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An Azure State of Mind

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The adoption of cloud computing continues at a phenomenal pace and is fast becoming the default at companies of all sizes. According to the IDG report for “2018 Cloud Computing Executive Summary”, Nine out of ten companies have already moved at least some of their applications or computing infrastructure to the cloud or plan to do so in the next 12 months.

With a growing number of high-profile companies implementing cloud strategies and most organizations using at least some form of cloud services, cloud services will continue to penetrate deeper into organizations’ computing environments at an accelerated rate.

According to Microsoft, “Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services—analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web—for moving faster, achieving more, and saving money.”

Part of the fun in growing our business here at Tamr is that we get to work with our customers on a variety of different projects and deployments. Most if not all of our customers have a cloud strategy, some multi-cloud, some single cloud, some a hybrid of on-premise and cloud. We have deployments with a few of the cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services (Toyota Motors Europe), Google Cloud Platform (Societe Generale) and Oracle Cloud (Accenture Life Sciences Cloud).  

However, many of our customers have based their cloud strategy on Azure as it integrates data across multiple platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service solutions. Organizations can have seamless integrations between Azure, Office 365, the Dynamics CRM/ERP family of applications, Active Directory, and Visual Studio, among others.

Tamr a unifying force for cloud

Most readers will recognize the correlation between the rise in the volume of data, the reduction in the cost of storage and processing using cloud computing. But there are still questions around how we can ensure the availability of the best version of the data so that we can take advantage of the speed, flexibility and lower costs of cloud computing.     

Tamr understands that automating key tasks in data pipelines is crucial to reducing the workload on individual data professionals and ensuring clean, unified data that is widely available for a variety of use cases, essentially the fuel that leads to better use of cloud computing and resources and ultimately, better outcomes for the business.

DataOps is emerging in response to the converging forces of movement to the cloud, the increased ability of modern technology to scale, and the opportunity presented by treating data as an asset.

Tamr empowering customers on Microsoft  

At Tamr, our  Customer Success team has been working with a number of customers, to deliver a solution that unifies data from different silos to provide interoperability between the Microsoft suite of applications, data tools, and technologies such as SAP, Oracle or HDFS, to name but a few.

This work enables our customers to address the key challenges of data variety through our technology as well as enabling them to embrace the move to cloud. Across the globe we see many of our customers adopting Microsoft Azure:

  • Societe Generale has publicly announced their partnership with Azure
  • Toyota Motors Europe has publicly announced a partnership with Azure for parts and material handling
  • Sodexo has a global agreement with Microsoft for a number of products including Azure
  • Creative Arts Agency (CAA),  a powerful Hollywood talent agency uses a large number of Microsoft products

Tamr has enabled our customers to derive business value through automation. Whether our customers are looking to save money, make money or mitigate risk, Tamr has empowered our customers using Microsoft products. Using Tamr customers have:

  • Pulled compute resources from Azure Batch, Azure Data Warehouse, and Azure Analysis Services
  • Stored data in Azure Data Lake, Azure Blob, and Azure Data Warehouse
  • Handled security via Azure Active Directory and Azure Key Vault and operationalized using Azure Data Factory 2.0
  • Published data to Power BI from disparate ERP Systems  
  • Provided a Golden record to MS Dynamics from disparate CRM systems including Salesforce, Peoplesoft etc.

All of the work has led customers recognizing billions of dollars in savings, new market opportunities, better customer service as well as delivering an automated and data-driven approach to running their business.

What’s Next?

Organizations are no longer questioning whether they should move to the cloud. They’re now focusing squarely on how best to leverage the new generation of cloud services by adopting new delivery models and enabling multi-cloud architectures.Tamr is excited to continue to help our customers drive to positive outcomes via a fast and agile approach to data management.  

If you’re interested in reading more on the subject of modernizing enterprise data management, check out this O’Reilly Book on Getting DataOps Right. If you want to see what Tamr can do for your business, simply click here to talk to one of our knowledgeable data engineers.