Connect with us

Big Data

Why modern applications demand polyglot database strategies

Avatar

Published

on

Commentary: Ready to move all your applications to NoSQL databases? It’s not that simple.

Big data analysis, unstructured database processing metaphor, large volume of white puzzle jigsaws with alphabets pouring from bottle combine word DATA on red fabric background with copy space

Image: Nuthawut Somsuk, Getty Images/iStockphoto

For someone who cut his teeth on relational databases at Oracle right out of college, Mark Porter sure seems happy to leave them behind. In announcing his new position as CTO at MongoDB, the company behind the eponymous document-based, distributed database, Porter took some shots at the relational world he’s left behind. 

This isn’t to suggest relational data is dead, or even limping. Instead, Porter’s ability to straddle the worlds of NoSQL (MongoDB) and SQL (Oracle) simply suggests that data is a lot more complicated than can fit on a bumper sticker, and we’re nowhere near being able to call it a “solved” problem.

SEE: How to build a successful developer career (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

A new world of data

When Porter started at Oracle (1988), MongoDB didn’t exist. Heck, at that time, MongoDB co-founder Eliot Horowitz was still in elementary school. So Porter (and the rest of the world) had no idea what he/they might be missing in those rows and columns of relational data. It wasn’t until 2009 that MongoDB shipped and upended the database world. 

Eleven years later, Porter had this to say about this brave new world of data:

No matter how amazing databases have been…building apps on them has never been simple. Normalized data, mathematically pure or not, is agonizing for humans to program against; it’s just not how we think….And while SQL might look pretty in an editor, from a programming point of view, it’s close to the hardest way to query information you could think of. Relational databases tout their fixed and predictable data model as a feature, but in reality, inflexible data models are a shackle around any real world developer’s productivity. Just ask any CIO how often they “roll new schema” to their application fleet, and they typically put their head in their hands and mumble ‘Once a quarter..if we’re lucky.'”

And yet…Porter’s original world of relational data is very much with us. Those ERP systems that SAP made $27 billion selling last year? Mostly relational data. Indeed, take all those systems of record that organizations use to help manage employees, or track widgets in their supply chains, etc.? Almost entirely relational data. In fact, developers still use the venerable RDBMS for everything from online ticket sales to advertising systems

As such, as much as Porter is correct that developers love the flexibility of newer approaches to data management like MongoDB, many also will continue to rely on the RDBMS. 

Or something new.

Database proliferation

If anyone thought we’d figured out databases, all they need to do is take a look at DB-Engines, which currently tracks over 350 different databases, of all sorts of shapes and sizes. From relational to document to graph to key-value to multi-model to…you name it. Over the past decade, in particular, we’ve seen database options explode. 

While no developer could hope to become proficient in 350 databases, or even 35, the fact that we have this level of choice speaks to the desire of many people to build better, easier ways to manage ever-changing data. It also speaks to an inefficient drive among some to reinvent the database wheel, rather than partner on a few projects. As analyst Curt Monash has noted, “Developing a good [database] requires 5-7 years and tens of millions of dollars. That’s if things go extremely well.” There are no exceptions to this rule.

Take MongoDB, for example. It’s about as close to an “overnight success” as we have in databases, and it took a decade and hundreds of millions of dollars to reach its current level of popularity (fifth on the DB-Engines ranking). Though people keep creating new databases, it might be more cost-effective to contribute to existing open source database projects to help them gain the capabilities perceived to be missing. 

And yet…forks happen. Often existing projects won’t accommodate new directions. Sometimes their architecture won’t, either. For Redis founder Salvatore Sanfilippo, he told me the Redis example serves as a reminder that it’s “possible to explore new things” in areas like databases even if everything looks “solved.”

This means we’re probably going to get more than 356 databases, even if we don’t actually need “more” databases that we regularly use. Whether we rally around a few existing projects or innovate new ones, the future of data is “more.”

Disclosure: I work at AWS, but this article reflects my views, not those of my employer.

Also see

Source: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/why-modern-applications-demand-polyglot-database-strategies/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

Big Data

How Can Technology Help Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Avatar

Published

on

Illustration: © IoT For All

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues unfolding, technology solutions and government initiatives are multiplying to help monitor and control the virus’s journey. Their aid includes reducing the load on the health system and reinforcing the efforts of overworking and burned-out healthcare workers.

While smart technologies cannot replace or compensate public institution measures, they do play a crucial role in emergency responses. Let’s take a look at the promising use cases of how technology can help fight the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Technologies Used for Good

People tend to think of technology as a heartless machine, which is true, but only until it’s used for good. Just look at all the wonderful things we’ve managed to do with its help.

