A data warehouse, as the name suggests, is a database. But, the difference is a Data Warehouse is much more dynamic and has more uses than a normal Database. Every enterprise regardless of being a digital one or not, collects enormous amounts of information. This information is stored to be retrieved later. In an enterprise, every employee may enter data to the data base from work logs to sales accounts. This data is then stored in data bases called as silos.
Each silo could represent a department or functionality of an enterprise. Categorizing them generally, silos could include Accounting, Support, Marketing, Human Resource, and Operations. When data is stored in each of these silos, the data entered is in a specific format. When the decision makers in a business need data for analysis, these silos or data bases which are intended to collect information, are not capable of providing you with the specific data that your require. This is where the need for a Data Warehouse arises.
The major reason why enterprises are looking for IT services is to be able to get actionable insights to ensure confident decision making. When the future of your company is at stake, you should make well informed decisions rather than relying on your ‘Gut Feeling’. This is the purpose of using a data warehouse.
A Data Warehouse provides the decision makers with a compilation of relevant data in format that is suitable to make reliable decisions. Data Warehousing accomplishes this with two major processes, they are,
Extraction, Transformation and Loading is the acronym for ETL. A data warehouse extracts data from the various silos of your organization, transforms them into suitable data and loads/stores it in the database ready to be retrieved when necessary.
Data Marts –
Data marts are at the other end of the spectrum from ETL. Data marts are charts and graphs containing analytical data for the decision makers to use. Data marts secure data, make it simple, and finally enable users to find relevant information quicker and with ease.
Having established what is data warehousing and how it functions, now we could address the most important of our questions, what is data warehousing used for? Data warehousing serves a variety of different purposes related to Business Intelligence. Here are some of the major purposes Data Warehousing serves
Unified Version of Data – Data warehousing allows all accumulated data from every section of your company to be stored in one location in a usable format. Decision makers don’t have to analyze data from different databases to get actionable insights.
Better Performance –
Performance here is a relative term. While many databases are used to collect small amounts of data, a data warehouse functions as a well performing repository where decision makers could store, retrieve, and analyze data when they need it.
Simplified Information –
When data is gathered, it is stored under various different fields. When such exhaustive amounts of data are processed for analysis, many fields may not be as important as the others. With a completely functional data warehouse, data marts are provided in simple and understandable formats, which can be read as actionable insights.
Data Persistence –
When data is stored in the various corresponding silos, it is difficult to compile analytical data that could be used as insights. With Data Warehousing, the data that is collected could be transformed and used in various other formats to derive insights that influence business decisions.
If you have decided to set up a comprehensive data warehouse for your enterprise, getting the right service provider is vital. XCEL Corp is a global leader in IT solutions and offers comprehensive, cost-effective data warehousing services. With XCEL Corp’s Data Warehousing Solutions, you could get better control of your enterprise, be informed about growth and recession and most importantly take influential decisions with ease.
Contact XCEL Corp today to get the ideal data warehouse set up for your enterprise.
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