Walmart Labs Adopts SQLstream Blaze for Streaming SQL Analytics

We’re very excited to welcome Walmart Labs to the SQLstream community.  They will be using SQLstream Blaze to support the Analytics Team for Merchant Technologies.

Walmart’s Merchant Technology team oversees online and in-store search, pricing, catalog, content, inventory, replenishment, and fulfillment technology to provide the optimal experience for their merchants and customers.

Walmart Labs has adopted Apache Kafka to connect hundreds of microservices and teams and evolve to a company-wide multi-tenant data hub. In doing so, Walmart Labs discovered that dealing with hundreds of millions of products and thousands of sellers required a streaming analytics platform that was able to handle very high data volumes, the complexity of many different data types, and dynamically changing stream definitions.  Something that open-source and other commercial solutions were not able to easily address.

Given that this streaming data quality solution is primarily for Walmart’s data analysts, they also wanted an analyst-friendly experience that enables rapid deployment of real-time reports and analytics, in contrast to the traditional batch analytics they had been using.

“We looked at the market and found SQLstream Blaze to be the most mature SQL-compliant, streaming analytics solution that could handle the scale and complexity of Walmart,” says Leo Nagata, Director of Analytics at Walmart Labs.  “Not only did it empower our analysts to use their existing SQL skills, we also believe that StreamLab, SQLstream’s analyst-friendly development environment with intelligent suggestions, will provide better productivity and automation over other products we have seen in the market.”

SQLstream Blaze empowers Walmart Lab’s analysts with fully-standards-compliant streaming SQL, which their analysts already understand.  Plus, standards-compliant SQL avoids the inconsistencies of SQL-like or SQL-light approaches which necessitate low level coding to fill in the gaps.  

“Obviously, we are very excited to work with a technology leader like Walmart Labs as they look to change the way the world shops,” says Damian Black, CEO/Founder at SQLstream.  “We always saw great potential for streaming SQL in retail and it’s great to see Walmart leading the way as the industry starts to see the value of real-time insight.”

 

About Walmart

Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our more than 11,600 stores under nearly 60 banners in 28 countries and eCommerce websites. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

About SQLstream

SQLstream Blaze is the most advanced streaming SQL analytics solution on the market for real-time data wrangling, analytics, and action and is the originator of the streaming SQL movement. Global enterprises use SQLstream Blaze to build streaming applications in minutes to keep operations running at optimal efficiency, protect systems from security threats, and support real-time customer engagement. With SQLstream Blaze, companies can go from raw data to actionable insights easily, continuously, and in real time, and compete effectively in the fast-changing business world. In 2016, AWS announced that Amazon Kinesis Analytics is based in part on technology components licensed from SQLstream. SQLstream is headquartered in San Francisco, California.  Download SQLstream Blaze for a live experience at http://www.sqlstream/downloads.