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Business Integration unites business critical workloads with analytics

By Richard Buckle, Cofounder and CEO, Pyalla Technologies, LLC.



There is a growing interest in deriving greater value from data created on NonStop. Simply being aware that data created on NonStop is fresh and reflecting what’s transpiring as end users interact with mission critical applications in real time shouldn’t be considered the end game. Awareness is one thing but action is an entirely different level of engagement. Increasingly, this growing interest in data by NonStop users is leading to the observation that there’s more value for the enterprise if data created on NonStop can be integrated with other data types and analyzed to better provide the enterprise with actionable insights.

This was the focus of my January – February, 2022, article in The Connection, Business Integration unites business critical workloads with analytics. The title was as broad as I could make it as it strikes a chord that has been sounding for some time. NonStop users may be unaware of all that is happening among the NonStop vendors in terms of capitalizing on moving data, offloading for analysis and yes, providing enhanced dashboards to better inform the business units of all that is taking place throughout the technology infrastructure supporting the enterprise.

There have been so many phrases concerning data thrown around in the business press. Data is the new currency of business! Enterprises have become data driven! Not forgetting how we are entering the age of insight. No matter which phrase represents your perspective on IT the outcomes are the same. Not only is data playing an important role in business but it’s on the move and is being combined with data arriving from many sources, such that integration throughout the enterprise is occurring preceded and followed by increased data analysis.

In the Gartner Top 10 Trends in Data and Analytics for 2020 their Trend 7: Data and Analytics Worlds Collide, Gartner recognized just how quickly the transition to proactive analytics was happening. “The collision of data and analytics will increase interaction and collaboration between historically separate data and analytics roles. This impacts not only the technologies and capabilities provided, but also the people and processes that support and use them,” Gartner predicted. “To turn the collision into a constructive convergence, incorporate both data and analytics tools and capabilities into the analytics stack.”

Being able to predict increased usage in real time has always proved invaluable to the NonStop user even if it just leads to more optimal configuration of the processes making up their NonStop system. However, for many of today’s NonStop users where the application is from a vendor, digging this deep into the code may not be an option. And yet, some NonStop vendors have already made moves to exploit their own analytics as part of their solution.

I am including here several quotes provided by these vendors that appeared in my article published in The Connection:

“The message today is all about the arrival of the age of insight; with CDC we can replicate and transform to input to any popular analytics process – adjacent, peer or hybrid,” said NTI Global Director Worldwide Sales, Tim Dunne. “We have demonstrated this already with our introduction of JSON support for replicating from NonStop to Splunk> and this is only the beginning.”

“BI tools that analyze data from only some of these sources aren’t helpful. And waiting days, weeks, or even months to make sense of information is unacceptable as well. Market opportunities quickly pass by.” As Striim’s director of Product Growth, John Kutay, views the benefits, “While traditional data integration tools can slow down business intelligence operations, real-time data integration platforms allow companies to accelerate their insights.”

“Some of this analytics is enabled on NonStop, as previously noted, while some of the newer analytics processing is now happening off-board (e.g. with Windows/SQL),” said IR Product Manager, Jamie Pearson. “Under consideration for future development (and driven by customer demand),” said IR Senior Product Manager Jason Krebs, “is the inclusion of relevant complementary data sources, one such possibility could be the data / metrics provided by cloud vendors.”

To read the article in its entirety you will just have to turn to the Connect Community web site, look for Publications and select The Connection magazine. Alternatively, you can simply follow this link: