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What Is a Data Fabric?

A Data Fabric: “Is a distributed Data Management platform whose objective is to combine various types of data storage, access, preparation, analytics, and security tools in a fully compliant manner to support seamless Data Management.”   This concept has gained traction as technologies, such as the Internet of Things, need to have a consistent way of […]

What Is a Data Lake?

A data lake is an environment where a vast amount of data, of various types and structures, can be ingested, stored, assessed, and analyzed. Data lakes serve many purposes, including: An environment for data scientists to mine and analyze data. A central storage area for raw data, with minimal, if any transformation. Alternate storage for […]

What Is a Data Mart?

A data mart is a subset of a data warehouse designed to service a specific business line or purpose. Data warehousing pioneer Ralph Kimball conceived of data marts to “begin with the most important business aspects or departments.” This bottom-up dimensional approach creates a user-friendly, flexible data scheme that delivers reports rapidly, without having to […]

What Is a Data Modeler?

A data modeler is a person who models data or documents software and business system designs. By doing this, a data modeler translates business needs into technical specifications. Developers and other IT members benefit from this when creating new data systems and troubleshooting and maintaining them. Data models promote consensus among developers, customers, and other […]

What Is a Data Scientist?

Data scientists emphasize rigor and performance when obtaining, scrubbing, exploring, modeling, and interpreting data. Data scientists provide a different context than data analysts to their work, through high-powered math. Josh Wills, a software engineer, once described a data scientist as a “person who is better at statistics than any software engineer and better at software […]

What Is a Data Silo?

Data silos have often had a negative connotation. They describe isolated data islands that appear or are discovered upon finding disjointed Data Management components. These include: Systems that cannot programmatically work with other systems because of older or incompatible code Fixed data that is controlled by one department or team but is cut off from […]

What Is a Data Warehouse?

A data warehouse is an implementation used to provide decision-support data and aid workers engaged in reporting, query, and analysis. This architectural technology enables organizations to integrate data from a range of sources into common data models. Data warehouses provide insight into operational processes and open new possibilities to leverage data towards making decisions and […]

What Is a Database Administrator (DBA)?

A database administrator (DBA) is a person who manages, maintains, and secures data in one or more data systems so that a user can perform analysis for business operations. DBAs take care of data storage, organization, presentation, utilization, and analysis from a technical perspective. The DBA job is transitioning from being database-centric to data-centric, as […]

What Is a Digital Twin?

A digital twin is a virtual device that contains the exact state, information, and organization of the physical device to which it is connected. Think of it as a test version before proceeding with product development or interacting with a real-world device. Digital twins go hand-in-hand with implementing the Internet of Things (IoT). Industrial companies […]

What Is a Document Database?

Document Databases refers to a category of  NoSQL that represents data in a tree structure, where paths or branches connect data values or leaves. Frequently, Document Stores use XML and JSON formats stores. There are few practical limits to the number of paths, fields, values, or types of data that can be added to specific […]

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