DALLAS: Data warehousing and analytics firm Teradata will now support one of the data formats that powers the Internet of Things.
Java Script Object Notation (JSON), not previously directly supported by the company's products, will now enable Teradata customers to process JSON data in a more scalable way than before, a benefit which Teradata claims will allow businesses to capitalise on the value of sensor data produced by machines.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept which sees many machines connected together in a web-like network, communicating and making decisions based on the status of one another. Already heavily used the manufacturing and cargo industries, IoT is set to become an even more significant part of everyday life as public sector bodies, car makers and energy firms take advantage of the falling cost of the technology.
Dan Vesset, big data analyst at IDC said: "As data from the Internet of Things continues to grow, many organizations will have to accelerate their efforts to capture, integrate, and use it.
"Teradata's strategy that enables organizations to integrate JSON data into a data warehouse is an important step toward enabling customers to ensure they don't miss opportunities to improve or create new analytics based on new data sources."
Philip Russom, industry analyst at The Data Warehousing Institute, told V3 Teradata's acknowledgement of JSON was necessary, as the file format is relatively ubiquitous and lightweight: "JSON is a fairly simple and straightforward way of modelling data where it's changing between systems," he explained. "It is quite often used in industries where companies exchange information with each other in the supply chain."
He added: "A lot of companies have struggled to do that with xml [extensible markup language] documents - xml is really effective but also really hard. Getting all the schema just right in an xml document requires a lot of skill.
"JSON doesn't have the pretense or difficulty of xml. At the low end there's these flat files - CSV [comma-separated values] - that's too low-end. JSON is in the middle."
Earlier this week, Teradata also announced it would be taking its on-premises services to the cloud for a monthly, aiming squarely at businesses unwilling to commit to long-term big data analytics.
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