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Cirro makes big data manageable with smart set of tools

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Companies looking for easier solutions for managing big data might be interested in Cirro, which offers an interesting set of products that allow non-technical analysts to manage large sets of data and access them through basic desktop applications like Microsoft(s msft) Excel. Their mission is to “bring big data to the desktop,” and the company was featured as a finalist in the LaunchPad competition last week at GigaOM Structure.

Mark Theissen, Cirro’s CEO, said the company wanted to make it simpler for analysts to access large sets of data and empower them to compare information without needing the help of IT professionals.

“One of the biggest challenges with big data is that people couldn’t easily explore the data, they’re overloaded,” he said. “As you go forward from an IT perspective, you need to make it easier for your users to get to the data, you need to create more transparency between your data sources.”

Cirro was founded in 2010, and just launched its full set of products for the desktop in conjunction with GigaOM’s Structure conference. It also provides a cloud-based data store for the staging and management of data.

Cirro’s tools allow users to analyze and compare data from heterogeneous sources all in one place, giving them greater freedom to compare and draw conclusions. While plenty of companies focus on providing analytic tools for big data, Cirro’s specific focus on making that data manageble for non-IT professionals makes it unique.

“In the world of big data, things are changing and moving very; fast, need a flexible approach and flexible architecture that lets you move with that,” Theissen said.