Data Crawling Service

Data crawling has become one of the most resourceful tools for companies operating in the online space. Be it staying updated with the prices of products on an Ecommerce website, checking the freshness of a set of URLs, indexing data or building an internal search engine, data crawling is all you need to take care of a variety of use cases that involve navigating through web pages on the internet. Given the scale at which businesses need crawling done, it is not feasible to employ humans to do this tedious task of browsing through web pages. This is where automated data crawling services become invaluable.

Data crawling service

How is Data Crawling carried out?

Data crawling is done by using a custom built crawler setup for the particular requirement. A crawler is a program written exclusively to navigate through a list of web pages and do predefined actions such as checking the freshness of the pages or scraping data from these pages. Below are the basic steps of a typical data crawling process:

  1. Defining the Sources

In this step, the list of web pages to be crawled for data extraction is specified. Since the quality of the whole process will depend on the source websites, this has to be done with utmost care. Not to mention, only reliable websites should be included in the source list. Sources should be websites that doesn’t disallow automated crawling in their robots.txt file or the TOS page. Crawling websites that disallow bots can lead to legal complications later on.

  1. Crawler Setup

Setting up the crawler is the most complicated step in the data crawling process. This requires technically skilled personnel to look into the source code of the web pages and identify the data points to be extracted and write code that can navigate through the pages automatically to carry out these tasks. Especially because websites do not follow a uniform structure that a generic program can handle. However, advanced crawlers have inbuilt AI techniques that help scrape data intelligently without having to manually look into each source.

  1. Cleansing and Deduplication

This is a very important step in data crawling since the initially scraped data would contain noise and duplicate entries. This data cannot be run through an analytics setup or used for any other purpose right away. It has to to be cleansed and de-duplicated using a custom system. Noise comprises of the unwanted elements and parts of code that got scraped along with the required data. Cleaning this up will leave us with just the required data.

  1. Structuring

Machines are not good at handling unstructured data. This is why structuring the data becomes the final step in data crawling. By giving the data a proper structure also knows as schema, it becomes machine-readable and hence can be analysed using a data analytics system or be imported into your database with ease.

Getting started with Data Crawling

Being a technically challenging niche process, it might not be a good idea for enterprises to jump into the big data bandwagon using an in-house data crawling setup. Since crawling is a resource hungry activity, it could easily hog your productivity. It is better to go with a hosted data crawling service like PromptCloud since you get your data crawling needs covered without having to be involved with any of the technology-intensive tasks in crawling.

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Software Engineer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

What PromptCloud expects for this role:

– Sound knowledge of Algorithms and OOP concepts
– Proficiency with Linux/Unix (required)
– Knowledge of any one of the scripting languages – Ruby/Perl/Python
– Graduated from a tier-1 college (IITs, NITs, IIITs, BITs) or you’re dead smart to blow us away with your tech skills
– 1 to 3 years of industry experience in a tech role
– Prior experience with a startup or Big Data technologies is a plus
– Prior exposure to web technologies, Rails, Django is a plus
– Energy and passion for working in a growing company
– Sense of ownership and attention to detailsDevOps experience
– An entrepreneurial and experimental mindset

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

Ruby on Rails Developer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

We’re looking for a Ruby on Rails developer to take over various responsibilities in design and development of rails application. The role involves client side as well as server side expertise.

What PromptCloud expects for this role:

– At least 1-2 year experience working with Ruby on Rails (or Django) and MVC
– Experience working with HTML5, CSS3, JS, jQuery, AJAX, and other web technologies
– Experience working with Linux
– UI/UX Design and front end development experience
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code for various UI components
– Should be willing to work independently and take end-to-end ownership with minimal guidance
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills.
– Must have great design and good documentation skills

Applicants having the following skills will be given preference:

– Knowledge of open source tools such as Firebug, Chrome developer tools
– Experience working with Twitter Bootstrap & Node.JS
– Work independently and end-to-end with minimal guidance
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills
– Must have great design and good documentation skills

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

DevOps Engineer – Full time

We’re a team of high-tech Engineers working on fresh big data problems. An integral part of our offerings is web-scale crawl and extraction using cloud computing and machine learning techniques. We’re on a quest for innovative ways to solve the business problems of data acquisition and normalization on the web. Our vision is to make PromptCloud a one-stop brand for data and our growth is geared towards that.
Where we are at PromptCloud- We are a bootstrapped company in the mid-growth phase and are planning to quickly expand (not much in terms of personnel) but heavily with respect to the solutions we can provide to big data problems in the market. We started off with international clients and we have pretty much covered the globe at that.

