Last year we ran several articles on the TI Provider Datamyne, Lisa Wallerstein the VP Product Development /Marketing and the announcement of their new interface, Datamyne 2.0. In this last week’s series of articles, I focused on the specifics of their TI product following an in-depth demo and review.
I must admit that recently, while making my rounds with each top-tier TI provider and getting a deeper look at their products, my viewpoint is changing.
What I am discovering is that there is no one best product and TI provider out there. Each has its own particular approach, technologies, interface, data sources, value added services, and pricing model that make it the best solution for certain niche or target markets.
After reviewing Datamyne’s interface, I can confidently state that it represents perhaps the best analytical user interface by which to “slice and dice” the U.S. Customs data that I have seen thus far. It’s a trade analyst’s dream machine.
If you’re looking for a robust TI product that is straightforward and relatively easy to use by which to perform heavy-duty analytics on the U.S. Customs Data, you definitely need to check out Datamyne.
WTD Editorial Note: I’d also like to address an important issue that has come up on several occasions. I have been accused by some of being overly biased toward PIERS. In a number of articles and in handfuls of instances it has been noted that I have stated that PIERS products are the best. By and large, I think the accusation has been well founded.
To be honest, one of the reasons for my bias is that the TI products we developed at CenTradeX (IMHO) were vastly superior (in aspects of innovation, UI access, data integration, graphic delivery and performance) in comparison to any other TI product. PIERS acquired these assets last year. Furthermore, the team of superb technologists I worked closely with for many years also migrated to PIERS. Therefore my high esteem has been transferred or credited to PIERS posthumously, so to speak.
Secondly though, having dealt closely with the new management team at UBM Global Trade /PIERS for many months during the due diligence process and afterwards (being somewhat privy to their “thought engineering” and witnessing the changes they are implementing) I have gained tremendous respect for them. Further, they have several proprietary databases that are “untouchable” by competitors. They have roots in history and experience that go back over 100 years. They have worked with Customs data along with the nuances of refinement and standardization for many decades.
So, with regards to my previously perceived biases, I hereby recant my previous position that there is ONE best company and ONE consummate Trade Intelligence platform. Vive la différence!