In the age of the cloud, integration is everything. What was once a labor-intensive service is rapidly becoming a set of capabilities in the cloud that IT organizations can dynamically invoke as needed. We’re still some distance from making that integration process completely turnkey. But we’re getting a little closer with each passing day.
The combination of natural language processing and advanced text analytics is giving rise to a new class of cognitive applications that have the potential to radically transform the way entire industries operate. The most famous instance of a cognitive application is, of course, IBM Watson, the supercomputer that IBM built on top of Power processors to best the champions from the Jeopardy quiz show.
As the amount of processing power that can be affordably invoked via the cloud continues to increase, applications that were once thought too impractical to build are suddenly quite feasible. A good example of that is AppStream, a new service that Amazon is beta testing that allows graphically and resource-intensive applications to be extended out to any number of devices that previously would not have had the processing capabilities to run them.
Within IT operations circles Splunk is a fairly well known tool for making sense of the massive amounts of machine data generated by IT systems. So it should come as no surprise that Splunk would view the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) as an opportunity to extend the reach of its analytic software into the broader realm of telematics.
Being able to connect a lot of things to the Internet is one thing; being able to build applications that actually do something useful with them is quite another. While the Internet of Things (IoT) is all the rage these days, few organizations have any actual capability to take advantage of it. With that in mind, Glassbeam has launched SCALER, a cloud-based platform for creating analytics applications based on machine data.
Rather than getting caught up in a religious debate about the best method for integrating applications, it’s best to accept the fact that depending on the age and the use case of the application, every integration scenario is likely to be different. Recognizing that reality, Informatica this week unfurled its Informatica Cloud Winter 2014 cloud service that, in addition to providing more business process controls, now includes support for RESTful APIs.
At the Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2013 conference yesterday, Axway announced that the Axway API Gateway is now available on the AWS cloud platform.
Trading systems have historically been the province within large financial institutions that as “master of the universe” controlled trillions of dollars in equity. They did this by essentially locking up access to transaction engines and applications that enable most of the trading that takes place on Wall Street and other exchanges across the globe.
ServiceNow is a fairly widely used cloud software-as-a-service application that IT organizations use to manage the workflow around calls to help desks. But thanks to the API that ServiceNow built, that application is being more broadly used to create workflow applications outside the IT department.
Even in the age where services such as OnStar from General Motors can be used to call for help in the event of an automobile accident, seconds still matter when it comes to major trauma injuries. As part of an effort to save more lives by relaying critical information faster, Rave Mobile Safety and public safety officials from King County, Washington, in cooperation with automotive providers of telematics data such as OnStar, demonstrated how APIs are being used to stream information in real time to the call centers manned by emergency services personnel.