At Hieda we frequently use the term data platform instead of database, and you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a bit of self-aggrandizement from our end. But we have noticed first hand how the role of data has vastly expanded in the last few years, and so has the role of the humble database expert.
But what is a data platform exactly? And when should you as a business start thinking about data platforms, and maybe enlisting the help of some data platform experts? We listed some of the top reasons below.
There was a time when data in an organization mostly consisted of structured information like employee payroll, financial reports & sales accounts. Data was mainly meant to be stored, and only used periodically, so the database expert’s role was mainly to make sure no data got lost.
But with the rise of mobile devices, big data and now machine learning, data is suddenly everywhere. And it’s not just being stored, but processed as well. These days, data needs to be highly available, reliable and integrated in almost every part of a business. And thus the database expert needs to evolve in a similar direction. The data platform expert is no longer an isolated librarian, but an integral part of the development & operations team and a crucial part of creating a data-driven organization.
That’s why we believe data platforms are the more accurate term for our expertise. When properly set up, a data platform serves as a support structure for all the data driven activities within your organization. Just like building a house, you need to set up solid foundations before you can start building.
Don’t get us wrong, not everyone needs to suddenly change their approach towards data. But there are a few clear signs that indicate when your organization should start thinking about data platform expertise
You might have noticed by now that we haven’t overwhelmed you with acronyms and technologies to illustrate our point. Truth is, data platforms aren’t defined by technology, but rather by how data is treated in an organization. Technology is still crucial, but it’s mainly about having the right expertise in the right location & time.
Luckily, this is exactly what we at Hieda do best. Our service ensures your organization always has the proper expertise on hand. Get in touch, and we’d be more than happy to discuss how we can help your organization move to a data platform approach.