5G Brings Faster Data Transfer and Business Transformation


The advent of 5G connectivity is here. As its adoption becomes ubiquitous, data will move more quickly than ever before. This article from James Ford, chief evangelist and commercial lead at Intact, discusses how upcoming solutions will allow users to derive advanced insights, enabling organizations to obtain, analyze, and act on this fast-moving data.

Today, we are in the middle of a revolution. We’ve called it digital transformation, but there is more. This revolution revolves around the ways we conduct data entry and collection, and it is being driven by the advent of 5G.

5G was created to meet the exponential growth in data and connectivity of today’s world and tomorrow’s innovations. As we know, 5G enables significantly faster speeds in data access, downloading, and streaming content, and 5G devices are increasing computing power allowing for virtually instantaneous connections and live data transmission. As this revolution continues, moving data quickly is no longer a business hurdle to overcome. Businesses that act on data faster than the competition will be the ones to predict trends, identify areas for resource consolidation and savings, speed up innovation, and drive bottom-line growth.

The second part of this data entry and collection revolution is a new-found sense of freedom. The innovation is being driven by the freedom to create more applications that tie into the data warehouses that support big data – the strategies used to collect, organize, process, and draw insight from all the data within an organization. This data revolution is bringing about the evolution of no-code application builders that sit on enterprise infrastructure like Microsoft Azure. 

Until recently, the technology used by those investing in big data initiatives included database types such as SQL. They were connected via database and end-point integrations, allowing them to work together. The large-scale adoption of the cloud has changed the paradigm and made this integration much simpler. 

For instance, Microsoft Azure’s database Cosmos DB is multimode and can house many different database types within a single database. With it, teams no longer need to invest in expensive and complicated integration systems as all data exists in one location, separated by security policies and logic, rather than APIs and distance.

When an app can ingest data rapidly as multiple databases are feeding to the same data warehouse, it means transformed capabilities for the IT teams utilizing that data. Suddenly, they are far more efficient than they have ever been before. They can run the queries they want to complete and use programs to crunch data and derive insight from it. From a business standpoint, many tools, such as Power BI and Tableau, allow these teams to visualize their data, analyze and create automated events, and a personalized experience for those with whom they interact.

ETL (extract, transform, and load) procedures are more important than ever. With the advent of no-code workflow solutions, teams can now automate the collection of new data, its transformation into a usable format, and load it into whichever outcome the team desires. Outcomes could be anything from data analysis reports, RPA (robotic process automation), which automates the completion of steps that would have previously been conducted by a human, and even AI triggered events.

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What To Expect in 2021?

We are in an app-driven revolution right now. There is palpable freedom to create applications that were once previously siloed to physical machines and data centers that can now be built and deployed to the cloud. This is made possible because we can ingest more data at a greater scale, and the implementation of 5G will make that data ingestion live and widely available and accessible. 

The opportunity for big data is greater than it has ever been, and the solutions that allow users to derive insights from that data are coming to market, enabling organizations to obtain, analyze, and act on data. This convergence information, speed of its acquisition, and derived benefit has never been more available. It provides an opportunity for almost every type of business to benefit from this type of insight.

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