Splunk and Tableau Developed Connector to Analyze Machine-Generated Data

March 27, 2014

The article on TechWorld titled Tableau Folds Splunk Data Into Business Analysis shares information on the new connector enabling the analysis of machine-generated data, developed in partnership by Tableau Enterprises and Splunk. The collaboration allows for a better understanding of product analytics and customer experience, since Splunk’s software collects data on what customers do when they visit a website. The article explains,

“The new driver for Tableau expands the scope of how Splunk data can be used by the enterprise. It imports data captured by Splunk into Tableau’s data processing and visualization environment. As a result, business analysts can merge the event data generated by servers with other sources of data, which would potentially provide new insights into customer behavior or corporate operations…The connector is a ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) driver that is included in the Tableau 8.1.4 maintenance release.”

Splunk’s software was initially used more for finding issues in a system, but with the addition of analysis tools the software’s ability’s were broadened. Now instead of just noting trouble spots on a website, the software is used to discover patterns in customer behavior. The article uses the example of users filling shopping carts on a website but not making purchases. Splunk’s software is used by managers to pinpoint the issue that is causing that lack of follow-through. Whether or not the partnership of Tableau and Splunk will pay off remains to be seen.

Chelsea Kerwin, March 27, 2014

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

SharePoint Business Data Connector Needed

October 18, 2013

Many organizations still see SharePoint as an internal enterprise tool and have yet to take advantage of any opportunity for external data integration. No doubt external integration is trickier and few organizations are willing to take risks. So, many are turning to the Layer2 Business Data List Connector to seamlessly integrate external data streams into an existing SharePoint infrastructure. OpenPR covers the product in their story, “Layer2 Business Data List Connector for SharePoint V5 Released To Close Gaps With External Data Integration.”

The article begins:

“Layer2 has announced version 5 of the SharePoint Business Data List Connector (BDLC) that connects almost any external corporate data source with native SharePoint lists and closes many gaps that still exist with SharePoint data integration.”

Add-ons are all too common when it comes to SharePoint deployments Many gaps exist, just like the external data integration gap mentioned above. Stephen E. Arnold, of Arnold IT, is a longtime expert in search and a frequent critic of SharePoint. In a recent article, Arnold highlights that SharePoint is missing the mark on its critical functions, including search. Microsoft would do well to listen, but until a major redesign takes place, users will continue to rely on add-ons.

Emily Rae Aldridge, October 18, 2013

Maxxcat Offers SQL Connector

August 30, 2013

Specialized hardware vendor MaxxCAT offers a SQL connector, allowing their appliances to directly access SQL databases. We read about that tool, named BobCAT, at the company’s Search Connect page. We would like to note that the company’s web site has made it easier to locate their expanding range of appliances for search and storage.

Naturally, BobCAT can be configured for use with Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, and MySQL, among other ODBC databases. The connector ‘s integration with MaxxCAT’s appliances makes it easier to establish crawls and customize output using tools like JSON, HTML and SQL. The write-up emphasizes:

“The results returned from the BobCAT connector can be integrated into web pages, applications, or other systems that use the search appliance as a compute server performing the specialized function of high performance search across large data sets.

“In addition to indexing raw data, The BobCAT connector provides the capability for raw integrators to index business intelligence and back office systems from disparate applications, and can grant the enterprise user a single portal of access to data coming from customer management, ERP or proprietary systems.”

MaxxCAT does not stop with its SQL connector. Their Lynx Connector facilitates connection to their enterprise search appliances by developers, integrators, and connector foundries. The same Search Connect page explains:

“The connector consists of two components, the input bytestream and a subset of the MaxxCAT API that controls the processing of collections and the appliance.

“There are many applications of the Lynx Connector, including building plugins and connector modules that connect MaxxCAT to external software systems, document formats and proprietary cloud or application infrastructure. Users of the Lynx Connector have a straightforward path to take advantage of MaxxCAT’s specialized and high performance retrieval engine in building solutions.”

