Among my many pet peeves are vendor claims to have the first or only product in a market. Today’s news items are important even though they’re not as unique as promised. We’ll start with Panoply, which has just released its “smart cloud data warehouse” from beta. It uses artificial intelligence to automatically enrich, transform, and optimize complex data. That’s really important, since those tasks are major obstacles to customer data unification. So important, in fact, that we also wrote last week about Qubole’s similar-sounding product.