Data Warehouse Consulting Services

The modern business generates and captures an incredible amount of data - often to the point of overwhelming administrators and legacy databases. The sheer number of data sources in today's enterprise environment, combined with the challenges of storing, processing and accessing both structured and unstructured data, has driven demand for sophisticated data warehouse solutions.

One Six Solutions' data warehouse consulting services can help address any data-related concern, whether you need to set up a centralized repository that integrates with other platforms or you want to optimize your existing system to better support analytics initiatives. Our experienced team of data warehouse professionals has seen and done it all.

Is this the right time to upgrade your data warehouse?

Your data warehouse is more than just a point of storage for your organization's data; it powers advanced analytics by compiling data from every available source and generating valuable reports that drive strategic decision-making. Any obstacle that gets in the way of those goals is holding your business back.

Ask yourself these questions if you think you might be ready for a data warehouse upgrade:

  • Is your data warehouse solution scalable? It can be extremely difficult to scale up storage and resourcing needs with traditional on-prem data warehouses since they are limited by on-site architecture and equipment. Cloud-based solutions enable on-demand scalability to support even the most complex analytics projects.
  • Does it support end-to-end integration? Fueling your advanced analytics with as much relevant data as possible will ensure you get the best and most insightful results possible. Data silos will only stand in the way of your analytics efforts.
  • Is it cost-effective? On-prem data warehouses can be expensive to maintain and expand to account for growing data demands. Hosted data warehouses lower your total cost of ownership while providing more flexibility and better performance.
  • Can it support sophisticated analytics? Realizing the full potential of big data means being able to leverage real-time data to guide your business decisions. If your data warehouse can't support this level of data management and analytics on a day-to-day basis, it may be time for an upgrade.

How do you plan your data warehouse project?

Data warehouse implementations and upgrades are rarely done quickly, requiring a great deal of time and careful planning. Through years of experience deploying data warehouses and optimizing existing solutions, One Six Solutions has devised a recipe for success.

  • Build out your data warehouse skills: Few organizations have the complete package of competencies needed to deploy a modern data warehouse. Data integration, migration, and modeling are just a few of the skills required. Employing data warehouse consulting services complements your in-house team with seasoned experts.
  • Identify your data requirements: Complex analytics goals require sophisticated data warehouse solutions. Working with data warehouse consultants helps ascertain what platform and configuration makes the most sense for your data-driven business goals.
  • Review your technology stack: Does your existing architecture need to be changed or upgraded to support your big data aspirations? Data warehouse consultants can find a solution that seamlessly integrates across the entire enterprise and fits into your technology stack.

What can One Six Solutions do to help?

Data warehouse consulting services are absolutely essential for any business that wants to take advantage of the latest big data and advanced analytics capabilities. The demands of today's data storage, reporting, and analytics can fluctuate significantly depending on the project and both the volume and type of data used. Capturing real-time data and extracting actionable insights is incredibly resource intensive, but it's not cost-effective to resource for your most extreme requirements.

One Six Solutions understands the intricacies of enterprise data warehouse management and how to get the best solution with the lowest cost of ownership. Cloud-based data warehousing often presents the most ideal option available since storage and compute resources can be scaled up or down as needed.

Data warehouse platforms

Our team has worked with every leading data warehouse platform and successfully implemented with each one:

  • Snowflake
  • Matillion
  • Fivetran
  • MongoDB
  • And much more

Implementing, configuring, or upgrading an enterprise data warehouse is one of the most important projects your business will embark on. Trust only the best and most qualified experts with that job.

One Six Solutions data warehouse consulting services guide you through every phase of the project, from initial planning to integration and beyond. Working with a consulting company with One Six Solutions' knowledge, experience, and skill insulates you against potential pitfalls and ensures the best results possible.

Examples of our data warehouse services work include...

Entertainment Retailer's Analytics Platform

A 2X performance improvement for analytical queries supporting inventory and marketing analytics in the cloud.

Entertainment

Data Lakes and Warehouses

Entertainment Retailer's Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

The retailer’s Strategy and Analytics teams were experiencing run times ranging from hours to days for queries against the largest data sources on their existing data warehouse, negatively impacting the teams’ turn times for new analyses.

