by Bob Thomas
DataWalk is a Palantir alternative, providing similar functionality at a dramatically lower cost. Importantly, DataWalk delivers these benefits not only with unique technology, but with a different business model and a different business philosophy.
Let’s first be clear on what we mean by “Palantir alternative.” The DataWalk product is an excellent alternative to the Palantir Gotham product, and in specific situations (e.g., machine learning operations infrastructure) DataWalk is also an excellent alternative to Palantir Foundry. However, we are a different type of company with a different business model.
From a functionality perspective, DataWalk is a clear Palantir alternative. Both Palantir Gotham and DataWalk import data from various internal and external systems, and consolidate and connect this in a single repository. Both are designed to scale to handle vast amounts of data that can be analyzed via visual querying, link analysis, geospatial analysis, NLP, and other facilities. Both platforms also enable users to collaborate on investigations, and can provide facilities appropriate not only for analysts, but also for other users across the organization. Also note:
At any particular time, one system will offer a few capabilities that the other lacks, but in general the functionality can be considered comparable.
Frequent Enhancements For All Customers
While DataWalk is a Palantir alternative, we do have a different business model. Palantir solutions may include a huge services component, often including significant custom software development, and this can dramatically increase solution price. In contrast, DataWalk’s business model is not services-intensive, and we strive to ensure that when we do development, that all customers get the benefit. DataWalk provides Commercial Off The Shelf Software (COTS), such that we maintain a single code base, have new software releases every 2-3 months, and make all enhancements to the application available to all of our customers. DataWalk is a software company, and though we offer appropriate professional services, we are not a services company.
Far Lower Cost
A dramatically lighter services component, coupled with software licenses priced about 75% lower*, results in DataWalk being a Palantir alternative at a far lower net cost. Indeed, it is our objective to price of our solutions at a small fraction of the price of Palantir Gotham.
There is a significant amount of controversy around Palantir, but DataWalk is different. Consider the following when evaluating DataWalk as a Palantir alternative:
Relative to Palantir Foundry, DataWalk again represents a Palantir alternative, particularly as a machine learning operations infrastructure. In this case both platforms offer an information backbone that enables accelerated production deployment and better results throughout the machine learning lifecycle, and which provides a unifying ontology for users across the organization.
For customers who like the concept of something like Palantir technology, but who can’t afford the price, and would like to get frequent enhancements without paying for custom development, DataWalk is an attractive Palantir alternative.
* Price per server core for DataWalk starts at $35K, while GSA price per core for Palantir Gotham is listed at $141K (per https://www.gsaadvantage.gov/ref_text/GS35F0086U/0UGS2U.3PU1OL_GS-35F-0086U_PALANTIRTSCS04172019.PDF)