Ventana Research today launched its latest benchmark research initiative studying the topic of data preparation. This research will examine existing and planned approaches to data reparation, as well as related technologies, best practices for implementing them, and market trends related to this topic. It will also investigate how organizations are implementing data preparation tools to support operational and business intelligence processes.
Data preparation is critical to the effectiveness of both operational and analytic processes.
Operational processes today are fed by streams of constantly generated data. Our research for many years has consistently shown that organizations spend more time in preparing data for analysis than in analyzing the data – a situation that negatively impacts their productivity. Data now comes from a wider than ever variety of sources in a dizzying array of formats and often contains inconsistencies in both structure and content. There are other challenges to the data preparation process. With the advent of big data, organizations are now collecting massive amounts of data stored in big data technologies.
This benchmark research will assess the current challenges associated with data preparation, including self-service capabilities and architectures that support big data environments. The research will also assess the extent to which tools and processes for data preparation support superior performance and determine how organizations balance the demand for self-service capabilities with enterprise requirements for data governance and repeatability. It will examine the number and location of information sources for data preparation that operate onpremises and in cloud computing environments. It will also examine the types of data that need to be prepared from structured data from database related systems as well as the more unstructured ones that derive from documents and web related sources.
“More and more organizations are relying on analytics and big data to create a competitive advantage and make strategic decisions,” said David Menninger, SVP & Research Director. “These organizations are feeling the pressure to provide better access to data, giving rise to new approaches such as self service capabilities to improve data preparation and reduce time needed to produce accurate results.”
Those interested in learning more about or participating in this benchmark research can do so at www.ventanaresearch.com/benchmark/data-preparation. Ventana Research, a leading business technology research and advisory services firm, provides qualified research participants with an incentive and complementary report, which includes both key insights and best practices from the benchmark research.
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