How we helped?

One Six Solutions worked with the retailer’s teams to prioritize problem data sources to be ported into Amazon Redshift, and to gather requirements for content and structural changes to those sources in their new environment.  We implemented the data loads for those sources into Redshift.  One Six Solutions converted Tableau workbooks that the teams had been running against the existing SQL Server Data Warehouse environment to the new Redshift platform.

What were some of the tools used?

Data loads were implemented using SSIS, extracting data from SQL Server then using the ZappySys suite of extensions to interface to Amazon S3 / Redshift.  Tableau workbooks were rebuilt and tested in Tableau 10.5.  The new workbooks’ data sources were a mix of extracts (using Hyper) and live query as appropriate, taking advantage of Amazon Redshift’s processing power for aggregate queries.

What were the results?

Queries from the rebuilt Tableau workbooks showed performance improvements of 1 – 2 orders of magnitude compared with the prior versions sourced against SQL Server.  The retailer’s highest-volume data sources (in the 10’s of billions of records) are now available on Amazon Redshift for general use by the Strategy and Analytics teams.

National Autobody Retail Chain’s Analytics Platform

A cloud based analytics environment for a national auto-body retail chain enables compliance reporting and employee training measurement.

Automotive

Data Analytics

National Autobody Retail Chain’s Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is one of the largest autobody and mechanical repair shops in the nation.  Their retail stores and regional managers were in need of a consolidated reporting and analytics platforms to better understand overall corporate performance, compliance adherence and training programs for their technicians.

How we helped?

The One Six team assisted the client with defining the set of KPIs across each level in the corporate hierarchy.  We worked with the CTO and COO to standardize measurement criteria so they can evaluate their performance against insurance carrier standards for the services they provide.  Interactive dashboards and reports were built allowing for on-demand analysis.

What were some of the tools used?

The Data Warehouse was built in the cloud using Snowflake as the underlying database technology operating in an AWS cloud. Tableau Desktop and Tableau Online were leveraged to create compelling data visualizations to support corporate leadership, regional and retail managers in their decision making.

What were the results?

All levels of the management team down to an individual retail location were now able to consistently view their teams performance and quickly identify areas where action was required.  Compliance reporting with respect to insurance carrier metrics was available online in an easy to use dashboard with the capability to drill into as much detail as required. Corporate training was also able to leverage the reporting to identify what training programs needed to be completed and by which employees.

Global Software Company’s Marketing Analytics Platform

Marketing teams could identify where leads were stuck and accurately report on marketing spend over time.

Software

Data Analytics

Global Software Company’s Marketing Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is global IT software and security solutions company specializing in asset management and software monetization. Their goal was to obtain insights into their marketing  initiatives and measure campaign performance across their digital marketing platforms.

How we helped?

The One Six team assisted the client with the initial analysis and implemented additions to their Data Warehouse providing visually rich and highly interactive dashboards. We worked with Marketing’s senior leadership to define requirements and identify a set of KPI’s to measure leads flow and software purchase opportunities created from marketing campaigns.

What were some of the tools used?

The Data Warehouse was built on SQL Server 2016 utilizing SSIS for ETL to extract data from various SQL databases and Salesforce. SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) was leveraged for deeper and faster analysis of data. Power BI was selected to visualize marketing campaign effectiveness, lead analysis and other end user reporting.  

What were the results?

One Six implemented a solution that helped the client identity effective marketing initiatives by providing lead velocity, conversion and marketing funnel information for demand analysis.  Insights were used by the marketing team and other executives to identify areas were leads were getting stuck and resolve these bottlenecks.  Organization leadership also leveraged the dashboards to easily understand revenue and expense metrics across campaigns.

Healthcare Tech Company’s Big Data And Analytics Platform

Big data challenges solved by a cloud data architecture across billions of rows of data.

Healthcare

Data Lakes and Warehouses

Healthcare Tech Company’s Big Data And Analytics Platform

What was the problem?

