Increases in computer-processing power, cloud-storage capacity and usage, network connectivity, and the rise in internet of things enabled devices are turning the flood of data in most companies into a tidal wave – an endless flow of information.  The data arrive in all formats and from a range of sources.  Companies are expanding their data-management infrastructures massively and quickly.  Some companies have chosen to manage this volume of data by creating their own Data Lake.  These storage platforms are designed to hold, process and conduct (limited) analysis on data.

A major challenge with Data Lakes is that most are primarily data bases, with some data capture and data transformation capability, and some analysis and visualisation capability. But they are generic tools without any energy and sustainability domain knowledge built in, which is essential to get the most value from this type of data

Organisations could of course build that specialist functionality that into their Data Lake, but Envizi has invested hundreds of person-years to do that, and it would likely take many, many years for any organisation to build up the same capability, and it probably still would not be as rich as the data insights you are able to extract from Envizi.  Utilising Envizi for this tasks provides organisations rich sustainability and energy functionality at a fraction of the cost it would take to develop in house.

Envizi does not compete with an existing data lake, rather it acts as a complement – directly adding and retrieving data from the data lake and deriving insights from the data to inform monitoring, analysis and reporting outputs.  The diagram below shows how Envizi can serve as an output platform for data monitoring, analysis and reporting as well as a direct input interface.

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Still need to convince your data team?  Here is a summary of the complementary features Envizi brings to a Data Lake:

  • A rich layer of energy and sustainability visualisation and reporting for the data – that visualisation and reporting capability incorporates years of domain-specific knowledge that helps users get the most value and insight from the underlying data
  • Data capture capability across all of the sustainability and energy data that most organisations typically capture – capturing data from external suppliers, internal systems, 3rd party systems, metering devices is one of the more challenging areas for most organisations. Envizi’s data capture capability incorporates years of domain-specific knowledge that helps organisations establish automatic data capture feeds in a short period. We have built hundreds of data connectors to the most common energy and sustainability data sources.
  • A broad range of data QA and audit capability that provides users with the confidence that the data is ready for external or internal reporting.
  • A system administration capability that allows administrators to manage corporate hierarchies, roll-in and roll-out of supplier accounts, organisational grouping and tagging that support streamlined bespoke reporting    
  • An emission factor and metrics engine that supports automated calculation of emissions, energy consumption or cost across any data type
  • Advanced charting tools for meter, sensor and solar data, including meter comparisons, meter analysis and alerting capability
  • Managed and tracking of energy efficiency projects against the business case
  • Incorporation of externally sourced meteorology data for generation of temperature normalised charting analysis

Data Lakes are becoming increasingly common, but data in itself is not particularly useful.  It requires context and analysis to deliver insights.  With Envizi as your specialist energy and sustainability data management provider working alongside your Data Lake, you can extract maximum value from your from your data.