PostgreSQL / local database and SOA, mid tier for cloud solutions to improve performance

In an article I read from the NY Times, may be making a play to banish Oracle as a supported platform. However, the system which might be interesting would be a PostgreSQL, or in memory database, acts as a local cache for the transaction based system, clears the local database records/cache after it uploads the ‘staged’ data from the local database to a cloud database where the data is ultimately stored. The activities on the local database should be fast, and the cloud database is a) data that may be transformed to any cloud based solution vendor(s), if necessary, if an SOA is built on top of the local database which communicates with the cloud via APIs. b) enables a local data-mart, if not transferred in real time, i.e. use a nightly transformation and have access to “day of” BI on a limited set of local data, c) again transaction performance and data segregation of the warehouse. This architecture is already in use at many firms, but I wanted to call it out. Another option is to use two cloud database solutions, one ‘local’ to your region, and one globally dispersed for performance and redundancy using an ETL, although I am not convinced this would be a great architecture. ¬†The second cloud tier can be a transformation from the first for regulatory archiving, if required by law either for finance or DR (Disaster Recovery) policy.

Freelance Streaming Video, Affiliate Advertising Innovation

As described in a previous post, see Streaming Video Freelance: Video Affiliate Network channels like Google Plus / YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Viveo (everything from bar impromptu jams to concert events), I did not mention all the little bits to avoid issues such as all faces of the audience either need to have realtime face bluring technology similar to Facial recognition, or the people in the event must sign the waver, which might not be likely, so the solution will need a delayed streaming to allow blurring facial recognition software to work, and for some televised events, allow compliance to FCC regulations, edit introducing artificial intelligence (AI) word bleep insertion, and object recognition to blur the recognition of exposed body parts. ūüôā The ridiculously amazing advertising introduction: if a person signs up to allow to be seen, they could be picked if they are wearing a hat, sneakers, or certain brand of shirt, then if the AI object recognition picks up the object, a hue can accentuate the item, the viewer can pause the stream, click on the advertiser’s object on a video streaming tablet touch screen, and get a list of local and web distributors, prioritized by advertising, popularity, and rating.¬† Same goes for the red carpet events, and although not advertising dresses, suits, and accessories because of cost, it could enhance the event by again, pause, and get a blurb about the designer, the object and a link to the catalog or portfolio of the designer’s work. Introduces advertising revenue for on sight products. Even the videographers smartphone can have an addressable link to the product used to stream, as well as a small logo overlay which if clicked provides a profile of the videographer, and a brief portfolio of their work, all from a tablet application allowing the licensed distributor(s) a main channel in the center of the screen and small square boxes on the outer edge of the main window like PnP, and a person just taps on of the border boxed streams, and then that box becomes the stream that takes up the majority of the screen. The main window can have the absolute maximum fps for the device and the border windows may have half or a quarter of the allowed frames per second (fps), this way you still get to preview the alternate perspective streams, while watching the main stream. You can also auto hide the boarder preview streams to focus the user on the main stream and give them flexibility of alternate vantage points. The system may allow the videographer to bid for boarder alternate allowing placement of their streams in a particular corner, and frequency AS well as the user can have a ‘favorite’ freelancer videographer stream, and the system would allow for quicklinks to videographer streams the user knows will be at the event.

There is more in the predicted trends article for 2013.

Google is Going to be the Next Public and Private Data Warehouse

In an article I wrote a while back,¬†Google to venture into Cloud, provide Open Source APIs, assist small businesses to be Cloud Solutions Integrators, I was talking in the abstract, but I saw on the Google site, buried way down their menus, under the ‘More’, and then select the ‘Even More’ option, and at the bottom left of the page you will see Innovation, Fusion Tables (Beta). ¬†Google is advanced, ready to compete with the database vendors, with a user friendly UI, better than I thought. ¬†They are currently providing a way to upload data to a Google Drive, then the user imports the data from the Google Drive, and using table views ¬†and Business Intelligence tools, allows the user to manipulate and share the data. ¬†The data allowed to be uploaded into tables seems limitless. Although, they state Google is still in Beta, and¬†publicly¬†are showing users can upload and link to Google data instead of allowing users to connect to external data sources, such as your sales transaction database, there may be an API in the works for 3rd parties to allow for integration using direct connections through drivers such as¬†ODBC or a JDBC driver to integrate with transactional systems to stream data and not just uploaded Google data. ¬†However, this may be their strategy, to host all of the data, and have a migration utility. ¬†At this stage, they would like to house the data and have the cloud storage infrastructure, however, the strategic mid-term goal may be to allow you to house your RDBMS transaction data locally, and we could stream, and/or upload into their data warehouse to apply Business¬†Intelligence¬†to manipulate the data, and then publish it in multiple formats, e.g. they would display the data for public or private consumption, and I can also see you are able to then publish charts with commentary into your Google Plus stream with specific ‘Circles’. ¬†Brilliant. ¬†Hat’s off to you guys. ¬†If Google allows streaming of the data, or what we call data transformations from your e.g. sales transaction system to the Google data warehouse, then they would be competing with IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft.

