What are Good Ways to Connect Data Marts?

Data marts are essential for enabling departments to store data that is specific to their business needs. However, users often have to perform analyses which require information from the data marts of other departments.

Executives also must have access to company-wide data. Since individual requests for specific data are costly and time-consuming, data marts must be consolidated.

But simply connecting the data marts does not necessarily result in a unified system of information. The various data marts are often in multiple different formats that contain bits and pieces of duplicate information, resulting in system redundancies.

Conflicting data often amplifies issues as the number of datamarts increases.

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The Data Warehouse Option

The "classic" solution to this problem has typically been for an organization to implement a data warehouse to contain its data.

From this centralized source of data, data marts are constructed according to the needs of business users. With a data warehouse, all details come from a single, consistent source.

However, the data warehouse can be a huge cost to an organization. Its construction often takes years to complete, only after which the building of the individual data marts can begin.

Data warehouse implementation can also can have a huge upfront cost, followed by monthly overhead and updates. Fortunately, there is a third alternative.

An Easy Way to Combine Multiple Data Sources

InetSoft's Style Intelligence provides a quick and inexpensive solution to the problem of connecting data marts.

The software allows end users to create analyses and mashups from various sources, enabling a simple and easy way of connecting disparate data marts without resorting to exhaustive data warehouses. These mashups can be created from many different open source systems, including the data marts themselves.

As a user-friendly, web-based application, Style Intelligence not only allows executives to perform company-wide analyses, but also drilldown analysis to granular data.

Different levels of information access can be granted to different employees, enabling organizations to balance security more efficiently.

By reducing or eliminating the need for a costly system, InetSoft's Style Intelligence provides a solution that is truly state of the art.

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