Developers interested in building around the Lynx framework are asked email the company for more information, including a line on development hardware and support resources. MaxxCAT was founded in 2007 to capitalize on the high-performance, specialized hardware corner of the enterprise search market. The company manages to offer competitive pricing without sacrificing its focus on performance, simplicity, and ease of integration. We continue to applaud MaxxCAT’s recently launched program for nonprofits.

Cynthia Murrell, August 30, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Augmentext

PolySpot Uses Disorganized Data and Churns Out Deliverable Insights

February 18, 2013

Big data is exploitable, increasingly necessary for enterprise functionality as organizations become more complex and can provide endless opportunities for ROI. However, there are some organizations that have not fully realized their potential to tap into this resource. ZDNet‘s article “Big Data: Why Most Businesses Just Don’t Get It” discusses how these organizations want to look at multiple pieces of data across different information sources but cannot execute the technology and manpower required.

Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst Debra Logan offers up her insights in the referenced article stating that 95 to 97 percent of organizations she knows are only exploring possible big data solutions currently. However, research from Microsoft says 75 percent of organizations are implementing solutions in the next 12 months.

The article quotes Logan:

Software companies in general have no interest in helping you make anything smaller because they make their money from more data and the more disorganised that data is, the more money they make. The most advanced industry in terms of big data is retail. It’s the stuff they do with all the RFID, the supply chain, with loyalty cards. Those are big-data problems.

Enterprise organizations are faced with the very real problem of too much information that is scattered across various departments in silos. However, there are solutions like PolySpot that use connectors to break the barriers of incompatible data types to draw out important knowledge and information.

Megan Feil, February 18, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search.

Connectors in Big Data Solutions Link Data Necessary for Comprehensive Picture

February 12, 2013

A recent article from GigaOM furthers the conversation in the midst of what some describe as a data backlash in “Why Big Data Matters and Data-ism Doesn’t.” New York Times columnist David Brooks is credited with coining the term data-ism to characterize the common phenomenon where people reduce everything in the world to statistics and this GigaOM writer agrees that data-ism is something to stay far away from.

While many data enthusiasts are simply content with lists of data and statistics for the sake of the data, it is important to see beyond the mere data points. Big data and the technological tools available are helping to further the possibilities and opportunities that data offers every field from research to business.

The author of this article states:

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the real value of data isn’t just in uncovering statistical realities, but in finding methods for doing so where it was hitherto impossible and in creating entirely new products that change the way we interact with our world. Big data is a technological revolution centered around collecting, storing and processing more data of more types than ever before.

One way we are seeing the larger connections hidden within the various and high volumes of data points that make big data arise to the surface is through solutions like PolySpot. This technology scores big in the realm of connectors with over one hundred different types.

Megan Feil, February 12, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search.

Decision Making Only Becomes Easier for CMOs with PolySpot

February 6, 2013

Last year, Gartner forecasted that by 2017, the CMO would be spending more on IT than the CIO. The landscape of office politics has caused what Forbes is calling “Big Data Star Wars: The CMO/CIO Wars Continue.” Money drives the decisions in external business affairs and clearly the same is the case for internal issues as well.

Acknowledging that IT budgets are shrinking and CMO desires to tap into insights from unstructured data platforms is only increasing, the article purports the trend as a continuing one.

The article states:

Marketers want to do more with big data in 2013, which probably means they will increase the pressure on the IT department or by-pass it with cloud-based resources. More than half of the survey respondents said they have already started implementing real-time data and plan to make greater use of it in 2013 to drive more personalized marketing campaigns, with another 30 percent saying they plan on using it for the first time or consider using it.

Many of the technology resources available to organizations aid in connecting departments across the enterprise with information access to insights churned from big data solutions. One such technology that we have seen make waves in this area is PolySpot. Their library of over one hundred connectors makes decision making for business professionals a cinch.

Megan Feil, February 6, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search.

Data Quality and Delivery Ensured By Over One Hundred Connectors in Solution by PolySpot

January 30, 2013

Information Management discusses how businesses can be a part of “Revealing Big Data’s Secrets” for their own gain in this recent article. The article explains that too much has been covered in the media in regards to big data that discusses the what and why of the matter. How is the weak link in this inherently necessary triumvirate of information to help businesses in beginning deployment of big data technologies.

