Cricketers back unstructured data management application

Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris invest in Pingar

Cynics might suggest excellence in cricket goes with knowledge of unstructured data management about as much as it does with expertise in the workings of domestic heat pumps. However, business investment from famous cricketers, with their clear knowledge of strategy and teamwork, is a positive sign, unstructured-data management specialist Pingar has decided.

A trio of distinguished cricketers, Sir Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris, have invested an unspecified sum in Pingar, particularly to help the firm in its push into the Indian market, with its legion of keen cricket fans. Daniel Vettori is currently the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore team and Scott Styris plays for Chennai Super Kings

Peter Wren-Hilton, Pingar CEO, says the investment comes at a time when Pingar is opening a new office in Bangalore, India and rapidly expanding its presence in the region. The new office officially opens today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony in the presence of both Daniel Vettori and Scott Styris and senior executives from major Indian IT companies (see photo below).

“This investment by these great cricketers, known for their shrewd strategy and performance, shows the clear opportunity to meet the simple business need of turning unstructured data into accessible business intelligence,” Wren-Hilton says.

Sir Richard Hadlee, who joined Pingar at a major presentation in Bangalore on February 10, is known as one of the legendary fast bowlers and all-rounders of cricketing history. He says “I have always been keen on competition—and the prospect of analysing statistics and other historical information to improve your game is exciting. Pingar offers this opportunity to boost performance in a business setting.”

“As anyone who follows cricket knows, it’s the strength of the team that indicates how competitive the group will be,” Vettori says. “Pingar’s impressive investment in research, and the quality of its technology and business development teams, makes me confident of our success.”

Separately, Pingar today announced The Pingar Champions League, a contest for Indian technology developers to submit ideas for applications that address big data challenges. Contenders sign up for free access to a Pingar “sandbox” API account and write an application to the API in an area of their choice. There are categories for web, Windows Azure, cloud, mobile and social media – or entrants can develop an application for another environment.

Pingar makes possible what the company describes as “text mining” along with natural-language processing and machine learning, to unearth valuable information from unstructured data.

Computerworld is trying to find out from Pingar and its public-relations company the scale of the cricketing trio’s investment – missing from the official announcement. We will update this story as and when figures come to hand.

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