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Data Scientists Need Usable Data

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Cloud providers are key to mid-market success

The Key to Data-Driven Success for Mid-market Companies Starts Here

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The Key to Data-Driven Success for Mid-Market Companies Starts Here

Partnering with an experienced cloud provider is a great strategy for mid-market companies to employ for their data center management needsWhat’s the #1 pain point for IT professionals? According to the business knowledge resource Insights for Professionals, it’s data center management. With this reality in mind, the foundation of digital transformation success for a data-driven business must begin at the data center level, where servers store your data, CPUs power your computations, and your systems are ideally kept stable, operational, and secure for all users, including those accessing company systems and data from multiple remote locations. Competitive mid-market companies rely on data center engineers who specialize in uptime by proactively preventing downtime, as well as connectivity, storage, security, and monitoring.

Effectively managing data to support accessibility and security requires consistent monitoring and up-to-date solutions. Yet the latest research shows that investing in on-premise infrastructure for data management, compliance, and analytics is too pricey for most mid-market companies — and from the view of many IT directors, on-premise solutions have already morphed into old relics. In 2022, Insights for Professionals reported that nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of senior IT leaders and company executives aren’t planning to attempt to maintain servers on-premise. Instead, the majority of leaders surveyed plan to invest in cloud infrastructure as a service.

 

Moving into the Future

Cloud providers provide value to the mid-marketIn short, entire businesses are migrating to the cloud, not just the technology. The infinite growth of data, applications, connections, and workloads will only further exacerbate businesses’ ability to adapt to new lines of business applications and platforms, meet security and governance requirements, and seamlessly orchestrate and analyze data for business outcomes. As a result, a growing number of mid-market companies are recognizing the value of working with partners to transition storage, computing, backup, and hosting services to cloud-based platforms to leverage the scale and compute power they can provide.

Gartner reports that by 2025, the vast majority — 85 percent — of enterprises will have already shifted over to a cloud-first approach. How did this changing of the guard occur so quickly? According to Gartner, it can be traced in part to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has accelerated cloud adoption since 2020, ushering it in as the “de facto new normal.” Gartner analysts including Gregor Petri even go so far as to state that “enterprise architecture and technology leaders should reject any new product that does not follow ‘cloud first’ as a guiding principle.”

 

Mid-Market Essentials

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There are solid reasons behind mid-market businesses moving their data out of on-premise environments, particularly due to the efficiencies obtained from cloud-based business applications in multi-cloud and hybrid environments. This brings us back to data center vendors, who must then be ready to absorb the responsibility and cost of infrastructure capital expenses and maintenance — and it looks like many are already prepared to do so. In 2022 alone, nearly one-third (32 percent) of those surveyed by Insights for Professionals were planning to invest heavily in cloud management, to the tune of $500,000, while nearly 30 percent plan to spend even more. The largest part of this cloud management investment is being channeled toward security, with enterprises intending to spend 82 percent of this budget on data protection.

This is not a passing trend and is expected to have long-term consequences for purchase decisions in mid-market companies. By 2023, as scalability and cohesive cloud ecosystems join the ranks among the top three buying considerations for IT, Gartner anticipates that cloud architects will become key stakeholders when choosing tools for analytics and business intelligence. Here’s another surprising statistic to show the direction we’re heading in: while hyper-scale cloud providers (hyper-scalers) delivered and managed less than 1 percent of installed edge computing platforms in 2020, Gartner predicts this number to balloon to 20 percent by the end of 2023.

 

Different Needs for Mid-Market Players

There’s a catch, though, about hyper-scalers: most are not built for the mid-market. Therefore, mid-market companies won’t be able to reap the maximum benefit from the ability of traditional hyper-scale cloud providers to bring global business solutions, outsourcing, and consulting capabilities that can help other types of organizations migrate to, adopt, and build cloud-native offerings. It’s true that traditional hyper-scalers excel in leveraging the expertise of their cloud professionals to consult for platform re-architecture, application development, data migration, and transitioning services from technology stacks into macro- and microservices hosted in a data center on-premise, private cloud, public cloud (or any multi-cloud or hybrid combination thereof) — but not generally for mid-market companies.

