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Automation, the Industrial Revolution and software development

Since the Industrial Revolution, automation has played a critical role in defining and driving the development of industry in multiple sectors. Today, it has the potential to revolutionise the data warehouse industry, removing human error and inconsistency from the manual software coding process. 

 

Automation played a crucial part in the Industrial Revolution…

Between the mid-1700s and 1800s, the British Isles underwent a massive change in its manufacturing processes. To meet the increasing demands for productivity, consistency and quality, the introduction of automation was essential.

Automation of the manufacturing and production industry was, therefore, crucial to the Industrial Revolution, and has been responsible for boosting productivity in numerous business sectors since. In fact, there are countless examples – such as internet banking and satellite navigation – of automation and machine intervention improving efficiencies.

… yet for a while users took back control of the IT industry

The IT industry has a history of operating in cycles. Each period manifests itself in an attempt to resolve current issues through the implementation of new paradigms.

Thus, the personal computer heralded the practical demise of the mainframe and the minicomputer by delivering distributed processing, independence and de-centralisation, which empowered the user base to take control.

However, in recognising the management and governance issues, technologies have emerged that have given rise to re-centralisation of computing resources in an effort to wrest back control.

New technologies that leverage automation have the potential to revolutionise data warehousing

A cycle is currently underway in the data warehouse industry. The ostensibly manual and laborious development process and long lead times in data warehouse development have opened the door to many of the new "Big Data” technologies. Each promises to deliver faster, better and greater value.

But forward-thinking business leaders recognise “Big Data” and data warehousing both play a role in an effective enterprise data management strategy.

The last 10 years have seen the emergence of new data warehouse technologies that leverage the power of automation and significantly assist with integrating data into a single environment to support better business decisions. These technologies are known as data warehouse automation (DWA).

DWA products eliminate the manual effort needed in designing, building and administering data warehouses. They deliver greater value and produce quality solutions, within predictable timeframes and costs.

So why are they not in more common use?

Our free whitepaper “Data warehouse automation… and the vested interest that may be hindering process” attempts to answer this question.

Download it to learn more about why you’ll save time and money delivering agile data warehouses with DWA products, and a key reason that the products haven’t been more widely adopted.

 

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Free Whitepaper:

Data warehouse automation… and the vested interest that may be hindering process

 

 

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