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Webhose.io: Taming and Transforming Web Content

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

We are in the age of data, and it is now the lifeblood of almost every organization. Yet most of them leave one of the richest sources of data — web content that contains news, customer comments, social interactions and the like — untapped. The reason is that this content is unstructured and otherwise hard to capture. So in spite of the focus on big data and analytics, the collection of web-based data has been a big hole for enterprise organizations.

Webhose.io has created a solution that converts this unstructured web data into machine-readable data feeds and a searchable archive — making it readily accessible to its enterprise clients. Its proprietary crawlers scan hundreds of thousands of sites each day and then download and structure the data in its purpose-built repositories. It believes that it provides the greatest coverage and data quality by focusing on the collection of this data rather than providing analytics and data management — letting its clients use their preferred tools to do these important functions.

The result is a comprehensive data set that the company claims its customers use for a variety of use cases, including: machine learning training, predictive analysis and risk assessment in financial services, customer service, brand and reputation management, and competitive intelligence. Organizations can further take the company’s data and enrich it with proprietary data to identify unique insights or create other forms of competitive advantage.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting).