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Data Streaming

What is data streaming? Why is it essential for real-time analysis and decision-making?

In the era of Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine learning, data streaming is critical for numerous industries. Sensors, the three V’s of Big Data (volume, velocity, and variety), and AI facilitate real-time information transmission through data streaming. However, its implementation and management in organizations poses significant challenges in terms of technology, security, cost, and regulatory compliance.

What is data streaming? How does it facilitate informed decision-making? And what challenges do organizations face when implementing it?

What is Data Streaming?

Data streaming refers to the continuous process of transmitting, analyzing, and processing data as it is generated. This approach enables organizations to analyze data in real-time, enabling more responsive, immediate, decision-making as well as underpinning new applications, especially in IoT, online media, and live data analysis.

It is important not to confuse “data streaming” and “stream computing”. The former involves continuous data collection, while the latter entails continuous data processing.

Data Streaming: A Key Asset for Enhanced Decision-making within Ecosystems

Data streaming allows organizations and individuals to make better decisions based on real-time information.

Diverse Applications of Data Streaming in Enterprises

Data streaming provides companies operating in complex and fast-changing markets with significant business advantages. Here are three common use cases:

  • Financial institutions: Stock prices change every fraction of a second based on investor behavior. Through continuous data streams, investors can time when they buy and sell to maximize profitability.
  • Manufacturing: Sensors on industrial machines generate real-time data – streaming this information enables maintenance teams to be immediately alerted to any problems, allowing them to fix them faster.
  • Cybersecurity: Website or application logs can detect and prevent intrusion attempts..

Data streaming is highly strategic across various industries. Therefore, it is crucial for organizations to establish a robust technology infrastructure and strong data governance to address security, cost, and regulatory compliance challenges.

Prerequisites for Implementing Data Streaming in an Organization

Successful implementation of a data streaming strategy requires:

  • Robust technology infrastructure: A solid tech stack, containing elements such as a data lake or data warehouse capable of storing all data, efficient tools to automate the data process, and a secure information system.
  • High-quality data: Before sharing data continuously, ensure the disseminated information is reliable, relevant, and up-to-date.
  • Security protocols: Defining access rights based on user profiles and the nature of the data.
  • Regulatory compliance: To comply with regulations like GDPR, organizations need to anonymize personal data.
  • Expertise within teams: To interpret real-time data, organizations need to be able to access the right skills.
  • Sufficient budget: Especially to cover storage costs as data volumes grow.

Publishing Real-time Data via a Data Portal

Data portals enable organizations to share their data, in real-time, internally or externally with partners, employees and other stakeholders.

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