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How we revolutionize the BI infrastructure with our new solution: Pipes


This blog post will provide more information, how we revolutionize the BI infrastructure for businesses with simple to sophisticated data needs by creating our new solution: DataVirtuality Pipes.

Launching a new solution is an awesome feeling. Everybody worked very hard for the past weeks and months. And as the launch date comes closer and closer the whole team gets very excited. All the hard work, the process with so many sophisticated people makes us very sentimental, especially when we think of where we started.

Calculating the return on investment (ROI) of business intelligence projects


It’s been said that information is the oil of the 21st century. Massive amounts of information are already being generated, captured, and parsed to eliminate uncertainty and improve business decisions. With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), immense numbers of everyday objects are acquiring network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data. In 2008, there were already more “things” connected to the Internet than people, and by 2020, the amount of Internet-connected things is expected to reach 50 billion¹.

MemSQL and REST Services – DataVirtuality Version 1.9.10


It’s time to pat ourselves on the back. We released DataVirtuality Version 1.9.10. A big step forward.

Every time we plan a new release, we ask ourselves: how can we make the life of our customers easier? With our release of 1.9.10, we launched some features that we want to share with the world or at least with everyone who’s following us and reading our blog articles.

Besides minor fixings, like making our product even more reliable and prettier, our two main improvements are REST Services and MemSQL.

Use cases for the Logical Data Warehouse


This blog post illustrates different use cases, which are conceivable by using a logical data warehouse.

How does the Logical Data Warehouse work?


The logical data warehouse works by intelligently marrying two distinct technologies to create an entirely new manner of integrating data. The first technology is data federation, which connects two or more disparate databases and makes them all appear as if they were a single database. The second is analytical database management providing semantic business-friendly data element naming and modeling allowing flexible ingestion and modeling options.

The world’s first Logical Data Warehouse


A modern data integration strategy employs what’s known as “best-fit engineering,” whereby each part of the data management infrastructure utilizes the most appropriate technology solution to perform its role, including storing data determined by business requirements and service-level agreements (SLAs). Unlike a data lake, this new architecture has a distributed approach, aligning information storage selection, with information use, and leveraging multiple data technologies that are fit for specific purposes. A hybrid approach can also significantly reduce costs and time to delivery when changes or additions in the warehouse are required.

The traditional data warehouse and the ETL approach


This blog post will provide more information about a traditional data warehouse and illustrates advantages and disadvantages of such a technology. Furthermore, a deeper explanation of an ETL process is given and explained, why ETL-based data warehousing projects became infamous.

Data Lakes and the emergence of ELT – the next big thing?


A new technology arises, the data lake strategy. Data lakes are storage repositories, which are able to hold a vast amount of raw data in its native format until needed. In many cases data lakes are Hadoop-based systems and they represent the next stage in both power and flexibility. A compelling benefit of the approach is that there is no need to structure (transform) the data before querying it (which would be referred to as ‘schema on write’). In fact, you can assign structure to the data at the time it is being queried (referred to as ‘schema on read’). However, while data lakes are able to hold large amounts of unstructured data in a cost-effective manner, they are insufficient for interactive analysis when fast query response is required or if access to real-time data is needed.

Self-service business intelligence tools – a different approach


Because both the data warehouse and OLAP approaches fall short of business’ expectations for speedy and comprehensive analytical data access, a new approach surfaced - Self-service business intelligence (SSBI) tools.

Multidimensional databases – OLAP and ROLAP


Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), and cubes are other words for multi-dimensional sets of data that essentially serve as a staging space in which to analyze information. These special online analytic processing databases hold data not in tables but in OLAP cubes which are a mechanism used to store and query data in an organized, multi-dimensional, structure specifically optimized for analysis.

Data Federation – finally some relief


While the majority of data analysts were busy exploring the progression from relational databases to Cubes, analytic databases, and data lakes, another camp was looking into using data federation to integrate data for analysis.

The challenge of unlocking the value of big data


Big data is here, and it’s transforming the very nature of commerce, enabling new insights, and accelerating the generation of business insights. While the concept of big data isn’t new, its potential is just now being realized as powerful tools to organizemanage, and analyze, immense volumes of enterprise-generated and third-party data finally become available for mainstream use.

However, for many organizations, it’s not so easy to unlock the value in this data. While data volume (the amount of data) and velocity (speed that data is generated) is in part what makes it so valuable, volume and velocity also present significant challenges. Still more daunting is the broad variation in the types and sources of data (variety), including highly structured files, semi-structured text, and unstructured video and audio feeds.