Submitted by Kirk Borne (@KirkDBorne)
Data-driven workflows are the life and existence of big data professionals everywhere: data scientists, data analysts, and data engineers. We perform all types of data functions in these workflow processes: archive, discover, access, visualize, mine, manipulate, fuse, integrate, transform, feed models, learn models, validate models, deploy models, etc. It is a dizzying day’s work. We start manually in our workflow development, identifying what needs to happen at each stage of the process, what data are needed, when they are needed, where data needs to be staged, what are the inputs and outputs, and more. If we are really good, we can improve our efficiency in performing these workflows manually, but not substantially. A better path to success is to employ a workflow platform that is scalable (to larger data), extensible (to more tasks), more efficient (shorter time-to-solution), more effective (better solutions), adaptable (to different user skill levels and to different business requirements), comprehensive (providing a wide scope of functionality), and automated (to break the time barrier of manual workflow activities).
A workflow platform that performs a few of those data functions for a specific application is nothing new – you can find solutions that deliver workflows for business intelligence reporting, or analytic processing, or real-time monitoring, or exploratory data analysis, or for predictive analytics deployments. However, when you find a unified big data orchestration platform that can do all of those things – that brings all the rivers of data into one confluence (like the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers that merge to form the Ohio River in the eastern United States) – then you have a powerful enterprise-level big data orchestration capability for numerous applications, users, requirements, and data functions. The good news is that there is a company that offers such a platform: Apervi is that company, and Conflux is that confluence.
From Apervi’s comprehensive collection of product documentation, you learn about all of the features and benefits of their Conflux product. For example, the system has several components: Designer, Monitor, Dashboard, Explorer, Scheduler, and Connector Pack.
Apervi provides detailed white papers, datasheets, product documentation, case studies, and infographics on their website at http://www.apervi.com/. For more immediate gratification, if you are at the O’Reilly Strata Conference in New York City this week, Apervi is demo’ing their Conflux product there. You can find them and check them out at booth P6. (I hear that they also have some exciting giveaways, so it is definitely worth drilling down into this product line.)