Data Centric Applications

ETL (Extract Transform and Load)

Today, more than ever before, businesses need to make sound strategic decisions that are driven from complete, accurate and integrated data. This approach to processing data allows for one version of the data “truth” through centralization.

Data integration is the process of blending or aggregating data items from various distinct sources and creating a larger, more comprehensive body of knowledge. ComTec offers leading skills in Extract Transform and Load (ETL). This refers to the process of extracting data from source systems, transforming the data so it will integrate properly with data in other source systems, and then loading it into a data warehouse.

More importantly from a business decision making perspective, integration provides a uniform interface to access all of the data. The access to the integrated data is usually read-only, in the form of querying rather than operational where updating the data is allowed.

Data warehouse & Data-hubs

In short, a data warehouse is a collection of data that supports decision making. Data warehouses tend to have three distinguishing characteristics

  • Technology management – We have complete IT infrastructure management capabilities, allowing clients to delegate entire or partial responsibility for their IT functions.
  • Use a subject oriented dimensional data model
  • Contain publishable data from potentially multiple sources and
  • Contain integrated reporting tools.

Data warehouses are unidirectional as they only consume data from sources and are the target of an ETL application.

Data-hubs, in contrast, are bi-directional and provide updates to sources in addition to acting as staging solutions for downstream data targets. Data hubs can also accept updates from upstream sources when required.

Business Activity Monitoring

Business Activity Monitoring is the convergence of Enterprise Application Integration with Data Integration for real-time access to critical business performance indicators to improve the speed and effectiveness of business operations.

Business processes consist of a continuous sequence of functions, events and transactions. These include manual, partially automated, fully automated, lights out or user directed processes. Over the years these have come to include application to application messaging, messaging which results from events occurring within these applications as they support specific processes.

Messaging and events are data fragments which ComTec captures and analyzes to provide visibility into how well client enterprise is executing historically, currently and more importantly into the future.

Visualization

Visualization can be columnar, graphical or both and formalized into such terms as Key Performance Indicators, Balanced Score Card, among others.

Often, visualization can yield the most effective “window” into an organization’s data value. ComTec’s experts are well versed in providing the tool sets outlined below to reach the various user levels within client’s organization.

Scheduled Distribution

is passive delivery and represents the broadest group of novice users, from senior managers to administrators. This group prefers to have information delivered to them, either on a scheduled basis via e-mail or in response to an alert, with minimal effort on their part. The underlying technology is invisible to the user. Upper managers often take advantage of the push technology associated with this tier.

Interactive

is active delivery initiated by a user request through an intuitive user interface. These types of reports generally accommodate, parameter-driven input, with the user supplying the values, selectable output formats such as PDF, Excel, HTML, and e-mail, provisions for drilling down into the data set.

Analytical

is advanced delivery that extends the capabilities available to knowledge workers. This tier often includes business analysts interested in, OLAP panel analysis, drill-anywhere technology and complex output formats such as Excel pivot tables.

Developmental Class

is customizable delivery using a series of tools that report developers, highly-technical business analysts and reporting administrators would use in supporting the other classes of reporting solutions. This group for the most part works directly with the businesses data assets. Tools in this group include Microstrategy, Business Objects, Power Analyzer, Cognos, Hyperion, SAS and others.

Portals

Portals are central to an overall solution, combining data visualization with operational applications to create business views specific to roles and processes within your organization. Combined with a content management solution portals can precisely address the needs of your customers, partners and employees.