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

CHELMSFORD, Mass., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  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.

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