With the formal launch this week of the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud a new era of in-memory computing is about to become a lot more accessible. According to Professor Hasso Plattner, chairman of the SAP supervisory board, HANA in the cloud will give IT organizations access to a platform that essentially eliminates the need for batch processing in favor of a model where all applications are run in real time.
Oddcast, innovative web and mobile marketer, has released a cloud based text-to-speech (TTS) API: Vocalware. Releasing the platform via API allows developers to extend TTS to any browser-based or mobile application. Vocalware intends to become the one stop shop for cloud based speech functionality.
Yummly, a fast growing food website and recipe search platform, has announced the launch of the Yummly API which allows developers to incorporate recipe data and search functionality into third-party applications and websites.
A good recommendation can give your business a substantial boost. But just how do you get your potential customers to see the good things that others are saying about your company? Propers is a real-time recommendation engine that allows users to gather these recommendations and display them where required. Propers also provides the Proper API which allows third party developers to make use of this functionality and integrate it with other applications.
TrueSample, SurveyMonkey’s validation technology, released the TrueSample API that allows developers to qualify survey responders to achieve effective results. The technology driving TrueSample ensures that people are who they claim to be and only take a survey once, all while eliminating those who choose random answers and unqualified responders. The TrueSample API provides pre and post survey data as well as real-time feedback to provide industry leading insight into surveys of all types.
The XML-based open architecture, SOAP-based GPSit API allows you to integrate its GPS tracking system to focus on four main tasks: real time logistics, transit condition monitoring in cold chain shipping as well as regular transit, surveillance, and asset management. on the logistics front, using a battery-powered device with the GPSit Trackfusion platform can identify precisely where a shipment is, allowing for notification to customers of early shipments, rerouting goods to avoid delays caused by problems along the route, oversee independent drivers among other advantages.
While working with Big Data affords a lot of potential business value the complexity of building applications that manipulate all that information can be nothing short of daunting. Not only do most of the currently popular approaches require developers to master arcane interfaces such as MapReduce, the performance of the application tends to suffer under the weight of all the data that needs to be processed.
There’s a major shift under way in terms of how applications are being developed for the enterprise and the cloud. With the rise of more powerful multicore processors and relatively inexpensive Flash memory, more application logic is running in memory than ever. In fact, the line between the database and application logic running in memory is starting to blur.
Shortly after Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8, Urban Airship announced the alliance agreement it signed with Microsoft to provide its push messaging services on Microsoft Azure and Windows Phone 8. Urban Airship’s APIs already enable push messaging on Android, Blackberry, and iOS; accordingly, Windows Phone 8 makes a natural fit.
Where were you when Hurricane Sandy hit, and what were you doing? If you’re like many other ProgrammableWeb readers, you weren’t watching news reports on TV–you were using social media to keep tabs on your friends and family, and taking advantage of the vast amounts of data available on the Internet to make sense of the situation. Below, a round-up of how Twitter and other online resources helped people get through the record-breaking “super storm.”