Massachusetts Initiatives and Manufacturing Big Data Detonator

Massachusetts is well known as a place where many engineering and manufacturing software companies were started.  In a recent Boston Globe article, Rt. 128 was named as a center of manufacturing software development, navigate here to read the article.  Mass is well on it’s way for also taking a leadership role in the important topic of big data.  I recently read about a big data initiative announced by the governor of Mass. Here’s an excerpt:


The Massachusetts Big Data Initiative will expand on the Commonwealth’s already strong Big Data presence. By combining business and academia into the initiative, Massachusetts will maintain a visible presence at the forefront of Big Data. The initiative calls for the creation of the Massachusetts Big Data Consortium, with an organizing committee led by academia and industry, to be facilitated by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center in Holyoke, a collaboration of the Commonwealth with MIT, the University of Massachusetts, Boston University, Northeastern, Harvard, Cisco and EMC, has designated the Computing Center a major public-private resource for the Big Data Initiative.

Another recent announcement related to the same topic comes from a new initiative called bigdata@CSAIL. The Intel research center will be the cornerstone of a new CSAIL initiative known as “bigdata@CSAIL,” led by Associate Professor Sam Madden and Adjunct Professor Michael Stonebraker, both of MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). In addition to Intel, the initiative’s sponsors include AIG, EMC, SAP and Thomson Reuters.  Here’s a video worth watching:

Manufacturing will be, in my opinion, a detonator for big data. I always have mixed feeling when I talk about manufacturing companies. On the one hand, we can see amazing examples such as Apple: Wow! Apple Turns Over Its Inventory Once Every 5 *Days*. On the other hand, many manufacturing companies struggle with efficiency, costs, and competition. Exacerbating the situation, these companies are swamped by data from production, suppliers, customers and so on.  Providing them the ability to use data more efficiently can significantly improve their performance.

The theme and topics represented by the bigdata@CSAIL announcement resonated with how Inforbix wants to change the way manufacturing companies are managing data.  Inforbix collects, scans, and indexes engineering and manufacturing data from different sources and locations.  And by aggregating and exposing data using product data apps, Inforbix extracts value from the massive amount of drawings and excel spreadsheets, it helps  re-use data more efficiently, and perhaps promotes the development of more efficient products.  Give Inforbix a test-drive today and let us know what you think.

Best, Oleg