Telemedicine is gaining traction by offering remote patient monitoring and interactive remote doctor’s visits. At the same time, 3D printing and open-source solutions are facilitating the production of more affordable face masks, ventilators, and breathing filters as well as optimizing the supply of the medical equipment. Even more, the pandemic has driven scientists to desperate measures. They are now experimenting with gene editing, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology to develop and test vaccines faster than ever in the history of humanity.

Smart technologies like the Internet of things (IoT), big data, and artificial intelligence (AI) are being massively adopted to help track the disease spread and contagion, manage insurance payments, uphold medical supply chains, and enforce restrictive measures. Let’s go step by step to see how IoT, AI, big data, and mobile solutions are actually enhancing medical care.

IoT for Smart Patient Care Management and Home Automation

IoT has already found its use among healthcare providers. Today, connected patient imaging, health devices or applications, worker solutions, and ambulance programs are being adopted globally. But COVID-19 made the technology take on new applications to help the world combat the epidemic. Tracking quarantine, pre-screening and diagnosing, cleaning and disinfecting, innovative usage of drones, reducing in-home infections, are all “new normals” thanks to IoT.

null

For example, an American health technology company Kinsa creates smart thermometers that screen and aggregate people’s temperature and symptoms data in real-time. Having gathered data from over one million connected thermometers, Kinsa rolled out its US HealthWeather™ Map.

The map is updated daily, highlighting how severely the population is being affected by influenza-like illness (ILI). This real-time information helps health authorities see an increase. In fevers as early indicators of the community spread of COVID-19 to streamline the allocation of health resources. These areas are marked in the “Atypical” mode of the map.

To slow down the spread of COVID-19, a team of Seattle engineers created Immutouch, a smart wristband vibrating every time a person wearing it tries to touch their face.

null

Smart speakers, lights, and security systems are being used to open doors and switch on lights to reduce in-home infections. These gadgets allow people to avoid touching the surfaces of doorknobs, switches, mail, packages, or anything that could easily spread germs.

The Role of Big Data in Fighting Coronavirus

Tapping into big data is a must to develop real-time forecasts and arm healthcare professionals with a profound database to help with decision-making.

null

IBM Clinical Development system is an advanced Electronic Data Capture (EDC) platform that allows an accelerated delivery of medications to market and reduces the time and cost of clinical trials thanks to cognitive computing, patient data assets, and IoT. Additionally, the U.S. government had been in active talks with Facebook, Google, and others to determine how to use location data to glean insights for combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Could Mobile Apps be Used to Control the Pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has become a game-changer for the healthcare continuum. Today’s mobile apps are on guard to help patients receive online therapy, at-home testing, conclude self-checks, and improve mental well-being. Thanks to smartphone apps, it is now possible to trace the virus’s journey and help limit its spread.

Apple COVID-19, for instance, was created in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the White House, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The application contains vital and relevant information from trusted sources on the coronavirus pandemic: hand hygiene practices, social distancing FAQs, quarantine guidelines, self-checking tutorials, tips on cleaning, and disinfecting surfaces. On top of that, it has a screening tool that advises people on what to do when a person has COVID-19 symptoms, has just returned from abroad, or has come in close contact with someone who might be infected with the disease.

Meanwhile, health authorities in Abu Dhabi have created the TraceCovid app for Bluetooth-enabled smartphones to minimize the spread of the disease. The service allows tracing individuals who have come into proximity with a person tested positive for COVID-19. Thanks to it, medical professionals сan react faster and render the necessary healthcare. Germany, in turn, is going to roll out a smartphone app, which will use Bluetooth to alert people if they are close to someone with the confirmed viral infection.

null

Telemedicine has also proved to be an efficient tool for flattening the curve. The Sheba Medical Centre, the largest Israeli hospital, launched a telehealth program for remote patient-monitoring to control the pandemic spread. Doctolib, a Franco-German company, Qare (France), Livi (Sweden), Push Doctor (the UK), Compugroup Medical (Germany) are offering virtual doctors too.

Using AI to Identify, Track and Forecast Outbreaks

Artificial intelligence-powered by natural language processing (NLP) and location monitoring is crucial for identifying, tracking, and scanning outbreaks, predicting hotspots and helping make better decisions.

For example, Microsoft collaborated with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an AI-based COVID-19 Assessment bot to treat patients more effectively and allocate limited resources. The bot, nicknamed Clara, can evaluate symptoms, advice on the next steps to take and track users who need urgent care the most.

The Canadian startup BlueDot has applied AI to spot and track the spread of COVID-19 and predict outbreaks, and the Japanese company Bespoke rolled out Bebot, an AI-powered chatbot that was developed specifically for travelers. This mobile app informs and assists them with coronavirus-related questions as they move about.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has become a real-life test for everyone. It has caused tremendous damage, but at the same time, it has forced tech innovators to roll out advanced solutions, and it seems that they don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.

