3 ways data engineering can reinvigorate old data systems

Feeling pressured to initiate a massive IT project that will “solve everything?” Is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendor pushing you to purchase the latest software? You might be better off running your old data system and applying data engineering instead.

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Perhaps you’re feeling a little overwhelmed trying to run a manufacturing operation in an increasingly competitive, digital business landscape: perhaps you can’t get any, enough, or the right data from your factory floor; maybe none of your data systems talk to each other. Meanwhile, that ERP/manufacturing execution system (MES)/big-software vendor has painted a beautiful picture of how all your data could work together—if you just scrap all those disparate systems and start over. Just sign on the dotted line, and the pain will go away…

You can make this pain disappear without giving massive amounts of organizational time and money to big software vendors (and their armies of system integrators). Instead of throwing everything away, why not integrate the systems you already have?

At 3AG, we have worked with every kind of data system, and have yet to encounter one that cannot be made to talk to any other system. As data engineers, it is literally our job to help organizations like yours make more efficient and effective use of corporate data by cleansing, aggregating and organizing raw data into usable, structured formats. This is what big ERP vendors do as well, but they take the expensive and generally unnecessary step of deconstructing and disposing of perfectly good, if “rusty,” data systems first.

Instead of uprooting old data systems and replacing them with one brand-new, overarching system, connect them with “digital glue” into a central data warehouse. Data warehouses, when properly designed and built by data engineers, make all your data easily accessible for reporting and analysis. For example, instead of exchanging manufacturing software, planning software, and accounting system for a single ERP, a central cloud-based data warehouse that pulls data from all these systems will be equally effective.