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Socrata’s Momentum Helps Drive Open Data Adoption Worldwide

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Seattle, Washington (PRWEB) April 10, 2013

Socrata, a Seattle-based cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data, today announced strong quarterly results that demonstrate how the company is accelerating open data adoption around the world.

A Host of New Customer Wins

Over the past two quarters, Socrata has added a host of new customers, including: the State of New York, Atlanta, Oakland, Salt Lake City, Kansas City (MO), Raleigh, Madison (WI), San Mateo County (CA), Travis County (TX), Snohomish County (WA), and Redmond (WA); as well as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government, and Halifax and the Province of Alberta in Canada.

These organizations join other forward-thinking Socrata customers like New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, the State of Maryland, the State of Hawaii, the State of Washington, the World Bank, Medicare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, United Nations Development Programme, and the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Socrata’s customers’ efforts to set the standard for open data success continue to earn them recognition and accolades from organizations like the Center For Digital Government, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, O’Reilly Media, Fast Company, Newsweek, and The Atlantic. For example, when Atlantic Cities announced “The Best Open Data Releases of 2012,” nine of the ten were from Socrata city customers.

Open Data Goes Mainstream

“Governments worldwide are looking to deploy their data assets more strategically in order to meet the expectations of a 21st century constituency, while wrestling with a tough fiscal environment, ” says Kevin Merritt, Founder and CEO of Socrata.

Merritt continues, “Open innovation, fueled by data, is gaining momentum because it offers public sector leaders new ways to accelerate their digital government initiatives, advance their transparency agenda, and bring data and citizen feedback into every decision. Socrata’s cloud delivery resonates as an agile, cost-effective alternative to legacy enterprise software models that are ill-suited for the pace of innovation.”

The Metrics of Success

Socrata’s strategy has proven successful:

  •     The company’s monthly recurring revenue has grown 126 percent year over year, and 37 percent between Q4 2012 and Q1 2013.
  •     Socrata has retained 100 percent of its government customers, and 72 percent have upgraded or expanded to new Socrata products and offerings.
  •     Agency participation has accelerated and the number of datasets accessible to citizens through the Socrata platform has increased 80 percent year over year.
  •     Consumption of data on the company’s network has grown 215 percent during the same time period.
  •     Socrata currently streams 14 terabytes of data each month.

Enriching and Enhancing A Talented Team

To grow the company further, Socrata doubled its headcount, adding key resources in sales, marketing, client services and engineering; added two PhD data scientists; and opened field offices in Washington DC and London, England.

In addition, Socrata bolstered its leadership team by hiring Bill Lawler as Vice President of Sales and Joel Baller as Vice President of Public Sector.

Lawler has more than 25 years of sales management experience at technology and SaaS companies, including early leadership roles at Dell Computer and managerial positions at Apple Computer.

For his part, Baller has worked for more than a decade with executives at Fortune 1000 organizations and high-level government IT officials. Before joining Socrata, he held senior revenue producing roles at Oracle, Xerox and RightNow Technologies.

A Portfolio of Significant New Products

Socrata’s exposure to the day-to-day challenges facing government teams gives it unique insights into their common data-sharing problems and helps it create breakthrough solutions:

  •     Govstat, for example, is a connected performance management platform that was expressly designed to help government leaders apply data to every aspect of their decision-making, while involving citizens in the process. Innovators in the State of Hawaii, the State of Washington, the State of Maryland, and San Mateo County – as well as the City of Edmonton – are already using GovStat.
  •     Open Data Server, Community Edition is an open source software offering Socrata being released to support worldwide open data standards and a thriving open data ecosystem.
  •     Open CheckBook is a ready-to-deploy open data app that helps organizations visualize and share their financial information, such as expenditures, budgets and revenue.
  •     Open Data Field Guide is a first-ever, comprehensive guide to starting and growing a successful open data initiative. It is a freely available Web resource and shares Socrata’s knowledge earned from four years of involvement in the open data field, as well as its experience with many innovative government organizations around the world.

“Socrata is playing an integral role in the global open data movement,” says San Mateo County’s Chief Information Officer Jon Walton. “The company understands what governments need in order to democratize their data, and it’s developing a suite of products that are making a difference, as the public sector transforms into a 21st century accelerator of progress.”

About Socrata

Socrata is the cloud software company focused exclusively on democratizing access to government data. We help government leaders improve transparency, modernize citizen access to information, and bring facts into every decision, with unprecedented speed and cost savings.

Delivered as turnkey cloud services, Socrata’s data consumerization products unlock data in enterprise silos and transform it into useful information that everyone can easily access, visualize, share and reuse. Innovators like the World Bank, Medicare,, EnergyStar, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oregon, Montgomery County, and Maryland, have all chosen Socrata as the data sharing platform for their open innovation initiatives. To learn more about Socrata, visit or follow us on Twitter @socrata

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