Healthcare providers across the globe are continually switching to smart technologies. So if you are in the smart technology niche, consider the current trends to steer your business in the right direction.

Source: https://www.iotforall.com/how-can-technology-help-fight-covid19/

Continue Reading

Big Data

Chatbots and Intelligent Automation Solutions Paving the Way towards Seamless Business Continuity

Avatar

Published

on

Frequent business disruptions in the form of storms, pandemics, lockdowns, etc., pose risk to seamless operations and revenue generation in service industries. One day of operation disruption leads to losses worth millions. Semi-automation is not able to stop the cascading business effects of an unprecedented business disruption. Services such as banks, financial services, insurance, healthcare, information technology services, etc., cannot afford the risk of downtime. Chatbots powered by Intelligent Automation is that indispensable solution in the omni-channel customer interface that keeps the business moving 24×7 even in the face of a major business disruption such as long prevailing pandemic.

How do Intelligent Automation powered Chat-bots offer seamless business continuity?

Chatbots engage diverse skill sets such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning (ML), in short Intelligent Automation, and offer a lifeline to the service industry businesses. Chatbots are located on the key pages of a business website or social media pages of the business, and can be accessed by customers and prospects round the clock in different international languages. They augment the services of the regular service desk and helps tide over most emergency situations.

Chatbots can handle complex queries and the functioning depends on training data set and the streamlined data in the CRM database. All chatbot interactions can be further cleaned and stored in the CRM and analysed. Based on these interactions at different stages of the customer journey, the chatbots can make intelligent suggestions to the customer during the subsequent customer interaction.

The chatbots offer tremendous business benefits. The responses are highly accurate and relevant and have a minuscule turnaround time. The on time responses right from order booking to bill payment while taking care of customer preference ensures high productivity and thereby generates high revenue even when a business executive is not able to interact directly with a customer.

In conclusion:

Chatbot solution powered by Intelligent Automation is that indispensable tool in the omni-channel customer service desk of a service industry business. It helps to keep the business up and running even when customer executives are not able to interact directly with the customer due to unprecedented business disruptions. Chatbot solutions thereby enable businesses to stay up and functioning at all times in a 24x7x365 scenario.

Image Credit: https://www.freepik.com/yanalya

Source: https://datafloq.com/read/chatbots-intelligent-automation-solutions-paving-way-towards-seamless-business-continuity/8850

Continue Reading

Big Data

How Hazelcast hopes to make digital transformation mainstream

Avatar

Published

on

Commentary: Even as the coronavirus pandemic has hastened digital transformation efforts, success remains elusive for many companies. This one-stop shop to digital transformation might help.

Digital transformation

Image: metamorworks, Getty Images/iStockphoto

It’s no secret that, as CircleCI CEO Jim Rose put it, “The pandemic has compressed the time[line]” for digital transformation. What is perhaps surprising is just how broad and deep that transformation is spreading. In an interview with Hazelcast chief product officer David Brimley, he stressed that while Fortune 500 e-commerce and finance companies have historically paid the bills for Hazelcast, provider of an open source in-memory data grid (IMDG), mid-sized enterprises “are coming to us and saying, we want to start digitizing and [adding digital] channels for our business.”

How they get there, and how fast, is the question. 

SEE: Digital transformation road map (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

A one-stop shop to digital transformation 

As keen as companies are to move workloads to the cloud to facilitate digital transformation, not all companies are alike in their readiness, Brimley said. In particular, these mid-sized enterprises may lack the personnel or other resources to push aggressively into the cloud, whatever their intentions. As such, he said, many companies are trying to figure out “the quickest way I can get the applications and hardware I’ve got today in my own data centers and add a digital channel on the top of it as quickly as I can.” 

No PhD in Computer Geekery required.

SEE: Special report: Prepare for serverless computing (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

By pairing Hazelcast IMDG for distributed coordination and in-memory data storage with Hazelcast Jet for building streaming data pipelines, Brimley said, organizations can build digital integration hubs without having the technical chops of a Netflix or Facebook. “There are a lot of companies that can’t make head nor tail of this plethora of Cloud Native Computing Foundation products [Kubernetes, Envy, Fluentd, etc.], and they just want to stand up a Java process, have it clustered together, have some way of running their ‘microservices’ on this Java cluster, and off they go.”

Once, a company (and open source project) like Hazelcast would have had to pitch themselves to banks and credit card companies for low-latency, high-performance distributed systems; these were the types of organizations that valued IMDGs. Today, however, such concerns span a much broader range of companies, particularly with this crushing need to achieve digital transformation.  

