Founded by Dr. Zak El-Ramly, ZE PowerGroup Inc. (ZE) has been active in the data management and analytics market since 1995. Combining multiple industry expertise, such as energy, commodities, finance, and advanced technical capabilities, ZE serves small to large-scale globally positioned clientele in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Below is our interview with Dr. Zak El-Ramly, President & CEO of ZE PowerGroup Inc.:
Q: Could you provide our readers with a brief introduction to ZE?
A: ZE is the developer of the award-winning ZEMA™, a sophisticated enterprise data management and analysis platform built to meet the specific challenges of corporate functions, including settlement operations, consolidation of data and data feeds, billing, trade and risk.
Q: Can you give us more insights into your ZEMA software?
A: Many of the world’s largest companies that depend on data rely on ZEMA to automate or feed data centric business processes and systems. ZEMA is a comprehensive enterprise level data management solution that gets validated and secured data to where it needs to go fast. ZEMA replaces fragmented data collection and analysis processes with a sophisticated, unified and automated data management system both as an enterprise solution or in the cloud. Each ZEMA component can perform as an independent product; this means greater flexibility when integrating ZEMA into an organization. ZEMA is easy to use and backed by the ZE support team around the clock.
Q: You’ve recently announced ZE Deploys Cloud Infrastructure to Mobilize Client Data and Analytics; could you tell us something more?
A: ZE is offering a full featured deployment of ZEMA that is fully hosted and managed under ZE’s state-of-the-art cloud built on advanced IBM FlashSystem® storage technology. Clients have full access to all ZEMA products and functionality, integration points, push based adaptors and ZEMA database, without the overhead of infrastructure and internal support staff. We recognized the need for our clients’ ever increasing demand for faster and more reliable access to secured data and have deployed a cloud infrastructure that is robust and fast, speeding availability within massive client databases by over 98 percent.
The upgraded ZE Cloud infrastructure and IBM partnership allows us to confidently offer leading availability, reliability, performance and business continuity to all ZE Cloud clients.
Q: What makes ZE a good choice?
A: Industry experience. Most importantly your data remains YOUR DATA. The end goal of any enterprise data warehouse is to create actionable market insight, and feed decision making tools and we have proven solutions to help organizations of any size. Recently, Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) vendors have emerged and businesses are discovering that these do not actually cover their needs. Given that businesses use large amounts of resources to collect this data, by some estimates up to 80% of effort is on simply the collection, cleaning and maintenance of data, the ability to simply connect to a 3rd party data warehouse does not fit the requirements of most enterprises.
This is where ZE®, with its premier end-to-end data management solution ZEMA™ truly stands out. Unlike conventional DaaS vendors, ZE is not simply a data provider, it understands that data is a resource for enterprises to utilize, whether it be public, private, third-party, behind certificate or internally generated. ZEMA is not simply a method of collecting data, like a regular DaaS solution. It is a complete all-in-one data solution, providing the data platform, infrastructure and architecture a company requires to maximize the use of this asset and minimize risk; a platform to make your data your intellectual property, while helping you make informed decisions based on your data.
Q: What are your plans for next six months?
A: At ZE, we are continually striving to innovate and make our ZEMA the best it can be. One key plan we announced in our ZEMA User Forum in Spring 2017 is forming a Client Advisory Board to enhance communications with clients. Businesses require their processes to be streamlined an efficient to make the best informed decisions as quickly as possible. Clients have entrusted us with their most valuable asset – their data to make their split-second, mission critical decisions. We in turn want clients provide their input into our product development to form a balanced roadmap. Their feedback will drive the type of innovation they need to be maintain an edge in this ever competitive environment.
Another key plan is to focus on Business Intelligence integration. We have recently announced new integration capabilities with Tableau and Spotfire. ZEMA data will power these two major Business Intelligence Tools for visually stunning and insightful analytics. In addition, we’ve also added enhanced functionality through Inline R that also adds new sophistication to our analytical capabilities.