Posts Tagged ‘mobile apps’

The Supply Chain Is One Big Graph In Start-up Elementum’s Platform

rsz_elementum_transport_appStartup Elementum wants to take supply chains into the 21st century. Incubated at Flextronics, the second largest contract manufacturer in the world, and launching today with $44 million in Series B funding from that company and Lightspeed Ventures, its approach is to get supply chain participants – the OEMs that generate product ideas and designs, the contract manufacturers who build to those specs, the component makers who supply the ingredients to make the product, the various logistics hubs to move finished product to market, and the retail customer – to drop the one-off relational database integrations and instead see the supply chain fundamentally as a complex graph or web of connections.

“It’s no different thematically from how Facebook thinks of its social network or how LinkedIn thinks of what it calls the economic graph,” says Tyler Ziemann, head of growth at Elementum. Built on Amazon Web Services, Elementum’s “mobile-first” apps for real-time visibility, shipment tracking and carrier management, risk monitoring and mitigation, and order collaboration have a back-end built to consume and make sense of both structured and unstructured data on-the-fly, based on a real-time Java, MongoDB NoSQL document database to scale in a simple and less expensive way across a global supply chain that fundamentally involves many trillions of records, and flexible schema graph database to store and map the nodes and edges of the supply chain graph.

“Relational database systems can’t scale to support the types of data volumes we need and the flexibility that is required for modeling the supply chain as a graph,” Ziemann says.

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Discover The Mobile App You Really Want

The semantic technology platform behind restaurant dish discovery service Dishtip (which The Semantic Web Blog discussed here) has made its way to a new domain: mobile apps. The company last week unveiled AppCrawlr, which uses its TipSense content discovery and knowledge extraction technology to cut through the noise to help users find the app that’s right for them in a world of hundreds of thousands of options for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

“With traditional search models there’s no easy way for guided discovery to narrow down from all the apps out there to what you want,” says Dave Schorr, who with Joel Fisher is a co-founder of TipSense LLC. Keyword searches aren’t going to help you find apps that help when you are having a bad day, for instance, or understand that someone looking for a dating app (as in relationships) is looking for something different than someone looking for a date (as in scheduling and productivity) app. But searches on AppCrawlr can suss those out, taking data from from all across the web – blogs, tweets, reviews, and so on – and surfacing and organizing the concepts and topics buried in all that unstructured data.

“It’s a new paradigm to manage a large data set,” says Schorr. “We’re using concepts to come up with a much better experience for discovery.”

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At Facebook The Buzz Is About Mobile Priorities, Brand Timelines, And New Advertising Options

The Open Graph protocol continues to progress: Earlier this week Facebook’s Director of Developer Relations Douglas Purdy talked about its intersection with the mobile web.

According to Purdy, more people are accessing Facebook on the mobile web than from its top native apps combined, and the game is on to help developers conquer the challenges of building for that community. One of those challenges is app discovery. At the Mobile World Congress on Monday, the company announced that it’s continuing to address the first issue with plans to extend to native Android apps the ability for Facebook’s 425 million mobile app users to discover them through Open Graph connections.

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iPad App is Evri’s Next Stake in the Mobile Arena

Semantic discovery engine Evri continues is about to put another stake in the mobile arena. It began its major push into the mobile space last year, focusing particularly on connecting consumers to vertical topic content such as tech news, baseball, football and celebrity gossip on the iPhone and Android platforms. The next big launch? Evri for the iPad.

By month’s end Evri expects to have available a private beta version, primarily for journalists and bloggers to try, with an App Store entry to follow shortly thereafter. It will be a content discovery app that, like its web site, finds trending and popular news stories on the web, distills that into topical content streams that users can browse through, and also follow favorite streams based on personalized interests.

“We’ll proactively push all new content we find around the topics you are interested in to your iPad,” says CEO Will Hunsinger. “Much like our current platform we are able to understand each individual piece of content and structured data associated with it and make recommendations of additional content, topics, news streams, or people, places and things you might be interested in based on the entities you extract in the context of articles. We become the discovery and recommendation engine in this format.”

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