In today’s competitive business world, data is one of the most important assets. It’s almost impossible to make business decisions and grow if your organization isn’t tracking the many details that affect your operations every day.
Most organizations have no shortage of data, but processing and organizing of the data becomes problematic as the size of data sets increase. ETL (extract, transform, and load) has been the workhorse that keeps data moving through business networks, but the speed and volume of data is growing, causing a shift to cloud-based ETL.
This has become a vital tool for managing enormous data sets, and one that companies will begin to rely on more in the future.
What is ETL?
ETL is the global standard for processing large amounts of data (that isn’t optimized for analytics), to a central host (which is). Doing so allows an organization’s systems to have a finite set of data that is all organized in one place. It’s the most effective way for organizations to maintain an accurate view of their data.
ETL stands for Extract, Transform, and Load, which are three distinct functions:
ETL may be used to store legacy data but more commonly now it is a means of aggregating data to be analyzed and inform business decision making.
ETL in the cloud
With the exponential explosion of data, modern businesses need to integrate complex data from more diverse sources, which requires more robust ETL tools than the traditional methods, which involved considerable investment in physical data warehouses.
To overcome these challenges, there has been a shift to using cloud-based ETL, where the data source can be online or on-premise and the destination data warehouse is online. There is no need to invest in physical data warehouses and hardware that need to be maintained.
Cloud ETL manages the dataflows with robust tools that allow users to create and monitor automated ETL pipelines, which can be deployed in minutes.
Cloud-based ETL works much the same way as traditional ETL:
Cloud technology is the quickest and easiest way for organizations to get up and running with ETL processes. Cloud-based ETL software use a real-time processing framework to process data from various sources, and offers a wide range of features that allow users to easily connect cloud systems with on-premise systems, utilizing cloud technology to maintain their efficiency and scalability.
Nearly 95% of businesses use cloud technology today. That number has grown by 20% in less than two years, as enterprises realize the efficiency, productivity, and agility cloud computing enables. If your organization has databases, then a cloud-based ETL operation is a must-have.
Everconnect are experts in ETL solutions, such as SQL Server Integration services – SSIS, Informatica, Xplenty, FiveTran, and Azure Data Factory, Microsoft’s cloud-based ETL solution. Talk to the ETL solutions experts at Everconnect and get the most out of your business data.