Three Tips for Choosing a Data Warehouse

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Choosing a Data Warehouse can be a daunting task, particularly if you’re not a technical person.  It’s also a hugely important part of building a Business Intelligence Infrastructure. There are a lot of things to consider and sometimes it can feel like there’s no clear right answer. So if you’re finding yourself overwhelmed, check out these three important considerations for choosing a data warehouse.

Compatibility

Unless you’re a brand new business, chances are you already utilize some software in your operations. Choosing a data warehouse that is compatible with your current software ecosystem can ensure smoother implementation, saving you time and money. If your company runs on AWS, for example, Redshift is a great option as it is AWS-based.

Businesses that fail to factor this into their selection process can end up missing out on certain functionalities or spending a fortune in development costs to engineer a solution or switch to compatible technologies.

Pricing Model(s)

Modern Business Infrastructure is cloud-based. One of the benefits of this is that you can get exactly what you need—and only that. For some companies, this works out as a flat fee for what they estimate they’ll use on a month to month or year to year basis. And for others, it means paying on a more microscopic, per action basis. The later option is great for businesses looking to really dial in their efficiency. But be warned, companies that aren’t careful can end up paying a lot more through these pricing models.

Security

After all, you will be trusting this data warehouse with sensitive information about your business. So before selecting a provider for your data warehouse, review their security features and protocol. How do they fit in with your current workflow? Can you access the tools you need, securely, through your company’s existing software?

If you’re considering working with a smaller provider, look into their track record with security. Have they had any breeches? What were the circumstances and how did they respond?

Setting up a Business Intelligence Infrastructure is an investment that can yield huge rewards.  And a Business Intelligence consulting firm can help you ensure that the process goes smoothly.  To learn more about how we can help, check out our Business Intelligence Infrastructure Implementation page or contact us today!

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