In this article, we’ll discuss the effect data warehousing can have for the Sage X3 user experience, so that you and your team can figure out what is today’s best solution for your company.
Data is driving business decision-making, which perhaps doesn’t seem like a shocking statement. However, as data grows in amount and in significance, data warehouses are relatedly an important aspect of business today. If you’re like me, you are wondering the who, what, when, where, why, and how of data warehousing. Who manages a data warehouse? What do they look like? When is a good time to invest in a data warehouse? Where do you house one? Why should we go with a data warehouse over other Business Intelligence (BI) data stores? How do we set up a data warehouse? As a Sage X3 customer, you might have one or more of these questions. This article will aim to answer your questions, so you can understand the product category and can begin to assess your data warehousing needs with Sage X3.
Who? Let’s start by discussing who implements and automates a data warehouse. Commercial data warehouse solutions usually come “out of the box” ready, meaning a simple installation process, then replication of your Sage X3 and other source data. A consultant who specializes in extracting, transferring, and loading (ETL) will deploy your data warehouse, automating the ETL of data from your sources, like Sage X3. After that, a consultant who focuses on expediting, optimizing, and streamlining reporting, budgeting, and/or dashboard tasks will work with you on querying data from your warehouse. After setup and training, the business end user can manage a data warehouse, eliminating IT middlemen.