In my previous blog, [“Forget Big Data, Any Data Will Do”](, I explained how you don’t need a lot of data to begin creating a Data Powerhouse with Qrvey. In fact, you can start with just a single file or dataset and build your powerhouse slowly over time. For many companies, this measured approach is a lot less daunting, which ensures a successful start to your journey. But there’s another pitfall that companies often encounter and that’s the strange phenomenon of having to begin with the end in mind.

Far too often, companies look to products like Hadoop for their data storage needs because these repositories make it easy to ingest all types and size of data. Soon enough, just about everything in your company is pouring into these systems. But unlike the old proverb, “What goes up must come down,” when it comes to your data warehouse, what goes in doesn’t always come back out without significant forethought and curation before the data is even loaded.

In traditional systems, you always need to know the answers you want your data to answer ahead of time, so you can ensure it’s structured correctly. Data must be cleaned, scrubbed, joined and put through various stages of preparation before it’s loaded. Otherwise, analytics and automation will not only be complex and cumbersome, in some cases, it might not be possible at all. Adding to the problem, you probably don’t have a crystal ball sitting on your desk to tell you what questions you will need to answer a year from now.

By contrast, Qrvey’s Data Powerhouse is unlike traditional data repositories in that it offers flexibility, utility and performance, all in a single package. A data powerhouse gives you the ability to ingest structured, semi- and unstructured data, along with files, documents, audio and video content with ease. It’s flexible and modern architecture means that you don’t need to curate your data in order to get meaningful insights and analysis. And Qrvey was built from the bottom up to deliver world-class performance no matter the size or type of data you have. With Qrvey, getting data out is just as easy as putting it in.

Qrvey is also an all-in-one platform that adds additional self-service capabilities for data collection, along with an analytics, workflow automation and information distribution. All of these components work together to provide a seamless experience for software vendors and enterprise clients to get the most from their data.

That’s why Qrvey can provide instant analysis as soon as new data sources are connected. It allows administrators to immediately see data profiles and visualizations so they can quickly spot and correct problems and identify areas where their data might not be ready for analysis. Additionally using the built-in no-code workflow capabilities the data can be automatically monitored and become accessible by users. This flexible, yet powerful approach is far better than discovering issues months or sometimes years down the road, especially when it’s too late to take corrective action.

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