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Vitria OI 4: Data for Today and for the Future

Written By: Jorge Garcia
Published On: August 27 2013

vitria150.pngVitria is a long-time player in the provisioning of software solutions for analyzing information in real time. Founded in 1994 by two entrepreneurs—Drs. JoMei Chang and Dale Skeen, Vitria’s current chief executive officer (CEO) and chief technology officer (CTO), respectively, Vitria has evolved its operational intelligence and business process management (BPM) applications into mature and stable solutions that enable data analysis in real time and BPM optimization.

Vitria’s announcement of version 4 of its Operational Intelligence (OI) Suite reveals the approach the vendor has taken to increase business performance, deliver analysis of continuous information flows, and most importantly, provide data analysis capabilities in the era of Big Data.

Vitria’s true commitment to real-time operations
Since its inception, Vitria has focused on enabling real-time and effective monitoring of business operations in terms of business process enhancement and real-time analysis. This vision is reflected by its two core products:

  • Vitria BusinessWare, a BPM platform for process and business-to-business (B2B) integration, combines Enterprise Service Bus functionality and native BPM functions.



  • Vitria OI Suite, an OI platform, provides all the functionality for analysis of real-time information generated by both machines (such as web server logs or financial instruments) and business processes (banking transactions, purchase orders, etc.).


Vitria’s OI provides a very rich set of features blended on a unified platform, providing not only capabilities for monitoring, analyzing, and controlling information generated in real time, but also versatility and powerful unification of data analysis with business processes, accelerating the cycle between data collection and analysis and business process optimization. Below are some specific features:

  • Continuous, real-time process analysis not only by using a wide variety of measuring and monitoring tools, but also by capturing and modeling business processes as well as easily establishing business goals.



  • Analysis of business information across multiple dimensions, such as time, place, etc., to enable a deeper understanding of the information and quicker generation of significant business outcomes.



  • Ability for capturing, monitoring, and analyzing data originating from logs and event streams.



  • Use of a set of OI apps for performing operational intelligence and situational monitoring.


Also worth mentioning is that Vitria OI is fully compliant with BPM standards and capabilities, enabling the product to integrate nicely within the business process ecosystem of an organization.

Vitria’s OI 4 new features
While the area of operational intelligence is not new, with some companies working with real-time data analysis for more than a decade, many organizations are just now starting to address the issue of collecting and analyzing data at a high speed, at a time when technologies for this purpose abound. And as larger volumes of information are currently being generated and consumed, software vendors are challenged to provide the technology that enables users to gain insights from multiple sources of information.

Vitria’s new OI 4 version includes important new capabilities to deal with the so-called big data sources, expanding the reach of data collection and processing to those data silos residing in the big data stack of an organization such as Hadoop or Hbase. Below are some important features:
Analysis


  • Ability for performing real-time analytics of Big Data in motion, as it streams into the organization



  • Possibility of having a single view of both historical and streaming data



  • Possibility of analyzing structured, semi-structured, and loosely structured data


Platform


  • Availability of cloud, multi-tier, and clustering architectures



  • Automatic load partitioning and assignment



  • New fault-tolerance features for N+K resiliency for more robust information security and transmission


Operational  intelligence


  • Ability for performing real-time process intelligence



  • Ability for performing BPM across multiple dimensions


The first two bullets address two major trends in the information technology (IT) space: Big Data and the cloud. The third bullet reinforces the high-end analysis and monitoring of data to close the gap between business intelligence/analytics applications and BPM, accelerating the cycle between these two areas and potentially increasing business process efficiency.

Armed with a set of appealing and interesting features, Vitria faces important challenges, however. This vendor—and others—needs to help its customers make the necessary adaptations to their infrastructures; instill an organizational mindset for dealing with the new paradigm of working with real-time–based processes; eliminate friction between real-time, near–real-time, and common batch processes; and clearly distinguish the value of all available information assets.

Finally, with these advancements to its OI Suite, Vitria aims to align its roadmap strategy with improved access to data, as well as provide core data analysis and predictive analytics features for a comprehensive analytic view of business processes and real-time data. Certainly, the Vitria product is one to watch closely when looking for an OI solution.
 
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