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The Evolution of Data as an Asset

Athang Kale Dec 23, 2022

Data Security Data Engineering Data Strategy Enterprise Data Data Integration Data Management

Enterprise data is the most valuable asset for businesses today, but it also presents significant challenges. Businesses are collecting and utilizing more data than ever before. With this influx of data, organizations are tasked with finding ways to store, manage, and analyze data efficiently and effectively. The challenges associated with enterprise data will only become more complicated as businesses become more data-driven in 2023 and beyond.

Here are the three biggest challenges businesses face today:

Data Management - To effectively use data, businesses must be able to store and access it quickly and accurately. Without the proper systems and architecture in place, data can become unmanageable and inaccessible. Additionally, businesses must be able to detect and respond to any potential security threats. To do this, businesses must have robust security systems in place to protect their data from malicious actors.
Data Integration - As businesses continue to acquire more data, it is becoming increasingly difficult to integrate new data sources into existing systems. As a result, businesses are often unable to effectively utilize the data they have collected. To effectively manage data, businesses must be able to integrate new data sources quickly and efficiently.

Data Analysis - This requires businesses to have access to the right data analysis tools and the right personnel to interpret the data. Without the right tools and personnel, businesses may be unable to gain actionable insights from their data.

As we look ahead to 2023, businesses will need to develop effective data strategies to address these challenges:
  • Implement robust security measures to protect data from malicious actors and invest in data integration solutions to effectively utilize data from multiple sources
  • Focus on developing data analysis capabilities to gain insights from generated data
  • Invest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) solutions as these can be used to automate data processing and analysis tasks, allowing businesses to gain insights more quickly and accurately
  • Develop ethical data practices to ensure that enterprise data is used responsibly

With technology constantly evolving, businesses must develop new strategies to address enterprise data challenges in order to stay ahead of the curve.

Here are five core elements of a data strategy that organizations dealing with a large amount of data need to address: 

Data Quality: Ensuring that the data being collected and stored is accurate, complete, and relevant can be a major challenge. Tools such as data quality software, data profiling, and data cleansing can help organizations improve the quality of their data and reduce the risk of errors and inconsistencies.
Here are some data quality tools:
  • Talend
  • Informatica Data Explorer
  • Trifacta Wrangler
  • MS SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS)
  • SAP Information Steward
  • Redpoint
Data Integration: Combining data from multiple sources, both within and outside the organization, can be difficult. Tools such as data integration platforms and data warehousing solutions can help organizations manage and combine data from different sources in a consistent and efficient manner.
Here are some data integration tools:
  • Talend
  • Apache Kafka
  • Microsoft SSIS
  • CloverETL
  • Informatica PowerCenter
  • Striim
  • Oracle Data Integrator
Data Security: Protecting sensitive data from unauthorized access is critical for organizations. Tools such as encryption, access controls, and intrusion detection systems can help organizations secure their data and prevent potential breaches.
Here are some data security tools:
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Data Loss Prevention
  • Multi-factor Authentication
  • Data Encryption
Data Governance: Ensuring that data is collected, stored, and used in a consistent and compliant manner can be a complex task. Tools such as data governance frameworks and data catalogs can help organizations establish clear policies and procedures and ensure that data is managed in a way that meets regulatory requirements.
Here are some data governance tools:
  • Collibra
  • Alation
  • Informatica Axon
  • Talend Data Governance
  • IBM InfoSphere
  • Data3Sixty
  • Ampool Moxie
Data Analytics: Making sense of large volumes of data and extracting valuable insights can be a challenge. Tools such as data visualization, machine learning, and artificial intelligence can help organizations analyze and interpret their data, and gain insights that can inform decision-making and drive business growth.
Here are some data analytics tools:
  • Tableau
  • PowerBI
  • MongoDB
  • Apache Spark
  • Hadoop
  • SAS
  • Google Analytics
Overall, there are many tools available to help organizations overcome the challenges of managing enterprise data. By using these tools effectively, organizations can unlock the full potential of their data and use it to drive better decision-making and improved business outcomes.
e-Zest has been working collaboratively with its partners to chalk out the best fit/relevant Data Strategy to ensure alignment with Business Goals and Objectives whilst progressing on the Data maturity matrix. To know more write to us at info@e-zest.com or visit www.e-zest.com.

e-Zest is a leading digital innovation partner for enterprises and technology companies that utilizes emerging technologies for creating engaging customers experiences. Being a customer-focused and technology-driven company, it always helps clients in crafting holistic business value for their software development efforts. It offers software development and consulting services for cloud computing, enterprise mobility, big data and analytics, user experience and digital commerce.