Let’s drill down into some specific problems for mid-market players around hyper-scale cloud providers:

  • It can be cost-prohibitive to obtain the level of help that most mid-market companies require, since most hyper-scalers are priced for large enterprises. Mid-market companies tend to need “white glove” services, which carry the highest price tag.
  • Greater needs. Enterprises are more likely to already have in-house teams with the necessary skillsets to work with traditional hyper-scalers, compared to mid-market businesses that often have higher needs for expert help.
  • No data analytics. While many enterprise hyper-scalers help migrate data to third-party cloud vendor platforms, their services end there, as they don’t offer data analytics.

Mid-market companies need technical experts to help build solutions on a mid-market budget — specifically, they require a hyper-scaler capable of providing an end-to-end solution focused on the mid-market sector. The goal in evaluating potential solutions providers should be for the cloud foundation to operate seamlessly with end-to-end data management and analytics solutions. With an end-to-end solution, mid-market businesses have the opportunity to obtain the results they desire without wasting time on a “Frankenstein” approach, assembling parts and pieces of multiple technologies and tools in an attempt to construct a reliable system that actually works. It’s only by going the end-to-end route that mid-market companies can receive the greater level of assistance they need on the technology front, as well as benefit from the robust data and analytics skillsets necessary to achieve meaningful business outcomes, without paying enterprise prices.


Why Mid-Market Organizations Need Digital Transformation Solutions that Combine the Right Technology and Talent to Achieve Business Value

Why Mid-Market Organizations Need Digital Transformation Solutions that Combine the Right Technology and Talent to Achieve Business Value

At Aunalytics, we know that an organization’s everyday data holds value, yet is a resource that often remains untapped. This is especially true for the mid-market—this market segment has been underserved and often lacks access to data management and analytics technologies and expertise. Our mission is to empower the mid-market with solutions that enable digital transformation so they can compete and stay relevant.

Digital transformation calls for mid-market companies to shift away from operational silos and work across the company to harness the power of data. This requires the integration of diverse technology across all functional business areas to enable convergence, promote a positive cultural change, drive customer value, and facilitate operational agility. Gartner’s report “Over 100 Data and Analytics Predictions Through 2025” asserts that by 2024, 75% of organizations will have established a centralized data and analytics center of excellence to support federated data and analytics initiatives and prevent enterprise failure. By 2023, organizations with shared companywide data management goals, including stewardship, governance, and semantics to enable inter-enterprise data sharing, will outperform those that don’t.

There is a recipe for successfully transforming massive amounts of corporate and third-party data created and used daily in your lines of business into a valuable asset. But to achieve business outcomes, organizations need to implement digital transformation solutions that include the right technologies/tools combined with the right talent.

 

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The Right Tools and Technology

Mid-market companies generally do not currently have the tools needed to find value in their data through advanced analytics and AI. An enterprise data warehouse is only one piece of the puzzle. Successful mid-market digital transformation requires the appropriate storage and compute infrastructure, data management platform, and analytics software. It can be difficult to piece together each of these components into a single, unified system—it is expensive, time-consuming, and inefficient.

To solve this challenge, Aunalytics has developed a robust, cloud-native data platform built for universal data access, powerful analytics, and AI. Mid-market businesses benefit from using an end-to-end, cloud-based platform as it moves the burden of infrastructure procurement and maintenance to a third-party vendor in the data industry. An end-to-end platform is secure, reliable, and scalable while including the added benefit of being deployed and managed as a service. This is especially important for mid-market businesses because finding the right talent to execute digital transformation initiatives is extremely challenging in the current market.

 

The Right Talent and Expertise

Most IT departments do not currently have the skill sets needed for getting business value out of data. At the same time, for most mid-market companies, it does not make business sense to hire an entire division of highly compensated data experts to achieve digital transformation goals. Even if a mid-market company can find and hire these scarce resources—they were hard to come by even before the Talent War of 2022.

