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Being Data Driven Data Technology

Data Warehouses vs. Data Virtualization—and the Winner is...

Data analytics allows organizations to gain insight into their business operations and find new ways to increase their revenue. However, the data sources used to provide these insights are often....

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Written by An Bui |December 12, 2017

Being Data Driven Data Technology

Data Warehouse or Data Lake: How to Select the Right Solution

Data warehouses and data lakes are two different types of data storage repositories. Data warehouses integrate data from various sources and structures them for business reporting. Data lakes....

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Written by An Bui |November 21, 2017

Being Data Driven Data Technology

Joint Analytics with Power BI and Azure

Business Intelligence (BI) has, by tradition, been a long and drawn out process. In the early days of computers, BI tools such as SAP/Crystal Reports and IBM/Cognos came along to speed things up.....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |October 24, 2017

Being Data Driven Data Technology

Connecting to Data Warehouses in Tableau

Is it easy to connect to a data warehouse? Selecting the right tool can help make this connection attainable. Tableau Desktop makes this connection easy, from opening the software to connecting to....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |October 05, 2017

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Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

The Basics of Data Warehouse Automation

In the past, designing a data warehouse has taken too long to complete. Executing numerous semi-automated steps results in a data warehouse that was limited and inflexible. This limitation caused....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |October 05, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

How To Get People to Share Data

If you ask a group of big data analysts what are some of the top professional challenges they face, you can easily imagine which challenges are consistently shortlisted. One is the amount of time....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |September 27, 2017

Being Data Driven

ELT vs. ETL by Design

The traditional approach for handling data warehousing as an analytical task has been Extact , Transform, and Load (ETL). However, in recent years, there has been an explosion in the types and....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |September 19, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

Data Management Best Practices for Cloud Computing

As more organizations begin their journey to the cloud, they need to plan how they will apply the best practices of data management to ensure that cloud-based, data-driven use cases are successful....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |September 19, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

Top 10 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Big Data Solution

Long before there was big data, there were computing solutions designed to store, organize, and analyze data. But just like the job of a big data architect, it's both bigger and different than ....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |September 05, 2017

Being Data Driven

The Organization of Data Management

Designing a database schema is the first step in building a foundation in data management. Ineffective schema design can creates databases that are heavy consumers of memory and other resources,....

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Written by Cheryl Adams |August 31, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

How To Become a Great Big Data Architect

Organizations looking to leverage big data impose a larger and different set of job requirements on their data architects versus organizations in traditional environments.

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Written by Cheryl Adams |August 24, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

4 Traits of Outstanding Data Engineers

A data engineer conceives, builds and maintains the data infrastructure that holds your enterprise’s advanced analytics capacities together.  

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Written by Yaniv Leven |June 08, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

How To Become A Data Engineer: A Guide

The demand for skilled Data Engineers is projected to rapidly grow.  No wonder that’s the case: no matter what your company does, to succeed in today’s competitive environment, you need a robust....

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Written by Yaniv Leven |April 27, 2017

Being Data Driven

Five Data Tasks That Keep Data Engineers Awake at Night

As a data engineer, I enjoy my work, but when it comes  to integrating and managing data  there are quite a few tasks that are downright tedious. From data remodeling to juggling a hodgepodge of....

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Written by Yaniv Leven |March 23, 2017

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

Which type of data warehouse is right for you?

I loved this line from an article I recently stumbled upon:  “Choosing between the different types of data warehouse platforms can be simplified once you know which deployment option best meets....

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Written by Yaniv Leven |March 16, 2017

Being Data Driven

SQL or NoSQL, That Is The Question!

We all know that in the database technology world, it comes down to two main database types – SQL (relational) and NoSQL (non-relational). The differences between them are rooted in the way they....

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Written by Alon Brody |March 09, 2017

Being Data Driven

Tableau & Redshift: How to Visualize Amazon Redshift Data

Data analyst? You must be familiar with both Tableau and AWS Redshift. And you must know, or at least you should believe me that integrating the Redshift columnar-based database speed with the....

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Written by Alon Brody |February 08, 2017

Being Data Driven

Step-by-Step: Loading Data from Google Analytics to Redshift

The basic free Google Analytics (GA) functionality is great for small and medium websites and mobile applications, but as your online business expands, you will start looking to get more of this....

