Why :: Choosing a Data Model approach

Toucan Toco is not a data integration tool. Toucan Toco’s characteristic is to retrieve the data in the most actionable way possible. We offer a simple and easy to use tool.

Our approach is data storytelling. We take the user by the hand; we guide him to rediscover his data and help him to make decisions. We write data scenarios. This approach leads us to define in a pragmatic way and precisely what data we need. The objective is to prepare only the data necessary for the business users.

Data Model Journey

Data Model Journey

Creating a data model is part of our Agile Design First methodology

The setup phase of the Toucan Toco application is supported by an agile project management methodology, divided in 2 big phases (check it out in detailed in How to :: Lead a Toucan Project.

  • 1st step is about Design, made with fake data
  • 2nd step concerns Data Integration, it’s when we integrate your real data into the app

This Agile Design First method allows us to target precisely the needs in terms of data modelization. The goal is to end your project with 2 deliverables for the client :

  • A perfectly designed application for the end-users
  • An associated data model so conceptors know exactly what data they need to extract, in which format

Concretly, how does it work? Once the design has been validated with the business stakeholder, we build and send to the client project team a Data Model that they will need to fill to integrate their data into the app. It starts the industrialisation phase of the project - that it to say the data integration and the automatisation of data updates.

What are the advantages for the client ?

  • The client has full control over the indicators and calculation formulas. It can update the data completely independently.
  • Data integration into the application is fast. Because data are pre-aggregated and the format is adapted to the tool
  • Data check is quick and efficient
  • We have more time to connect the application directly to the client’s etl tools thanks to our connectors —> App industrialization is faster

Pre-requisite

  • You need someone to talk to : check that there are persons in charge of the data in the project team, and make sure to involve them at the very beginning of the project.
  • You need someone to work with : check that resources are available for industrialisation. These people will be commited to generate data extracts and iterate with you on the data format.