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Datawatch Announces Agreement To Acquire Panopticon To Deliver Real-time Big Data Visual Discovery Solutions

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Datawatch Announces Agreement To Acquire Panopticon To Deliver Real-time Big Data Visual Discovery Solutions

— Datawatch Becomes First to Offer Analytic Solutions Linking Structured, Semi-Structured and Unstructured Data to High Velocity Visual Discovery

CHELMSFORD, Massachusetts, June 17, 2013 – Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH), the leading global provider of information optimization solutions, has agreed to acquire Panopticon Software AB, a privately held Swedish company specializing in the delivery of real-time visual data discovery solutions.  Under terms of the definitive agreement – unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies – Datawatch will acquire all outstanding shares of Panopticon in an all-stock transaction.  Based upon the closing price of Datawatch common stock as of June 14, 2013, the deal is valued at approximately $31.4 million.  Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the Datawatch stockholders, which is expected to occur during its fiscal fourth quarter ending September 30, 2013.

The integration of Panopticon’s advanced visual data discovery software makes Datawatch the first company to deliver real-time analytics and discovery by accessing the  industry’s broadest variety of data types simultaneously—including traditional structured relational databases, semi-structured sources like reports, PDF files, EDI streams, print spools and documents stored in  files systems or enterprise content management systems, with a  new mix of unstructured data such as machine data and social media stored in Big Data solutions or streaming directly from a host of real-time applications.

Associating all relevant data in a visually-rich, real-time analytical environment enables businesses to isolate and resolve problems as they occur, perceive hidden patterns, track emerging market trends, and identify opportunities for competitive advantage and improved business processes.  Panopticon’s customers span all vertical industries and include some of the largest multinational companies in the world, including Citigroup, Credit Suisse, HSBC, J.P. Morgan, Novartis, Pfizer, Vodafone, Cable & Wireless, Shell and BAE.

“The acquisition of Panopticon is a transformative event for Datawatch and the industry,” said Michael A. Morrison, President and CEO of Datawatch.  “This acquisition will immediately benefit our combined customers, partners and prospects by allowing them to accelerate the development and deployment of solutions that use the wide variety of data formats and sources present in every organization.  Our collective capabilities to address Big Data opportunities are vastly improved with the high velocity access enabled by Panopticon’s real-time visual data discovery solution and the variety of data sources and formats that can be transformed by the Datawatch Information Optimization platform.”

Panopticon is a particularly good fit for Big Data environments where visual data discovery capabilities allow people to use their intuition to find meaningful – and actionable – information in all the data available to them, including semi-structured and unstructured sources, real-time streaming feeds as well as message buses and complex event processing engines.

“Panopticon pioneered interactive, real-time visual data discovery to speed up business processes, reduce operational and investment risks, detect anomalies and identify opportunities for growth,” said Willem De Geer, Managing Director of Panopticon.  “We are excited to join forces with Datawatch and bring a truly unique solution for visual analysis of the wide diversity of data formats that exist within enterprises.  Our customers and partners will be thrilled to have the opportunity to incorporate semi-structured and unstructured data into their Panopticon solutions.”

“Effective visualization of business information is in heavy demand; our research shows that 48 percent of organizations have indicated presenting data visually is an essential business analytics capability, with visual data discovery being one of the top three big data analytics needs not effectively delivered today, and that visualization is more important for businesses than just a focus on velocity or volume,” said Mark Smith, CEO and Chief Research Officer, Ventana Research. “Datawatch’s acquisition of Panopticon to extend the value of information optimization with analytical discovery, that maximizes the use of data and events, is what business has been demanding and the combination will bring new innovation to our industry.”

In addition to its technology value, Panopticon also enjoys strong partnerships and alliances with many influential global organizations, including Thomson Reuters, SAP, Deloitte, Accenture and QlikTech.  Panopticon was recently named a “Cool Vendor” in the Cool Vendors for In-Memory Computing 2013 report by Gartner, Inc.

Morrison concluded, “Our growth strategy at Datawatch is based in large part upon a growing solution portfolio and a robust partner ecosystem.  With the addition of Panopticon’s unparalleled visualization technology, we accelerate our time to market in both key areas.  Panopticon has developed more than 30 customer-ready solution assets and forged dozens of partner and alliance relationships. The synergies between our businesses are compelling and should become even more exciting as the Big Data and real-time markets continue to expand.”

Canaccord Genuity acted as Datawatch’s exclusive financial advisor on the Panopticon transaction.


Datawatch plans to hold a conference call/webcast with the investment community today, Monday, June 17, 2013 at 1:00PM ET, to discuss this announcement. To join the conference call, please dial 877-407-0782 or internationally 201-689-8567 at least 10 minutes before the start of the call. You
may access the webcast by following this link: http://www.investorcalendar.com/IC/CEPage.asp?ID=171131. A replay of the webcast will be posted to Datawatch’s investor relations website (www.investor.datawatch.com) approximately one hour after the completion of the call.


The world’s most successful financial institutions, telecoms companies, energy firms, and major corporations use Panopticon data visualization software to monitor performance, analyze risk, detect fraud, and identify anomalies in vast amounts of real-time data. Panopticon’s visual data discovery technology supports fast, interactive analysis of large data sets and real-time data and the company’s world class customer base includes 12 of the 15 largest financial institutions in the world as well as major telecoms, energy, pharmaceuticals, and retail corporations. For more information, visit www.panopticon.com.


Datawatch Corporation (NASDAQ-CM: DWCH) is a leader in providing information optimization products and solutions that allow organizations to deliver the greatest data variety possible into their big data and analytic applications.  Datawatch provides organizations the ability to integrate structured, unstructured, and semi-structured sources like reports, PDF files, and EDI streams into these applications to provide a 360 degree perspective of the issues and opportunities that exist in their businesses. More than 40,000 organizations worldwide use Datawatch products and services, including 99 of the Fortune 100, and businesses of every type can benefit from the power and flexibility of industry leading Datawatch solutions. Datawatch is headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts with offices in London, Munich, Singapore, Sydney and Manila, and with partners and customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.datawatch.com.

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