External Data

What is External Data?

External Data refers to data that is obtained from sources outside of an organization. It can include data from third-party providers, public data sources, social media platforms, IoT devices, and more. This data is typically used in conjunction with internal data to enhance data processing, analytics, and decision-making processes.

How External Data Works

External Data is typically collected and integrated into an organization's data infrastructure through various methods, such as data ingestion pipelines, APIs, web scraping, file downloads, or direct database connections. Once the data is obtained, it is transformed, cleansed, and integrated with internal data sources, such as transactional databases, CRM systems, or data warehouses.

Why External Data is Important

External Data brings several benefits to businesses:

  • Enhanced Insights: By incorporating external data into their analytics processes, businesses can gain deeper insights and a more comprehensive understanding of their market, customers, competitors, and industry trends.
  • Data Enrichment: External data can enrich internal datasets by providing additional attributes, demographics, geolocation information, sentiment analysis, or other valuable context that can enhance data analysis.
  • Improved Decision-Making: Access to a wider range of data sources allows organizations to make more informed and data-driven decisions. External data can provide critical information for risk assessment, forecasting, identifying new opportunities, or optimizing business processes.
  • Competitive Advantage: Leveraging external data effectively can give businesses a competitive edge by enabling them to identify emerging trends, customer preferences, or market shifts ahead of their competitors.
  • Data Monetization: Organizations can explore opportunities to monetize external data by offering data-driven products, services, or insights to external customers or partners.

Important Use Cases for External Data

There are several key use cases where external data can be valuable:

  • Market Research: External data sources can be utilized to gather market intelligence, consumer behavior patterns, competitor analysis, or benchmarking.
  • Risk Analysis: External data can help businesses assess market risks, compliance risks, or other relevant factors that impact their operations.
  • Demand Forecasting: By incorporating external data, businesses can improve their demand forecasting models, taking into account factors such as weather data, economic indicators, or social media sentiment.
  • Personalization: External data can enable businesses to tailor their products, services, or marketing campaigns based on individual customer preferences, demographics, or online behavior.
  • IoT Data Integration: As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grow, external data from connected devices can be integrated into business operations to optimize processes, improve maintenance, or enable predictive capabilities.

There are several technologies and terms closely related to External Data:

  • Data Integration: The process of combining data from different sources, including external data, to provide a unified and coherent view of the data.
  • Data Virtualization: A technology that allows organizations to access and query data from various sources, including external data, without physically moving or replicating the data.
  • Data Wrangling: The process of transforming and preparing data for analysis, which often involves cleaning, structuring, and enriching data from various sources, including external data.
  • Data Governance: The framework and processes that ensure data quality, integrity, security, and compliance across the organization, including external data.
  • Data Catalogs: Tools or platforms that provide a centralized inventory of available data assets, including external data sources, to facilitate data discovery and accessibility.

Why Dremio Users Should Know About External Data

Dremio users can benefit from understanding and utilizing External Data in conjunction with their data lakehouse environment:

  • Unified Data Access: Dremio's Data Lakehouse platform provides a unified view of data, enabling users to easily access and integrate external data sources into their analysis workflows.
  • Efficient Data Processing: Dremio's query acceleration capabilities can help optimize the processing of external data, ensuring fast and efficient querying and analysis.
  • Enhanced Analytics: By incorporating external data into Dremio, users can enrich their datasets and gain deeper insights, leading to more accurate and impactful analytics.
  • Real-Time Data Integration: Dremio's real-time data capability allows users to integrate external data sources as they become available, enabling timely and up-to-date analysis.
get started

Get Started Free

No time limit - totally free - just the way you like it.

Sign Up Now
demo on demand

See Dremio in Action

Not ready to get started today? See the platform in action.

Watch Demo
talk expert

Talk to an Expert

Not sure where to start? Get your questions answered fast.

Contact Us

Ready to Get Started?

Bring your users closer to the data with organization-wide self-service analytics and lakehouse flexibility, scalability, and performance at a fraction of the cost. Run Dremio anywhere with self-managed software or Dremio Cloud.