integrity, bush.

In a widely-reported study of orchestrated deception, the Center for Public Integrity found that President Bush and seven top officials made 935 false statements leading up to the Iraq war. The Center’s main challenge was to pull together the sources of lies, integrate them into an easy to use and effective platform. The solution the Center was looking for had to deliver the following:

  • Integration of 528 information sources

  • Linking of timeline to political figure to lies

  • Search by topic

  • Capacity to slice and dice through database rapidly end efficiently

Squirro partnered with Visible Government to provide the integration of unstructured and structured data into a QlikView dashboard. This enabled the incorporation of 528 sources of information.
Once the sources integrated, they were linked to structured dimensions such as time and „author“ to enable easy slicing and dicing.
Finally Squirro added a layer of unstructured data analytics to facilitate the search of specific topics and concepts.

The Center for Public Integrity, thanks to the combination of unstructured and structured data, has been able to provide on their website a simple and elegant interface for the public to view and consume the information about the Iraq war.

Users can simply select any political figure and any period and gets a list of the corresponding deceptions.

The solution enables the user to search efficiently the 380,000 words of every public pronouncement by top Bush administration officials on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and on the links between Iraq and Al Qaeda with a few simple clicks.

Check out the dashboard here.

About the Center for Public Integrity:

The Center for Public Integrity was founded in 1989 by Charles Lewis. We are one of the country’s oldest and largest nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organizations. Our mission: To serve democracy by revealing abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust by powerful public and private institutions, using the tools of investigative journalism.


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