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Aug
15
The Data Integration Portfolio - Part Three: Streaming Data

In previous installments of this series we examined recent trends in data integration, specifically data replication and synchronization, as well as data abstraction through virtualization. Taken individually, all of these approaches are suited for high data latency requirements around historical reporting and trending analysis. In this chapter, we look at real-time streaming data, and how it can complement high-latency data integration approaches to create a complete enterprise data foundation.

Streaming data delivery is often perceived to be the "holy grail" of data integration in that it provides users with immediate and actionable insight into current business operations. In reality, streaming has primarily been utilized in conjunc...


Jun
11
Feb
25
DATA INTEGRATION PORTFOLIO- PART TWO: REPLICATON

In our previous installment on the hybrid data integration portfolio, we looked at the role of data virtualization in a unified, multi-platform approach to creating a managed enterprise data foundation. In this chapter, we examine data replication and synchronization, i.e. the ongoing copying of data (without massaging or transformation) from one physical location to another, usually in conjunction with change data capture (CDC).

Data replication is often considered ETL without the "T", though where ETL is usually a batch-based delivery process, replication is often driven by "update-upon-change". Through this process, the target database only updates when changes occur to the source. Often referred to as "just-in-time" data, this repres...


Jan
18
ENTERPRISE DATA AND ANALYTICS (EDA) FOR HEALTH PLANS

What can EDA do?

EDA is the governed integration of disparate data collection applications, into a centralized “source of truth”, for enhancing business acumen to improve and optimize decisions and performance. EDA allows health plans to easily:

  • Analyze provider performance in order to optimize pay-for-performance

  • Evaluate treatment patterns across providers and better tailor care management program

  • Identify underlying opportunities for health education and intervention with high-risk members

Sustaining fixed EDA support and overhead costs can allow an organization to continue growth and improvement, thus providing an infinite return on investment (ROI).

Why do you need an EDA?

  • How are your patient outcomes improving?

  • Are you doing the same things but expecting different results?

  • Have your past investments become your “legacy” systems?

  • Are you experiencing rising costs, long revenue cycles, and bad debt?

  • Who are the health care provider/vendors that are performing well?

  • What lost economic opportunity (LEO) have you missed?

  • Are you maximizing your ROI?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then you need EDA to give you give the best assessment of you organization performance, so that you can make the best decision for your organization. Even the smallest improvement in everyday decision-making can improve corporate perfo...


Jan
10
THE DATA INTEGRATION PORTFOLIO - PART 1: VIRTUALIZATION

The challenges facing organizations to integrate and make sense of the plethora of internal and external data continue to grow. Not only is there diversity in data sources, but the requirements from business units involve a mix of batch, real-time, on-demand and virtualized capabilities, often from the same source for different use cases. It is rare to find a "one-stop-shop" solution to these varied data integration needs, so organizations end up with a hodgepodge of redundant, overlapping products, or worse, rely on custom internal coding with no traceability or modularity.

In this series of blog posts, we will examine the "hybrid data integration portfolio" as a planned approach to handling multiple data integration requirements with a...


Dec
28
FOUR ENGAGEMENT MODELS PANDATA GROUP OFFERS TO OUR CLIENTS

Pandata Group works with clients all over the Midwest who have begun the journey of being data-driven. These clients each have different needs, require different resources, and expect different levels of control and responsibility in their relationships with us.

To meet the requirements of each unique client, Pandata Group offers four distinct engagement models, which are frameworks that define collaboration between us and our clients for projects such as data mart implementation or BI application development. We call these engagement models Extended Team, Specialized Team, Managed Product and Managed Services. All four models ensure the right mix of expertise and transparency during the development process.

We will describe Extended...


Dec
26
WHY CULTURE CAN MAKE OR BREAK A DIGITAL STRATEGY

You probably have heard the quote, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. This couldn’t be truer now than when business management guru Peter Drucker stated it over 60 years ago.

During our current age of digital transformation, culture is eating well. Many companies are just beginning to realize the impending digital wave that is about to crash down on them. If not, it’s time to get your head out of the sand. You don’t want to suffer the same fate as Nokia. After the sale of Nokia to Microsoft, Stephen Elop, the former CEO stated, “We didn’t do anything wrong, but somehow we lost.” Nokia was so focused on running their business the way they thought was right that they didn’t fully ...


Nov
08
PANDATA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE SPACE TO COMPLEMENT UNIQUE BUSINESS MODEL

Pandata Group is pleased to announce its Madison headquarters has moved to the 316 Building, downtown Madison’s bustling tech hub. The new office is located on the 5th floor and provides a sunlit view of the West Washington Avenue corridor.

Pandata Group built a custom office at a prime location in order to better collaborate with customers and technology partners such as SAP, Microsoft, and Denodo. The company is also opening the space to their clients in addition to their own team members.

“We’re extremely excited about hosting our clients and partners here in Madison!” said Jorel Digman, a managing partner at Pandata Group. He added, “The space is a great example of not only providing our team members...


Nov
07
PANDATA GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE SPACE TO COMPLEMENT UNIQUE BUSINESS MODEL

Pandata Group is pleased to announce its Madison headquarters has moved to the 316 Building, downtown Madison’s bustling tech hub. The new office is located on the 5th floor and provides a sunlit view of the West Washington Avenue corridor.

Pandata Group built a custom office at a prime location in order to better collaborate with customers and technology partners such as SAP, Microsoft, and Denodo. The company is also opening the space to their clients in addition to their own team members.

“We’re extremely excited about hosting our clients and partners here in Madison!” said Jorel Digman, a managing partner at Pandata Group. He added, “The space is a great example of not only providing our team members wit...


Sep
15
TWO DV'S IN TANDEM: DATA VAULT AND DATA VIRTUALIZATION

Two DV's in Tandem: Data Vaults and Data Virtualization

There has been growing interest in data vaults as an architecture suited for the archiving and preservation of all enterprise-wide data. The normalized, "hub-and-link" structure is suited for parallel loading from multiple operational systems, and the philosophy of "all the data, all the time", regardless of quality, lends itself to the rapid population of the vault without cumbersome governance and oversight. However, the data vault is ill-suited as a source for reporting and analytic querying, since it separates keys from descriptive metadata, propagates many-to-many joins, and makes no distinction between high-quality and low-quality (or relevant and irrelevant) data. Companies...