How HP's big data platform, HAVEn, is used to optimize complex systems

We are creating ever more complicated systems. But we can need help to optimise these systems; to optimise the resources we apply to these systems. Let’s look at some examples of how big data is used to optimise our complex systems.

Kokubu is a Japanese company that makes and distributes food and drink. They have over 200 distribution centers, over 600,000 product items and over a billion transactions to analyze in order to optimize their warehousing and distribution. They use HP Vertica to do this because it ten times longer (and is thus too slow to have an impact) using conventional techniques. 



London Metropolitan Police : Two years ago, riots broke out in London and other major British cities, resulting in about $330m in damage. The Police later discovered that the whole thing had been started, amplified and organized using social media. 
So, they started a pilot with Autonomy in London to collect 30 streams of social media data and use it to look for sentiment. They then correlate sentiment against geography. They can then work with community leaders in those London districts where sentiment is trending badly negative, avoiding flair-ups into full riots. (pictures screen shots from the writeup).  During the London 2012 Olympics, London Police were monitoring over 3 million tweets a day in this way.
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Child Protection : One of our HP HAVEn partners is working on a solution for child protection in the UK. When a child dies thru neglect or abuse, a common issue is the failure of agencies to cross-notify each other – if they could have seen a 360 degree of the child at risk across all the agencies, they would have seen that the child was at risk. The agencies do store information in a central place, but this is really only 10% of the solution. The problem is that all agencies are very busy. What they need is for someone to look thru all the reports for meaning – meaning in this case being that a child is at risk.
The IDOL engine can do this. It can be given all the reports and then it can look for any human interaction regarding “child at risk”. 
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