Businesses who have found out why they need big data and what it is are perfectly poised to gain competitive advantage from big data if they take the next steps to utilize the right technologies.

The article states:

Our research into operational intelligence found that the use of events is a critical part of the big data environment. At the same time the skills of master data management and data governance do not go away, and in fact become important to address the business accuracy question that inevitably pops up when more data becomes available to be utilized. Our research into product information management has found that the drive for data quality is changing organizations’ approaches.

Data quality and integrity is very important to businesses as they work to churn insights out of data. One solution we have seen from PolySpot offers more than one hundred connectors to ensure that data is delivered in the proper form.

Megan Feil, January 30, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search.

PolySpot Enables Access to Actionable Insights

January 21, 2013

After several years of articles focused simply on what big data means, the time has finally arrived where many media outlets are moving beyond definitions in their coverage. HR Bartender breaches the subject of massive volumes of petabytes in regards to the opportunities and actionable information it produces in their recent article, “Moving from Big Data to Real Insight.”

The article tells us to acknowledge but bypass skepticism, focus on success and build off of small victories. Among many professional tips and guidelines for creating insights out of numbers, the  author emphasizes the prime motivation as enabling a better customer and client experience.

The article recommends:

It’s important to understand how to get insights from our data. And before companies try to incorporate big data into their strategy, here are a few things to consider. Identify the “why”. Companies need to know why they are gathering data. Example: In the IBM CEO study, chief executives talk about building data to serve their customers. Their goal is to empower customer facing staff by using analytics to create a better customer experience.

Moving the needle from a chaotic array of data holed up in silos in various programs and applications will be challenging without the proper infrastructure component. PolySpot, for example, with over one hundred connectors aids in the technological side of information access.

Megan Feil, January 21, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

PolySpot Uncovers and Delivers Vital Enterprise Information

January 11, 2013

We’ve heard it before and we’re hearing it again: computers and data are nothing without the intelligence and analysis skills of data scientists. This time the age-old insight comes from a recent GigaOM article called “Why Big Data Might Be More About Automation Than Insights.”

The author discussed how attorneys are using big data technologies to sift through terabytes of electronic documents with Recommind CEO Bob Tennant.

The following insight was shared from their conversation:

Predictive coding, as it’s called, frees them up to focus more on case strategy than on the tedium of analyzing every single PDF and email message to figure out if it’s relevant to a case. However, he noted, although the software typically does a better job than a person alone would do, most law firms still use a hybrid man-machine approach to leverage the strengths of both and ensure nothing gets missed.

While big data technologies are certainly replacing the need for employees to manually read huge stacks of documents, we would not say that automation is where these technologies end. Key insights are delivered from business intelligence software like PolySpot that, through connectors, has the capability of uncovering information from over 100 different file types.

Megan Feil, January 11, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search

Study Reveals Data and Solutions that Allow for Analysis to be as Valuable as Land, Labor and Capital

January 8, 2013

We lucked into finding a copy of Capgemini EIU Big Data Study available for perusing on Slide Share. The Economist Intelligence Unit from this consultancy agency surveyed over 600 business leaders worldwide and across different industry sectors about the use of Big Data in their organizations.

The survey pointed to certain challenges for decision making arising from Big Data. Volume is not the toughest problem for analysts to deal with. 85% of respondendts felt that the challenge lies in the access to big data and the ability to analyze it in real-time.

The article states:

Familiar challenges relating to data quality, governance and consistency also remain relevant, with 56% of respondents citing organisational silos as their biggest problem in making better use of BigData. For our respondents, data is now the fourth factor of production, as essential as land, labour and capital. It follows that tomorrow’s winners will be the organisations that succeed in exploiting Big Data, for example by applying advanced predictive analytic techniques in real time.

It is clear from this article and the findings reported in the study that a greater emphasis must be placed on connectors, such as those found in solutions from PolySpot. Their infrastructure technologies allow analysts to easily access and analyze data in real time.

Megan Feil, January 8, 2013

Sponsored by ArnoldIT.com, developer of Beyond Search.

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