Data is used for almost every decision made in the business world today. It has become an indispensable resource, one that organizations cannot ignore. This is in part why many businesses have jumped into data science. In order to better utilize the data that is collected, however, organizations first need to transform it into a more usable form with the right tools. This transformation process is often referred to as data wrangling or data preparation.
Easy data transformations
Data professionals spend 73% of their time getting and preparing their data and just 27% on actually gaining insights according to a 2018 IDC Business Analytic Solutions survey. Import.io has already slashed the time it takes to get the data and is now decreasing the time to prepare and update the data. Import.io is reducing the time-to-insight with Import.io transform.
Use common spreadsheet functions
Transform allows you to clean, prepare, and wrangle the web data you have extracted by using over 100 Excel-like functions and formulas. Rather than downloading data to an Excel spreadsheet or using a 3rd party package and trying to keep it up-to-date when a website changes, Import.io does the work for you. Once a transformation is created, then every time your scheduled data extraction runs, the transformation is also applied, leaving you with clean, ready-to-use data for your AI or Machine Learning project or for reporting. All of the data, both original and transformed, is stored in Import.io’s cloud based service available for you to perform further insights.
Capture and store historical data
Want to track data on a website over time to observe trends? With a simple toggle, you can turn on historical data for any website.
Easy data mergers*
Many customers wish to combine web data with their own data. This helps them make unique observations that are specific to their needs. Simply upload a CSV or Excel and this becomes available as a table that can be used in all of your reports.
Understanding data preparation
Put simply, data wrangling means changing your raw data into a form that you can more easily use. This aspect of data science essentially involves taking data you’ve collected, cleaning it up, and changing it into a different format, which can increase its value. This isn’t always easy to do, and recent history has shown that it can be a time-consuming process. After all, with more and more data available to organizations, data sets can quickly become complex and unwieldy. You’re dealing with an amount of data now that was almost incomprehensible only a few short years ago. Taking information, putting it through a data cleansing process, and transforming that raw data into a usable format for analysis is vital for businesses today and should not be overlooked. Thanks to Import.io Transform tools, it’s now faster and easier than ever to perform data wrangling.
Simplifying the data wrangling process
Whether you’re undertaking data preparation for machine learning purposes or would simply like clean data for future data visualization tools and analytics, the whole data wrangling process has largely been a complex one. Data wrangling has usually been defined by several steps. First is the discovery phase, where you get a better look at the data you’ve collected and determine how you would like it to be analyzed. Next comes structuring, which organizes and moves your data so analysis can be performed more easily. Data cleansing comes next, where you comb through the data and apply a standard format to everything while getting rid of any outliers or errors. The next step is enriching, where you take another look at the data and determine what further data you might need that will boost what you already have. You then need to validate the data, which includes basically means verifying that the data is consistent, accurate, and of a high enough quality. Finally, you get to publish the data, which prepares it to be used for other analysis purposes and other users in the future.
Obviously, a quick look at this process shows how it can take so much time and so many resources to perform. No wonder data professionals spend the vast majority of their time using data transformation tools with the hope of performing proper analysis. But Import.io simplifies this whole process, decreasing the time and amount of resources needed to run data transformation. With Import.io, data professionals will be able to devote more time discovering fascinating new insights that will help their organizations.
A new outlook with data wrangling
It’s not enough to simply have data in your possession — you need to make something of it. Import.io gives you the power to properly utilize data, transforming it into some you can analyze. As a result, you’ll be able to derive greater value from it, which in turn will help feed further success and achieve bigger goals in the future.