Experts by your sideEstablishing a side-by-side partnership with a data platform company is the key to gaining the benefits of working with experts including cloud engineers, data engineers, security experts, data scientists and other highly skilled technical resources to achieve true business value. By getting expert help, you can devote your company’s time, resources, and innovation to your business and focus on what you do best.

Aunalytics provides a team of experts who assist every step of the way. Mid-market businesses will have access to the right tools, resources, and support throughout our end-to-end process. Our team also includes industry experts who help businesses identify areas in which data can provide the most value, and guidance on how to work toward achieving these goals.

 

Aunalytics’ Digital Transformation Solution Gives Mid-Sized Businesses Answers

 

Tools + Talent = Business Outcomes

 

With Aunalytics, you get the technology and expertise required to complete the journey from data to actionable business results. This combination accelerates digital transformation, which allows businesses to realize the value of their investment quickly. By taking advantage of the experienced data professionals at Aunalytics, organizations can save time and avoid making costly mistakes while also maximizing the value currently hidden in their data.


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Using your data as an asset to drive competitive business growth and achieve cost cutting operational efficiencies is imperative for a company to compete, survive, and thrive. Increasingly, data and analytics have become a primary driver of business strategy and the potential of data-driven business strategies is greater today than ever.


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Aunalytics Partners with Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs to Help Facilitate Local Manufacturing Industry’s Digital Transformation Journey

Partnership Will Assist Manufacturing Organizations in Indiana’s South Bend-Elkhart Region to Effectively Compete in an Increasingly Digital and Global Marketplace Through Data-driven Analytics

ND Industry Labs + AunalyticsSouth Bend, Ind. (June 14, 2022)Aunalytics, a leading data platform company delivering Insights-as-a-Service for enterprise businesses, announced today an innovative collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs to benefit local manufacturing businesses. The partnership is designed to assist businesses in the South Bend-Elkhart (SBE) region of Indiana as they advance their digital transformation goals and compete in an increasingly digital and global marketplace through data-driven analytics.

The partnership will provide a cloud data and analytics platform to Notre Dame researchers and students working with iNDustry Labs business partners through the University’s Applied Analytics & Emerging Technology Lab (AETL), part of the Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society.  The platform will enable the AETL team to work in a nimble data environment to gather insights and answer questions, driving value for partner businesses and offering students real-world scenarios to hone their skills. Through rapid prototyping, collaboration on algorithms and creation of data models, researchers and practitioners can work to create actionable insights.

More than a third of the SBE region's workforce is employed in manufacturing. Like other industry sectors, manufacturing companies are grappling with the costs associated with digital transformation to remain competitive in today’s data-driven era. The ability to aggregate siloed data from multiple sources, cleanse and organize data so that analytics can be applied to drive actionable insights, is critical to getting ahead. By achieving a 360-degree view of inventory and sales performance across different sales channels, manufacturing companies can perform the analysis needed to make better, more strategic decisions about how to move their businesses forward.

“This unique collaboration serves both the University’s mission and the needs of local industry partners,” said Rick Johnson, managing director of AETL. “It will greatly reduce the time needed to connect students and researchers with innovative companies, provide students with hands-on industry experience and help companies advance their business and attract new talent.”

The initiative is currently in its first phase, with a team of data scientists in place preparing the Aunalytics platform for University use. Once the platform is in place, contracted manufacturing companies can move into a pilot phase, where Notre Dame students will prepare their data - aggregating, cleansing, and organizing it - for analytics use.

“By providing our technology and services to this collaboration, we’re in a position to assist the SBE region’s industrial businesses in remaining competitive as data-driven insights become increasingly critical to standard business operations,” said Rich Carlton, president and CRO of Aunalytics. “We are very excited to be in partnership with the University, and to help facilitate the opportunities created when academic resources, enhancement of student skills, and industry growth intersect in support of a common goal.”

