There’s More To Intelligent Automation Than Meets The Eye

Shawn is a 20-year veteran of the retail industry and the Director N.A. Sales for SmartSight, Zebra’s intelligent automation retail service.

Brick-and-mortar retailers are no strangers to change. They’ve spent the last several years trying to remain relevant amidst the rise in ecommerce competition. Enhancing the “offline” in-store customer experience while establishing a sustainable online business has not been easy or economical for most brands. The shift to ecommerce fulfillment models is eroding margins by the minute. Yet retailers know that if they can’t figure out a way to become relevant in the digital realm, then the consequences of brand erosion will be far greater.

With Covid-19 accelerating consumer adoption of curbside and delivery services, retailers and grocers must find a way to differentiate the customer experience in stores and online. Moreover, they must do so while improving profitability — or at least without broadening financial deficits beyond recovery potential.

The ‘Benefit Of Bulk’ Is Bygone

The acceleration of ecommerce adoption has forced brick-and-mortar retailers to use stores as online order fulfillment centers to meet shopper demands for convenience and delivery speed. The cost of having to handle individual items versus pallets in the stores has become quite significant. It has also become expensive to maintain a wider product assortment and increase store staffing to facilitate omnichannel fulfillment actions.

The “labor headwinds” of turning stores into fulfillment centers can eat up 2%-3% of a retailer’s profitability on its own, per McKinsey and Co.’s estimations. Of course, some of that can be recovered by leveraging analytics tools to improve inventory management (1%-2% profitability boost) and focusing on ways to improve the in-store customer experience (which has the potential of providing another 1%-2% profitability increase).

Yet much of what goes into the latter can be addressed via intelligent automation, which,

How Splice Machine’s Data Platform for Intelligent Apps Works

Splice Machine is a revolutionary database management system that makes it easier for data scientists to connect dots in both the data center and cloud. It’s the only SQL scale-out relational database management system with built-in native machine learning. In a nutshell, Splice Machine does the grunge work so you don’t have to.

In this eSPEAKS video, we cover:

  • The type of work Splice Machine does
  • A demonstration of how easy and simple the application is to use
  • Use cases of the app

For an insider’s scoop, Chris spoke with:
Monte Zweben, co-founder and CEO, Splice Machine; Host: Chris Preimesberger, Editor, eWEEK

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San Francisco-based startup Splice Machine, whose database management system is specifically optimized for hybrid clouds, has announced the availability of its automated application platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. 

Splice Machine’s Online Predictive Processing Platform (OLPP) is designed to power new-generation predictive analytics applications that run both on premises and in the cloud—or multiple clouds—as needed in production requirements.

Becoming available on the growing Microsoft Azure cloud service gives admins another way to use the data platform while having the independence to deploy on premises, on Amazon Web Services, Azure, or both, the company said.

Using Splice Machine, the company claims, enterprises can develop and deploy smarter predictive applications that integrate integrate fast data streaming, transactional workloads, analytics and machine learning, enabling business transformation at performance and scale.

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Using Splice Machine’s cloud service replaces or offloads traditional and cloud-based RDBMS and cloud-based or on-premises data warehouse packages. It can be used on premises with Hadoop clusters, but it masks the complexity of operating those Hadoop analytics deployments, since it handles all the data movement automatically.

Unlike most data platforms, Splice Machine is a scale-out SQL data platform that can run fast OLTP