Putting data first
Data is rightly seen as the new natural resource for businesses, providing as it does the fuel for success in the digital economy. Of course, gathering and storing large quantities of data is the easy part – far harder is making effective use of that data.
In many organisations, the infrastructure has grown in a relatively unplanned way over a number of years, and much data is locked away in departmental silos. There are often multiple different levels of technology, adding to the management cost and complexity, and running out-of-date data platforms can leave the organisation exposed to security risks.
In many cases, existing systems were designed for transactional purposes, with little or no thought given to future reporting or analytics needs. As a result, it is now difficult and time-consuming for business users to get the data they need. To get back on the right track, organisations first need to update their data strategy to meet today’s challenges.
To unlock the benefits of BI and analytics, the typical organisation needs to rationalise, consolidate and modernise its existing data platform. Northdoor offers a comprehensive set of services, starting with a Data Readiness Assessment that determines the best future platform for all data. This assessment aims to re-use and update existing infrastructure wherever practical, but also is open to a full range of both on-premises and in-cloud platforms.
For the existing infrastructure, Northdoor provides consolidation and optimisation services, helping clients to rationalise their databases and migrate to the latest versions. By getting back onto the vendor’s standard support path, organisations reduce their risk and get the accumulated benefits of years of updates.
Modernising the data platform typically results in significant performance gains, potentially reducing the total number of servers and enabling the organisation to optimise its software licensing fees. New security features – including aspects such as transparent data encryption and separation of duties – can help organisations maintain regulatory compliance at lower cost.
By creating a more compact and efficient on-premises data platform, Northdoor can also help organisations to reduce their IT operational costs, all while increasing the ease of access to data. Current versions of database software make it easy to create hybrid landscapes that span on-premises and cloud resources, enabling organisations to expand at lower cost and to plug in new cloud-based analytics services more easily.
Northdoor offers a comprehensive suite of services around data platform modernisation, including the non-disruptive migration of existing data to new platforms.
For organisations seeking to improve their focus on the core business, Northdoor also provides fully managed services for major databases. By engaging Northdoor to provide the data platform as a managed service, organisations benefit from our expertise and no longer need to retain costly skills in-house.
Within a managed services contract, Northdoor can also provide ongoing consultancy and recommendations for project-based enhancements to capabilities. Drawing on our technical skills in other areas, we can support clients in building a full-scale analytics capability on top of their refreshed and updated data platform.
Modernising your Data Platform can be a daunting project, but if you are wanting to overcome security concerns, cost of ownership issues and are looking at your next steps for the SQL Server 2008 End of Life deadline – why wouldn’t you consider the options available to you? On September 20th we hosted a workshop revealing the key reasons for modernising your business with SQL – including how to reduce the costs of managing your estate, quick wins for keeping data safe and a live demonstration to show data platform evolution in action.
Contact us today to receive a copy of the presentation slides and find out about our complimentary data platform modernisation workshop.
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Northdoor provides professional consultancy to consolidate, modernise and migrate NHS Trust Data platform environments to help find cost savings for environment support and licensing and to provide better application performance.
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