Data comes in diverse forms from diverse sources, including an explosion in machine-generated data. Semi-structured data formats with flexible schemas, such as JSON and XML, are now standard formats for sending and storing data. Conventional DBs and DWs built on fixed schema, however, cannot readily store or process it. Thus it must be stored and carried around in its raw form (compromising performance), or transformed before it is loaded (losing information while adding complexity).
IRI software is designed to process semi-structured data without these trade-offs. The CoSort data manipulation engine in the IRI Voracity big data management platform now handles semi-structured formats natively so you can process this data without converting its format or imposing a new external schema. In this direct mode, Voracity users can leverage the "unparalleled parallel performance" of CoSort engine processing without sacrificing functionality or flexibility. That's why, in addition to big structured data, IRI software can process certain classes of static and streaming semi-structured data, for example:
You can now also search, extract, and structure data from unstructured text file sources in the IRI Workbench GUI -- and then do everything with the flat-file results in that environment. See below regarding masking the data in-situ.
Simultaneously find and organize strings based on patterns, explicit or lookup table values, and machine-learned NLP models across: email repositories, .pdf, .rtf, MS Office (.doc/x, .ppt/x, .xls/x), .txt, .xml, .hl7 and other files all at once. Then in the same GUI, use IRI software on the created flat files and their metadata for:
- Data integration and transformation
- Data migration and replication
- Data masking (encryption, de-ID, redaction, etc.)*
- DB load and query optimization
- Reporting or hand-offs to BI Tools
- Population of CRM, DB, ETL, and external apps
- Forensics on the data via exposed source file attributes
* IRI software can mask the data it finds in unstructured sources, specifically: Excel via IRI CellShield EE and text, log, hl7, pdf, doc/x and ppt/x files via IRI DarkShield, with image support pending.
The Bottom Line
The total trove of big data -- whether analyzed in batch or in real-time feeds -- is of great interest to business and government service providers. IRI software - and its Voracity total data management platform in particular - is the fastest, easiest, and most affordable way to blend and prepare [package, protect, and provision] structured, semi-structured, and unstructured data sources ... within your existing IT infrastructure.