• Constellation
  • Feb 1, 2017

C3.ai: A NextGen Platform for NextGen Applications

By Holger Mueller, Constellation Research

Constellation Research has published an independent, in-depth report recommending that enterprises shortlist C3.ai for IoT platform selections and next-generation application use cases.

Constellation provides a thorough overview of the C3 Platform and explains the benefits of key differentiators, including the C3 Type System and integrated AI / Machine Learning capabilities. Constellation also assesses C3.ai’s partnerships and alliances, pricing strategy, and management team – all in terms of customer value. Excerpts include:

  • The “time to go live” and “time to insight” metrics were crucial design criteria for C3.ai. The platform has demonstrated the ability to deliver value to enterprises in a matter of days, in contrast to the few quarters traditional platforms can take. Being able to achieve more with less resources (time and talent) is a proposition that is very attractive to enterprises at a time when software is a strategic differentiator.
  • C3.ai has practically created the “mythological system of systems” through the combination of a data-first platform approach, the type-based system architecture, and the exposure of new automation via APIs. This combination of capabilities allows customers to bring all information together on the C3 Platform, not only for insight and Machine Learning processes, but also to make the C3 Platform the central system of record and the base for nextgen applications.
  • C3.ai successfully addresses a number of challenges that have plagued enterprises in the past with respect to traditional approaches to Machine Learning. With C3.ai, data remains in place, gets automatically updated and refreshed, and thus Machine Learning capabilities are no longer the domain of a small clique of advanced users.
  • All these capabilities of the C3 Platform have been created with the idea of empowering a few users to do a lot of work, while at the same time broadening the potential user base by requiring more business acumen than technical knowledge from platform users.

The report outlines specific capabilities of the C3 Platform that “substantially reduce the time to insights.”
Download the full Constellation Research report. It is also available via Constellation’s website.

Source: Holger Mueller, Vice President and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Inc., 2017.

About Constellation Research
Constellation Research is an award-winning, Silicon Valley-based research and advisory firm that helps organizations navigate the challenges of digital disruption through business models transformation and the judicious application of disruptive technologies. Unlike the legacy analyst firms, Constellation Research is disrupting how research is accessed, what topics are covered and how clients can partner with a research firm to achieve success. Over 350 clients have joined from an ecosystem of buyers, partners, solution providers, C-suite, boards of directors and vendor clients. Our mission is to identify, validate and share insights with our clients.