Big data integration business, Talend, has introduced Talend Data Preparation, a simple self-service application aimed at end-users rather than data scientists, that enables users to cut-out much of the complicated and laborious data wrangling, data manipulation and analysis tasks that are often performed using spreadsheets.
The free download, is an open source desktop application that allows users to explore, cleanse, enrich and combine data from different sources in minutes instead of hours using a combination of drag-and-drop tools, smart guides and automated processing functions.
Talend Data Preparation’s web-based interface and workflow tools provides users with assistance as they import, structure and transform data and unlike many of the available business analytics tools avoids having to create complicated formulas, write code, or complete the same tasks over and over again.
Key features include auto content discovery or identification, smart suggestions, cleansing and enrichment functions, as well as data visualisations to allow users to identify outliers or other data problems. The product also allows key “recipes” or formulas to be saved and reused, further speeding up future projects.
"Extracting value from data has historically involved a lot of time and effort - especially when it is disparate and from multiple sources. And far too much of that time and effort has been spent just getting the data ready to be analysed rather than in the analysis process itself," said Philip Howard, research director at Bloor Research. "With self-service tools like Talend Data Preparation, organisations can cut the time to actionable insight by a significant margin - some estimates are as much as 60 percent - making the remaining time and effort far more rewarding."
A commercial version of the product is planned for release in Q2 2016. This self-service version will also offer data governance and compliance functionality and controls, the ability for multi-user role-based access, high performance server-based data processing capabilities and support for hundreds of data sources and targets.
“While many companies have made good progress on their path to becoming more data driven, a major stumbling block is often the last mile of the journey as companies work to get accurate and actionable information in the hands of more business users,” said Ciaran Dynes, vice president of products, Talend. “Talend Data Preparation helps bridge this gap by alleviating the common challenges of overburdened IT teams that can’t keep up with the growing data demands of the business, and data analysts who are all too frequently spending more time wrangling data than they are supplying insights.”