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How to Use Real-Time and Right-Time Database Analytics

Published: 25 May 2023

Summary

Data and analytics leaders need to respond to requirements for real-time and near-real-time analytics. What is really needed is the appropriate response time for analytics — right-time analytics. This research provides an overview of the top practices for achieving analytics in the right time.

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Key Findings
  • Many analytical requirements can benefit from being in real time or near real time, where action is needed within a defined time frame of events occuring. However, to be useful, challenges with latency, data quality and integrity checks need addressing.

  • There is much confusion in the market as to the meaning of “real time.” In practice, for many requirements, near real time is sufficient — where analysis is delivered within seconds or minutes of an event. This gives rise to the notion of the “right time” within which to respond.

  • A small number of proven approaches can be

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