Proof of Concept & Discovery Phase for Data Analytics Platform

July 6, 2017

The client is a large, healthcare-­‐focused strategic media planning and buying group of several agencies. The group offers media planning for different channels by analyzing existing data available within each agency. They wanted to develop an analytics platform to improve executive decision-­‐making across the agency.

To help our client be strategic about creating such a platform, we engaged in a Proof of Concept (POC) and Discovery Phase to do the following: (1) identify how feasible it would be to use existing agency data to effectively analyze and measure performance and trends, and (2) understand and document the business and technical requirements for developing an analytics platform.

Business Benefits:

  • We recommended a big data-­‐based solution with a clear path for execution. This approach will help our client do the following:
  • Attain business vision of scalability, maintainability and sustenance
  • Manage data traits like volume, variety and historical data persistence
  • Accommodate the future vision of predictive modeling, taking into account the growth of data volume

Engagement Deliverables

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Key Highlights:

Proof of Concept (2 months with 2 resources)

During this phase, we performed following activities:

  • Defined success criteria for POC
  • Extracted data from multiple data sources
  • Cleaned up data and ingested it into the data warehouse
  • Classified data as qualitative and quantitative
  • Validated data integration business rules to secure and isolate data access
  • Performed data analysis across agencies (brands) and created custom reports

Discovery Phase (6 weeks with 1 onsite and 2 offshore resources)

  • Gathered and documented key business and technical requirements
  • Understood different stakeholders’ visions and business goals
  • Identified data sources for the analytics platform’s data warehouse
  • Examined and determined expected data volumes and the type of data to be analyzed
  • Defined a recommended solution based on the aforementioned activities
  • Defined the recommended technology stack

Proposed Technologies

  • Kafka Connect, Kafka (with Zookeeper), Cassandra, Spark (with Mesos), Ubuntu, Tableau, Scala, Python, Java

Learn more about data analytics, Please visit: http://www.objectfrontier.com/data-analytics-machine-learning

 


iHealth – Patient Monitoring using Realtime Data Analytics on SMACK

June 2, 2017
SMACK – Patient Monitoring using Realtime Data Analytics  on SMACK (Spark – Mesos – Apache – Cassadra – Kafka) of how OFS helps healthcare providers and their vendors to deliver innovative digital solutions that improve patient care.

Great Beer and a SMACK-ing Demo of Real-time Data Analytics in the Cloud

February 10, 2017

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Do you hear buzzwords like “SMACK” and see data analytics become a trending topic, but you’re still wondering how either of these things can help your software get to the next level?

Join ObjectFrontier and Heroku engineers at STATS in Atlanta for great beer, great food, and a demonstration of how SMACK (Spark, Mesos, Akka, Cassandra and Kafka) can help you harness the power of your data.

  • Meet the challenges and limitations of implementing SMACK
  • Follow best practices while adopting a SMACK stack
  • Identify and validate the application areas for SMACK
  • Go beyond SMACK – Extend the SMACK solution

You’ll also have the chance to walk away from our event with an Amazon Echo or Amazon Tap!

LIMITED SPACE – REGISTER TODAY!

Not many companies understand how to unlock the integrated power of SMACK to meet the surging demand for cloud-enabled analytics, but you could be one of the few who does. 

 Meet our SMACK industry experts to discuss how to build data-streaming and machine learning/predictive analytics solutions faster, so you can roll them out in a shorter time-to-market.

So join us and our team as we share our solutions and knowledge with you over some great beer and food.

For Register : http://bit.ly/smackregister

About SMACK

SMACK (Spark, Mesos, Akka, Cassandra and Kafka) is a concise toolbox for a wide variety of data processing scenarios. It’s battle-tested and includes widely used software with large communities or populations. SMACK provides easy scalability and replication of data while preserving low latencies, unified cluster management for heterogeneous loads, and a single platform for any kind of application. SMACK is an implementation platform for different architecture designs and facilitates a faster time-to-market (e.g. verification solutions such as MVPs).

 About ObjectFrontier

Headquartered in Atlanta, OFS helps leading Fortune 1000 companies create transformative, commercial-grade software products and mobile digital solutions.More than 500 full-time OFS technical leaders serve today’s biggest and best in Media, Healthcare, Security, Finance, and Telecommunications. We pride ourselves in our relentless pursuit of demonstrably different software engineering, particularly within the confluence of cloud, data analytics, user experience and mobility. Founded in 1997, OFS heritage is serving independent software vendors with architecting cloud-based, multi-tenant, multi-geographic, and multi-lingual software products. A specialist with scale, OFS delivers unprecedented insight, intelligence and solutions to today’s most extraordinary and innovative companies. Learn more about us at www.objectfrontier.com.

 FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The venue, STATS, is a 5-minute walk from DevNexus.

What can I bring into the event?

Your appetite for networking, asking questions, sharing ideas and enjoying good food and drink with some great people.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

If you have any questions, please contact:

Laura.Corish@objectfrontier.com – (215) 605-5603

Carlo.Ricco@objectfrontier.com – (617) 910 – 7972

Locations

STATS Food + Drinks (adjacent DevNexus)

300 Marietta Street NorthWest

Atlanta, GA 30313

United States

DATE AND TIME

Thu, February 23, 2017

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

 


ObjectFrontier Blog – Our Focus on Software Trends

March 30, 2016

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You may have heard the term “Digital Darwinism” permeate discussions about the changing landscape of business today. Now, companies that were once synonymous with leadership in their industries are either long gone or struggling to keep their doors open. Read More

At the turn of the century, the world of software development was introduced to a DevOps_1revolutionary new concept—AGILE! No longer were organizations stuck using the time-consuming and inflexible waterfall model to develop quality software. Software’s brightest minds began to champion this radical new method of product development for all its many benefits. Read More

AngularJS (AAngularJS_LogoJS), a component of the popular Javascript MEAN Stack, has quickly become a go-to framework for developers looking to build dynamic, robust single page web applications. AJS lets you extend the HTML vocabulary for your app to create an extraordinarily expressive and readable environment that can be developed very quickly. With the fast adoption of this newer technology comes a plethora of new concerns when moving an app into production. Read More

The Client’s original mobile Breaking New Alerts and Distribution Hub was built to handle significantly fewer subscribers than the 16 million iOS subscribers and 9 million Android subscribers it had amassed over the years. On this older platform, there was a 16-minute lag from when news editors entered a story to when subscribers actually received the alert on their mobile device. Read More

Client: A National Television Broadcasting Company Client Need: The Client’s original mobile Breaking New Alerts and Distribution Hub was built to handle significantly fewer subscribers than the 16 million iOS subscribers and 9 million Android subscribers it had amassed over the years. Read More

Following the significant growth in the use of MEAN Stack technologies that OFS experienced with clients in 2014, the company is pleased to announce it has increased its investment in this technology by training 50 more employees in the MEAN Stack skillset in anticipation of 2015 client demands. Read More

Missed OFS’s webinar earlier this month? Now you can experience all the valuable insights from Forrester’s John C. McCarthy and OFS’s Rich Napoli at your own convenience! Featuring Forrester Analyst John C. McCarthy with OFS CEO Rich Napoli from December 2014 Digitally transforming your enterprise requires a whole new way of thinking and operating – not only in the IT department, but throughout the entire corporation. Read More

Client: A Leading Sports Television Network Client Need: The Client wanted to increase viewer engagement and extend viewership time during their broadcast of a major upcoming sporting event. By securing higher TV audience ratings, they could increase their advertising revenue from program sponsors.Read More

Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1:00-1:30pm ET With the pervasiveness of digital devices in today’s world, firms must rethink their business strategy – from the outside in – to capitalize on the competitive advantages that today’s digital technology provides. The best digital experiences are ones that understand a customer’s complete journey, not just their current transactions with your company. Read More

Learn how to use Customer Journey Mapping to refocus your business using an outside-in perspective. Read More

Digitally transforming your enterprise requires a whole new way of thinking and operating – not only in the IT department, but throughout the entire corporation. It all starts with re-examining your customer’s journey from their perspective to predict their next most likely actions, and then building your digital products and services around those needs. Read More

The consumer viewing experience today has changed drastically from the traditional experience of watching television. Gone are the days when the entire family sat in front of a TV set and watched a show in its entirety, including commercials, without distractions from other devices or alternate sources of programming. Read More

With better and smarter mobile technology, patients will start to see entirely new methods of delivering patient care – through digital means. Read More

New Tech-Enabled Financial Services Offerings for Small Investors and Small Businesses The Old-Fashioned Way In the late 1970s, the actor John Houseman starred in a famous commercial for a well-regarded old-line investment manager of the time. Read More

OFS invites you to enjoy a complimentary copy of Forrester Research, Inc.’s report Software Must Enrich Your Brand! Learn how software is driving your 21st century brand and how it has become core to your business success! Read More

