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The Swarm of Sources

Reactive Manifesto, The Next VisiCalc, and Future of Business Technology

Thanks to some of our great partnerships, our firm has recently consulted at University of Michigan, Cisco, Intuit, and Kroger and at several government agencies on business information and enterprise technology. Even though we don’t directly create consumer technology or applications, eventually all consumer technologies have a backend enterprise technology that makes it work because a consumer technology company backed by crappy technology for the enterprise is bad for business.

I’ve been sensing a shift in business information for a while. Business information, the frequency it’s created at, the number of sources it comes from is only increasing, exponentially if not logarithmically. This means, that businesses, and subsequently end-users need to rely on real-time data processing and analysis of this information. The businesses that embrace the “reactive manifesto” of how to build software and technology are going to succeed in the new world where data is coming from millions of people through their mobile devices, processes through applications and software processes, information through global data sources and APIs, and systems in the form of servers and things all over the globe. The “swarm” of sources is mind-boggling.
The Swarm of Sources

The Swarm of Sources

The first business response to all this business information is: let’s bring it all together to analyze it and visualize it. That’s horseshit. Even with the big data technologies out there today, it is wasteful to try to process all of it at the same time. That’s like trying to understand how the universe works at every second. The better response is to understand what’s happening and react to it at the moment in the context that it is important.

This reactive methodology of building large infrastructure can help businesses react to new IoT initiatives, integrating with numerous business software to run the modern enterprise, and partnering with other modern enterprises. Whatever you see out there in apps, devices, sites, and APIs has to be managed in the back. The reason for silicon brains is stronger when you just can’t do it with carbon brains. Technology has to get better faster through iterative machine learning in order keep up with the amount of data that’s being created.

Commercial organizations are being thrown sledgehammers to solve things by vendors such as Oracle, Cloudera, MapR, DataBricks, etc. Although these products are great, they are more like Personal Computers .. but without the real “Killer App.” They aren’t solving industry-specific / vertical problems. Consulting companies waste inordinate time & materials costs to get it “right.” What people need are “lego block” software so that non-technical folks can self-service their information needs without hiring a team of data analyst, data engineer, data architect, data scientist, data visualizer, and of course a project manager. (If you do need a team today, Anant provides an elastic team with all of those skills for the same investment per month as a part-time or full-time employee. Message me or my team.)

I believe the major breakthrough that will change the experience for business technology users is going to be system design tools that help them get what they want without knowing how to program. I don’t know what it will look like, but we need a VisiCalc for the new age, and no it’s not Google Spreadsheets. It’s something else altogether. It’s something that will fix the yearning for a tool that helps people mashup and leverage various gradients between structured and unstructured data in dynamic knowledge pages that always keeps us up to date on what we care about. A machine that learns what we need to know and summarizes it for us, but also allows us to manipulate the knowledge even if it is being created in 10 different systems.

Business Applications Demo with DC Enterprise Tech Meetup

Towards the end of April we hosted the DC Tech Enterprise Meetup where we had various people from  the business world come and demo applications that they believe can be useful for the Modern Enterprise. We had presenters from Uniplus Consultants, DivvyCloud, and Anant showcasing a total of four different business applications.

 

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Nagesh Kakarlamudi, Software Architect at Uniplus Consultants, Inc., presented a business application platform intended from small and medium size businesses. His software highlighted the importance of being able to get small but powerful applications up and running in a short-time span.

 

Jeremy Snyder, VP of Business Development at DivvyCloud, presented a large scale autonomous policy enforcement platform. This application is meant for organizations that are dealinjeremyg with soaring infrastructure needs while at the same time having to ensure security policies are being met across all systems. His demo showcased the importance of keeping all instances of your virtualized infrastructure compliant with your enterprise policies.

 

Rahul Singh, CEO of Anant, presented Docker, a business application that has revolutionized the way many technology firms now deploy code. Docker is a tool that can be used to contain, store, and transport software applications. It helps programmers focus on programming by making environment setup and testing as easy as possible.

 

Arturs Oganesyan-Peel, Business Aartursnalyst at Anant, presented Metabase, an open-source business intelligence tool that supports multiple database types. Metabase is an intuitive analytics application that is very easy for the non-technical user to become familiar with while also having capabilities that a database expert could find useful. It’s ability to manipulate and display data in a variety of ways, as well as its integration / sharing functionalities make it useful for any enterprise that believes it’s ready to use data as a major driver of business decisions. See his slide below:

 

 

We’d like to thank all the presenters for participating and we are looking forward to our next Meetup!

