One of the earliest applications of real-time analytics was in manufacturing plants to monitor the performance and health of their systems in real-time. Data like temperature, weight, and volume were monitored by sensors embedded at strategic points in a manufacturing system. These sensors would update monitoring dashboards in real-time, giving visibility and control over the performance, and output. Not just in systems, but RFID technology and surveillance cameras drastically increased the applications of real-time analytics in security, and human resource allocation in these manufacturing plants. It would be only a matter of time till this kind of recording of real world information was made possible outside the manufacturing, and industrial sectors.

Choosing a real-time charting solution can be confusing with the plethora of options available. There are many different approaches, technologies, tools, and terms to keep in mind. However, before we discuss choosing a visualization tool, it’s important to understand of how visualization fits into the larger system it’s part of.

In businesses globally, perhaps the first and most important use of real-time analytics is seen in the IT department. Keeping all servers, and applications up and running at all times is no mean task. IT professionals rely on real-time dashboards day in and day out to help them with their time-sensitive, critical, and complex job of managing a business’s IT infrastructure.

In this post we go behind the scenes with Cleartrip, one of the leading online travel companies in India and the Middle East. We look at how they use data in the daily functioning of their business, and more specifically at how they handle payment failures.

Cleartrip’s tagline is ‘Making travel simple’ which shows in visible, and sometimes subtle ways across their user interface. However, simplicity doesn’t just happen. A lot of what seems simple in Cleartrip’s UI takes some intricate design in the background. We caught up with Ravdeep Chawla Product Manager, Analytics at Cleartrip to understand the role of analytics in their business, and how it makes their booking experience stand out from the pack.

The much talked about Twitter IPO is behind us, but all eyes are still on the company to see what it has in the works after going public. In this post, we’ll look at Twitter’s contribution to real-time analytics, which is not just one of the hottest topics within big data today, but one which Twitter has excelled in.

Last week, we looked at how we got from relational databases to big data and real-time analytics. This week, we’re taking a deep-dive into how a real-time business intelligence system works. If you’ve used a real-time dashboard before, or are planning on building one in future, this post can serve as a primer to help you understand what happens behind the scenes, and how the real-time data reaches your dashboard.

‘Real-time’ has become a buzzword in recent times. Every other product we come across touts its real-time capabilities. When evaluating a new tool for your marketing, sales, or operational needs, you may have considered real-time as a necessary requirement. When reading articles on popular tech blogs, you’ve probably come across the term every other day. Yet, for many, the phrase ‘real-time’ is like a popular stranger that everyone talks about, but a stranger nonetheless. They wish they knew what all the buzz is about, but don’t know where to start. If that’s you, this series will serve as a great starting point in your understanding of what real-time data is all about.

This is a guest post from one of our partners, Xpand IT, who specialize in integrating FusionCharts products with other platforms. We, at Xpand IT, would like to announce a recent release of the Pentaho FusionCharts Plugin which adds exciting new features, including Real Time charts. This free plugin for the Pentaho Business Analytics platform reached many… Read the rest of this entry »