Our last two posts shared some evidence of the mobile revolution that is underway in the healthcare industry. A number of mHealth apps that provide true digital value to patients have emerged, and they are disrupting the status quo in the industry. Read More

OFS is pleased to announce its CEO Rich Napoli has won the award for Innovative Medium-Sized Technology Company CEO in the 2014 SmartCEO Voltage Awards! Read More

Though smart TV’s have been around for several years, businesses involved in television programming and ads are just now beginning to take advantage of the possibilities they offer for engaging viewers. Smart TV’s add a whole new layer of engagement to the traditional TV viewing experience. Read More

Our last post, “mHealth Apps Will Transform Patient Care Amidst Digital Disruption” introduced the major impact that today’s Digital Disruption is having and will have on the healthcare industry. A number of recent mHealth apps are paving the way for effective, inexpensive digital forms of patient treatment and care. Read More

It is often difficult, although necessary, to find the time to make a trip to the doctor’s office for a medical checkup, test, or treatment. Having to take off work, rearrange schedules or take the kids out of school is sometimes your only option. Read More

With the multitude of devices owned by consumers today and the large amount of time they spend using them daily, businesses are realizing the powerful impact that good software can have on driving revenue. Read More

Forrester Research has used the phrase ” software-is-the-brand ” to describe non-tech companies who are finding that more and more of their business value is coming from software-based products and services: “It is the software that operates at key mobile customer touchpoints, defines the interaction with the consumer, and, ultimately, acts as the main product differentiator.” Read More

Sponsored by ObjectFrontier Inc. (OFS) for the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 For all companies now, regardless of whether they make cars or appliances, sell insurance or rent apartments, software is driving more and more of their revenue. Read More

Check out this month’s issue of NJTC’s TechNews for a spotlight on OFS’s CEO Rich Napoli and our featured cover article “Software is Now Your Brand”. Read More

Innovative software is turning into a real game-changer for many businesses, even though they are not in the technology space. Forrester Research recently pointed out four industries in particular as becoming increasingly software-centric in today’s plugged-in world. For companies in these industries, the way they view software has changed. Read More

For those who think they’re not in the software business, it’s time to think again… Going through your daily routine at home and at work, if you stop and notice, you will find that software is playing an ever larger role in your everyday activities. No longer is software confined to your computer. Read More

With Gartner’s prediction that gamification will head into the “Trough of Disillusionment” in their Hype Cycle within the next year, it’s important to take a step back and be realistic in our expectations of gamification. As with any new technology trend, there will be early adopters of gamification who stumble. Read More

Check out 8 real examples of gamification to learn how other businesses are using it to influence customer behavior and achieve their business goals. Read More

The concept of gamification is everywhere now, but actual examples of it are harder to come by. Read on to discover specific examples of how other businesses are embracing gamification to influence employee behavior and achieve their business goals. Read More

Today, software is universally more important to a business’s goals than ever before. Mobile devices are now in the hands of the majority of Americans, and it’s changing the way we do business. According to the Pew Research Center, as of summer 2013, 56% of American adults have a smartphone, and 34% own a tablet. Read More

Even though you may not be a tech company, in today’s world software has become a daily means by which your customers engage with your business. With mobile devices, your brand is now wherever your customers are. They need not be physically in your store, at your branch, or in your office to buy your product or receive your services. Read More

Outsourced product development firms have been helping software companies for years to build robust, multi-tenant software products, such as SalesForce, that allow each customer to feel they have their own version of the software and data while in fact sharing a common infrastructure much like the tenants of an apartment building. Read More

Life used to be much simpler for us IT folks when there were two distinct types of software-the custom software you wrote for your own firm had only to meet your company’s unique requirements. For example, if your company only did business in the US, the software you built only had to deal in US dollars and to show screens in English. Read More

Though Silicon Valley remains the top-spot for founding a startup, innovative minds are now also eyeing other US cities as prime locations to jump-start their new business. Excellent universities turning out bright young minds, lower costs of living, and attractive offerings by local governments are causing startups to multiply across America, from Boston to DC, Chicago to Austin, and New York to Seattle. Read More

If you work at a software product company, you probably struggle with the idea of outsourcing development work on your product to a third-party vendor. After all, why would you outsource your core competency? You’ve become successful exactly because of your ability to develop great products yourself. Read More

