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CMBS Wrangles Multi-Source Data for Analytics with Voracity

Reviewer
Wilfred Morgan, IT Consultant / BI Advisor

Background
CMBS is a big data management solution provider in the US and Philippines serving clients in multiple industries with a broad range of proven technologies and services.

"Voracity is the Most Flexible Data Integration Tool on the Market"

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Overall Feedback

Overall Comment

Benefits

Greater flexibility to integrate variety of data sources and front-end tools.

Rapid data pipeline development.

Standardize workflow and pipeline deployments *Eliminate or greatly reduce vendor platform lock-in.

Bridge the gap between leveraging traditional BI solutions and new Big Data technologies.

Eliminate the need for custom programming.

Control labor costs.

Facilitate various data security regulations.

Affordable total cost of ownership (TOC) provides the greatest value compared to other vendors (money) and custom open source solutions (time & expertise).

 

Challenges

Smaller user community vs. comparable Microsoft or Oracle solutions.

Lessons Learned

If You Could Start Over, What Would Your Organization Do Differently?

Spend more time and effort on developing and refining our data science strategy.

Include more experienced senior level data professionals into the assessment, design, and implementation process

Execute more constant communication and on-going education with stakeholders on how new data driven solutions will reduce their pain points, prior to rollout.

What One Piece of Advice Would You Give Other Prospective Customers?

Keys to Success

Management, key decisions-makers, and influencers must be 100% committed in promoting a data-driven culture.

Obtaining and cultivating high data quality and integrity must be the highest priority.

Hire senior level data science expertise and provide crucial management and operational support for BI/DS operations

Develop, follow, and refine an enterprise data strategy (in collaboration between management, data science, IT, and compliance professionals).

Constant communication and on-going education with stakeholders on how new data-driven solutions will reduce their pain points.

Enforce accountability throughout the organization to leverage new data solutions.

What One Thing do You Wish the Vendor did Differently?

Provide a little more clarity on the marketing of the IRI product names (Voracity, CoSort, Workbench). Is Voracity the aggregate of all these products or a separate standalone product? This will assist in user training and client adoption.

What do You Like Most about the Product or Service?

Flexibility to work with a large variety of data sources.

Product features that enable organizations to safely develop their data science capabilities and investments.

Would You Recommend this Product or Service to Others?

Yes.

Please Explain Your Willingness or Hesitation to Recommend this Product or Service.

The product can provide a solid entry point for organizations looking to build an enterprise data management platform. It is also a solid choice for organizations that need to evolve their existing data management eco-system without locking themselves with one vendor or having to build complex customized solutions from the ground up. In other words, Voracity could also be used to augment or replace a legacy ETL tool.

How Satisfied is Your Organization with the Product Meeting Your Needs?

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Evaluation & Contracting

Ability to Understand Your Company's Needs

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Timely & Complete Response to Product Questions

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Product Capabilities

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Bulk/Batch Data Movement

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Data Federation / Virtualization

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Data Replication & Synchronization

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Integration & Deployment

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How Long Did Your Deployment Take?

3 - 6 Months (<6)

Ease of Integration Using Standard APIs & Tools

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Quality & Availability of End-User Training

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Ease of Deployment

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Service & Support

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Timeliness of Vendor's Response

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Quality of Technical Support

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Additional Context

What was the Nature of Your Involvement?

  • Application Lead
  • Development / Integration
  • Functional Assessment
  • Rollout and Install
  • Technical Assessment
  • Vendor Management

Why did you Purchase a Data Integration Toolset?

  • Cost management
  • Create internal / operational efficiencies
  • Drive revenue growth
  • Enhance decision making
  • Improve business process agility
  • Improve business process outcomes
  • Improve compliance & risk management
  • Improve customer relations/service

What were the Key Factors that Drove Your Decision?

  • Breadth of services
  • Overall cost
  • Product functionality and performance
  • Strong consulting partnership
  • Strong services expertise

Implementation Schematic

CMBS Voracity integration schematic