DevOps Stage 4 – Put Your Data To Work: Creating Data Intelligence in the Enterprise

DevOps Stage 4 – Put Your Data To Work: Creating Data Intelligence in the Enterprise

Creating Data Intelligence in the Enterprise

Journey to Enterprise Digital Transformation: Part IV of IV

Ed Keen, Burwood Group

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Data is the most valuable asset of modern enterprises. Unfortunately, many companies cannot take advantage of their data because they lack the right data structures and tools to analyze it. By undertaking a digital journey to the cloud, enterprises can utilize data analytics and visualization tools to turn piles of data into actionable business insight.

The Cloud Accelerates Data Transformation

All cloud providers offer data services that fall into three broad categories: data collection, data storage and data analysis. In all three areas, the cloud has significant advantages over traditional data centers. An enterprise cloud can collect data from many sources and in many forms, including structured data, unstructured data, images, audio, video and more. The cloud can host the most massive possible volumes of data due to its scalability and adaptable nature. Finally, data can be analyzed and visualized using available tools from all major cloud providers when stored on the cloud.

We should not ignore the fact that cloud computing lowers upfront investments by shifting costs to a utility operating expense. Needless to say, that the price of cloud storage is much lower than other alternatives. When we add security and availability of cloud resources, one can see the benefit of taking the first steps in the journey to the cloud.

The cloud has the space to store all of your data and give you the tools to analyze it and put it to work towards building a competitive advantage.

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Starting Your Transformation: 5 Steps to Data Intelligence

We recommend that you work with a qualified business partner that can ensure the successful transformation of your environment to the cloud. The first step is to evaluate the state of your data and what you need to get out of it. The right partner will work with you to understand your needs, explain to stakeholders the benefits of migrating to the cloud.

At a high level, there are five steps to taking data from raw to actionable:

  1. First, define the data pipeline and identify the various data sources, their reliability, and how to ingest them. 
  2. Then, place the data into a data lake and decide on the storage type you need. 
  3. Next, data is placed in a data warehouse: where clean, transformed data resides. You’ll now have secure and efficient access to your data. 
  4. Once data is available in a data warehouse, information is ready for analytics. It’s time to bring to life key performance indicators, dashboards, and data catalogs. 
  5. Finally, your data can be accessed by AI/ML tools to produce predictive and actionable analytics that provide business insight. Data analytics tools and reports can be automated and trained to use Natural Language Processing for enhanced value. 

Learn More About Data Intelligence

For more detailed information on data transformation and the valuable positive impact that it will have on your organization,  take a little time to watch this informative webcast about putting your data to work. This webcast was hosted by NADOG and features Burwood Group experts as the instructors. Burwood Group helps enterprises assess, migrate, and analyze data to create data intelligence solutions

Data is a source of business competitiveness that can be more valuable when using AI/ML tools that are available on the cloud. A successful digital transformation is more likely when you enlist the help of a competent partner. Digital transformation is accelerated with a reliable cloud foundation and adopting agile DevOps culture fortified with added security practice with DevSecOps. Contact your cloud business partner and start your journey to the cloud to grow your business better and build a sustainable competitive advantage.

Next Steps

Take a closer look at all aspects of digital transformation by reading the next article in this four-blog series covering best practices for digital transformation in the enterprise. 

  • Part I: Building a reliable and governed cloud foundation <blog hyperlink>
  • Part II: Adopting DevOps culture and tooling <blog hyperlink>
  • Part III: Secure the cloud with DevSecOps <blog hyperlink>
  • Part IV: Gaining new insights with data intelligence <blog hyperlink>

Do you prefer video? This blog series is based on a four-part webcast training hosted by NADOG and Burwood Group. View each webcast on YouTube using these links: Cloud Foundations, DevOps, DevSecOps, and Data Intelligence.

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Secrets and Vulnerability Management

Upon moving to the cloud, customers understandably feel vulnerable as they get used to the new environment. The cloud environment offers robust vulnerability management tools that protect access, protect identities, secures data, containers and web applications. Cloud tools also enable faster turnaround time to test, develop, and deploy cycles that result in quick corrective actions.

The Benefits of DevSecOps

When you infuse security into every step of the development cycle, you get improved holistic security that helps you earn customers’ trust. You will also be able to maintain continuous compliance and perform real-time compliance audits. Most importantly, you will build a trusted environment that protects privacy and data across its entire path.

Digital transformation may appear fraught with roadblocks. Adopting a security-centric culture helps remove threats, reduce business risks and enhance business growth. For more detailed information on the DevSecOps culture and workings, take a little time to watch this informative webcast about adopting a DevSecOps operating model. Failitated by  Burwood Group, the webcast provides in-depth training on establishing a DevSecOps culture in your organization. 

Next Steps

Take a closer look at all aspects of digital transformation by reading the next article in this four-blog series covering best practices for digital transformation in the enterprise. 

  • Part I: Building a reliable and governed cloud foundation <blog hyperlink>
  • Part II: Adopting DevOps culture and tooling <blog hyperlink>
  • Part III: Secure the cloud with DevSecOps <blog hyperlink>
  • Part IV: Gaining new insights with data intelligence <blog hyperlink>

Do you prefer video? This blog series is based on a four-part webcast training hosted by NADOG and Burwood Group. View each webcast on YouTube using these links: Cloud Foundations, DevOps, DevSecOps, and Data Intelligence.

Ed Keen is Director of Cloud and DevOps at Burwood Group. Ed has broad experience across software development, operations, and cloud computing. He leads Burwood’s Google and Azure cloud practices, encompassing cloud enablement, application modernization, and migration. In complementary fashion, Ed leads Burwood’s DevOps tooling and practices to help Burwood customers evolve from traditional infrastructure to a software-defined approach to technology delivery. 

When away from his computer, Ed enjoys brewing beer, running, and riding bikes around North Carolina with his wife and two young kids.

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