by Chandan Gaur | 21 September 2021
The amount of data generated in today’s world is mind-boggling, and among that, as much as 90% of data is defined as unstructured data. This has been a challenge for humans to process this unstructured data. Organizations have access to this data, and it gets tricky to get insights from it just by setting up a system. So, the question that arises is, How can the data be labeled consistently? How do we design models and write programs that can process the data without missing anything? How do we keep our team free enough to work with the insights without missing any potentially valuable insights?
Continuous intelligence is a design pattern in which real-time analytics are integrated into business operations, processing current and historical data to prescribe actions in response to business moments and other events. Source: Continuous Intelligence, Gartner
We humans are great at problem-solving and innovating, and the result is Artificial Intelligence and deep learning models that answer all the questions. Through this, the machine can learn every new addition without human intervention and, in the meantime, let the team direct new inquiries to the insights and reach a state where data flows in. Insights become the next iteration of a product or a new product altogether. Data involves risk, and putting humans in there to process the data is not a very wise idea. It isn't easy when millions or billions of data comes in, in many forms, structured and unstructured, texts, images, videos, so there comes Continuous Intelligence or CI that allows us to analyze this data accurately in real-time.
CI enables us to make smarter business decisions using real-time data streams and advanced analytics. Unlike traditional analysis, CI is always on for situational awareness, prescribed actions and allows businesses to be proactive.
Conventional or Traditional operational decisions are made by doing real-time calculations on historical data or already captured data at one moment.
Let’s understand the difference by an example. An app that calculates the distance users have walked in a month by using GPS location data. In this case, the traditional approach would be to make a one-time calculation on all the data transmitted from the user's device and stored over the past month. CI using real-time data stream processing allows continuous analytics over the updated data whenever the GPS is refreshed.
Hence, in this way, CI augments the conventional analytics approach by allowing continuous analysis to be modified over time to time. Another example that can help understand the concept of CI is machine maintenance. A traditional approach, in this case, would be either to wait for the machine to break down and then fix the problem or by replacing parts on a predetermined schedule or conduct manual inspections.
But CI enables us for a predictive maintenance approach. Sensor-based monitoring could be used to identify the problem indicator, and a replacement of parts can be implemented just in time. The information from the sensors can also be used to analyze the machine's performance in real-time.
CI is the way for systems to know what is happening around them in real-time, so they act accordingly, google maps in our case.Taken From Article, Continuous Intelligence: A Solution Powered by AI
The ecosystem that enables continuous delivery of data, which makes Continuous Intelligence effective, is through DataOps. Real-time and deep data analytics allow organizations and businesses to be on a competitive edge. Because of these competitions, you can’t wait a few months, or to be more specific, you can’t even afford to wait for a few weeks to change your product based on your user’s response.The continuous innovations of the big tech giants or startups are looking to dethrone the ultimate tech space. Eventually, your customers will walk up if you don’t respond in time.
Today, Brand Loyalty is not a thing. Only a few companies have maintained brand loyalty, but even then, they do it with continuous innovations. All these innovations come from the accurate and frictionless insights that can be achieved from today's data. Continuous Intelligence has only one goal to fix problems faster and faster than all your legacy systems. It unifies analytics, monitoring, and generating insights transparently and in lesser time. So you’re deploying faster with open-to-feedback loops, and that is what boosts DataOps.
A well-orchestrated DataOps pipeline enables you to access your data quickly, with faster exploration and visualization from data sources. It would also speed up the development, training, and testing of ML models, continuous operationalization and continuous deployment, and thus continuous intelligence.
DataOps Methodology is a new and independent view approach to data analytics based on the whole data life cycle.Taken From Article, Implementing DataOps Architecture in AWS, Azure, and GCP
The increasing demand for real-time data and insights will add another layer of operational complexity that requires a radically different way to manage, process, transform and present data.Taken From Article, Three Reasons Why DataOps Will Boom
The right architecture and platform will simplify and unify the way businesses collect, organize, and analyze data to boost the value of real-time analytics and AI.
Data is not a single-use event. It's directly integrated with your business decisions. Capable organizations will refine the data continuously, gaining new insights and swiftly changing business decisions accordingly.
Additionally, what’s needed is a hyper-converged architecture that can combine storage, computing, and networking software into a single unified system. This can simplify how a business manages, governs, and analyzes data. The right solution allows organizations to provision and deploys data services more efficiently and rapidly. Hyper-converged architecture makes it possible to scale and evolve infrastructures and economically as loads change in applications.
Several factors make CI more accessible and successful. They include:
Hardware: Today, businesses have access to high-performance computing capabilities that are needed for CI. Compared to supercomputers a few years ago, the price of CPUs, GPUs, storage, and high-performance memory continues to drop.
Organizations also can use all these instances in an interconnected platform from the major cloud service providers. Starting with CI does not require a huge upfront investment with this approach, and in addition, cloud services also allow businesses to scale up efforts quickly over time.
Analysis, AI & ML Software: The second factor that is assisting CI in becoming successful and coming to mainstream is the availability of new analytical algorithms to make sense out of streaming data. Today, businesses have easy access to ML, AI, stream analytics software which are also relatively easy to use.
Cloud and Middleware: The use of cloud-native applications, microservice architectures, and hybrid cloud is growing rapidly because it makes businesses develop, deploy and run CI across the enterprise. And middlewares today enable moving, hosting, and accessing CI applications, taking performance and cost factors into account.
Data streams on which organizations should make use of CI can originate from multiple sources:
And with the right platform and architecture, which DataOps provides, CI will be able to give solutions like:
Continuous Intelligence enables businesses to make decisions while events are happening. It brings meaning to fast-moving real-time data streams and helps organizations in a wide variety of applications. Solutions to support CI should include efficient and appropriate hardware, real-time analytics, and AI software. The architecture to support CI should be capable of storing, managing, and keeping historical and streaming data safe. And the solution must be deployable in the cloud or on-premise and can be easily moved to the platforms that offer the best performance and cost.