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DataStax sets sights on customer experience

Enterprises are increasingly seeing the need for their data to generate real-time, contextually aware insights in milliseconds or even microseconds — providing personalized responsiveness every time a customer taps a screen, changes lanes in a car and so on.

Responding to this need to support what it describes as the “right-now economy,” DataStax, a specialist in database software for cloud applications built on the open source foundations of Apache Cassandra and Apache TinkerPop, last week announced its adoption of a comprehensive strategy to help enterprises design and implement Customer Experience (CX) applications.

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MapR helps developers leverage analytics with microservices

With an eye toward helping developers operationalize analytics through converged data applications, MapR Technologies today announced support for event-driven microservices on its Converged Data Platform at Strata + Hadoop World in New York City. For administrators, the company is also rolling out comprehensive monitoring with a cluster-wide view of microservices.

“Microservices is basically a way to drive agility and a way for developers to address the integration of operations and analytics — real-time analytics,” says Jack Norris, senior vice president of Data and Applications at MapR.

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Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Chad Meley, vice president of Marketing at Teradata, says today’s internet of things (IoT) innovations are poised to rewrite the playbook in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

“We really see IoT being at a tipping point,” Meley says.

And Teradata plans to leverage its experience with companies like Union Pacific to help others make the leap. The company today announced four new services — combinations of technology-agnostic intellectual property and professional consulting services — aimed squarely at helping organizations transform sensor data streams into revenue streams.

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Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

For years, analytics specialist Teradata has been helping companies like Union Pacific Railroad make sense of sensor data and to integrate that data with its business processes. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. Chad Meley, vice president of Marketing at Teradata, says today’s internet of things (IoT) innovations are poised to rewrite the playbook in manufacturing, transportation, mining, energy and utilities.

“We really see IoT being at a tipping point,” Meley says.

And Teradata plans to leverage its experience with companies like Union Pacific to help others make the leap. The company today announced four new services — combinations of technology-agnostic intellectual property and professional consulting services — aimed squarely at helping organizations transform sensor data streams into revenue streams.

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How a medical device maker took control of its sales data

For medical diagnostic equipment maker Alere, master data management was the key to unlocking its digital transformation.”In hindsight, we carried our legacy process for years and years,” says Jason Jarrett, senior director of business intelligence and solutions at Alere. “If I could do it again, I would have done this sooner. You’re skeptical about disruption, but it would have been better to go ahead, bit the bullet and implement.”

As a medical device company with annual revenue of about $3 billion, Alere uses third-party distributors to sell its products to hospitals and doctors’ offices. To process incentive compensation for its sales force, it purchases data from those third-party distributors to evaluate sales performance and changes in market share. But getting the information on time and processing data from disparate sources — each distributor uses a different reporting method — became a significant challenge.

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Global construction company uses analytics to make pricing local

Dayton Superior is a global B2B company that has turned to analytics and optimization to align its prices with local markets.

You may not be familiar with Dayton Superior, but you know its work. Headquartered in Miamisburg, Ohio, the 115-year-old global nonresidential concrete construction company has supplied the concrete and other materials for bridges, canals, buildings and stadiums around the world, including the Panama Canal, new World Trade Center Towers and Trump Ocean Club.

“We’re very much involved in all the big, cool buildings going up,” says Dayton Superior CEO James McRickard, noting that the company has been heavily involved in the Hudson Yards project on Manhattan’s West Side — a 26-to-28 acre mixed-use real estate development over the West Side Rail Yard that will consist of 16 skyscrapers, a school and more than 14 acres of public open space. “We make the stuff that holds it all together.”

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