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White Paper Best Practices

Designing Data Applications The Right Way

As data grows in volume and complexity, a manual approach is often unsustainable and too prone to errors. From there, automated processes and "data applications" come into play. So what's the best way to design data applications? What is a data integration layer and how do you make the most of it?

In this white paper, we discuss the architecture to aim for when designing data applications, recommending a three-layer separation: the front-end application or applications, data storage (typically many disparate ones), and data integration sandwiched in between.

Utilizing the power of a data integration platform, organizations can future-proof towards large data volumes and complexity by:

  • Automating and handling business logic in a separated layer, instead of doing ad hoc manual processes
  • Properly managing the data lifecycle to better react to changes
  • Automating data quality

These types of applications are more flexible, allowing businesses to respond quickly to typical data management issues caused by fast‑changing requirements in growing and unstructured environments.

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Data integration software and ETL tools provided by the CloverDX platform (formerly known as CloverETL) offer solutions for data management tasks such as data integration, data migration, or data quality. CloverDX is a vital part of enterprise solutions such as data warehousing, business intelligence (BI) or master data management (MDM). CloverDX Designer (formerly known as CloverETL Designer) is a visual data transformation designer that helps define data flows and transformations in a quick, visual, and intuitive way. CloverDX Server (formerly known as CloverETL Server) is an enterprise ETL and data integration runtime environment. It offers a set of enterprise features such as automation, monitoring, user management, real-time ETL, data API services, clustering, or cloud data integration.