Companies use information or “data” in various forms. Some databases might get used at a local level while others get served from the cloud. As a firm’s needs evolve, so too will the information they need.
As a company grows, it will look to report on past data to identify trends. For example, it may want to learn more about the buying habits of its customers. What can complicate matters is when there are tens or even hundreds of data sources.
It can be a laborious job trying to mine data from several sources and “join” them together into one query. The good news is one can unify business data to make that job easier.
Create Once, Use Many Times
When you unify your data, the software connectors you use will have queries attached to them. In layman’s terms, you would use an application to link up all the different data sources. You’d then have a set of instructions that tell the app what to do.
The beauty of data unification is you only need to create your custom queries once. You can then execute them several times for regular data access. If you didn’t unify your data, you’d have to create new queries on each data platform. Once that got done, the hard task of joining that data together would begin.
As you can see, unifying your data saves a lot of manpower. Many firms use solutions from Simego to help them unify their data. Now you don’t have to feel constrained by the different data types in use at your firm!
You Slash Your Costs
It might not seem obvious, but it’s expensive to access and manipulate data. Especially if that information gets stored in several different sources. There are two types of costs that companies would usually have to bear here.
The first is resource costs. Each database query you do has the potential to slow down or even stall your server. Especially if you’re running complex queries across several terabytes of data!
The second is staff costs. Without unification, you would need to hire several database administrators. Now you only need to hire just one person!
Staff Training Is Easier
When you use several systems, there will be a need to ensure your employees know how to use them all. Aside from the extra expense you’d need to bear, there is also the time issue. Staff training means your employees are not carrying out their work. And that also means other people may need to take on extra duties temporarily.
With unified data, it’s likely you’ll only need to train your staff on just one system. The thing I love about data unification is how you can develop all kinds of bespoke solutions. Your developers can tie in all the data into one portal or admin panel. And that’s the only software your staff will need to learn.
The result is they get to grips with data access quicker, and there’s less downtime while they learn how to do so.