- What can you tell us about your company and your products & services?
eccenca is a leading German company in the field of semantic data management, data protection and governance. With our innovative application of semantic technologies we enable enterprises to visualize and integrate heterogeneous big data assets on a central knowledge graph. In regards to personal data this means to visualize and link the data’s relationships to each other, its processing purposes, applications and legal bases. The lightweight semantic data catalog featured in essenca’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) solution links data at the metadata level and across applications. The solution delivers complete data, consent and purpose transparency and simplifyings the process of identifying, curating and integrating metadata about internal and external business partners and customers.
- How came you up with the idea and what drives you?
Prior to GDPR the world was a lawless place and the rights of privacy and protection thereof were at the level of the wild west. The right of the strongest, the smartest or the most
unscrupulous was giving way to any kind of reason and respect. Just recently, I got offered two different prices by a rental car company in the US depending on whether I logged into the website from my iphone or with my PC. While I fully understand the legitimate desire of retailer to implement a yield management strategy, I strongly believe in the value of consumer protection. What if my health insurance company were to give me a different price due to information that they had gathered about me? What if they turned me down? What if I could not get a loan, because the bank found out that I am friends with people who just went bankrupt and some computer now thinks that I might have a propensity to do the same? I am excited about the new capabilities available to process more and more data and I am convinced that there will be wonderful applications and new services that can be built on top of this data. But I am also convinced that data privacy and protection thereof should not only be a fundamental right of the individual, it should be part of the core value proposition of any company. eccenca has set out to help those companies that, while aiming to be profitable and customer-centric, are upholding the rights and the privacy of its business partners as part of their core DNA. We want to help make this world (and the digital world for that matter) a happier and healthier place to live in and we are looking for enterprises to join us in this commitment.
- What is it that makes your company different from others?
We understand that the classic concepts of data management, i.e. the closed world assumption of relational databases, can’t meet the requirements of a highly dynamic, heterogeneous and sometimes contradictory data landscape. No matter if talking about GDPR, ePrivacy, cognitive supply chain, Industry of Things or multi-cloud, companies must be able to integrate, curate and work with data across applications and even entire eco-systems seamlessly. eccenca provides a lingua franca for data that is completely independent of the data source, -format and -purpose. eccenca does this without proposing the next proprietary silo.
- Where are you based?
Our headquarters are based in Leipzig, Germany. We also have offices in Berlin, Hannover and Stuttgart and are currently setting up business in France and the United Kingdom.
- When was the company launched?
It was launched as a spin-off of German Leipzig University’s Institute for Applied Informatics in 2013 and became a subsidiary of the established IT service developer brox-IT Solutions.
- What traction have you made? Can you tells us about your biggest achievements so far?
Since 2013 eccenca has gained traction as a lean solution provider for dealing with the challenges of digital transformation, big data and data protection. We have worked with Nokia, Volkswagen, Daimler, RFS, Siemens and Bosch, establishing the foundations for complexity management, global warehousing, cognitive supply chain and a comprehensive, automated GDPR compliance management. For example, at Bosch we integrated our eccenca GDPR solution to provide full data transparency on all personal data across the hundreds of applications within the enterprise.
Lately, Gartner Inc. has acknowledged our achievements in its report “Cool Vendors in Intelligent Supply Chain Execution Technologies” while the industry magazine CIOApplications lists eccenca as Top 10 GDPR Solution Providers 2018.
- What advice could you give to other entrepreneurs and start-ups?
Stay agile. The market and customer demands are moving fast and there is no time to overthink. Get your minimum viable product ready and move from there. Also, find partners who can connect you with potential customers and partners. Build your network.
- What can you tell us about your team?
We are a diverse team of 35 people from all over Europe. I love to work with open-minded, dedicated people who really want to shape the future of digital supply-chains, enterprise data protection and knowledge management. Sometimes that means nothing less than rethinking everything. My team meets this challenge every day.
- What’s next for your company?
We are a dynamically growing company, hiring new staff every month. The next year will see us moving rapidly out of the German boundaries to establish business all over Europe and North America.
- How can potential customers and investors get in touch with you?
Phone: + 49 173 3698610
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