Update: 12/26/12
After all of that profound scoping, and keen insight, I was chatted by a developer that Google’s BigQuery does the job better. ¬†I am curious why it has not taken off in the Marketplace? ¬†Anti-Trust? ¬†Also, why then create an abstraction layer like these other products like Fusion and call out explicitly Google Docs, maybe that would help them transition into the market space with a different level of user the consumer, or the target user would be different, such as the small business.
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Ebook Author Uses Stylus to Sign Cover of Ebook on Reader then sells and transfers book with NFC

So there are thse ‘Meet the Author’ gatherings at book stores.¬† Can the author sign a copy of their Ebook on the author’s Ebook reader, then sell the book to the customer. The transfer of the Ebook to the customer’s E-Reader happens by just touching the two Ereaders together using same tech like the Samsung S3, NFC, or S-Beam

Google to venture into Cloud, provide Open Source APIs, assist small businesses to be Cloud Solutions integrators

I am quite familiar with the Oracle and HP approaches of ‘owning the cloud stack’ and the Amazon Web Services approach which caters to all classes, cloud modules are¬†interchangeable, and the arguments for both sides of the coin, one stop shop as a service, top tier clients verse the open APIs, partnering and¬†interchangeability or plug in play cloud partner models. ¬†I challenge you to look beyond that and see a vast network of fiber, high speed computing available across the globe, from small and large companies over cloud solutions from infrastructure to data warehousing.

The question we should all be asking of small to mid size companies, who will be the solutions provider who pulls this all together?  The solutions integrator, just like we saw in the 80s and early 90s when Banyan Vines, and Novell were sprouting, and we witnessed Microsoft out of the blue take hold of the Networking space.  Are the Amazon Web Services the beginnings of an Open Sourced API Model?  Will VMWare or Red Hat sprout up Cloud Farms?  Will whomever owns the fiber lines, as in the Google Experiments in Kansas, will venture into the Cloud Business Model, provide Open Sourced APIs to small to mid sized businesses to be the small to mid sized solutions integrator of tomorrow?

Mobile User Interface: Heat Map will Focus Users’ Attention to their Priorities

The Windows Mobile User Interface (UI) reminds me of a project or program manager heat map report which will draw the attention of the viewer, at a high level, immediately to the most important or high priority areas of the project.¬† I don’t think a Heat Map is part of the Windows Mobile User Interface, but it’s an interesting concept to immediately draw attention of the smartphone user what they want to focus on, according to their preferences.

A project Heat Map is a common tool to look at complex data, and enable the user of the map to quickly, at a glance, guide their focus toward the important aspects of the data.  A mobile user interface [dashboard], at a glance, that has squares, or spaces, that expand, retract and changes colors, based on specific application user preferences can be a leap in evolution of the smartphone user interface paradigm.

At this point Android has widgets on their dashboard, and both Android and iOS have screens of icons representing applications that I must sift through to get to the specific application I would like to launch.  Widgets were an evolutionary leap allowing the user to display some of the pertinent information, as well as launch specific features of the application right from the mobile OS pages screen.

Allowing the user to designate importance to specific application properties, and then the application squares or spaces that represent the application, grow or shrink, and change colors based on user defined attributes assigned within the application for the user’s level of importance.¬† For example, I can provide a ‘space’ for Facebook, and if there are certain birthdays of people I am fond of, I can assign a color to the application space to change, and growth indicates amount.¬† It could be a hue of colors within the space. If there are Facebook user messages, that could¬†indicate¬†another color, and a portion of the space turns that color, and the space grows or shrinks based on the amount of messages. ¬†The application spaces also shrink and grow¬†relative to the total Mobile OS user interface (UI) [dashboard] page (i.e. available screen space). The space overall of the Mobile OS UI screen would have a relative importance between each of the OS applications on the Mobile OS [dashboard] page / screen prioritized by the user, e.g. The user prefers to see their Facebook messages over their importance of their twitter functionality

In addition, automatically, mobile applications should appear and disappear from the heat map dashboard where applications can be launched. ¬†The two ways to execute a mobile application, drill down to the application through the normal hunt and peck for your app, or execute the application from the heat map in the dashboard. ¬†The applications that you use the most will automatically appear in the dashboard, thus you don’t have to manage the applications that appear on your dashboard.

