by Anna Foote
| October 14, 2016
As most of the Summer Olympics occurred during the work week, it was hard to stay on top of the results and the big ordeal of how many medals Phelps has now. But luckily, Google makes it very easy to stay up to date with each of the games results because Google’s web crawling bot, named “Googlebot” not only finds pages the most relevant to your search but also “discovers new and updated pages to be added to the Google index.” (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/182072).
So when you Google, “Total number of medals that Michael Phelps has won,” one of the first pages to come up is from usatoday.com, “Full list of every Olympic medal Michael Phelps has won – USA Today” which was updated on August 14th, after all of his swimming events were over. It simply wouldn’t be helpful if Googlebot didn’t update constantly and your search resulted in a webpage updated August 12th because it would be missing some of his medals.
RapidMiner has the same sort of web crawling ability and was used to help improve our new IT Services Model (for more information on RapidMiner click here https://rapidminer.com). When you request prices and specifications about Dell laptops (equivalent to googling Dell Prices), it will crawl the Dell website and return back the price, name and other various specifications on each laptop on the page. We created numerous repeatable processes in RapidMiner that crawl database warehouses to get this type of information and put it into a TruePlanning® template. This way, we can rerun the processes as often as we’d like to get the most up to date IT hardware prices to account for major price changes.
When you open the IT Hardware template, you can view hundreds of cost objects that include inputs and attributes resulting from these processes. This makes it simple for the user to either copy and paste a specific cost object into a new project, or to view the Unit Purchase Price for a certain hardware device and use that input in another project that utilizes PRICE’s new IT Services catalog.
You can also open the IT Hardware template as a TrueFindings® file. This way you can analyze the data depending on a certain specification or criteria. The user can create a finding of the average price of a device and link that to the Unit Purchase Price input in your PBS as a guide.
If you’re not familiar with our TruePlanning® templates, you can refer to Grady Noll’s blog posts, “Templates: What Are They?” and “Templates: How Do I Use Them?” for more information on how to access and use them.