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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.