By Thomas Been, DataStax\n\nBringing a promising idea to life with an application that solves a hard problem or creates an amazing experience (or does both)\u2014this is the developer\u2019s dream. But even if that dream comes true, real success can only be achieved if the groundwork has been laid for high growth.\n\nDataStax set out to identify enterprises and builders that define the future of data and have planned and prepared to scale to whatever demand their growing businesses and customer bases place upon them.\n\nThese \u201cDigital Champions\u201d have built data-driven, high-growth businesses. They are the visionaries and driving forces in using real-time data and the cloud to deliver unprecedented value to their organizations. As you\u2019ll read below, the hard work, vision, and ingenuity of these builders has led to significant success and recognition for their organizations.\n\nIt\u2019s not easy. Developers are often hampered by the laundry list of challenges that can stymie growth, productivity, speed, and innovation, including data silos, technical debt, and data architectures that aren\u2019t scalable.\n\nThe first four in the DataStax Digital Champions series\u2014Overstock, Temporal, Alpha Ori, and Uniphore\u2014have overcome these hurdles thanks to their use of modern data technologies to build and run fast-growing, real-time applications that delight consumers and power businesses. Read on to learn more about their journeys, and keep an eye out for upcoming Digital Champions.\n\nOverstock\n\nWhile at Overstock, Devin Bost played a key role in building an organization-wide data fabric to leverage real-time data to help the online retailer expand into new markets, provide a powerful experience to its customers, and ultimately drive shareholder value.\n\nBost, the company\u2019s former senior data engineer, explained how Overstock\u2019s data architecture handles extremely high volumes\u2014it processes between four billion and 10 billion events per day\u2014and expects to expand that significantly.\n\nThe company\u2019s prowess at harnessing real-time data made them a shoo-in to earn the title of Digital Champion.\n\nLearn more about why Overstock is a DataStax Digital Champion here.\n\nTemporal\n\nTemporal\u2019s superpower is making life easier for developers. It does so by offering a workflow orchestration engine: Enterprises provide the business logic and Temporal handles all the parts that require specialized expertise, like persistence and resilience.\n\nSo it\u2019s no surprise that the company\u2019s platform, built by CTO Samar Abbas and his Temporal co-founder Maxim Fateev, has experienced rapid success and high-growth in the three years since the company was launched. Its open-source software code is used by the likes of Netflix and Instacart, and just this year Temporal secured a $103 million Series B round that put its valuation at $1.5 billion.\n\nWe\u2019re proud to recognize Temporal as a Digital Champion.\n\nLearn more about why Temporal is a DataStax Digital Champion here.\n\nAlpha Ori\n\nWith approximately 90% of world trade transported by sea, Alpha Ori Technologies recognized a great opportunity to apply cutting-edge, real-time information solutions to the maritime transportation industry.\n\nCofounded in 2016 by Praveen Viswanath, the company\u2019s platform offers intelligent analytics, alerts, and insights from data gathered from over 260 vessels. The results have been impressive, says Viswanath, who is Alpha Ori\u2019s chief architect: since inception, the platform has saved its users an aggregate 44,000 metric tons of fuel, resulting in an aggregate $5 million in cost savings and preventing the release of 137,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide.\n\nThe results have garnered Viswanath glowing recognition. He recently received the Constellation Supernova Award for business transformation.\n\nWe are pleased to recognize Alpha Ori as a Digital Champion.\n\nLearn more about why Alpha Ori is a DataStax Digital Champion here.\n\nUniphore\n\nUniphore\u2019s Saurabh Saxena knows that when it comes to winning new customers, conversations are the most important asset\u2014and huge volumes of real-time data are key to generating value from that asset.\n\nFounded in 2008, Uniphore offers a platform that analyzes sentiments with AI in real-time. Saxena, who is Uniphore\u2019s head of technology and vice president of engineering, explained how his company\u2019s platform seamlessly captures and processes about 200 data points on every meeting participant\u2019s face at 24 frames per second\u2014this can add up to 4 million records generated in a single meeting.\n\nUniphore\u2019s innovation has generated explosive growth, and its promising future has garnered continued interest from the investment community (the company earlier this year announced a $400 million funding round that boosted its valuation to $2.5 billion).\n\nDataStax is proud to have helped Uniphore handle the massive volumes of real-time data that its platform generates, and is pleased to recognize the company as a Digital Champion.\n\nLearn more about why Uniphore is a DataStax Digital Champion here.\n\n\n\nWe\u2019re honored to partner with companies like Overstock, Temporal, Alpha Ori and Uniphore on their journey to success with high-growth applications and platforms, by speeding their time to market and ensuring that their data architectures have the runway to scale to whatever their success throws at them.\n\nDoes your organization fit the Digital Champion mold? Contact me to nominate a Digital Champion today!\n\n\n\nAbout Thomas Been:\n\nThomas leads marketing at DataStax. He has helped businesses transform with data and technology for more than 20 years, in sales and marketing leadership roles at Sybase (acquired by SAP), TIBCO, and Druva.