Databricks, the Data and AI company and a provider of data lakehouse architecture, is acquiring the German startup, 8080 Labs, enabling the company to integrate UI-driven capabilities across Databricks’ Lakehouse Platform—marking the company’s expansion into the low-code/no-code space.
8080 Labs is the maker of bamboolib, a popular UI-based data science tool that enables fast and easy data exploration and transformation with a matter of clicks, not code.
This strategic acquisition broadens the accessibility of its lakehouse platform to a wider audience of citizen data scientists and data team personas, enabling further democratization of data and AI throughout the enterprise, according to the vendor. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
With the acquisition of 8080 Labs, Databricks is lowering the barrier to entry for more people to uncover actionable insights from their data with only a few clicks.
8080 Labs' flagship product, bamboolib, empowers citizen data scientists with no-code workflows while seamlessly integrating with the Python ecosystem and generating production-ready code behind the scenes.
Databricks plans to integrate the no-code capabilities with its new AutoML, visualization, and dashboard offerings to extend simple, UI-based features across its lakehouse platform, making Databricks more accessible and easy-to-use for both experts and citizen data scientists alike. Now, anyone with just a very basic understanding of data science can train advanced models on their datasets.
“We are thrilled to welcome 8080 Labs to the team as we accelerate the adoption and accessibility of lakehouse as the data architecture of the future,” said Ali Ghodsi, co-founder and CEO of Databricks. “Together with last year’s acquisition of Redash, we are broadening the focus of our user base to a wider audience that prefers low-code/no-code solutions. Bringing simple capabilities to Databricks is a critical step in empowering more people within an organization to easily analyze and explore large sets of data, regardless of expertise.”
While many tools for citizen data scientists only offer exploratory capabilities, the acquisition of 8080 Labs combined with Databricks’ unique ‘glass box’ approach to AutoML, empowers people to perform comprehensive data tasks with ease, from data analysis and data transformation, to machine learning workflows.
The platform automatically generates high-quality code behind the scenes, allowing data teams to easily put their key findings and results to work without the added demand on expert engineers to reimplement the process for production.
“We founded 8080 Labs to bring simplicity to complex data tasks and make the power of data science and machine learning accessible to data teams of any skill set,” said Tobias Krabel, co-founder of 8080 Labs. “With open-source roots and an incredible vision to reshape the data landscape with the lakehouse category, we see endless opportunities with Databricks and could not be more excited to join the team on this journey.”
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