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Disrupt: Buy Gasoline as Units at Current Price on Loyalty Debit Card

Amazing this post is still very relevant as of June 17th, 2017

Electric and Gasoline Renaissance Overdue

A legitimate reason IS NEEDED why in this day and age of commodities trading, storage, pipelines, trains, tankers, and trucks, why if I can buy stocks at current market value, or go on Ebay and buy 50 yards of antique bobbed wire at an auction, why can’t I go to a gas station and buy 50 UNITS of gas at the current price of gas that day? ¬†Upon return to the same brand gas station,¬†I should be able to use my same loyalty debit card, and subtracts units of gas from the card, instead of the current price of gas that day.¬†

Similar logic can be applied to Electric, and EVs but with a twist, incorporating the use of your home “energy provider”, and when charging ¬†‘on the go’, only pay local “line usage / distribution” fees.

EV Charging Stations
EV Charging Stations

Electric and Gas – Problems Persist at Home

Same problems at home? ¬†Electric and Gas prices fluctuate as well as your usage within your home. ¬†My electric provider, Jersey Central Power & Light ¬†(JCP&E) recognize energy price fluctuations, as well as my usage. ¬†In order to negate unpredictable pricing on a month to month basis, they provide the option of a ‘budget’ price, whereby every month I pay the same price even if the price for energy and usage fluctuate. ¬† The company adjusts the budget price on an annual basis, or sooner if their is a major shift in prices or usage. ¬† New Jersey Natural Gas also provide the same ‘budget’ option. ¬†Why did I go through this lengthy explanation? ¬† Home or away, If I need to recharge my Chevy Volt I should be able to chargeback the price of the electricity to my home electric provider at my monthly ‘budget’ price, or subtract from the surplus of solar panel output net the line usage / distribution usage fees at the local electric distribution outlet.

Solar Panels on Roof
Solar Panels on Roof

Solar too?

If you own the solar panels on your roof, chances are you may pay Zero (0) per month for electric. ¬†In fact, you may have a surplus which can be sold back to the grid, I’m guessing at the current market prices as well? ¬†Would you agree to sell your excess solar energy back to the grid at a specific strike price, on any given day, and remain at that sale price the rest of the … year?

Higher Education Falters: College and University Structure Radically Altered

I was reading an article from the New York Times this morning, thinking about a news piece I heard on the radio regarding Education innovation, in combination with dropping my little brother off at his college campus dorm the other night, and instantly a quote from Moneyball appeared in my mind regarding the way Universities are implemented:

“This is threatening, not just a way of doing business, but its … in their minds it’s threatening the game … really what it’s threatening is their livelihood. It’s threatening their jobs. It’s threatening the way that they do things. And every time that happens, whether it’s a government or a way of doing business or whatever it is … the people who are holding the reins … who have their hands on the switch, they go bat-shit crazy. I mean, anybody who’s not tearing their team down right now, using your model, they’re dinosaurs‚Ķ‚ÄĚ

I am not privy to the exact implementation of the Cornell-Google model, but that last line from the quote is so true, and it applies to all business colleges and universities across the globe.

The article in the New York Times,¬†When Job-Creation Engines Stop at Just One, had me take pause, and painted a gloomy picture in my mind about the job markets if your looking for a job. ¬†A decade ago, a Bachelors¬†or Masters degree were prerequisites to filtering out candidates for jobs, and now the role specifications are referencing specific skills with experience, a lot of contract work, as the New York Times article describes, and has a solid rationale. ¬†For the innovation, I found an article regarding the¬†Cornell-Google implementation¬†and at first thinking a) this implementation is years away and b) I think it’s¬†genius. ¬†I must admit, I am not¬†privy to the exact administration of their education implementation model, but wow, anyone not tearing down their colleges and universities to follow a similar model will be an artifact of higher education, and their national economies will suffer as a result. ¬†Another article I read, again, The New York Times,¬†Japan‚Äôs New Tech Generation, shows how people are taking it upon themselves, in it’s infancy, yes, however, they are meeting up to collaborate. ¬†There is a huge¬†chasm in education which has not adapted to our economies. ¬†It is probably because our economies are evolving so fast, the education system has not had a chance to catch up.

