Any Data SourceData is the new gold
Any Data Source – The Start of the Azquo Smart Data Management System
In today’s rapidly changing world, data is ‘gold’. The challenge is to find a Smart Data Management System that can cope with the variety of inputs and the demands of expected outputs – all with limited budgets and time available. Typically, data falls into 3 categories:
This is most likely to be held in a data warehouse or come from other operational platforms in your business.
Universally data is held in relational databases. Storing information in this manner is normal but it comes with challenges:
Data Warehousing frequently leads to decisions to omit some data which might be useful later
Management. Highly skilled and scarce resource is required to deliver an efficient process to access data in the warehouse and use it for analysis. In addition, ETL management/deployment adds to complexity. Of course, the advent of cloud and hybrid data warehouses means that some of the infrastructure management is reduced.
Notably, everyone who places data in a data warehouse talks of “storing” data, and that is a very different premise from “accessing” or even “analysing” data. Smart Data Management Systems are not commonplace but Azquo aims to change that fundamentally, quickly and in doing so help to save our clients time and money.
- Other Examples of Sources of Structured Data:
1. Machine data (log files from websites, servers, networks and apps)
2. Data from sensors (manufacturing equipment, IoT devices)
Easy integration with all the above and more – Ask us for more information on integrating into ASDMS
Semi-structured data is a form of structured data that does not obey the formal structure of data models associated with relational databases or other forms of data tables, but nonetheless contains tags or other markers to separate semantic elements and enforce hierarchies of records and fields within the data
Examples of semi-structured data:
- .csv files
- tab delimited files
Unstructured data is information in many different forms that doesn’t conform to conventional data models. Typically, it isn’t a good fit for a mainstream relational database but Azquo is uniquely well placed to handle it.
Unstructured text (Word documents, emails, PowerPoint presentations, PDF, survey responses, transcripts of call centre interactions, posts from blogs and social media)
In fact, it is estimated that 80% of a businesses data is in this format, yet they struggle to access it!
The whole point of Azquo is that we tend to prefer to deal with data from “Source” and it rarely all originates in the above formats. If we can connect to the source, that is preferred but if that proves impossible we can in most cases write an import script for anything that arrives in a consistent form but an inconvenient format.
Imagine if you could access all this data without being involved in a disruptive ‘lift and shift’ programme. Without having to worry about writing off your capex on legacy systems…. Being able to easily bring in data from 3rd parties and your supply chain whilst releasing expensive IT resource to focus on developing your digital strategy. This can become a reality with Azquo Smart Data Management System – ASDMS and it won’t cost you the earth.