What is a data warehouse, and how can we help?
If you’re part of an organization that’s rapidly upgrading its use of big data, then it’s likely that you’ve heard the term “data warehouse”.
We take a closer look at what data warehouses are, their benefits, and how we can help with your data warehousing needs below.
What is a data warehouse?
A data warehouse is a system of data management intended to optimize business intelligence activities with an emphasis on analytics.
Data warehouses consolidate large volumes of data from several different sources, such as software log files, transactional applications, and more. This ability to concentrate large quantities of data, combined with a high capacity for analysis, empowers organizations using a data warehouse with valuable insights they can use for more effective decision-making.
With enough time and use, a data warehouse will build a historical record of data that can become hugely invaluable for in-house data scientists, analysts from all departments, and other professionals within the company.
The benefits of a data warehouse
Data warehouses offer many benefits to the organizations that use them, including, but not limited to:
Consistent, high-quality data: a typical business can generate structured and unstructured data from different sources. With effective solutions in place, this scattered data will be wrangled into a more consistent and manageable format, suitable for the analytics tools and practices you use.
Higher efficiency: by keeping all pertinent data in one place, data warehouses allow data scientists to bypass the support of technical experts to trawl various sources and gather data quickly and in the correct format, ensuring a more efficient process.
Greater scalability: one of the best things about all cloud data solutions is their scalability, and this is especially true for data warehouses. Modern data warehouses are designed to scale, ensuring they’ll be able to handle more and more queries as the business grows in scope, and promising a high degree of efficiency that will feed into the wider organization’s ability to scale.
Higher security: over the years, advances in data warehousing have ensured an exceptional level of security, which has in turn helped the overall security of the user organization’s data. Features such as encrypted columns and “slave read only” setups keep malicious code at bay and prevent the risk of damaging security breaches.
Better query performance: the big data demands of the modern business arena can put a strain on legacy databases and data management setups. Data warehouses are specifically designed to handle massive volumes of data and demanding queries without breaking a sweat, allowing you to take a lot of strain off the system.
Valuable historical insight: data warehouses empower organizations with large and dependable banks of historical data that can glean new insights about all facets of the business’s operations. With the capacity to store huge volumes of data, data warehouses also ensure that no metrics or patterns exist in isolation, giving business leaders the context they need to make the right calls.
How we can help
At ProCogia, we have unique expertise in setting up data warehouses and ensuring they perform according to an organization’s unique needs. We have experience working with a diverse range of clients within many industries.
Whether it’s complex data lakes and lake houses for large and varied sets of data, or simple solutions for a traditional SQL setup, we have all the right experience and know-how to provide a solution to your company’s unique needs.