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Confluent Kafka Real-time data monitoring use case

MFEC x Confluent

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Confluent is the data streaming platform that is pioneering a fundamentally new category of data infrastructure that sets data in motion. Confluent’s cloud-native offering is the foundational platform for data in motion – designed to be the intelligent connective tissue enabling real-time data, from multiple sources, to constantly stream across the organization. With Confluent, organizations can meet the new business imperative of delivering rich, digital front-end customer experiences and transitioning to sophisticated, real-time, software-driven back-end operations.

Real-time data monitoring use case

In the current era, there’s a growing preference for online shopping, necessitating stores to access real-time data for effective inventory and stock management to boost customer satisfaction. Store owners, however, encounter a significant challenge: their data originates from various sources, such as online platforms, physical stores, and third parties, all in different data formats. The question then arises: how can stores efficiently manage this diverse data?

Confluent Cloud plays a crucial role right from the start by pulling data from multiple sources, including both online and offline stores as well as associated third parties, and aggregating this data within Confluent Cloud. Before forwarding the data to the desired target system, it undergoes stream processing transformation to ensure it aligns with specific business needs.

Complex data is frequently presented via a visualization dashboard to simplify it for store owners and make it easily understandable and accessible. To address this need, MFEC has created an integration application that retrieves data from Confluent Cloud. This application processes the data and then pushes it to the dashboard, enabling real-time display and insights.

Real-time data allows:

1. The inventory team to immediately know which items are about to run out of stock and which items have the potential to become dead stock.

2. The marketing team can promote products that are not selling well to boost sales.

In this use case example, MFEC has incorporated Confluent into the solution as follows:

  • Pre-built connector: Change Data Capture (CDC) connector is integrated with Microservice application and databases e.g., store customer, product, and order information. This part ensures real-time data retrieval from each source.
  • Stream processing: data transformation using for
    • Joining product list with store inventory to manipulate master product inventory.
    • Aggregate data to counting remaining of inventory stock
    • Count the total amount of products sold
    • Verify orders which order do not have enough inventory in stock
  • Integration Application by MFEC: extracting data from Confluent Cloud to a visualization dashboard (in this example, the data is displayed on Tableau).

Wrapping Up

It’s clear how Confluent Cloud can help store owners manage inventory effectively and increase sales for products at risk of becoming dead stock. MFEC is eager to offer assistance and guidance to improve your system’s real-time functionalities, thereby adding significant value to your business.

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