Hate to begin another post by telling you that you've gotta get your Big Data up to speed, but this one will have to start there. The problem is: how you do that? Data management technology vendor Kapow has taken this on in this week’s upgrade to its Kapow Katalyst platform, by offering enterprises easy ways to integrate Big Data applications.
Kapow v9.1 Big Data Capabilities
To be clear about this, v9.1, which is this week’s upgrade, does more than that by offering support for “Build Your Own Apps” initiatives in enterprises. But tell any CIO that a reliable vendor has just released an easy way of integrating and managing Big Data, and that’s all the CTO will see, regardless of what else it can do.
Such is the case with Kapow Katalyst Application Integration Platform v9.1. (For the sake of brevity let’s just call it Katalyst) So, Katalyst in this release enables enterprises to integrate applications, with a focus this time around on Big Data and applications that contain Big Data.
According to Kapow, it works equally well for small companies as it does for enterprises. It is entirely scalable, connecting legacy, cloud and social data to the organization, and in particular to the departments that need that data, such as sales and marketing.
Editor's note: A new report from CSO Insights, "Why Big Data Should Be a Big Deal for Sales", measures the way data access impacts on sales performance.
We have said in the past that your enterprise data is what gives your enterprise value. Here, it would probably be good to qualify that by saying your managed data is your enterprise value, and with so much Big Data floating around the social and cloud applications that your enterprise is using, anything that can help turn that data into a useable advantage is worth looking at.
There are a number of features in this release that are worth a mention, but the most important is Kapow Kapplets.
Kapow Kapplets: Creating an app
Kapplets are not new to Kapow, but in this version they have been improved for better data visualization and usability, eliminating the need for complex mining tools. They are lightweight, instantly deployable end-user apps that extend Katalyst to desktops, and even mobile devices.
Instantly deployable, Kapow says, means just that -- Kapplets are created in the Katalyst Management Console with the click of a button. The app is auto-generated from information available in the repository API, enabling users to turn workflows into end-user apps. The result is that users can run and manage thousands of automations and integrations at any time with any input paramenter.
The bottom line here is that Kapplets enable enterprise users to build new apps the same way and as quickly as they would workflows, giving them access to data in whatever application they happen to be working in.
Kapow Kapplets: Creating an app
Kapow v9.1 Features
So enhanced Kapplets is one of the big improvements in this release, Kapow says, but there are other things that should be pointed out. They include:
- New license model built around existing server investments, but which can scale to a company’s changing capacity requirements
- New usage-based pricing model
- Virtual runtime environments that can be deployed independent of hardware configuration
- Automated load distribution across computing capacity
- Better data mapping enabling more efficiency when using XML and Web .
But do you really need Big Data Integration? According to the CSO Insights report, the average sales rep spends 24 percent of his time searching for information related to a call, while 90 percent of reps have missed closing opportunities due to information overload.
And that’s only sales people. Think of all the other people that could be benefiting from all this information if they could only get their hands on it. Kapow Katalyst v9.1 aims to give enterprises that access.