Data Systems Solutions
The collection of data and information has gone from something of little importance to one of major priorities within companies. Technology and rise of an information society has changed the business landscape in Canada in the sense that new tools and technology which, only a short time ago, would be on a company’s “nice to have” list, are now things they cannot operate without, especially when it comes to information management. One tool that has become a very important component of business intelligence and information collection practices is data systems.
What are data systems?
Data systems are highly complex tools that companies use to organize the collections and process of specific types of data and information. Once data is collected, it can be manipulated, analysed, and organized in a way that is meant to help companies in a number of business tasks such as decision making and strategic development.
Now digital in nature, the system design and how it is used will vary based on the industry and specific needs of a company and commonly consists of multiple communication channels that are used within the organization.
There are a number of components and functions that are brought together to create a data system. They include:
Data storage and warehousing
- Data dictionaries
- ETL tools
- Data cleansing
- Data analytics
- Decision support
- Identify and information management
Distributed Data Systems Solutions
One of the most popular forms of data systems used today is called distributed systems. The key component of these systems and solutions is that their elements (data, documents, etc.) are not located in a single place; they are distributed across the network. However, when users perform a query, the information is accessed and presented as if it were located in a single location on the network.
There are three main functions that are provided to users by this type of system solution. They include:
Information discovery: Provides companies with a single interface for information searching of multiple resources.
- Information retrieval: This allows companies to access information that has been stored on the system, regardless of where it exists on the network.
- Information integration: This is often a component of more complex systems as it allows companies to engage in interactive integration of data from multiple sources.
Outsourced Data systems solutions
There is no one right way to manage your information. This is why data systems come in many different shapes and sizes. However, there are two main options when it comes to data systems solutions:
- In house solutions (distributed system solutions)
- Outsourced data system solutions that are hosted and managed by third party companies
Many companies are now turning to outsourced solutions a as means to manage their data. Here are some of the data systems solutions that are commonly outsourced:
Data entry: entering company data into systems or creating documents that will be utilized by the company.
- Data conversion: Companies often need documents formatted to fit within their specific system. This includes document image processing, digitizing paper documents to converting data to electronic storage types.
- Database management: Companies outsource the creation, management, and maintenance of database systems.
- Data collection: The systems collect data from pre-defined sources, format it, and present it to companies in a report format.
The benefit of outsourcing data systems solutions include:
A reduction of internal costs associated with hardware and software
- Staffing cost savings
- An increase in time spent on more important functions
- Offsite storage of data, which creates an additional backup
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