Characteristics of a Good Visual Analytics and Data Discovery Tool

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Hadoop on July 28th, 2016 by Kai Wähner

Visual Analytics and Data Discovery allow analysis of big data sets to find insights and valuable information. This is much more than just classical Business Intelligence (BI). See this article for more details and motivation: “Using Visual Analytics to Make Better Decisions: the Death Pill Example“. Let’s take a look at important characteristics to choose the right tool for your use cases.

Visual Analytics Tool Comparison and Evaluation

Several tools are available on the market for Visual Analytics and Data Discovery. Three of the most well known options are Tableau, Qlik and TIBCO Spotfire. Use the following list to compare and evaluate different tools to make the right decision for your project:

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Comparison of Stream Processing Frameworks and Products

Posted in Analytics, Business Intelligence, Hadoop, In Memory on October 25th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

See how products, libraries, and frameworks that full under ‘streaming data analytics’ use cases are categorized and compared.

Streaming Analytics processes data in real time while it is in motion. This concept and technology emerged several years ago in financial trading, but it is growing increasingly important these days due to digitalization and Internet of Things (IoT). The following slide deck from a recent talk at a conference covers:

  • Real world success stories from different industries (Manufacturing, Retailing, Sports)
  • Alternative Frameworks and Products for Stream Processing
  • Complementary Relationship to Data Warehouse, Apache Hadoop, Statistics, Machine Learning, Open Source R, SAS, Matlab, etc.
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Microservices = Death of the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)? – Slide Deck and Video Recording

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, Java / JEE, Microservices, SOA on June 29th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

[UPDATE June 2016: Please also read this updated article about Microservices, Containers and Cloud-Native Architecture for Middleware]

In 2015, the middleware world focuses on two buzzwords: Docker and Microservices. Software vendors still sell products such as an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) or Complex Event Processing (CEP) engines. How is this related?

Docker is a fascinating technology to deploy and distribute modules (middleware, applications, services) quickly and easily. Most people agree that Docker will change the future of software development in the next years. I will do another blog post about how Docker is related to TIBCO and how you can deploy and distribute Microservices with Docker and TIBCO products such as TIBCO EMS and BusinessWorks 6 easily.

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Micro Services Architecture = Death of Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)?

Posted in API Management, Cloud, EAI, ESB, In Memory, Java / JEE on January 8th, 2015 by Kai Wähner

These days, it seems like everybody is talking about microservices. You can read a lot about it in hundreds of articles and blog posts, but my recommended starting point would be this article by Martin Fowler, which initiated the huge discussion about this new architectural concept. This article is about the challenges, requirements and best practices for creating a good microservices architecture, and what role an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) plays in this game.

Branding and Marketing: EAI vs. SOA vs. ESB vs. Microservices

Let’s begin with a little bit of history about Service-oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Service Bus to find out why microservices have become so trendy.

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Fundamentals of Stream Processing (IBM InfoSphere Streams, TIBCO StreamBase, Apache Storm) – Book Review

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Hadoop on July 1st, 2014 by Kai Wähner

Internet of things, cloud and mobile are the major drivers for stream processing. Use cases are network monitoring, intelligent surveillance, but also less technical things such as inventory management or fraud detection. The book helps a lot to get a basic understanding about history, concepts and patterns of the stream processing paradigm.

“Fundamentals of Stream Processing: Application Design, Systems, and Analytics” (www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Stream-Processing-Application-Analytics/dp/1107015545) is one of only few books available about stream processing. Published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press. Authors are Henrique C. M. Andrade (JP Morgan, New York), Bugra Gedik (Bilkent University, Turkey), Deepak S. Turaga (IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, New York).

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“Hadoop and Data Warehouse (DWH) – Friends, Enemies or Profiteers? What about Real Time?” – Slides (including TIBCO Examples) from JAX 2014 Online

Posted in Analytics, Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloud, ESB, Hadoop on May 13th, 2014 by Kai Wähner

Slides from my talk “Hadoop and Data Warehouse (DWH) – Friends, Enemies or Profiteers? What about Real Time?” at JAX 2014 (Twitter #jaxcon) in Mainz are online. JAX is a great conference with interesting topics and many good speakers!

Content (Data Warehouse, Business Intelligence, Hadoop, Stream Processing)

Big data represents a significant paradigm shift in enterprise technology. Big data radically changes the nature of the data management profession as it introduces new concerns about the volume, velocity and variety of corporate data. New business models based on predictive analytics, such as recommendation systems or fraud detection, are relevant more than ever before. Apache Hadoop seems to become the de facto standard for implementing big data solutions. For that reason, solutions from many different vendors emerged on top of Hadoop.

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