A*STAR, Red Hat collaborate to drive adoption of open source-based business analytics

Red Hat, Inc. has announced plans for a new collaboration with A*STAR’s Business Analytics Translational Centre (BATC) to help accelerate innovation and drive adoption of business analytics with open source solutions from Red Hat.

Red Hat will be collaborating with BATC in areas of big data, middleware, Platform-as-a-service (PaaS), cloud and storage, for the innovation and development of current and upcoming analytics projects.

Open source technology, such as Red Hat’s offerings, provides the reliability, scalability, as well as enterprise support required by BATC. Big data, a key discussion at this year’s Red Hat Summit, saw a number of announcements from Red Hat, with regards to expanding its portfolio and partner ecosystems to support open, software-defined solutions, intended to handle large amounts of unstructured data.

BATC is a leading player in the strategic technology translation for big data and analytics in Singapore. To date, a number of open source based applications for data analytics have been developed under the cross-agency initiative between the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR) and the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA).

An example of BATC’s analytics application is SocialSense, a showcase application for social media monitoring and it runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It incorporates a number of A*STAR intellectual properties in data analytics, semantic information processing, text mining and enables organizations to analyze user-generated data feeds on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, in a highly automated and intelligent fashion. Social media posts are automatically deciphered, categorizing hot topics and analyzing topic sentiments in real-time to provide an effective qualitative and quantitative gauge on an organization’s social media standing.

“As a center with a strategic mission to catalyze business innovations, perform technology translation, and drive the adoption of Business Analytics (BA), we are cognizant of the advantages open source technology offers to drive the development of rapid prototype applications for business and technical requirements gathering and business use-case validation. Organizational lead users can then rapidly discern the value of Business Analytics and formulate effective strategies for organizational-wide BA transformation,” said Dr Tan.

“Open source has evolved to become a foundation for innovation. As technology continues to become more of a commodity, the standardization of parts can help spur more rapid innovation,” added Whitehurst.

“We are happy to collaborate with local agencies and educational institutions to leverage on open source technologies to address daily challenges. BATC is an exemplary case where technology is used to benefit other industry partners in the ecosystem,” says Damien Wong, general manager, ASEAN.