Our client is a healthcare education, product and technology firm whose primary focus is to activate the best possible health outcome for all patients across the globe.  The organization was generating massive amounts of data and had no way to centrally organize and report on this data across the enterprise.

How we helped?

The solution was built using Treasure Data’s cloud based Data Management platform to support the Data Lake implementation and automated ingestion of data sources.  HIVE and Presto SQL based ELT development was done to aggregate massive volumes of data to support end user reporting and dashboarding.  Tableau data sets were generated on the fly from the Data Lake and published directly to Tableau Online for end user consumption.  Additionally, Data Marts were created in Amazon RedShift to support other reporting needs via Tableau Online.

What were some of the tools used?

The solution was built using Treasure Data’s cloud based Data Management platform to support the Data Lake implementation and automated ingestion of data sources.  HIVE and Presto SQL based ELT development was done to aggregate massive volumes of data to support end user reporting and dashboarding.  Tableau data sets were generated on the fly from the Data Lake and published directly to Tableau Online for end user consumption.  Additionally, Data Marts were created in Amazon RedShift to support other reporting needs via Tableau Online.

What were the results?

Billions of rows of data were housed and aggregated to support end user on-demand analysis and executive dashboards which allowed senior management to report on the performance of their business across their various sales, marketing and content delivery channels.  Advertising data, educational content and platform performance metrics were now easily reportable from the same platform.  The platform laid the architecture to easily support reporting on future systems of record.

Flavor Manufacturer’s Self Service Reporting Platform

A cloud analytics platform enables easy to understand product and sales performance.

Food and Beverage

Data Analytics

Flavor Manufacturer’s Self Service Reporting Platform

What was the problem?

A manufacturer of flavors for the food and beverage industry needed insight into sales and product performance across the enterprise. There was no consolidated platform to help them make data driven decisions.

How we helped?

The One Six team helped the client pick a technology platform that would address their requirements but also provide long term flexibility in a low cost, low maintenance platform.  We worked with the executive team to formulate a set of KPI’s to measure business performance and set a direction for the data integration strategy and analytics platform selection.

What were some of the tools used?

Our team implemented a Microsoft SQL Azure based Data Warehouse to provide a single platform for product and sales analytics. Data was integrated from custom ERP platforms, Excel and HubSpot CRM leveraging Azure Data Factory v2 and SSIS on Azure.  Azure Blob storage and Azure Automation were used for automating the data loads. Reports and Dashboards were developed with Tableau Online for leadership reporting.

What were the results?

Our client was now able to use a single platform to engage with their enterprise product and sales data. They no longer had different reports in different systems with silos of information. The sales teams were better able to target their best customers for upsell and resell opportunities and the product teams were able to understand which products were performing best in the market.

Global Industrial Automation Leader’s Custom Embedded Reporting Platform

Decreased overall time to information from weeks to minutes for this industrial automation leader.

Industrial & Mechanical

Data Analytics

Global Industrial Automation Leader’s Custom Embedded Reporting Platform

What was the problem?

A global leader in the industrial automation industry wanted to provide their customers with the ability to track their user and efficiency metrics. There was no ability to automate and report on inventory metrics and data driven decision making was very difficult.

How we helped?

The One Six team helped the client select a technology stack that would address their customers needs and provide them with data driven insights into their current processes. We worked with stakeholders from both our client and their end customer to create a set of business performance measures, roadmap the data integration plan, select and implement the optimal analytics platform.

What were some of  the tools used?        

The team  implemented a Microsoft SQL Server based Data Warehouse to provide a single  platform for inventory, customer, and sales analytics. Data was propagated to  Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) to create a tabular model that  would serve as the underlying data source for Power BI dashboards and  reports. The required business performance measures were calculated in SSAS .  Power BI Embedded was used to incorporate the reporting functionality into  the end client’s web based customer portal.

What were the results?

The client was able to increase customer loyalty, facility efficiency, and decrease the lack of transparency between management and workers at the plant level. Time to information was reduced from weeks to minutes for end users.  End customers gained a better understanding of their company’s performance levels and were able to anticipate and resolve  issues before they emerged.

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