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Have you ever wondered how a good idea is transformed into business value? Have you ever thought how does someone take an abstract idea and produce business value from apparent nothingness? Have you ever postulated what can you do to leverage the assets at your disposal for the greater good? If so, than sit tight because you are about to take a journey that will equip your inquisitiveness with the step by step actions that FireScope took when it transformed its corporate wide historical metrics from passive data asset into the next level of business intelligence. With unique insight, FireScope is able to identify potentially hidden relationships from among your IT assets and reveal cause-and-effect metrics which you might not have even known existed. This wizardry is accomplished using a distinctive genetic algorithm solution and yet is as simple to execute as appl... (more)

Interface All Boundaries

Experienced developers know many of the benefits of and motivations for using interface-based design principles. Interfaces provide for polymorphic behavior by hiding the implementation and only exposing the relevant public methods of the implementing class. What may be less appreciated is that the use of interfaces, when applied to an entire application, can provide for application isolation, while at the same time enhancing testing capabilities. In this article we'll explore the use of interfaces at all application boundaries and gain an appreciation for why we should consider, ... (more)

Real-World Application Performance with MongoDB

Recently FireScope Inc. introduced the general availability of its Stratis product. Stratis brings all of the FireScope Unify capabilities to the cloud, with the added advantage of a new architecture that delivers near infinite scalability. Moreover, the new Stratis architecture provides scalability at all application layers including its back-end operations, which were newly designed to leverage the benefits of MongoDB. In this article we will discuss several of the architecture choices that were made as part of this effort with the hope that others might benefit from the resear... (more)

Solr, the Other In-Memory NoSQL Database?

If you ask well informed technical people what is Apache Solr used for? Your most likely response would be that Apache Solr + Lucene is an open source text search engine. Documents are indexed into Solr and after indexing, these same documents can be easily searched using free form queries in much the same way as you would query Google. Still others might add that Solr has some very capable geo-location indexing capabilities that support radius, bounded-box, and defined area searches. And both of the above answers would be well informed and correct. What may be less well known i... (more)