An enterprise data warehouse is an information and communication technology solution that a business can use to manage its data. Data is wealth for any business today and has the potential to change the future of any business undertaking. Companies have increasingly relied on technology solutions to execute their objectives and targets in an effective manner. The number of interactions on the business level that produce data as a byproduct is also on a constant increase. All of this combined with the realization that this data is not just a byproduct but actually a business resource has forced a paradigm shift. Companies are now investing considerably in technology solutions to handle the proper management of data in order to ensure that it continues to be an asset to their operations. A data warehouse appliance is a product that serves this purpose within the context of enterprise data management. It automates the process of data storage and management for companies that have deployed it. Here is the impact of this application on the management of data within an enterprise.
Collection and collation of data
Data is produced in a number of varied departments within a company. This makes it quite difficult for all of this data to be collected and organized effectively through manual means. The appliance is able to sort through all of the data available and determine which of this data is useful for collection. The appliance is then able to sort the data into relevant data sets so that it can be easily analyzed later on for use.
Cleaning of data
Data collected in raw formats can be quite messy. This is not just a reference to poor organization but is actually a reference to the quality of the data that are acquired. The data can be repetitive, incomplete, corrupted, and even in some cases inaccurate. This data is of little value to the company in that form. It must be cleaned so as to eliminate all of these potential problems with the data. The cleaning process is extremely useful to ensuring that the data produces the best results when it is retrieved and processed.
Managing the storage of data
An enterprise data warehouse usually handles an immense amount of data. This data must be managed in a manner that makes it easy to use while ensuring that the storage space available is used optimally. This is vital considering that the data will continue building up over time and space must be used optimally.