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Exclusive: Why Elastic continues to see positive momentum
Fri, 16th Feb 2024

In an enlightening interview, Gavin Jones, Area Vice President for ANZ at Elastic, shared comprehensive insights into Elastic's strategic direction, its technological advancements, and its significant impact across various sectors. Elastic, as Jones describes, is "the leading search analytics company that enables businesses to securely harness search powered AI to find the answers they need in real time, across all of their data at scale, unleashing the potential of businesses, but also the people that they serve." This statement encapsulates Elastic's mission to empower organizations with the tools necessary for navigating the complex data landscape of today's digital world.

Elastic's global footprint extends over 40 countries, with Jones highlighting the company's broad customer base that spans "all different geographies and sectors, public sector, financial services, retail and e-commerce across some of the most protected and security-conscious sectors in the industry." Elastic's platform's adoption by over 50% of the Fortune 500, as Jones pointed out, underscores its critical role in powering some of the world's most trusted and influential brands, especially within Australia and New Zealand.

The upcoming ElasticON Tour Sydney represents a pivotal moment for Elastic in the region, being the first event of its kind post-pandemic. Jones expressed great enthusiasm about the event, stating, "It's going to be a really exciting tour...You're going to hear about their journeys, and how they're harnessing the power of generative AI and machine learning." This event is not just a showcase but a testament to Elastic's commitment to fostering a community of innovation and collaboration among its users and partners.

Jones provided insights into the latest technological advancements from Elastic, notably the general availability of Elastic 8.11, which introduced the Elasticsearch Query Language (ESQL). This development, as Jones described, "transforms, enriches, and simplifies data investigation with concurrent processing," representing a significant leap forward in data analysis capabilities. The Elastic AI assistant, leveraging generative AI, and powered by the Elastic Search Relevance Engine (ESRE), was also mentioned as a tool to "democratise cybersecurity" and enable users of every skill level to derive value from the platform.

Reflecting on the adoption of AI across Elastic's solutions, Jones noted, "We do...incorporate all of those latest capabilities, such as Gen AI, to ease the workloads of our security operations centre analysts." This approach highlights Elastic's proactive stance in integrating cutting-edge technologies to enhance its offerings and address the evolving needs of its customers.

The conversation also touched upon the challenges brought about by COVID-19 and the accelerated shift towards cloud-based solutions. Jones observed a "dramatic acceleration of the adoption of our cloud offerings," a shift that has enabled Elastic to further solidify its position in the market by offering scalable, flexible solutions that meet the demands of a rapidly changing business environment.

Addressing customer challenges, particularly in the realm of cybersecurity, Jones emphasized the importance of an open security model and collaboration within the industry to combat the growing threat landscape. Elastic's establishment of Elastic Security Labs signifies a commitment to "leading that shift towards this open security framework," as Jones put it, advocating for a collective effort to enhance security postures across the board.

As Elastic looks to the future, Jones expressed excitement about the potential of generative AI to "transform user experience and also employee efficiency within a real-time business environment." With more than four billion downloads of its products, Elastic's influence continues to grow, driven by its commitment to innovation, open source principles, and a vision that seeks to redefine the possibilities of search analytics and AI technologies in the digital age.

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