Responsibilities:

– Ensure 100% availability and reliability of our service,
– Help the company make optimized infrastructural choices.
– Create and implement tools that manage infrastructure.
– Work independently and end-to-end with minimal guidance.

Skills:
On the system side
– Experience with Puppet/Chef/Ansible, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Git, Graphite and related tools for large-scale systems management
– Experience working with linux system monitoring and analysis
– Good understanding of distributed computing environments
– Open to working non-standard hours in critical situations
– Replication of databases (both relational or NoSQL) across geographical regions using various consistency models
– Experience with package management systems such as APT or RPM
On the development side
– Basic coding/scripting ability in Ruby, Python or any other scripting language
– Write clean, elegant and reusable OO code. This is not a sysadmin job.
– Ability to write well-abstracted, reusable code and good documentation skills
– Some understanding of REST and other web technologies is a plus.
– The ideal candidate for this position should have good attention to details, along with excellent time-management, multi-tasking, communication and interpersonal skills.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

Marketing Manager – Full time

PromptCloud is looking for a growth hacker to take over responsibilities in developing and executing strategic marketing programs to meet growth objectives, develop market awareness and communicate client results. The analyst works with the Digital and Inbound Marketing Manager and other business segment executives, product management and sales leadership in supporting sales tools to attract, win and retain clients. Essentially, this profile touches all aspects of marketing and business development, thus evolving into being a successful growth-in-charge for the organization.
He/she partners with all functions within marketing as well as key external departments to drive successful, cross-functional marketing and sales initiatives and contributes towards the successful development and maintenance of key performance indicators that lead PromptCloud to 5x growth in the next 3 years.

Desired Skills and Experience:
– Tech (CS) along with an MBA degree from a top B-school
– Minimum 2 years of experience in a marketing/business analyst role
– Good experience in top and bottom level funnels
– Strong business acumen, highly developed analytical skills and recognized for innovative and creative approaches to problem solving
– Inherent empathy for the customer
– Highly professional written and verbal communication skills, along with interpersonal skills
– Hands-on experience with blogging, copywriting, content marketing & PR
– Experience in social media marketing (planning and execution) is a plus
– Experience working with a B2B/enterprise startup is a big plus
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking and interpersonal skill

Responsibilities include:
– Understanding PromptCloud’s technology well as you progress, and using it to ideate on marketing strategies across geographies
– Performing timely market researches driven towards opening newer marketing and revenue channels that would directly affect technology roadmap (essentially growth hacking) and tracking various growth and marketing initiatives using key metrics customized to PromptCloud’s environment.
– Growing a community of big data enthusiasts on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter, and the technology ecosystem, and prospecting within the group
– Coordinating with vendors on collated improvements to company website via A/B testing, etc. and maintaining the same
– Collaborating with the SEO team on launching and monitoring PPC campaigns
– Creating content for various online and offline channels, and further coordinating with vendors towards this goal
– Publicizing content generated on various online and offline channels, as deemed appropriate with regular research
– Taking end-to-end ownership of tasks with moderate to minimal guidance.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)

PromptCloud is looking for an ambitious content marketing all-rounder who would be responsible for writing well-researched and informative content for the blog, website and other marketing collateral. The person should be an auto-pilot and self- thinker and have strong convictions along with efficient proofreading and paraphrasing skills. There will be a steep learning. As a company, we like to work with people who are smarter than their years, fast learners, and quick thinkers. Responsibility-shirkers need not apply. This is an amazing place to grow rapidly and make a real impact. If you’re someone who doesn’t tolerate low expectations, then you might be the right person for our team.

