Data Lake Solution for Major Healthcare Provider

Unifying Data Acquisition, Processing and Advanced Analytics for Real-time Insights: A Case Study

Business Problem

The client is facing a significant problem in their data operations. They currently do not have a centralized system for acquiring, processing and producing advanced analytics in real-time. This leads to a lack of a single source of truth and an inefficient process for gaining insights from their data. As a result, the client is unable to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, hindering their ability to stay competitive in the market.

Business Solution

To address the client's problem of lacking a single source of truth and an optimal process for data acquisition, processing, and advanced analytics in real-time, a comprehensive solution is proposed.
 
Data Architecture: The first step is to implement a new data architecture that will serve as the foundation for the client's data operations. This will include a re-design of the current data model and the integration of a data lake using Hortonworks.
 
Data Lake Re-engineering: The next step is to re-engineer the data lake to ensure that it is optimized for real-time analytics. This will include implementing a new data model that is designed for advanced analytics and machine learning.
 
Single Source of Truth: To ensure that the client has a single source of truth, the data lake will be configured to serve as the central repository for all data. This will include integrating data from various sources such as transactional systems, log files, and external data sources.
 
Data Science Complication: To enable advanced analytics, a data science platform will be implemented. This will include tools for data cleaning, transformation, and modeling. The platform will also include a set of pre-built models that can be used for various analytics use cases.
 
KPI & Reporting: To enable the client to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, new KPI and reporting will be developed. These will include real-time dashboards and reports that provide insights into the client's data, enabling them to make informed decisions.
 
With this solution, the client will have a new data architecture, re-engineered data lake, a single source of truth, advanced analytics, and real-time reporting. This will enable them to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, allowing them to stay competitive in the market.

Technical Solution

To address the client's problem of lacking a single source of truth and an optimal process for data acquisition, processing, and advanced analytics in real-time, a comprehensive technical solution is proposed.
 
Data Lake Development: A data lake will be developed using Apache Hadoop and Hortonworks. This will serve as the foundation for the client's data operations, providing a centralized repository for all data. The data lake will be optimized for real-time analytics, allowing the client to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner.
 
Microservice Architecture: A microservice architecture will be implemented to enable scalability and flexibility. This will allow the client to easily add new services and features without impacting the existing system. The microservices will be built using technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes.
 
API Development: API will be developed to enable the client to access the data lake and microservices. This will allow the client to easily integrate their existing systems with the new data architecture. The API will be built using technologies such as REST and GraphQL.
 
Database Performance Optimization: The database performance will be optimized to ensure that the client's data operations are efficient. This will include implementing indexing, partitioning, and other performance-enhancing techniques.
 
Data Ingestion: Data ingestion will be optimized to ensure that data is acquired and processed in real-time. This will include implementing a data pipeline that can handle high-volume, high-velocity data. The pipeline will be built using technologies such as Apache Kafka and Apache NiFi.
 
With this technical solution, the client will have a data lake, microservice architecture, API, efficient database performance, and real-time data ingestion. This will enable them to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, allowing them to stay competitive in the market.

Technologies Used

The proposed technical solution for the case study includes the use of several technologies to address the client's problem of lacking a single source of truth and an optimal process for data acquisition, processing, and advanced analytics in real-time. These technologies include Azure Data Lake, Hadoop, NoSQL databases, Docker and Kubernetes for Microservice architecture, Spark for fast data processing, Hive and Hbase for querying and analyzing data, Kafka for handling real-time data streams, REST API for access to the data lake and microservices, Hortonworks for data management, and Hive, Oracle, and SQL Server for relational database management.
 
Customer Success Outcomes:
The proposed solution for the case study is expected to lead to several customer success outcomes, including:
 
Improved Data Governance: With a centralized data lake and a single source of truth, the client will have improved data governance, ensuring that all data is accurate, consistent, and up-to-date.
 
Real-time Analytics: With real-time data ingestion and advanced analytics capabilities, the client will be able to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, allowing them to stay competitive in the market.
 
Scalability and Flexibility: The implementation of a microservice architecture, using technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes, will enable the client to easily add new services and features without impacting the existing system.
 
Improved Performance: With database performance optimization and real-time data processing, the client will experience improved performance, allowing them to handle large amounts of data more efficiently.
 
Access to Data: With the implementation of REST API, the client will be able to easily access the data lake and microservices, allowing them to integrate their existing systems with the new data architecture.
 
Improved Reporting: With the implementation of new KPI and reporting, the client will have access to real-time dashboards and reports that provide insights into their data, enabling them to make informed decisions.
 
Improved Data Science: With Data science complication, the client will have access to tools for data cleaning, transformation, and modeling, and a set of pre-built models that can be used for various analytics use cases.
 
Improved data security: With Azure Data lake, the client will have improved data security as it provides a scalable, flexible and secure platform to store, process, and analyze large data sets.
 
Overall, the proposed solution will help the client to improve the efficiency of their data operations, enabling them to make data-driven decisions in a timely manner, and stay competitive in the market.

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