Posts tagged ‘Silverlight’
All you need is text, Text is all you need (sing to the tune of The Beatles’ All you need is love). If you are one of our regular readers you will remember that several months ago I wrote a manifesto on what the perfect analytics system would look like. One of the last points was:
It must be as accessible as Excel (still the number one analytics tool in the world).
I was wrong – Excel is the number one non-specialized analytics tool in the world but in terms of usage, it is dwarfed in comparison to a very well know specialized analytics toolkit. The creators of this tool are a little company that you may have heard of: it does no evil and analyzes the Internet to bring you back everything on the web based on a simple text query. But behind that simple text box, Google has one of the most sophisticated analytics infrastructures in the world:
- It can deduce your interests.
- Give you the most relevant results.
- And show you appropriate information based on them, as well as bring back highly personalized ads.
Google is not only the largest big data analytics company in the world, but it also has the easiest to use tools—proof that text is all you really need!
Recently we’ve been adding new user-friendly features to our platform and I’d like to talk about our map view. In particular, I want to discuss the lessons we learned from the map in the first version of the PAF (PatternBuilders Analytics Framework) versus the one in our new Silverlight client.
You may have already seen some screenshots of the map in our AJAX web client – when we released the first versions of PAF, we integrated with Google Maps to help users see their data on a map for quick comparisons and analysis. It’s always been a helpful tool, but suffered from a learning curve for new users and could potentially confuse people due to the way it displayed data.
Showing time series data on a map is a tricky proposition – the map is already two dimensional, and the addition of the two dimensions of time series analytics takes it into the 4th dimension. As exciting as it would be to see a four dimensional map view (we’d definitely be the only company doing it!), I don’t think most human beings would be able to understand it.
I am excited to announce that I will be speaking at MongoSF 2011 with my fellow data wrangler, Tim. Our talk will cover how we used Mongo to build the PatternBuilders Analytics Framework. The official title for our talk is: Building a Streaming Analytics System with Mongo.
In a previous post, I talked about the impact our Social Media Analytics solution had on our deployment choices. Briefly, we wanted to make a beta version of our solution publicly available on the web and to do that, we needed to ensure sufficient capacity. Since we did not want to make a massive investment in the infrastructure to support it, we investigated the state of cloud servers. Long story short, as part of our move from our colo to the cloud we made a significant change in architecture, fully embraced some of MongoDB’s more advanced capabilities, and created a radically improved product – although the previous version was pretty cool too! (more…)