Streaming Data Dilemma: 5 Reasons Some Companies Aren’t Streaming Data Yet

In the era of big data and bigger AI, businesses are relying more on the importance of real-time data processing and analytics. Streaming data is a powerful paradigm for handling continuous, unbounded streams of data in real time. However, despite benefits like reduced latency, improved responsiveness, and the ability to make data-driven decisions on the…

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Mind the Gap: Analytics Architecture Stuck in the 1990s

Welcome to the latest edition of Mind the Gap, a monthly column exploring practical approaches for improving data understanding and data utilization (and whatever else seems interesting enough to share). Last month, we explored the data chasm. This month, we’ll look at analytics architecture. From day one, data warehouses and their offspring – data marts, operational…

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Securing Data in Transit for Analytics Operations

Most enterprises today store and process vast amounts of data from various sources within a centralized repository known as a data warehouse or data lake, where they can analyze it with advanced analytics tools to generate critical business insights.  Modern data warehouse platforms such as Snowflake, AWS Redshift, Azure Synapse Analytics, and IBM Db2 are built with…

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Overcoming Real-Time Data Integration Challenges to Optimize for Surgical Capacity

In the healthcare industry, surgical capacity management is one of the biggest issues organizations face. Hospitals and surgery centers must be efficient in handling their resources. The margins are too small for waste, and there are too many patients in need of care. Data, particularly real-time data, is an essential asset. But it is only…

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10 Advantages of Real-Time Data Streaming in Commerce

While early science fiction shows like “Buck Rogers” (1939) and “The Fly” (1950) depicted teleportation technology, it was Star Trek’s transporter room that made real-time living matter transfer a classical sci-fi trope. While we haven’t built technology that enables real-time matter transfer yet, modern science is pursuing concepts like superposition and quantum teleportation to facilitate information transfer across any distance…

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Unveiling the Power of Dark Data in Strategic Decision-Making

If you’ve never heard of dark data, you’re not alone. Setting aside the ominous name, dark data isn’t something that is inherently bad – although, in practice, it usually does end up this way. Dark data is usually unstructured data, though it can also be semi-structured or structured data that a business collects and stores but…

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Building an Effective Data Strategy for Edge Deployments

Data analytics and integration are the key components of building a data strategy. For organizations to have an effective data strategy, it requires the definition of measurable metrics and proper consideration of all data sources. An effective data strategy also needs to define how data can be moved from various sources to a location where…

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The Role of Dark Data: Uncovering Insights in Unused Information

Dark data remains one of the greatest untapped resources in business. This is due to the vast amounts of usable data that exists within an organization, but is not utilized or analyzed to serve a specific purpose. These untapped sources could include customer information, transaction records, and more. Since dark data represents missed opportunities for…

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Data Catalog, Semantic Layer, and Data Warehouse: The Three Key Pillars of Enterprise Analytics

Analytics at the core is using data to derive insights for measuring and improving business performance [1]. To enable effective management, governance, and utilization of data and analytics, an increasing number of enterprises today are looking at deploying the data catalog, semantic layer, and data warehouse. But what exactly are these data and analytics tools…

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Data Activation: The Key to Taking Data Reports to the Next Level

Let’s talk about an inconvenient truth: For the typical business, data reporting has a tendency to fall short of producing the desired outcomes. Despite the significant resources that organizations often invest in producing data reports – and in the data collection, governance, and analytics processes that happen prior to reporting – the people who actually…

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