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Database ServicesWith today’s changing technology, businesses may find themselves in a position of supporting information systems and/or processes that are out-of-step with current industry standards, applications, or tools and utilities. Our system architects and information consultants have the experience and technical know-how to provide practical solutions that fit into your specific IT infrastructure and business environment.

For more than 20 years, the professional staff at SoftRoots has been actively involved in building stand-alone, as well as integrated information systems. Our expertise with technology advancements that affect information delivery and management provides us with a solid basis for building information solutions to meet your business needs today. SoftRoots provides support for:

  1. Architecture & Technology
  2. Information Frameworks
  3. Database Design Techniques
  4. Custom Application Solutions
  5. Technical Analysis and Reviews

Our focus is fixed on providing practical solutions to our customers, as well as identifying available options and alternatives, to help enable our customers to make wise decisions regarding their current and future information needs.

Due to the dynamic nature of Information Technology, organizations can find themselves lagging behind the technology curve, and sometimes at a competitive disadvantage. Often times, businesses are engaged in niche areas of technology, which are being leveraged to provide a competitive edge. SoftRoots provides a range of database services to support a wide-variety of data requirements and needs, including:

  • Data Modeling & Analysis
  • Logical and Physical Design
  • Database Administration
  • Data Warehouse/Marts
  • Information Portals
  • XML Data Integration
  • Secure Data Services
  • Data Exchange Services
  • Automation and Control

The technical staff at SoftRoots strives to keep abreast of new developments in information technology, while formulating development strategies based on proven technologies that will likely be supported and extended well into the future.

Data Warehouses/Marts

A Data Warehouse (DW) is an information framework that enables an organization to extract value from their information assets. Typically, a DW will consist of a wide-variety of data elements and relationships that coexist in the same environment (i.e., corporate repository). Generally, a DW will have several data sources that provide operational data to the warehouse on a scheduled basis. Operational data may include real-time data, process data, accounting data, sales data, transactional data, etc., and typically represents key business data for an organization’s operation.

Basically, from a high level view, a DW can be thought of as a ‘Black Box,’ with a set of defined inputs and outputs; e.g., operational data goes in – and business information comes out. Operational data is generally obtained from information systems that are used to operate the business. These systems may include a wide-variety of different data formats from multiple organizations, departments, or business units, or may consist of a small set of information systems that are used to support a specific business function (e.g., financial, engineering, etc.). In either case, operational systems are typically designed and operated to perform specific functions - operations in the business. In many cases, they are transactional systems that require an exchange of data with end-users and/or other information systems. As such, they are generally not designed to support a flexible means to retrieve, analyze, and reorganize data to support a Decision Support System (DSS), which is primarily what a DW will do for you.

Significant technology advancements (hardware and software) have been made over the last 5 years, to enable data processing and delivery in ways that open up expanded uses of data and information, as well as providing more efficient access to, and management of, information architectures. Today, On-Line Analytical Processing (OLAP) servers are common components for supporting information architectures. In addition, advancement in data delivery mechanisms; browsers, data marts, and high-bandwidth connectivity, have addressed many of the large-scale information handling requirements.

A greater number of organizations are faced with the challenging task of providing operational and process data to support an increasing demand for the use of business data. In the past, the demand for structured data, having a high degree of integrity and consistency, has been predominately isolated to specific industries. Although, it is now becoming increasingly vital that many organizations from a wide-range of different industries have the capability to produce, analyze, and exchange their business data with other organizations within their industry, as well as with specific organizations in other related industries. The Internet has fueled the demand for this data, and with the advent of extendable markup languages (i.e., XML, SGML), the level of IT support required to effectively manage business information architectures today has grown at an unprecedented rate.

As technology continues to evolve, the demand for data will continue to rise. Therefore, it is vital that IT organizations consider information frameworks that can support data needs today as well as into the future. Historically, large organization would construct Data Warehouses (DW) to address these concerns. However, the delays with DW implementations, level of support maintenance needed, as well as the lack of common exchange languages, has hindered the wide-scale development of data warehouses for supporting information frameworks in many smaller organizations.

Services to Meet Your Needs...

SoftRoots' architects and technical consultants deliver a unique mix of expertise, development skills, and industry knowledge to effectively support our customer’s needs. Through our wide-variety of consulting services, we can help you select and implement strategies that enable you for success.

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