by Lori Goetz | June 05, 2023

Driver in Focus: NoSQL Database Connectivity for Real-Time Reporting

Did you know 90% of the world’s data was generated in the last two years, and that the U.S. now has over 2,700 data centers and data is now measured in zettabytes? These data volume statistics confirm why Big Data storage solutions are now a staple for every enterprise organization – with YoY growth of over 10% and a forecast to hit a CAGR of 12.8% by 2025.

Big Data storage solutions can store data as structured, unstructured, or partially structured and can be cloud-based, on-premises, or collocated, meaning the data is managed and stored in the cloud by the enterprise and not the cloud provider. Relational databases paved the way for storage solutions early on, providing schemas of the data with a structure of tables and columns to make it easy to work with the data from BI and reporting tools. However, with the amount of data being generated in today’s enterprises, NoSQL databases are on the rise because they are more scalable and provide better performance.

However, NoSQL databases have no shortage of challenges. NoSQL databases are partially or fully unstructured and often do not have a schema, and one of the biggest challenges is connecting to and reporting from analytics tools such as Power BI, Tableau, Looker, QuickSight, or Excel.

NoSQL database connectivity solutions

One of the prominent use cases we see here at CData is when enterprise organizations are using a NoSQL database like MongoDB, DynamoDB, Couchbase, or many others, where data is being stored from multiple data sources and applications. The organization’s business users need access to that data to query, explore and report on – but they are not able to directly connect from the BI analytic or reporting tool.

CData connectivity solutions translate NoSQL data in real-time into a logical view of tables and columns, essentially, making the data look relational, using a variety of techniques with out-of-the-box connectivity from all of your favorite BI analytic and reporting tools.

Read this technical blog to learn more about how CData can perform real-time analytics on NoSQL data, using MongoDB and Power BI as an example.

While we feature MongoDB with Power BI in the above article, CData connectivity solutions support all of the popular Big Data and NoSQL databases, as well as the most popular client tools like Power BI, Tableau, Excel, and many others. Try any of our Big Data and NoSQL drivers for a free 30-day trial.

The CData difference

With real-time connectivity for all of the applications and databases you use across your organization, CData empowers organizations to get deep, actionable insights into your systems and operations. Get free trial to see the results for yourself.