Diverse data sources require careful collation

Diverse data sources require careful collation

March 24, 2014 0 Comments

Delivering data to apps is becoming increasingly pressing as sources multiply.

Delivering data to apps is becoming increasingly pressing as sources multiply.

The variety of applications and data storage utilities employed in today's enterprise setting is a natural consequence of IT progress. More information means additional context for decision-making purposes. However, this abundance of data sources poses one major challenge: Aggregating information from all of these points of origin has to be a development priority in the creation of new applications.

This can be either a long and arduous part of app creation or a simple part of the process, all depending on the framework employed by the IT department. While it's not possible to ignore the variety of information pouring in today, controlling it is well within organizations' powers.

Enterprise data source roll call Making optimal choices implies working with whatever information is available, deepening insights through the addition of diverse content types. Today, that could mean a CRM solution such as Microsoft Dynamics, Salesforce.com or one of Oracle's offerings. It may also involve stores of unstructured content pulled in from sensors or mined from social media. This information could end up in the cloud or in a firm's own data center, and it may be archived or streaming in without pause. The only constant is that application development teams need a reliable way to incorporate this information into their latest products.

Apps such as business intelligence dashboards have become mainstays in the enterprise by turning information into legible insights. Building this type of functionality in-house calls for the aggregation of data sources that may possess differing APIs prone to change over time. Instead of dealing with each one individually and adjusting the connection over time, users can seek out a platform that allows them to seamlessly integrate data. These interfaces link all the many APIs and upgrade to ensure that there is no need to change Web apps every time an API undergoes an update. Finding a solution to fill this integration role may ensure full functionality while keeping development times reasonable.

The importance of rapid application development The direct and indirect effects of keeping app creation simple and efficient are considerable. For instance, organizations that do not have to worry about constantly revising software to cope with evolving data sources can commit to creating new solutions without adding members to the development team. Information resources are constantly growing, evolving and changing in today's enterprise world, and failing to account for this is a way to end up with slow turnaround on new apps and endless revision of ones that have already debuted.

Michelle Tackabery

An experienced content and social media marketing professional, Michelle writes frequently about the practical applications of information technology.

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