Big Data

Big data consists of large, complex data sets that cannot be processed using traditional data-processing methods and software. Read more »

Business Intelligence

Business Intelligence (BI) is the practice of extracting insights from data to measure and improve business performance. Business intelligence uses data supported with technology to deliver insights at scale to multiple constituents: analysts, decision-makers and action-takers to improve business performance. … Read more »

Cloud Data Warehouse

A Cloud Data Warehouse is a database of highly structured, ready-to-query data managed in a public cloud. Typically, cloud data warehouses represent the following features: Massively parallel processing (MPP): Cloud-based data warehouses typically support big data use cases and apply… Read more »

Data Analytics

Data analytics is the process of evaluating data to draw conclusions and identify ways to improve business operations. This process helps organizations uncover trends, find problems, optimize performance, and improve decision-making. Data analytics uses statistical analysis, AI, ML, and deep… Read more »

Data Extract

Data Extract is the practice of selecting data from one or more sources for the purpose of storing it, transforming it, integrating it and analyzing it for business intelligence or advanced analytics. Data extracts take all or a portion of… Read more »

Data Fabric

Data Fabric is a framework and network–based architecture (vs point-to-point connections) architecture for delivering large, consistent,  integrated data from a centralized technology infrastructure using a hybrid cloud. A data fabric is an architecture and set of data services that provide… Read more »

Data Governance

Data Governance is a process for ensuring that data is acquired, stored, consumed and shared with controls based on policies considering security, privacy, permissioned access, usage and monitoring.   The purpose of Data Governance is designed to ensure that data is… Read more »

Data Literacy

Data Literacy is a capability and set of skills that enable insights consumers, creators and enablers to understand what data is, how to use it and how to learn from it, including answering business questions to make decisions and take… Read more »

Data Loading

Data loading (the “L” in “ETL” or “ELT”) is the process of packing up your data and moving it to a designated data warehouse. At the beginning of this transitory phase, you can plan a roadmap, outline where you would… Read more »

Data Mesh

Data Mesh is a framework and architecture for delivering data products as a service supporting federated, domain-driven uses and users, enabling de-centralized insights created from centralized infrastructure configured to deliver data product components as micro services supported by governance. The… Read more »

Data Migration

Data migration is the process of moving your data from one location in a distinct format to another location in another format. While seemingly simple, data migration can be a highly complex and orchestrated process involving storage and database applications.… Read more »

Data Modeling

Data Modeling is the practice of modeling data to enable it to be physically structured to support analytical queries that provide business insights and create advanced analytics directed to address specific business questions.  Data models are both logical and physical,… Read more »

Data Operations

Data Operations is the practice (e.g., frameworks, methods, capabilities, resources, processes and architecture) for delivering data to create insights and analytics with greater speed, scale, consistency, reliability, governance, security and cost effectiveness using modern cloud-based data platforms and tools applying… Read more »

Data Storytelling

Data Storytelling is a method for presenting data using a combination of visual and verbal techniques that are presented as a storyline where the story explains the context of the data, highlights key insights and may also present implications and… Read more »

Data Transformation

Data Transformation is the practice of enhancing data to improve its ability to address relevant business questions, including cleansing, filtering, attributing and structuring to define, construct and dimensionalize topically, semantically and consistently for effective querying. Data Transformation is part of… Read more »

Data Visualization

Data Visualization is a method for presenting data visually and compellingly in a way that highlights insights, including performance, change, trends, comparisons, patterns, correlations and anomalies. Data visualization grew out of the statistics field, including descriptive statistics as a way… Read more »

Feature Store

The Feature Store is a singular facility where features are stored and organized for the explicit purpose of being used to either train models (by Data Scientists) or make predictions (by applications that have a trained model). It is a… Read more »

Online Analytical Processing (OLAP)

Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) is a method for creating queries from multidimensional data, primarily for delivering insights for Business Intelligence.  OLAP involves three core operations: aggregation / consolidation (roll-up), drill-down (from summary to detail), and slicing and dicing (snapshots across… Read more »

Self Service BI

Self-service BI (SSBI) means that insight creators and consumers can create their own reports and analyses. In contrast, full-service BI requires direct assistance from technical resources. They might include data engineers, data modelers, data architects, platform architects, and business intelligence… Read more »

Semantic Layer

The data landscape has changed significantly in the last few years due to the increased adoption of big data, cloud data warehouses, self-serve analytics, data virtualization semantic layer, and more.  A semantic layer is a business representation of data and… Read more »

SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) offers online analytical processing (OLAP) and data mining capabilities, enabling business users to make sense of the data stored across their data warehouses, lakes, and lakehouses. It enables organizations to pull data from across… Read more »