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DataOps is a new approach for managing business data throughout its lifecycle from source to value.

Combining elements and techniques from Agile development, DevOps, and statistical process control, DataOps aims to make it faster, easier, and more cost-effective for organisations to transform data into insight.

As the volume and variety of business data continue to grow, it is increasingly difficult to ensure speed, quality, and accuracy in analytics. And since rapid insight from data increasingly translates into competitive advantage, failure to optimise data pipelines could spell disaster. DataOps brings a new set of tools and skills to help organisations manage data throughout its lifecycle, ensuring a smooth, fast, and reliable journey from source to value.

Drawing on thirty years of experience in solving data challenges for enterprises, combined with deep technical expertise, Northdoor can help you get up to speed with DataOps practices and embed them in your daily operations.

With Northdoor consultancy and services around DataOps, you can benefit from:

  • improved data quality and reduced cycle times for analytics
  • reduced cost and complexity in managing data pipelines
  • highly automated processes that improve accuracy and repeatability
  • faster development of new analytical models to meet emerging business requirements
  • the embedding of a DataOps culture and best practices in your organisation.

Contact us today for more information on Northdoor DataOps services by email, or by calling 020 7448 8500.

Why does DataOps matter?

More data is flooding into enterprises from more sources than ever before, putting significant pressure on analytics teams. These teams may already span multiple departments and use a variety of different tools to deliver insight to business users. However, since users aren’t always able to articulate precisely what they want, new reports or dashboards may not deliver the expected value—even after long development cycles.

Data management is a problem too. As it becomes ever easier to spin up new systems on the cloud, the number of different data models tends to grow in an uncontrolled way. Integrating data into analytics pipelines requires significant manual fixes and workarounds, lowering data quality over time and limiting the ability to deliver innovation to users.

In short, there is a gulf between opportunities and capabilities when it comes to data analytics—at a time when most business users are desperate for faster insight.

DataOps introduces methodologies and best practices designed to maximise the speed, quality, accuracy, and repeatability of analytics.

Recognising that data pipelines are already too complex for unstructured, manual management approaches, DataOps builds in automation from the ground up, creating the concept of a highly automated “factory” for transforming raw data into actionable insights. As in a modern manufacturing plant, DataOps uses statistical process control to provide real-time monitoring of the quality of data and processes.

Organisations that successfully adopt DataOps—which implies mastering challenges across tools, processes, culture, and methodology—enjoy faster and more flexible access to data-derived insights, at lower cost.

How can Northdoor help?

With our background in helping blue-chip enterprises manage their data, Northdoor can help you orchestrate your people, processes, and technology to enable the reliable delivery of actionable insights. Greater accuracy and control in data pipelines can also help you to manage regulatory compliance and data privacy.

Northdoor understands that organisations will need both a value pipeline to deliver timely insight to business users and an innovation pipeline to help them create future-ready tools. Our approach to DataOps seeks to automate the value pipeline as far as possible, so that you can focus on building the future tools that keep your organisation ahead of the chasing pack.

Northdoor’s service propositions for DataOps include:

Northdoor can help you achieve the successful adoption of DataOps through:

  • Education on DataOps best practices
  • Development of the business case for building up internal competency in DataOps
  • Long-term strategy planning
  • Management of cultural change through shadowing and mentoring.

Northdoor are experienced in the delivery of practical DataOps platforms that can deliver agile data science at scale. Our team will design your DataOps framework on the cloud infrastructure that best suits your business – including Microsoft Azure DataOps architectures.

Whatever your present level of DataOps adoption, we can help you optimise your capabilities with a tailored deployment plan.

Northdoor can help you achieve the successful adoption of DataOps through:

  • Education on DataOps best practices
  • Development of the business case for building up internal competency in DataOps
  • Long-term strategy planning
  • Management of cultural change through shadowing and mentoring.

Whatever your present level of DataOps adoption, we can help you optimise your capabilities with a tailored deployment plan.

Assess your team’s existing capabilities across:

  • Collaboration
  • Automated testing
  • Version control
  • Monitoring
  • Provisioning and management.

The Northdoor DataOps Maturity Assessment produces a clear report with visual representations of areas for improvement, and a roadmap showing how to address them.

Once you have a clear plan for embedding DataOps, Northdoor can help you with all the practical aspects, such as:

  • Developing measures and metrics
  • Applying the appropriate governance mechanisms
  • Implementing best practices
  • Mentoring personnel and monitoring processes
  • Providing ongoing support

Every organisation’s needs are different, and Northdoor offers flexible services that are tailored to fit.

At Northdoor, we understand that technology is just one piece of the DataOps jigsaw. More important, and harder to achieve, is the cultural change required to make DataOps stick. We have decades of experience in delivering major change projects around data for both large and mid-sized organisations.

From initial consultancy to scaling and maturing your DataOps capabilities, Northdoor can help you build competitive advantage through the transformation of data into insight.
For more information, contact us today or call on 020 7448 8500.

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