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DataOps Explained

Understand how DataOps leverages analytics to drive actionable business insights

DataOps is how modern companies strategically manage and integrate analytics to uncover new opportunities, quickly respond to issues, and even predict the future.

What is DataOps?

Short for data operations, DataOps is a practice that applies agile engineering and DevOps best practices in the field of data management to better organize, analyze, and leverage data to unlock business value. It's a collaboration between DevOps teams, data engineers, data scientists, and analytics teams to accelerate the collection and implementation of Data-Driven Business insights.

Central to the success of DataOps is automating and orchestrating data pipelines. Manual efforts alone cannot keep pace with the amount of data generated. Automation and orchestration enable:

Quick and efficient movement of data between various systems

Optimization of the health and performance of the data pipeline

Drivers for DataOps

Many companies struggle to organize and leverage their data to create value. Here's why:

Rapidly increasing data sources, due to newer types of data or more complex business models, that make simplification difficult

Process mismatch, wherein traditional data management processes and practices do not align well with newer techniques such as artificial intelligence (AI)

Inadequate collaboration and business involvement that fail to drive a successful cultural shift

Challenges in operationalizing at scale with rapidly rising stakeholder expectations for speed, flexibility, timeliness, and customization of new capabilities

Unclear approach to measuring success, particularly for foundational initiatives, since many benefits are observed in other teams’ performance

DataOps goals

Using data correctly can enhance and even revolutionize the way organizations operate. But unfortunately, 88% of data goes unanalyzed, and only 15% of big data projects make it to production. DataOps aims to solve these problems by changing the way that teams collaborate around data and how it is deployed into action.

Up to 88% of data goes unanalyzed

Only 15% of big data projects make it to production

How DataOps works

The core of DataOps is about harnessing quality data. When companies successfully do this, teams and leaders can deliver higher value and manage present and future risks with more confidence.

Successful DataOps initiatives require the following:

  • Automation

    Like DevOps, DataOps promotes using advanced technology solutions to automate data management and operations processes while incorporating appropriate governance controls. To be successful, foundational components from data processors to data infrastructure (e.g., provisioning, configuration, and self-service) must be automated as much as possible. Further, the foundational requirements of the data pipeline (the ingestion, integration, quality, testing, deployment, and monitoring of the data) must be intricately connected by orchestration.

  • Communication and collaboration

    DataOps methodology encourages communication and collaboration between data engineers, developers, and operations personnel.

  • Culture

    The engineering process is agile, driven by collaboration and the rapid use of technology to automate repeatable processes. In a DataOps environment, data is considered a shared asset, so any data models must follow the end-to-end design thinking approach.

BMC’s approach to DataOps

At BMC, we know that the modern business landscape presents teams and leaders with a growing list of challenges and problems to solve. Learning to harness your data is critical to evolving and staying competitive in an ever-shifting, disruptive world.

As the industry leader in data orchestration, we have an extensive history of empowering companies to become a Data-Driven Business. Our solutions are built to support the complex environments that span your entire ecosystem—from cloud to on-premises data centers to edge and everywhere in between.

BMC brings unique value to DataOps by:

  • Delivering enterprise-scale orchestration of data pipelines
  • Providing end-to-end visibility and predictive service level agreements (SLAs) across any data technology or infrastructure
  • Enforcing governance and compliance rules in production while ensuring a frictionless experience for technical users

With portfolio solutions like Control-M, BMC Helix Control-M, Control-M Python Client, and BMC AMI Data, you can simplify even the most complex data pipelines, enable data scientists to create better workflows, and leverage your data to its fullest potential.