Data Fabric Overview

What’s the purpose of a Data Fabric?

Cinchy is a Data Collaboration platform that uses Data Fabric technology to connect unlimited data sources within a networked architecture, consolidate Data Management and Data Protection, and offer persistence “as a service” for the delivery of real-time solutions.

A Data Fabric is the engine that accelerates Digital Transformation and is used to power hundreds of real-time solutions in half the time and cost of traditional approaches.

  • Data Mastering

  • Data Governance

  • 360 customer views

  • Advanced analytics

  • Automations

  • Service personalizations

  • New customer experiences

The root causes of IT delay and frustration

Today, when a new IT project is green-lit, one of the next steps is to identify the data sources required to deliver the solution. It’s a bit like checking a list of ingredients before starting a recipe.

The team then needs to perform a time-consuming and expensive process, known as data integration, that uses various techniques (e.g. ETLs, APIs) to transfer copies of data from other systems (the “ingredients”) into a new database for the solution.

Over time, this never-ending cycle of copying data between fragmented apps gets more complex, resulting in delayed launches, budget overruns, and “shadow IT” projects.

This process of making copies now consumes up to 50% of the resources on large IT projects, and it's the reason that delivery often takes months, sometimes years, and costs millions.

Using a Data Fabric for accelerated solutions delivery

By contrast, when a Data Fabric is used to deliver a new solution, the IT team will find that previous projects have already connected many of the data sources they need to the fabric.

It’s true that a few new sources may still need to be connected, but once this is completed, they too will ‘pay it forward’ to all future solutions that will require them.

  • Spreadsheets

  • Databases

  • SaaS apps

  • 3rd party APIs

  • Data Integration hubs

  • Data Warehouses

  • Data Lakes

Not just connected, but autonomous

Unfortunately, most Data Fabric vendors do NOTHING to reduce your database fragmentation or data integration overheads.

Just think about the word “fabric". It means taking thousands of threads and weaving them into a connected whole. This hints at the central, most essential innovation associated with Data Fabric technology.

​Simply putting pipes between data silos, and centralizing a few housekeeping tasks is not a true Data Fabric. What that's actually doing is leading you down a path of managing endless copies.

A true Data Fabric not only connects your data but upgrades it as part of an interconnected network.

It forms a centralized, interconnected architecture that eliminates silos from the solutions delivery process and gives your organization competitive superpowers.

Universal access controls, automated governance

One of the most significant advantages of Autonomous Data Fabric design is the ease with which data stewards can set universal data access controls with cellular-level protection and automate data quality (Data Governance) with a “golden record” of data.

In effect, the Data Fabric is removing the need to maintain access controls within individual apps and centralizing these functions in an incredibly efficient way.

Compare this with enforcing such attributes over thousands of apps and systems. It’s not only incredibly challenging and costly, but virtually impossible to enforce.

Game changer: Network effects for IT delivery

Data Fabric introduces network effects for data

Now it’s time to reveal the biggest, most show-stopping benefit of this exciting new technology.

An Autonomous Data Fabric produces ‘network effects’ where each new solution actually speeds up delivery times and reduces costs

Network-based designs scale beautifully and become more efficient as they grow. Consider the human brain, or the internet, and you'll quickly realize that "interconnectedness" is everything.

Without a network, every new IT solution adds a new data silo, and this results in a spiralling technical debt due to increased data integration and data management overheads.

That’s what is so mind-blowing about this technology. It turns a situation we’ve all come to accept as “just the way IT gets done” by a full 180 degrees. In fact, it is so astounding that it probably sounds impossible - except that it's true.

Now that you know how efficient and secure things can be there is no going back.

Let's build the connected future, together.