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Written by Alon Brody |January 24, 2017

Being Data Driven

Data Augmentation: Bringing New Life to Your Data

If you recognize your data as an asset, than augmenting it simply means growing your business assets. With data augmentation, you can run manipulations on existing data, use multiple sources from....

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Written by Yaniv Leven |December 13, 2016

Being Data Driven

How to Move Your MySQL to Redshift

 

Data analytics is a requirement for virtually every business today. However building an analytical data warehouse requires vast computing power to maintain performance and quick retrieval of....

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Written by Roi Avinoam |November 21, 2016

Being Data Driven

ETL vs ELT: The Difference is in the How

For the last couple of decades ETL (extract, transform, load) has been the traditional approach for data warehousing and analytics. The ELT (extract, load, transform) approach changes the old....

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Written by Roi Avinoam |November 06, 2016

Being Data Driven

A Business Intelligence Example: How to Prepare Data for Analysis

Preparing data for Business Intelligence (BI) can be a very tedious and time consuming process. You want the data to turn into the best reports for analysis. But, the raw data needs lots of....

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Written by Alon Brody |November 01, 2016

Being Data Driven

Castles in the Cloud: Tips for Cloud Infrastructure

The cloud, unlike the Force, is not a mystical energy that surrounds us and binds us.

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Written by Ken Saggy |August 15, 2016

Being Data Driven

Data Tools: How to Ace Product Evaluation

We often come across new products aiming to help us with our lives or improve our productivity. It’s in our best interests to find the best products that will minimize tedious work to none, but....

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Written by Alon Brody |June 07, 2016

Data Industry and Trends Being Data Driven

Never judge a book by its cover: data infrastructure and data visualization, mutually exclusive or not?

This is the third and final part in the 101 series covering big data concepts, terminology and technology

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Written by Moran Gilad Halevi |May 23, 2016

Being Data Driven

Data Dithering: How White Noise Can Improve Data Importing

Data and music have much in common given that both tell stories with points and notes, yet each on its own lacks the coherence and context that distinguishes music from noise. Paradoxically, in....

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Written by Alon Weissfeld |May 09, 2016

Being Data Driven

The Syntax of Semi-Structured Data

The byproduct of the ever increasing integration of the internet in our daily lives is massive growth of data transitioning between applications and servers every minute. In order to make these....

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Written by Oshri Bienhaker |April 25, 2016

Being Data Driven Data Technology

Redshift Benchmark: A First Test of the Entire Data Funnel

Amazon Redshift is a very powerful data warehouse, optimized for analyzing massive amounts of data in a blink of a second, when configured right.

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Written by Roi Avinoam |April 12, 2016

Being Data Driven Product

Introducing Panoply.io’s Upsert Mechanism

One of the most critical issue in data warehouse management is avoiding duplications. When you are periodically loading data into your data warehouse you will want to skip the rows that have been....

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Written by Alon Brody |March 28, 2016

Being Data Driven Data Technology

Blitz Analyzing with Microsoft SandDance

Microsoft Research just released SandDance, a free web-based data visualization tool.

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Written by Alon Brody |March 25, 2016

Being Data Driven

Data Warehouse Automation. A Question of When Not If

The premise that to build a perfect data warehouse you must have perfect business understanding is simply irrelevant. We must look to technology to empower us to keep pace with our rapidly....

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Written by Yaniv Leven |March 14, 2016

Being Data Driven

How Data Structures Impact the Data Warehouse

This is the second part in a 101 series covering Big Data concepts, terminology and technology.

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Written by Moran Gilad Halevi |February 29, 2016

Being Data Driven

The fallacy of One Data Technology to Rule Them All

As a species we’ve invented some pretty nifty things. It’s practically consensus that the wheel, the printing press and the internet top the list but we don’t need to look that far back to find....

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Written by Roi Avinoam |February 16, 2016

Being Data Driven

Go Raw: Why Raw Data Reigns Supreme

ETL processes (extract, transform and load) might be fundamentally flawed.

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Written by Alon Brody |February 01, 2016

Being Data Driven

Build KPIs not One Time Reports

Businesses need to deliver insights fast if not immediately. If this were not true, we would not be writing this post, you wouldn’t be reading it and over all, big data would be less of a diamond....

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Written by Alon Brody |January 19, 2016

Being Data Driven

Data Warehouse What?

This is the first part in a 101 series covering Big Data concepts, terminology and technology. Starting with the data warehouse.

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Written by Moran Gilad Halevi |January 04, 2016