The Rise of Data Wrangling and What It Means for Data Analysis

Data preparation, or "data wrangling," has historically been the biggest bottleneck in any analytics process—taking up more than 80% of the time and resources in any data project. However, new self-service tools are evolving to create higher levels of analytics productivity for business users.

William Davis, director of product marketing at Trifacta, will explore the advances in data preparation and what they enable for business users in his Data Summit 2018 talk, titled “From Bottlenecks to Breakthroughs: The Rise of Data Wrangling.”

Data Summit 2018 will take place at the Hyatt Regency Boston, May 22-23, with pre-conference workshops on Monday, May 21. The Cognitive Computing Summit will also be co-located at the event.

In the past, says Davis, a data prep project could take months as business users had to rely on the IT side to clean, structure, and prepare data for them so they could then explore the data using BI tools. In addition to the time and resources required, the data prep processes were often error-prone as well since it was the business users that really understood the goals and context of the analytics.

Replacing inefficient data preparation techniques, a new breed of data preparation and data wrangling solutions combines the latest techniques in data visualization, human-computer interaction, and machine learning to enable a wider set of data workers to prep data themselves, as well as improve the speed and accuracy of these processes, says Davis. Flipping the conventional data prep model on its head enables IT to focus on higher level work, including data governance and enforcement of data access controls, while giving business users the speed and self-service capabilities they require.

Davis will give his talk on Tuesday, May 22 at 3:15 pm.

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