5 best practices to innovate at speed in the Cloud: Tip #3 Enable access to and use of self-service applications
Starting September, The Talend Blog Team will relay to share fruitful tips & to securely kick off your data project in the cloud at speed. This week, we’ll start with the third capability: enable access to and use of self-service applications.
Data professionals face an efficiency gap; they spend too much time to get access to the data they need and then put it into the appropriate business context. The capacity of delivering trusted data to business experts at the point of need is critical if you want to liberate data value within your company.
Why it’s important
Reduced time and effort mean reduced costs and more value to be extracted from data. IDC found that a mere 19% of data professionals’ time is spent analyzing information and delivering valuable business outcomes. A recent IDC study found that only 19% of data professional’s time is spent analyzing information and delivering valuable business outcomes whereas they spend 81% of their time preparing data and protecting data. That includes duplicated efforts and wasted time, which IDC estimates at 12 hours per week. The challenge is to overcome these obstacles by bringing clarity, transparency, and accessibility to your data assets.
When it’s important
Data professionals are scarce resources. Your data engineers, data scientists and data analysts won’t stay long if they don’t feel empowered with modern tools that fit their roles and make them more efficient.
Our recent data trust readiness report reveals that 29% of operational data workers still believe their companies do not excel in liberating data access and giving access to trusted data through self-service.
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How Talend tools can help
To fasten data adoption and use of self-service applications, there are basically two components that will help to make the difference. Simplicity and Accessibility.
Simplicity is brought by modern and intuitive User Interfaces that will put any data citizens at ease with simple yet powerful data operations. Simplicity means also intelligent software to minimize data operations, suggest assistance and propose help & tutorials to learn and grow at speed.
Accessibility can be brought by Cloud Platform that will potentially anyone to get better access and removing the hurdles of migration and updating phases.
Both components are key to deliver self-service applications to data citizens who often have no time to lose in complex operations and technical interfaces difficult to operate.
Over the past years, Talend integrated its customer requirements to extend and simplify data usage with modern cloud-based applications. Talend developed simple and accessible role-based applications for data preparation and data stewardship with the aim to deliver data at the point of need for any role within the organization.
Self Service Data Curation with Data Stewardship
Talend Data Stewardships makes it it easy for anyone to clean, certify and reconcile data. Simply put, it’s the best way to bring business expertise back into your data pipelines. Think about customer records that need to be enriched with segmentation. Only the business analyst (not the data engineer) can help to determine which segment suits best each customer. Using a team-based, workflow approach, curation tasks can be assigned to data experts across the organization and tracked for progress or audit.
With the Data Stewardship app, you can instantly take remote control over any data whether it’s stored on-premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid infrastructure. Get instant updates and minimize downtime as part of Talend Cloud. This video will basically explains you how.
Self Service Data Cleansing with Data Preparation
Talend Data Preparation is a self-service application that enables information workers to cut hours out of their workday by simplifying and expediting the laborious and time-consuming process of preparing data for analysis or other data-driven tasks. It fosters collaboration between businesspeople who know the data best and central organizations, like IT or Risk Management, that define the rules and policies for data accessibility and governance. Talend Data Preparation has new great AI enables features that help data workers to deliver better data at speed. One of them is called the Magic Fill.
This new function is part of our latest Summer Release. (some other great features here ). It allows you to define a pattern based on a handful of examples, and via a machine learning algorithm, apply the transformation on a whole column. The Magic Fill gives you many formatting possibilities, on any data type. This is the perfect example of a speed component that illustrates how Talend can help to deliver data access thru AI assistant and self-service. Only with powerful AI features such as Magic Fill you can dramatically accelerate the way data is used by business operations.
Figure 1MagicFill : It’s still magic even if you know how it’s done.
How to get started:
The real time challenge is not trivial. It also relies on the organization willingness to invest into cloud-based modern systems that can capture data out of the traditional back office, batch-oriented systems and deliver it in real time across the front office. Download our Definitive Guide to Data Integration to learn what kind of systems are needed to integrate new kind of data sources, from edge to core.
Try and use Talend Cloud. Talend also developed built in tutorials so you can also learn at speed. If you want to discover Data Preparation, feel free to practice using our free training Data Preparation.
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