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The Magic Trio in Digital Hub™

There is a phrase in latin that says "omne trium perfectum": everything that comes in threes is perfect, or, every set of three is complete.

We build Digital Hub™ based on many years of experience in deploying and evolving data analytic solutions in the corporate world. Back in late 90's Crystal Reports originally called "Quick Reports" was the go-to tool to generate financial statements. This was way before data warehousing was taking hold in the Enterprise and reporting was a finance function at the time.

With the new millennium we saw the rise of Data warehouses or Business warehouses with IBM and SAP leading many enterprise accounts. These solutions were complicated and required a team to deploy and maintain them. Unlike these days, an organization had to spend significant capital in order to enable reporting functions.

Some of us at Integra developed reports on SAP BW platform using really complicated tools for years until SAP acquired Business Objects. Then life started to get easier for the end users. Although developer still had to create Cubes and Universes on top of the data in order to visualize the outputs but the rate of reports development and data projects increased significantly with these tool.

Fast forward 10 years when Tableau and similar business user oriented tools were offered that gave life to a completely different group of audience in the corporate and made it so much easier to create beautiful dashboards followed by Microsoft Power BI and other visualization tools. During all this time, the IT teams and System integrators were working hard to maintain the architecture, to connect data sources to the data warehouses to reporting tools. This was not an easy task, because all softwares were proprietary and closed source therefore there were not designed to facilitate data movement from one application to another.

This all changed thanks to all the effort by the open source community. Some sophisticated tools were developed in the open source space that took the lead from the enterprise and closed source applications specially in data science and machine learning space.

What has changed today is the increased options and decreased cost of these software components, many are free, but what has not changed is that enterprises still have to integrate these tools, train their users and generate insight that can create a competitive advantage for them. This is what we have set to do for Digital Hub™, to fully integrate key tools and packages so the end user e.g. the enterprise or the individual doesn't have to spend time configuring packages and maintaining them.

This short history of data and analytic tools brings us to the magic trio on Digital Hub™. Digital Hub™ Magic Trio uses open source elements to create an end to end functionality for our end users. Here are the components in our Magic Trio list today:

  1. JupyterLab: Jupyter Notebooks combine code and computational output beautifully and are the de-facto development tool for the data science community. Inside Jupyter Notebook we have hidden some gem for those who want to seek them, so make sure you create a project and see them for yourself.

  2. Apache Superset: A modern and open source data exploration and visualization that can easily meet the demand for any business intelligence reporting tasks. Beautiful dashboards and expandable data visualization components are just a few features that come with this tool to uniquely position it as a favourite open source data visualization tool

  3. Grafana: Grafana is best suited for realtime dashboards and visualizations of time series data. Mainly used for monitoring and alerting of IT infrastructure. This tools has the ability to generate alerts and alarms on top of data generated using machine learning and predictive algorithms.

These and many more great tools are part of what makes Digital Hub™ a single platform to enter the world of Data Science. What is more is that these tools are integrated via security, database and user authorization so an enterprise team e.g. ML COE or BI COE can collaborate across various stages of data product development.

Digital Hub™ Magic Trio consist of a development environment, a business intelligence environment and a machine learning environment. Fully integrated and ready to use.

Digital Hub™ aims to simplify the integration of these great tools and enable the end user to start interacting with them with minimum effort. In just a minute a user can create a project and start developing machine learning models.

Learn more about Digital Hub™ and its features by creating a project today.


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