About iNDustry Labs

The University of Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs forges innovative partnerships between the South Bend - Elkhart region’s industries and dedicated resources at the University to support a more prosperous region. An anchor of the South Bend-Elkhart region’s Labs for Industry Futures and Transformation (LIFT) Network, it was established through a $42.4 million grant awarded to Notre Dame in 2019 from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

About the Applied Analytics & Emerging Technology Lab

The Applied Analytics & Emerging Technology Lab (AETL), as part of the University of Notre Dame’s Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society, collaborates with iNDustry Labs to help accelerate economic and innovation impact in the South-Bend Elkhart region, achieving the goals of the LIFT Network. The AETL was in part made possible by a grant awarded to the University of Notre Dame in 2019 from Lilly Endowment Inc.

About Aunalytics

Aunalytics is a data platform company delivering answers for your business. Named a Digital Innovator by analyst firm Intellyx, and selected for the prestigious Inc. 5000 list, Aunalytics provides Insights-as-a-Service to answer enterprise and mid-sized companies’ most important IT and business questions. The Aunalytics® cloud-native data platform is built for universal data access, advanced analytics and AI while unifying disparate data silos into a single golden record of accurate, actionable business information. Its DaybreakTM industry intelligent data mart combined with the power of the Aunalytics data platform provides industry-specific data models with built-in queries and AI to ensure access to timely, accurate data and answers to critical business and IT questions. Through its side-by-side digital transformation model, Aunalytics provides on-demand scalable access to technology, data science, and AI experts to seamlessly transform customers’ businesses. To learn more contact us at +1 855-799-DATA or visit Aunalytics at https://www.aunalytics.com  or on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

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22 Idea Week Analytics Panel

IDEA Week 2022 Panel Discussion: Data-Driven Decision Making for Business

April 20, 2022

IDEA Week 2022 Panel Discussion:

Data-Driven Decision Making for Business: Using Advanced Analytics to Improve Productivity and Profitability

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Aunalytics to Participate in IDEA Week Panel Discussion on Advanced Analytics in Business

Nitesh Chawla, PhD, Chief Product Officer at Aunalytics and David Cieslak, PhD, Chief Data Scientist at Aunalytics, will be participating in a panel entitled, “Data-Driven Decision Making for Business: Using Advanced Analytics to Improve Productivity and Profitability” during South Bend-Elkhart’s 2022 IDEA Week.

Real-time data collection is changing industry dramatically. The use of accurate and instantaneous data can help companies make better, faster decisions. The members of the panel will be discussing how their companies use predictive analytics to manage and optimize production, including key functions such as maintenance, quality, and planning.

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Aunsight Golden Record Automated Data Integration

Data Integration Project Leads to Improved Customer Experience and Efficiency for Global Manufacturing Company

RJG, a global manufacturing company, provides training and technology for the plastic injection molding industry. In order to increase efficiency and provide a better experience for its customers, it realized it needed to improve its overall data management process by implementing an automated data integration solution.

Ultimately, RJG wanted to consolidate training course content and class registration to make everything class-related available to its customers in one place—through a single customer facing web portal. Course content was maintained in the company CRM database and needed to be communicated to the portal on the company’s website. At first the task seemed simple (connect A to B), but soon RJG realized that with data in motion, integration was complex.

Aunsight Golden Record Data CleansingThe company selected the Aunsight™ Golden Record data platform to integrate its data sources. It was chosen over other solutions for its added ability of data cleansing to create golden records of accurate, trusted information, its ease of use, and ability to scale to seamlessly add new data sources. Non-technical company employees became the primary users of the platform to integrate and create data flow between line of business application data and the website portal.

With the Aunsight Golden Record platform, data entered by customers on the web portal and content created by company administrators flowed between data sources, eliminating the need for manual data reconciliation. Download the full case study to learn more about the benefits of using Aunsight Golden Record for automated data integration.


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Webinar: Do You Trust Your Data?

October 7, 2021 at 11:00am EDT

Do You Trust Your Data?

Presented by: Katie Horvath, CMO, Aunalytics

According to leading industry experts, 70% of digital transformation projects fail. Yet, companies successful with data-driven initiatives are realizing a 20-30% increase in customer satisfaction along with profit margins between 20-50%. So, what’s the secret to success?

In this session we will discover the keys to successful digital transformation and how to harness the power of your data to increase customer satisfaction and shareholder value.

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