 

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup, we are a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise and web technologies. Check out our next event here!

 

Mastering Services in the Service of Others

You’re headed to New York and you see a yard sale. Do you stop or not?

To achieve success and accomplish a significant objective it is critical to exercise discipline and define a purpose. Today, when many of us have not defined a goal or outlined a path to reach it, the importance of this necessary focus can not be emphasized enough with the myriad distractions surrounding us.

10,000 hours. It is widely circulated that it takes this long to obtain mastery in a given field. This equates to roughly five years of focused work to master your craft.

It is rare and pleasant opportunity to meet a true expert in their field. At Anant, we believe this boils down to a breakdown in orientation, decision, and action.

Orientation is the disciplined thought that goes into molding a purpose and mission for oneself. The purpose answers the question of why you are; whereas, the mission answers what you are doing. An engine’s purpose is to power movement ; however, the mission of the engine on the Apollo 11 is vastly different from the mission of the engine on your weekend Uber.

Decision is where you choose to invest your time in order to get the best bang for your buck and this choice is informed by the output of the orientation phase.

Action is the most important aspect of this concept. Without action, all ideas are but dreams. However, you must be wary to not be busy for the sake of busyness. You need to cultivate discipline and channel it into your daily actions by making sure to address  your priorities consistently.

Having a strong road map will help you to stay on track. Segmenting your life into different categories can be of tremendous help.

Our CEO, Rahul Singh, uses the following table in order to align his professional and personal priorities.

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The following slides are from Rahul’s speech at the Washington DC chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis. Learn how to align your professional goals with your personal goals, and find some recommended reading. 

Check out Anant’s upcoming events here and we hope to see you in New York (or at our office in DC…just not at that yard sale)!

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup group, we are a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise and web technologies. 

Event Sponsor: IIBADC Washington Business Analysts Meetup Group

This group is an outreach of the IIBADC, the Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis for the Washington DC Metro area. The group is an informal way for BAs to get together to discuss our craft and spread the good news about how Business Analysis can help save the world. 

Building Search Engines using Open Source Technologies

Enterprise Search is a challenging problem for most organizations. Public search technologies such as Google can index content and use link popularity to rank content in addition to the basic keyword matches. Enterprise Search is different. Sometimes it requires specially designed indexes as well as several processing steps.

At the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, part of the Department of Commerce, a team of professionals is building the next generation of search tools using open source technologies. Like any large undertaking, it’s not a simple plug and play project.

Main topics covered in this talk:

+ Architectures for Large Scale Enterprise Search
+ Leveraging Apache Cassandra & Spark
+ Customizing / Configuring Apache SolR and Indexing
+ Writing a custom Parser for SolR in Scala

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup , we are a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise and web technologies. Check out our next event here!

 

Event Sponsor: http://www.meetup.com/ACM-DC

ACM Washington DC is a non-profit professional group that meets regularly to discuss diverse topics in computer science such as predictive analytics, applied machine learning, statistical modeling, open data, data visualization, user experience, user research, and artificial neural networks. Meeting topics are varied and range from tutorials on basic concepts and their applications, to success stories from local practitioners and academic students, to discussions of tools, new technologies, and best practices. All are welcome to attend, to meet others, and to present their work.

ACM Washington DC is officially a part of the ACM Local project of Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.

Building Search Engines – Comparing Lucene, SolR, Elastic, AmazonSearch, and AzureSearch

Rahul Singh, CEO at Anant Corporation, gave a presentation on Comparing SolR/Lucene/ElasticSearch vs. Cloud based Search Providers at the Northern Virginia Software Architecture Roundtable.

You can watch the video on YouTube or see the slideshow below.

Solution Street hosted the event and graciously uploaded this video for the world. Thank you Solution Street!

Anant is the sponsor of DC Enterprise Tech Meetup group, we are a group of entrepreneurs embracing new tech trends, modern enterprise and web technologies. Check out our next event here!

 

Event Sponsor: Northern Virginia Software Architecture Roundtable

The NOVA Software Architecture Round Table is a forum for members who have a passion for software architecture and want to learn about new and emerging technologies, development tools and platforms. Our goal is to discuss architectural problems that are difficult to find on the web and for all of us to become better developers and architects by sharing knowledge and experiences with each other. It is highly recommended members review the topic presented before the Meetup and have a general idea of the technologies that are being discussed.