September 6, 2016

“Real-time” is getting real

I’ve been an analyst for 35 years, and debates about “real-time” technology have run through my whole career. Some of those debates are by now pretty much settled. In particular:

A big issue that does remain open is: How fresh does data need to be? My preferred summary answer is: As fresh as is needed to support the best decision-making. I think that formulation starts with several advantages:

Straightforward applications of this principle include:

E-commerce and other internet interaction scenarios can be more complicated, but it seems safe to say:

In meeting freshness requirements, multiple technical challenges can come into play.

Based on all that, what technology investments should you be making, in order to meet “real-time” needs? My answers start:

So yes — I think “real-time” has finally become pretty real.

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