A single source of truth
The Office of Business Intelligence aims to create a single source of truth for the University, achieved through the following channels:
- A central university-wide reporting platform, retrieving data from...
- A master (or enterprise) data warehouse, sourced from...
- Any and all critical data systems across the University, governed by...
- Vetted and agreed upon data standards (via Data Stewardship).
Data Source Systems
Data standards are the foundation upon which the entire structure is built. Issues with data quality are addressed at this layer - i.e. at the root, in the systems from which they originate - allowing for clean data to flow upwards, where insights can be gleaned and trusted.
Master Data Warehouse
The data warehouse is where already standardized data are modeled and configured into easily digestible elements - an almost physical representation of the University's data dictionary - providing structure, definition, and consistency to University data. The purpose of the warehouse is not to cleanse or fix data issues. Here, data from all across the University is brought together, linked, and related.
University Reporting Platform
The central reporting platform provides access to the data within the warehouse, allowing for exploration and experimentation of its contents, joining disparate systems and data sets together and formatting them in a more meaningful, visually compelling manner in order to inspire insight and action.