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NI software suite tackles big data from edge to enterprise

Oct. 18, 2017

National Instruments yesterday announced the release of its Data Management Software Suite, which offers a complete workflow to standardize measurement data across teams. Users can mine that data for useful information, transform the data through automated analysis, and deliver reports with valuable insight.

“Using the Data Management Software Suite, we’ve helped a major automotive manufacturer reduce the time it spends analyzing the data generated by one of its component tests from 10 hours to 7 minutes,” said Barry Hutt, CEO of Viviota, an NI Alliance Partner specializing in data management, in a press release. An NI spokesperson points out the time savings is like flying from New York to Istanbul in the time it takes to boil a pot of water.

Dave Wilson, vice president of platform software at NI, commented, “The amount of data being acquired to test devices, monitor physical assets and analyze product designs continues to skyrocket. The challenge with the exponential growth in the amount of data being acquired is the establishment of a repeatable and automated process to extract valuable insights. Often inconsistencies and errors in the data produce erroneous results.” He added that engineers must manually inspect and verify data before sending it to a manual or automated analysis process.

The Data Management Software Suite introduces new server-based software features and a new product, the Analysis Server, to simplify the workflow. The suite helps engineers and scientists automate the search, standardization, analysis, and reporting of large amounts of measurement data. The full suite is flexible enough to integrate with customers’ existing data formats and IT infrastructures, so any team with a Windows machine and a network can add data-management capabilities.

NI reports the platform provides the ability to read/write data for analysis, to standardize metadata for automated analysis, and to perform nanosecond analytics at the edge. Daniel Parrot, a subject matter expert at NI, explained by email that the solution extends from a system at the edge to the group level with multiple systems and on to the enterprise level, working across multiple groups in an organization. “The primary use case for the Data Management Software Suite is the automated post-processing of measurement data at the group and enterprise level,” he said. “This data is most typically stored on the enterprise’s network and not necessarily in the cloud.”

NI says that with the release of the Analysis Server, NI’s server-based data-management solution built on DIAdem and the DataFinder Server, the suite can be expanded to automated data processing, allowing engineers to gain initial insights without any manual interaction while preserving the original measurement data for searching and further investigation.

Supported by an ecosystem of partners, add-on IP, and applications engineers, the Data Management Software Suite is part of NI’s software and hardware platform that helps lower the cost of test, reduce time to market, and future-proof test systems. Visit www.ni.com/datamanagement to learn more.

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