You’ve heard about gamification. You understand the benefits it could bring to your business. You’ve seen examples of how it works, and now you’re ready to begin moving forward with using it towards achieving your business goals. But before you do that, it’s of paramount importance that you also understand why many gamified applications fail. Read More

As gamification continues to gain momentum in the business world today, it’s not surprising that M2 Research predicts the gamification market will reach 2.8 billion in direct spending in the US by 2016. But what is it that businesses are looking to have gamification accomplish for them? Read More

Games actually satisfy human nature’s inherent desires for achievement, recognition, competition, and self-expression. By satisfying these natural needs so effectively, games can even become addictive as we desire more and more of this fulfilling feeling. Unsurprisingly, this love of gaming has led to a huge industry, topping $65 billion dollars worldwide in video gaming alone according to Reuters. Read More

 


What Does “Survival of the Fittest” Mean in the Age of Digital Darwinism?

January 28, 2016

You may have heard the term “Digital Darwinism” permeate discussions about the changing landscape of business today. Now, companies that were once synonymous with leadership in their industries are either long gone or struggling to keep their doors open. Beloved brands like Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster all serve as cautionary tales of those who didn’t do enough to foresee the digital change going on and take action, resulting in their decline. Indeed, digital has caused entire industries like publishing and media to be completely upended, while others like finance and retail are going through dramatic disruption.

Businesses in every industry are now finding that they also must digitally transform themselves to keep up with modern customers’ needs and expectations. Those who do not embrace this digital future will inevitably become extinct. Now, countless young start-up companies from outside your industry are rising to the top with innovative digital ideas, entrepreneurial energy, low barriers to entry (thanks to digital), and a customer focus. This is the perfect storm that can threaten your business—unless you take the steps to evolve. Read More


An Intro to DevOps: How DevOps Fulfills the Promise of Agile

January 28, 2016

At the turn of the century, the world of software development was introduced to a revolutionary new concept—AGILE! No longer were organizations stuck using the time-consuming and inflexible waterfall model to develop quality software. Software’s brightest minds began to champion this radical new method of product development for all its many benefits. It was a way to work fast, embrace changing requirements, produce deliverables frequently, and encourage close collaboration, all while focusing on technical excellence, good design, and customer satisfaction. With such glorious qualities, agile was all we needed, right? Read More


Inc. Magazine Names OFS To Its 2015 List Of The Fastest-Growing Companies In America!

August 25, 2015

Inc magazine ranked ObjectFrontier Software #1610 on its 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 5000.

OFS, a trusted provider of software product development services, is honored to be acknowledged on this prestigious list. In the past three years, OFS has grown 253% and has added more than 275 jobs. In individual categories, OFS was named #123 in the Software Industry, #62 in the Atlanta metro area, and #67 in the state of Georgia.

“It is a great honor for us to be recognized on this year’s Inc. 5000,” shared OFS CEO Rich Napoli. “Our substantial growth in the past three years is a testament to the hard work of every OFS employee and our continuous dedication to serving our customers. We are continually motivated by the thrill of helping others drive their business with innovative software products that we create on their behalf.  We are looking forward to many more years of high growth with the investments we made in our future this year.

The 2015 Inc. 5000, unveiled online at Inc.com and with the top 500 companies featured in the September issue of Inc. (available on newsstands August 18 to September 22), is the most competitive crop in the list’s history. The average company on the list achieved a mind-boggling three-year growth of 490%. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue is $205 billion, generating 647,000 jobs over the past three years. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-In-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident.”

About OFS: OFS helps clients build innovative software products that drive revenue for their business. OFS uses the latest in social, mobile, cloud and data analytics technologies to build software that is compelling, packed with innovative features, and designed for rapid evolution to propel customers past their competition. Founded in 1997, OFS has a deep heritage of building commercial products for software vendors, which has given them the insight and experience to create impactful software for any business. OFS has over 500 employees spread across its US offices in Atlanta, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, and its offshore facility in Chennai, India. For more information, please visit www.objectfrontier.com/.

CONTACT:         
Laura Corish – OFS Marketing
41 University Drive, Suite 100
Newtown, PA  18940
laura.corish@objectfrontier.com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000

Methodology

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent–not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies–as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/5000.

About Inc. Media:

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Winner of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. Total monthly audience reach for the brand has grown significantly from 2,000,000 in 2010 to over 13,000,000 today. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://www.inc.com/.

For more information contact:
Inc. Media
Drew Kerr
212-849-8250
drew@four-corners.com


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