Data platform, IPaaS (Integration-Platform-as-a-Service), API Platform, Data Hub – no matter what you call it, it’s clear that an information architecture layer like a data platform is of today and the future in many organizations.
A large organizations information can no longer be a speed bumb slowing down the agility in siloed applications in the future. The purpose of a data platform is to make the information available to support digitalized business processes, digital services and decision making faster and more easily than before.
A modern data platform is centrally related to data moving, storage and different permutations of the data, but that’s not nearly enough! In addition to these ‘base requirements’ there are demands on the quality of the data, monitoring, enriching, advanced analytics and reporting – and strict, standardized API definitions to enable actually using the data.
Microsoft offers a variety of services related to data platform -like capabilities, such as Azure Data Lake, Azure SQL / Data Warehouse, Azure Storage, Cosmos DB, Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Azure Data Factory, Azure Databricks, Azure Machine Learning, Azure Service Bus, Azure Event Grid, Azure AD, and several API capability related services such as Azure API Management and Azure Web Apps.
Building data platforms on Microsoft Azure is at the core of Zure, and we have a lot of experience with Azure service and leveraging the globally in production.