Job Responsibilities:
– Responsible for generating new opportunities: key business function is prospecting new accounts and also to manage and execute research activities as required to compile successful campaign target lists.
– Responsible for segmenting and identifying qualified outbound leads via various communication channels through in-depth understanding of their use case.
– He/she will assist in expanding the company’s database of prospects.
– He/she will be responsible for retargeting of outbound leads and launching various client-nurturing campaigns and account management including up-sell and cross sell.
– He/she will be responsible for arranging various outbound campaigns for increasing brand awareness and revenue.
Establish annual, quarterly, monthly, or weekly sales and collection plans and prioritize and schedule own –
activities so these targets are met.
– Responsible for responding to RFPs and other queries from outbound leads.
– Advising customers on forthcoming product developments and discussing special promotions.
– Understand PromptCloud’s technology well enough.

Desired skills and experience:
– Should be an MBA with a tech background.
– 2 – 4 years of experience in a similar role.
– Experience of software sales/ business development.
– Should be a Techno functional who can map Technology to Business Processes.
– Excellent written skills and ability to communicate well with clients from various geographies.
– Should have experience in handling customer queries.
– Excellent listening skills.
– Ability to understand customer’s industry and core business processes, and then identify the problems they are facing.
– Ability to understand and describe how solutions and features can address the business issues that customers are facing.
– Target focused individual contributor.
– This is an independent role with minimal guidance / interference so give us a shout only if you can ideate as well as execute end to end.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)

Content Writer & Social Media Marketer – Full time

PromptCloud is looking for an ambitious content marketing all-rounder who would be responsible for writing well-researched and informative content for the blog, website and other marketing collateral. The person should be an auto-pilot and self- thinker and have strong convictions along with efficient proofreading and paraphrasing skills. There will be a steep learning. As a company, we like to work with people who are smarter than their years, fast learners, and quick thinkers. Responsibility-shirkers need not apply. This is an amazing place to grow rapidly and make a real impact. If you’re someone who doesn’t tolerate low expectations, then you might be the right person for our team.

Desired Skills and Experience:
– Excellent written communication skills
– 1-2 years of full-time experience with content writing
– Should have exposure in public writing, blogs
– High attention to detail
– Hands-on experience with blogging, copywriting, content marketing & PR
– A good hang of the nuances of English language and grammar rules
– Experience in social media marketing (planning and execution) is a big plus
– Ability to learn and adapt to the latest online marketing trends
– Experience working with a B2B/enterprise startup is a plus
– Excellent time-management, multi-tasking and interpersonal skills

Responsibilities include:
– Writing engaging content for the blog, website and emails
– Creating newsletters targeted towards a B2B audience
– Generating SEO-friendly content across sources and sharing them on social media channels
– Independently coming up with GREAT content from time to time
– Developing measurable content marketing strategies
– Growing a community of big data enthusiasts on social media sites like LinkedIn and Twitter
– Understanding PromptCloud’s technology well as you progress
– Taking end-to-end ownership of tasks with moderate to minimal guidance
– Should have understanding of promotion of own articles on various platforms
– Should be familiar with keyword research and ROI on content in terms of visitors, likes, comments, leads etc
– Take ownership of on-page SEO and content promotion on various platforms including but not limited to blogs, forums and social media sites
– Have a basic understanding of Google webmaster and Analytics
– Assist in content strategy and keyword strategy to increase traffic for the website
– In-depth knowledge of and enthusiasm for social media along with demonstrated awareness of social media trends/developments
– Ability to work in a fast-moving and team-oriented environment
This is an independent role with minimal guidance / interference so give us a shout only if you can ideate as well as execute end to end.

What you will receive:

– Truckloads of learning
– Friendly environment and a culture for growth
– Collaboratively solving exciting challenges with smart minds around
– Busy days and busier nights that you won’t regret
– All things good or great at any bootstrapped company

(This position is currently inactive, you can still apply if you’re interested.)

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