What is a data warehouse?
A data warehouse is database system that securely houses data from a variety of sources.
Data is extracted from these sources, transformed into a clean and readable format for a specific business use, and then loaded efficiently into a data warehouse where it can be queried and analysed quickly and effectively.
Having a system that facilitates data analytics in this way is the foundation of becoming a data-driven business – a business that uses data to make decisions and guide its internal and external processes.
Why use a data warehouse?
Data warehouses (DWHs) are highly accessible – having structured data that is quick and easy to retrieve is essential for data analysis and extracting meaningful and intelligent insights from it. The data is clean, as data that cannot be analysed easily is not valuable. ETL processes typically manage this for you in a way that scales with increasing data volumes and time.
DWHs allow you to monitor how your business processes change over time and to track changes to data. Historical data can be stored for years, and the activities of users who interact with this data can be monitored or restricted as necessary. The architecture is secure and robust.
Data is centralised and located in one place – this means greater consistency between your data sources and greater control to limit what certain users can read and change inside your data warehouse.
Peace of mind, stability, security
To explore whether a data warehousing solution is right for your data management needs, then speak, our lead technical architect. You can also find out more about our data platform, on which your data warehouse would sit, providing a powerful analytics layer for your data warehouse.