Let’s paint a picture of the new university, where we have “transformation centers”, where we take a person like¬†Mike Farmer from¬†KANSAS CITY, Kan. in his single apartment room, a shared dorm room, or in his case, shared office space,¬†in his third start-up, he is one employee, himself, and utilizes¬†seven contractors who are also juggling multiple projects. ¬†Now envision, college with a board of skill sets, which are required for real-time business projects, and you have professors guiding the resources to complete their assignments, then you have the visionaries which are driving and collaborating on projects leveraging national industry professionals discussing today’s challenges, and these juniors and seniors form teams from the pools of skill set resources, the freshman, and¬†sophomores. ¬†Skills ranging from technology to usability and design, marketing, arts and sciences, with the applications all practical and implementing them in real-time. ¬†Perhaps alumni are the industry professionals, which speak at these sessions, and collaborate on projects in between their own projects, forming mentor relationships with the juniors and seniors. ¬†Finally, transitioning from the colleges and universities, venture capitalists, and other financiers may choose to fund, or even acquire these small teams, which already have sustainable business models, proven ROI, or the business models show potential, sustainable models. ¬†Those who already have had classes have participated in business implementations, have a portfolio of work for employers, and potentially networked with professionals within various fields, and have recommendations on their work. ¬†Those graduates may even stay on their projects full time, which transition to full time opportunities. ¬†Another possibility are the colleges and universities stay as incubators, the graduates remain on campus after graduation, just like we see in outsourcing / off-shore models, teach classes, and become members of new teams, as needed. ¬†What were once ‘internships’ coveted by the few, are a necessity to become part of the college way of life. ¬†Those without projects,¬†curriculum¬†is completely transformed based on¬†statistical¬†data derived from job wanted advertisements, e.g. skills in high demand. Alumni, in between projects, and lacking innovation, sign up for ADHOC think tanks, and attempt to transform them into working resources.

Hotspot Companies Sell Smartphones and Data Plans, use Affiliate Networking to fill Gaps

I’m using my Samsung S3, which I throughly enjoy, but I am eyeing the new Nokia Lumina 920 with Windows 8, and not to mention my old fling with the iPhone 5, and I see an article that AT&T is now the largest hotspot provider.¬† I’m also eyeing the prices of these phones without a contract, and don’t want to take out a 4th mortgage.¬† Alternatives?¬† Why aren’t the Wireless Carriers, and even cable companies that offer currently free hotspots add or change their business models, where we can sign up for two year agreements for data only plans, and sell subsidized smartphones and WiFi only usage?¬† Even cable companies that give away their hotspot coverage, start charging $20, $30 a month depending on GB usage plans and even $40 per month for unlimited.¬† Are the cable and wireless companies worried about coverage?¬† Treat it like toll charges and chargeback to the provider.¬† The consumer gets relatively seamless transition with an app that handles the switch between WiFi spots.¬† Even more wild, have any business or residence with a wireless router that wants to sign up to have the ability to sign up to be an ‘affiliate WiFi provider’, and they too can get a toll chargeback, given they are approved, e.g. running upgraded software on their router for handling transitions between WiFi hotspots and security.¬† The consumer can receive a credit on their monthly cable or wireless statement for their shared bandwidth chargeback usage.¬† Its like when people charge for their surplus of their energy from their solar panels.¬† It’s ok to charge a cancellation fee of $400 or prorated based on months of usage if the smartphone user exits the contract early.Get those cool devices in the hands of consumers, and you’re now able to pay for the WiFi infrastructure you’re built up, and your giving incentives to consumers with WiFI routers. ¬† I like this technology because the Cable, and Cell Phone companies can even lease this to the consumer, and the consumer can get a charge back from usage.

The technology is primarily available, the business model is required to implement:

Note from Wikipedia: Femtocell

In telecommunications, a femtocell is a small, low-power cellular base station, typically designed for use in a home or small business. A broader term which is more widespread in the industry is small cell, with femtocell as a subset. It connects to the service provider’s network via broadband (such as DSLor cable); current designs typically support two to four active mobile phones in a residential setting, and eight to 16 active mobile phones in enterprise settings. A femtocell allows service providers to extend service coverage indoors or at the cell edge, especially where access would otherwise be limited or unavailable. Although much attention is focused on WCDMA, the concept is applicable to all standards, including GSM, CDMA2000, TD-SCDMA, WiMAXand LTE solutions.

Companies’ Fiber Infra Perform Quantum Computing Prior to Cloud, Elastic Computing Hub

A Qubit, a base unit in Quantum computing, representing several states simultaneously, as opposed to a bit, on or off, two states, got me thinking based on the New York Times article on the Australians developing a new class of Quantum Computer, plus the article on Google’s Fiber Project, and my conversation with a Verizon FiOS engineer regarding their experimentation with alternate [color] light and their fiber¬†applications¬†got me thinking:
– The delivery system itself would process data, in addition to the EC hub, similar to the human nervous system.
– The alternating colors / frequencies represent multiple ‘applications’¬†overlapped within the fiber, and could provide the ability to throttle frequencies?

Note: However, Optical cables transfer data at the speed of light in glass (slower than vacuum). This is typically around 180,000 to 200,000 km/s, resulting in 5.0 to 5.5 microseconds of latency per km.

Cable Companies’ Fiber Gives an Expanded Scope to Cloud, Elastic Computing. ¬†Leased lines may form a whole new battleground of opportunity, or at least reignite the battle for those familiar with the break up of the “Baby Bells”.


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