Fun Facts About Labor Day

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of our country.

Here are a few fun facts about Labor Day, directly from the United States Department of Labor:

  • Through the years, the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.
  • More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers. Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” Many believe, however, that Matthew Maguire, a machinist founded the holiday. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
  • The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.


From the Talksum team, have a safe and relaxing Labor Day holiday.


The Importance of Handling Stale, Out-of-Date Big Data

Dale Russell, Talksum CTODale Russell, CTO, Talksum

Last month, freelance writer Loraine Lawson wrote an article in IT Business Edge entitled Three Reasons Why Life Cycle Management Matters More With Big Data. In the article, she points to the following three reasons why life cycle management matters more with Big Data:

  1. Big Data grows ridiculously fast. According to Maria C. Villar, managing partner of Business Data Leadership, each day we create 2.5 EB of unstructured and structured data. She goes on to say that “a single jet engine can generate 10 TB of data in 30 minutes.”
  2. Most Big Data is ephemeral by nature. It not only grows at a fast rate, it also becomes outdated too quickly to be useful.
  3. Out-of-date Big Data can undermine the results of your business analytics.  A lot of data gets outdated quickly. Since you often look for deviations from normal conditions, she adds that real-time monitoring plays a major role in many Big Data use cases.

With this in mind, you can see how the market has added to the three defining properties of Big Data – volume, variety, and velocity – which was introduced as the 3Vs in a 2001 MetaGroup research publication. We now have to look at the affect of stale, out-of-date Big Data on business, as well as how it affects consumers and ultimately everyone. An organization doesn’t care when things are under control, it’s when they fail or take a wrong turn that is critical.

As an example of this, let’s take a look at the automotive industry, which is currently testing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) digital short-range communications (DSRC) processing solutions for the “connected vehicle.” In this market, high-volume data processing of 1 million+ events/sec is required, along with real-time management and routing of sensor data, which affects engine performance, braking, direction of travel, velocity, road conditions, emergency circumstances, navigation, and other time-sensitive operations. You get the picture; stale data turns into nightmares and catastrophes.

In this connected vehicle scenario, where cars and emergency vehicles “talk” to each other, as well as to remote data centers, it is extremely important to process the data as it comes in, to reduce the data so as not to overload the system, and to act on the “alert” data, in real time, to avoid catastrophes and ensure smooth V2V and V2I operations. The Talksum Data Stream Router™, or TDSR™, does just that. It is designed to accelerate real-time decisions by improving data acquisition and transformation and converting data into flexibly managed event streams. Using the TDSR, different types structured and semi-structured data can be ingested and normalized, non-critical data can be reduced without losing the informative part, and the critical data can be routed appropriately.

In addition, the TDSR includes the foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control, which are mandatory in the automotive market.

This is just one of many examples for handling ridiculously fast-growing Big Data, processing it before it becomes stale, and reducing, filtering, monitoring, and routing the data in real time to avoid disasters and to keep operations running smoothly – ultimately resulting in an efficient and safe solution. To view other examples, click Talksum Data Stream Solutions.


A Productive Talksum Summer 2013, Ready to Talk

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

For most people, the summer of 2013 will be ending shortly. Vacations will be over, schools will be back in session, football season will kick off, merchants will promote end-of-summer and back-to-school sales, and businesses will ramp up to full capacity again. At Talksum, we have been heads down this summer, focusing on our flagship Talksum Data Stream Router™, or TDSR™, and as such, we want to tell the world about it and how it can help with Big Data initiatives.

Our approach to data management focuses on speed, simplicity, and value. The Talksum Data Stream Router performs in real time, at speeds that are required to handle the Big Data initiatives of both today and tomorrow and help optimize any Big Data infrastructure. The TDSR simplifies the data management process. It manages, in real time, both structured and unstructured data acquisition, ingest, and transformation, converting data into flexibly managed event streams. It filters, data reduces, aggregates, enriches, and routes data based on specific business needs and data processing requirements, while also adding real-time monitoring/alerts and analytics. The high efficiency of the Talksum solution means fewer resources and less spend are required, and results in greater value for you.

To get the word out, we are participating in three events in September:

At the CVTA Summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10 at the Suburban Collection Showcase, Novi, MI, we will be participating on a panel entitled Embedded and Aftermarket: What Are the Next Challenges? In addition, we will be sitting in hour-long jam sessions on critical issues in the connected vehicle space and figuring out what’s next in the evolution of the connected vehicle.

At the Russian Innovation Week 2013, scheduled for September 19 and 20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, we will be presenting on IT solutions in Big Data.

At the Big Data Technology and Applications – East Bay Group Meet Up, scheduled for September 25 in Pleasanton, CA, we will be presenting our new approach to Big Data management and show its benefits through case studies.

Now that summer 2013 is winding down, we’re winding up for an even better fall 2013!

If you cannot make any of these events and would like to know more about our Big Data solution and how it can help with your Big Data initiatives, contact a Talksum team member and we will be sure respond.


Biogenetics and Big Data

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Talksum Head of Marketing

Recently, we met with well-known geneticist Dr. Michael Gelfand, Deputy Director of the Institute for the Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Science. The discussion revolved around an opportunity to use the Talksum Data Stream Router™ – TDSR™ – in a real-time Big Data infrastructure for industrial DNA sequencing. This meeting was followed by conversations with members of Dutch University Research Centers interested in new generation biogenetic data management systems that took place in the Skolkovo Innovation Centre in June 2013.

Big Data is critical for the future success of biogenetics, which requires massive amounts of data to help with the development and application of scientific procedures and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material. Genetic engineering produces unlimited amounts of otherwise unavailable or scarce biological products by introducing DNA from living organisms.

DNA sequencing is the process of determining the precise order of nucleotides within a DNA molecule. It includes any method or technology that is used to determine the order of the four bases — adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine — in a strand of DNA, the resulting sequences to be used by medical personnel to make treatment decisions or aid in genetic counseling.

This is where the TDSR comes into play. Bio-medical research centers can use the real-time data processing and multi-format data normalization of our TDSR solution, while hospitals and medical centers can take advantage of its complex event processing.

In the near future, next-generation sequencing (NGS) using Big Data is poised to revolutionize not only medical research in academic laboratories and biopharma, but also the healthcare landscape and applied markets – for example, AgBio, food testing, and so on. We are proud to be at the forefront of this revolution.

Click Talksum Data Stream Router to learn more about how our TDSR solution can help you. To speak with a Talksum representative, fill out the form on our Contact Us page and let us know what you have in mind.