Data integration starts at the first touchpoint between your raw data and your data storage service / database — extracting the attributes you need and transforming them into terminology your team understand and can utilise. Or, at least, that's how it should work.
The traditional 'ETL' (Extract, Transform, Load) model has been largely replaced by integration on a service-by-service basis — required in front of each analytical platform or reporting tool.
Inov8 support clients in a variety of sectors on developing/refining a data model and ensuring that regulatory frameworks are adhered to — a process that ensures data pipelines and future data requests can be dealt with efficiently.
What does data engineering mean to you? Does it overlap across data integration and data modelling? For Inov8, we see data engineers as holding a very specific role — a vital bridge between the your architecture and data, starting with the data integration layer.
Our data engineers have a breadth of skills, take the time to understand the 'ecosystem' at work (including ingestion, processing and storage) and are ultimately tasked with building and maintaining data pipelines.
For most clients, this process involves untangling a messy landscape of multiple data sources and delivering a clean, combined data set. If the analytical / end user side of your organisation are having issues with data quality, availability or coverage, looking closer at your data engineering may well yield the solution.
Good decision-making relies on data that your organisation can trust, so it's imperative that validation is a core behaviour at every stage of your data management — from integration, to engineering, to visualisation. This is a chain of trust that extends all the way to key external stakeholders and their confidence in your organisation.
The Inov8 team have a strong grasp of how important this is to clients in a range of industries, and our support can transform inconsistency and guesswork into reliability and knowledge. Data validation and testing go hand-in-hand, and it also includes data governance and controls at each stage.
The value of your data across your wider organisation is unlocked at the visualisation stage — delivering complex data and information to management, clientele or analysts. It's vital that your data can be presented clearly and understandably to people who don't necessarily know the technical details of how it's stored, validated and integrated. Inov8 can help you achieve this.
There are numerous visualisation tools available — each with distinct strengths and weaknesses — and our experienced team can help you select and configure the right tool(s) for success. A key consideration is getting a firm understanding of what each tool is capable of, and comparing it to what it can realistically deliver for you and your data sets.
The transition into cloud can be a daunting project for even the most experienced C-suite, and there are a variety of key factors that need close consideration beforehand.
If a cloud plan doesn't convince the C-suite, build a cloud roadmap. Approval and commitment from your executive team is easier to achieve with clear roadmapping and charting the demonstrable benefits along each key milestone. Clarity on timescales and prioritisation of capability are also vital — a well-scoped project is a well-delivered one.
Inov8 specialise in working closely with clients to create cloud adoption plans that spotlight the business ROI and identify the key transition phases — ensuring no surprises.
Designing robust cloud architecture for your operations is all about what you need and what you would like in the future. Starting with the 'need' is the logical (and tried and tested) approach — and with good fundamentals in place your cloud platform can grow and evolve to meet the wider requirements of the business and its objectives.
Inov8 support clients with making those key decisions and ensure that important functions like reporting/monitoring and the ability to add new resources and services are considered. We have seen a lot of cloud projects, and with a close understanding of your organisation we will know exactly what to look for (and what to avoid).
Successful cloud migration hinges on a strong understanding of the current landscape and how it relates to your new cloud infrastructure and the tools at your disposal — i.e. the current skillset of your team, what cloud services fit your purposes and whether current legacy code will function in your new cloud architecture.
Our skilled team are ready to guide and support your cloud migration journey — offering honest and pragmatic advice, troubleshooting issues and providing a helping hand with upskilling/reskilling your team.
Is your cloud platform not living up to performance and ROI expectations? Not sure what to do next? Cloud platform inefficiencies are becoming more common due to the newness and constant development in this area, so you're not alone in this.
Inov8 work regularly with clients on projects designed to get the most out of their existing cloud infrastructure, and we have a number of existing frameworks developed to help in this area. Ultimately, however, the key to this process is looking once again at your fundamentals — components, services, logging and monitoring — and creating a picture of the 'hot spots' that are contributing to your platform's underperformance. A methodical approach yields effective solutions.
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Inov8 are an independent data and cloud consultancy with no affiliation obligations to any particular software developer or platform. Simply put, we advise the best solution for each client and their requirements. Our team has experience working across all major platforms, systems and relevant coding languages, and we keep rigorously up-to-date with the latest updates, versions and packages.