Bayesia, Since 2001
Bayesia was founded in 2001 by two professors working in the field of artificial intelligence, Dr. Lionel Jouffe and Dr. Paul Munteanu (see some of their research papers). They established their new business at the Technopole in Laval, a small French town close to Brittany, roughly 200 miles west of Paris.
Since the first release of BayesiaLab back then, the company has steadily grown to become the world's leading provider of Bayesian network software. Some of the world's largest and best-known companies have embraced BayesiaLab as a key tool in their research efforts. Of special significance in Bayesia's success story is the strategic partnership with P&G, which began in 2009 and has since driven many innovations in BayesiaLab's ongoing development.
Even though Bayesia's R&D resources are fully committed with BayesiaLab's development roadmap, everyone in the organization is required to spend time on consulting projects with clients. Dr. Jouffe says, "we have to be intimately familiar with our customers' research evolving research challenges, so the tools we develop fit into their workflows. We are driven by the idea that software should naturally anticipate the user's next steps, and yet offer a maximum degree of flexibility to the researcher. After all, research is a voyage of discovery and not a script."
Bayesia USA, Since 2010
In his capacity as head of analytics and forecasting at Nissan North America, Stefan Conrady started collaborating with Bayesia in 2009 on market research applications of BayesiaLab in the auto industry. Convinced of BayesiaLab's tremendous potential beyond its home market in Europe, Stefan, together with his wife Kim Conrady, founded Bayesia USA in 2010 to serve as the French company's North American sales and marketing partner.
Bayesia USA is located in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, which features one of the fastest-growing economies in the country. Recent accolades about the area range from "#1 Job Growth" to "America's New Boomtown City."
In their first year of operation, Bayesia USA already managed to sign up a number of blue-chip clients, such as NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, InterContinental Hotels Group, and Dell Computers, and add them to the expanding list of BayesiaLab users around the world. Bayesia USA has also become the center for educational activities around BayesiaLab, hosting webinars, workshops, and training seminars around North America. A new 382-page book, Bayesian Networks & BayesiaLab - A Practical Introduction for Researchers, co-authored by Stefan Conrady and Lionel Jouffe, is the latest product of Bayesia's international teamwork.
Stefan's work experience with some of the world's leading automobile brands, including Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars instilled in him a sense of commitment to total customer satisfaction. "If the customer runs into a roadblock, for whatever reason, our team will try the utmost to solve the problem." He adds, "Research is expensive and BayesiaLab is a big technology investment, so our clients can't afford any downtime. For them, it's critically important to be able to rely on our industrial-strength support."
Bayesia Singapore, Since 2012
Given the momentum of the North American business and the increasing number of clients in Asia, establishing Bayesia Singapore Pte. Ltd. in the fall of 2012 was the next step for the growing company. Its central location in the Asia/Pacific region, plus its excellent technology infrastructure, make Singapore the perfect hub for the Bayesia team.
With a booming analytics industry, India has emerged as a focal point for most of Bayesia's marketing efforts in Asia. Beginning in early 2013, Ajith Govind, a Mu Sigma alumni based out of Bangalore, became Bayesia's lead in this market. His first-hand experience with large-scale analytics projects with Fortune 100 companies gives him an in-depth understanding of customers' requirements.
In this context, a newly formed partnership with the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore presented a brilliant opportunity to deepen Bayesia's ties with academia in India's high-tech capital.