For Brimley and Hazelcast, they’re not pitching themselves as a database or any particular technology. Even the IMDG label might not fit particularly well. After all, the company isn’t positioning itself as about technology, per se, but rather about solving business problems; about how developers can use Hazelcast to capture “interesting new architectural patterns,” in Brimley’s words. It’s taking on the “I need to embrace an event-driven architecture crowd,” and not selling a data cache or, yes, not even an in-memory data grid.

Disclosure: I work for AWS, but these are my views and don’t reflect those of my employer.

Also see

Source: https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-hazelcast-hopes-to-make-digital-transformation-mainstream/#ftag=RSS56d97e7

Continue Reading
Energy4 hours ago

Copper Foil Market Size Worth $10.3 Billion By 2027 | CAGR: 9.7%: Grand View Research, Inc.

Energy5 hours ago

Corundum Market Size Worth $3.5 Billion By 2027 | CAGR: 4.0%: Grand View Research, Inc.

AR/VR5 hours ago

Mozilla is Shuttering its XR Team Amidst Major Layoff, But ‘Hubs’ Will Continue

Energy5 hours ago

New Energy Challenger, Rebel Energy, Places Blue Prism Digital Workers at the Heart of its Launch Plans

Science5 hours ago

Teknosa grows by 580 percent in e-commerce and pulls its operating profit into positive territory in Q2, despite the pandemic

Science5 hours ago

Novo Ventures Portfolio Company F2G Closes US$60.8 Million Financing

Science5 hours ago

F2G Closes US$60.8 Million Financing to fund late stage development of novel mechanism antifungal agent

Publications6 hours ago

Putin’s plan for Russia’s coronavirus vaccine is at ‘high risk of backfiring,’ expert says

Publications6 hours ago

UK enters recession after GDP plunged by a record 20.4% in the second quarter

Gaming6 hours ago

Another Steam Game Festival Is Coming In October

Science6 hours ago

Top 25 Nationally Ranked Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI) Welcomes Cookeville-Based Firm, Duncan, Wheeler & Wilkerson, P.C.

Science6 hours ago

Avast plc Half Year Results For The Six-Months Ended 30 June 2020

Cyber Security7 hours ago

Russian hackers steal Prince Harry and Meghan Markle photos via Cyber Attack

Gaming7 hours ago

Oddworld: New ‘N Tasty Coming To Switch In October

Gaming7 hours ago

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda Is Writing A Song For Gamescom 2020

Cyber Security7 hours ago

Texas School District experiences DDoS Cyber Attack

Gaming7 hours ago

‘EVE: Echoes’ from CCP Games and Netease Is Now Available Early on the App Store, Servers Go Live Tomorrow

Gaming7 hours ago

Hans Zimmer Created An Extended Netflix “Ta Dum” Sound For Theatres

Cannabis7 hours ago

Everything you need to know about the Exxus Snap VV

Private Equity7 hours ago

How Valence Aims to Provide Better Access and Funding for Black Founders & Executives

Gaming7 hours ago

Netflix Is Getting An R. L. Stine Fear Street Film Trilogy In 2021

Blockchain7 hours ago

Venezuela May Soon Be Collecting Taxes in Crypto

Gaming7 hours ago

The Last of us Part 2 gets Grounded, permadeath, and unlockable modifiers in latest update

Payments7 hours ago

A bankers guide to AI Part 3. Does the AI have more than one purpose? What is the roadmap?

Blockchain7 hours ago

Animoca Targets Non-Crypto Gamers by Developing Big Brand Games

Blockchain8 hours ago

Flipstarter Campaign Launched to Create Viral BCH Videos for Normies

Publications8 hours ago

Stock futures slightly higher after S&P 500 snaps seven-day winning streak

Blockchain8 hours ago

CoinShares: ‘Bitcoin Is Like a Risky Tech Stock’’

Cyber Security8 hours ago

Digital signatures security explained

Cyber Security8 hours ago

How to secure Syslog with USM Anywhere

Cyber Security8 hours ago

Turning ocean plastic waste into eco-friendly bank cards

Esports8 hours ago

Tfue finally tastes victory in Fall Guys after 7 hours of playtime

Payments8 hours ago

Stablecoin News for the week ending Tuesday 11th August

Energy8 hours ago

Prosperity Capital Management kommentiert die Ergebnisse der außerordentlichen Hauptversammlung von Petropavlovsk

Blockchain8 hours ago

How Not To Lose Everything During the Bull Run

Gaming9 hours ago

Xbox Series X planned for launch in November

Blockchain9 hours ago

Surging Interest in ‘Yam’ Yield Farming — But Is It Too risky?

Gaming9 hours ago

Final Fantasy 14 Patch 5.3 brings Shadowbringers story to a close

Gaming10 hours ago

Shortest and fastest Adventures – Destiny 2

Blockchain10 hours ago

NEAR Token Sale Postponed After CoinList Is Overwhelmed by Demand

Trending