Industrial IoT and Industry 4.0 enable digitalization and innovation. SCADA control systems are a vital component of IT/OT modernization. The SCADA evolution started with monolithic applications and moved to networked and web-based platforms. This blog post explores building the 5th generation: A cloud-native SCADA infrastructure with Apache Kafka. A real-world case study explores the journey of a German system operator for electricity to show how such a journey to open and scalable real-time workloads and edge-to-cloud integration progressed.
Logistics, shipping, and transportation require real-time information to build efficient applications and innovative business models. Data streaming enables correlated decisions, recommendations, and alerts. Kafka is everywhere across the industry. This blog post explores several real-world case studies from companies such as Swiss Post, Austrian Post, DHL, and Hermes. Use cases include cloud-native middleware modernization, track and trace, and predictive routing and ETA planning.
A modern supply chain requires just-in-time production, global logistics, and complex manufacturing processes. This blog post explores a solution that ingests all information flows into a unified central nervous system. The idea of the Supply Chain Control Tower becomes a reality: An integrated data cockpit with real-time access to all levels and systems of the supply chain.
The sports world is changing. Digitalization is everywhere. Cameras and sensors analyze matches. Stadiums get connected and incorporate mobile apps and location-based services. Players use social networks to influence and market themselves and consumer products. Real-time data processing is crucial for most innovative sports use cases. This blog post explores how data streaming with Apache Kafka helps reimagine the sports industry, showing a concrete example from the worldwide table tennis organization.
Apache Kafka became the de facto standard for data streaming. Various cloud offerings emerged and improved in the last years. Amazon MSK Serverless is the latest Kafka product from AWS. This blog post looks at its capabilities to explore how it relates to “the normal” partially managed Amazon MSK, when the serverless version is a good choice, and when other fully-managed cloud services like Confluent Cloud are the better option.
Even digital natives – that started their business in the cloud without legacy applications in their own data centers – need to modernize their cloud-native enterprise architecture to improve business processes, reduce costs, and provide real-time information to their downstream applications. This blog post explores the benefits of an open and flexible data streaming platform compared to a proprietary message queue and data ingestion cloud services. A concrete example shows how DoorDash replaced cloud-native AWS SQS and Kinesis with Apache Kafka and Flink.
Request-response communication with REST / HTTP is simple, well understood, and supported by most technologies, products, and SaaS cloud services. Contrarily, data streaming with Apache Kafka is a fundamental change to process data continuously. HTTP and Kafka complement each other in various ways. This post explores the architectures and use cases to leverage request-response together with data streaming in the control plane for management or in the data plane for producing and consuming events.
If there were a buzzword of the hour, it would undoubtedly be “data mesh”! This new architectural paradigm unlocks analytic and transactional data at scale and enables rapid access to an ever-growing number of distributed domain datasets for various usage scenarios. The data mesh addresses the most common weaknesses of the traditional centralized data lake or data platform architecture. And the heart of a decentralized data mesh infrastructure must be real-time, reliable, and scalable. Learn how the de facto standard for data streaming, Apache Kafka, plays a crucial role in building a data mesh.
The concepts and architectures of a data warehouse, a data lake, and data streaming are complementary to solving business problems. Unfortunately, the underlying technologies are often misunderstood, overused for monolithic and inflexible architectures, and pitched for wrong use cases by vendors. Let’s explore this dilemma in a blog series. This is part 5: Best Practices for Building a Cloud-Native Data Warehouse or Data Lake.
The concepts and architectures of a data warehouse, a data lake, and data streaming are complementary to solving business problems. Unfortunately, the underlying technologies are often misunderstood, overused for monolithic and inflexible architectures, and pitched for wrong use cases by vendors. Let’s explore this dilemma in a blog series. This is part 4: Case Studies for cloud-native data streaming and data warehouses.
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