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Confluence of Data Mining and Web Crawling

1993- 90's saw a buzz in data mining, the days when tech publishers started part series on mining techniques and approaches. Courses were introduced in colleges and multiple researches produced to ride on this wave of data mining. Data mining essentially meant employing clustering or machine...

Data as a Service platform for Market Research

Traditionally when data sources were limited, there were different kinds of processes in place at the market research firms. Reports were created out of manually entering data into systems and results were later visualized via some standard analyses. But with the exponential rise in data...

Extract product data feeds from E-commerce websites

Increasing attendance of retailers online and big data soaring new heights calls for a quick look at what's trending these days in the context of the e-commerce landscape. Requirements that we receive from our enterprise clients with respect to crawling and extracting products can by far...

Customized 404 / Freshness Checker for URLs

With websites that link back to the original source for a particular piece of information, there's an inherent problem of maintaining freshness of those links. Let's take an example of a digital classified ad listing company that aggregates various ads from multiple sources on the web,...

Targeting International Clients – how we bypassed into them

It was only when someone asked us- “How many Indian clients do you guys serve currently?”, did we realize that we were only serving 2 at that point and had directly gone international since PromptCloud’s inception. How this happened- unintentionally and why this happened- we...

What enterprises do with Big Data- Part 2

It's amusing how Big Data is knocking doors these days and so it took a while to settle down with the overwhelming response on the previous post. Here's the next one. Notes- a) Notes that applied to the previous batch apply here too. b) Only public data gets crawled...

What enterprises do with Big Data – Part 1

Since we started in 2009, there have been more than obvious and lesser than evident ways of using a DaaS like ours. So we thought we'll share what's kept us busy (and growing), in batches to avoid overwhelms. There's no limit to ways in which such...

Is crawling legal?

Businesses that involve crawling the web are shot with this question at every platform possible. Our answer to this mundanity- Is viewing a web page on your browser legal? Hell Yes! Crawling means fetching content from the web pages in an automated manner as opposed to manually...

Learning by doing @ PromptCloud

Startups are a great place to work if you want to learn new things and gain lots of hands-on experience. I heard this numerous times from friends, seniors and mostly blogs. I also heard that startups pay less and have lot of risk involved. Putting...

Enterprise client acquisition lessons for startups

We jotted down our thoughts on enterprise customer acquisition scenario among startups via NextBigWhat- http://www.nextbigwhat.com/startup-lessons-acquiring-enterprise-clients-297/. What are your thoughts?...


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