Data Management

Unison Systems leverages proven experience with mining, analyzing, enriching and aggregating data from numerous industries to provide your company with the vital information needed to make insightful and effective strategic business decisions.

Our expertise includes all aspects of data management and BI technologies, along with extensive knowledge of technical platforms used in both commercial and open source data management applications.

Our experience enables your company to achieve measurable results - gain operational efficiencies, decrease costs, and increase revenue.

Data Architecture
Data Architecture is the backbone of any data warehouse or database system and is essential to realizing the target state of your warehouse. The architecture of a warehouse defines the organization of the system and, when done correctly, drives efficiencies in loading, mining and archiving the data in your warehouse.
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At Unison, our data architects can engineer your warehouse from the ground up or we can re-architect an existing warehouse that may have outgrown its original design.

Our Methodologies
  • Data Modeling
  • Data Requirements
  • Source to Target/Metadata
  • Data Virtualization
Our Toolset
  • CA Erwin
  • DEFT
  • Oracle Designer
  • TK Data Architect
  • Sybase Power Designer
  • Embarcadero ER Studio
  • IBM Data Architect
Data Warehousing
The Unison team has experience building data warehouses across the spectrum from simple to complex, and for data volumes from small to large. Our team has delivered robust solutions using SQL Server, Oracle, and Teradata platforms. We specialize in understanding your requirements, learning about the number and size of your data sources, and ensuring the solution we recommend and build will optimize your visibility into your data. By modeling your warehouse for optimization, we can efficiently extract, transform and load your data, reducing load times, increasing data refresh rates, and optimizing ad hoc queries. Our data profilers are experts at source-to-target mapping and ensuring that all data being loaded is accurate, complete and consistent. The end result delivers data that is standardized, robust and auditable, providing your company with the information, reports and dashboards your business relies upon.
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Our Technologies
  • ETL and Master Files
  • Data Integrity and Integration
  • Data Conversion and Migration
  • Data Reconciliation and Cleanup
Our Toolset
  • Ab Initio Co-Op
  • Informatica Power Center
  • IBM Data Stage
  • Pentaho Data Integration
  • Talend Open Studio
  • Business Objects Data Integrator
  • Oracle Warehouse Builder
  • MS SQL Server Integration Services
Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) Solutions
Unison Systems has extensive experience deploying very large database systems in support of a myriad of data management applications. We offer our expertise in designing, developing, deploying and supporting relational database systems for your transactional and analytical applications.
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Our Technologies and Products
  • Oracle Enterprise Edition 11g and previous releases
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise
  • Sybase SQL Anywhere
  • IBM Informix 11.x
  • PostgreSQL 9
  • MySQL Enterprise Edition
Business Intelligence
At Unison, we realize the criticality of attaining your business’ key performance indicators in an easy to access format with a high refresh rate. Whether you need financial, marketing or operational metrics, we can provide you with the data you need to make strategic decisions for your company. Our goal is to integrate the data from all your systems and turn it into actionable information allowing you to improve your company’s operations and bottom line.
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Our Unison team can assist you with all aspects of your BI implementation from tool selection, design, data integration, and implementation through the creation and production of reports and dashboards. We have first-hand experience building and delivering decision engines through Business Intelligence, Data Mining and Reporting:

Our Products
  • Data Marts
  • Ad Hoc Reporting
  • Canned Reporting
  • Dashboards and Portals
Our Toolset
  • Business Objects
  • Oracle OBIE
  • Oracle Hyperion Brio
  • Cognos
  • SAP
  • Crystal Reports
  • Microstrategy Reporting Suite
  • SAS BI Server Suite
  • Pentaho Reporting
  • Jasper Reports
  • Corda
  • Data Visualization
Identity Management
Whether your company needs to employ an identity management solution to meet regulatory requirements or your needs are specific to internal user system access, Unison can draw from tangible experience with building robust, secure solutions to answer your needs and ultimately lower your operational costs. We understand that the keys to a vigorous identity management system are the identification, implementation, administration and termination of internal or external users with access to your system. The corresponding development of our optimized identity management system will allow your customers to quickly and easily access and navigate online enterprise resources, which, in turn, can give you the opportunity to broaden your product offerings and reduce calls to your call center.
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Our Solutions
  • Entitlements
  • Authentication
  • Authorization
  • Role Management
Our Technologies
  • CA eTrust Grid Directory & SiteMinder
  • IBM Tivoli Identity Manger
  • Oracle & Sun Identity Manager
  • Microsoft Forefront
  • Quest ActiveRoles
  • EmpowerID
  • Radiant Logic VDS and ICS
  • Composite Data Virtualization Platform
Systems Integration
Unison Systems provides experienced Systems Integrators who begin our comprehensive SI practice by analyzing your entire IT ecosystem. Our systems integration methodology of linking together different, and often disparate, computing systems and software applications ensures the interoperability of aggregated subsystems so that the end state architecture is able to deliver the expected over-arching functionality.
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Our systems integration approach provides three main styles of integration:

Vertical Integration is the process of integrating subsystems according to their functionality by creating functional entities also referred to as silos. The benefit of this method is that the integration is performed quickly and involves only the necessary subsystem so this method is cheaper in the short term. On the other hand, cost-of-ownership can be substantially higher than seen in other methods, because in cases requiring new or enhanced functionality, the only possible way to implement (scale the system) would be by implementing another silo.

Star Integration is a process of integration of the systems where each system is interconnected to each of the remaining subsystems. When observed from the perspective of the subsystem which is being integrated, the connections resemble a star. The cost varies depending on the interfaces which subsystems are exporting. In a case where the subsystems are exporting heterogeneous or proprietary interfaces, the integration cost can substantially rise. Time and costs needed to integrate the systems increase exponentially when adding additional subsystems. From the feature perspective, this method often seems preferable, due to the extreme flexibility of the reuse of functionality.

Horizontal Integration or Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) is an integration method in which a specialized subsystem is dedicated to communication between other subsystems. This allows cutting the number of connections (interfaces) to only one per subsystem which will connect directly to the ESB. The ESB is capable of translating the interface into another interface. This allows cutting the costs of integration and provides extreme flexibility. With systems integrated using this method, it is possible to completely replace one subsystem with another subsystem that provides similar functionality but exports different interfaces, while remaining completely transparent for the rest of the subsystems. The only action required is to implement the new interface between the ESB and the new subsystem.

Billing System Upgrades and Enhancements
Over the course of their careers in the telecommunications industry, the Unison team managed the data and IS teams involved in numerous billing system upgrades and migrations. Unison's executives led the migration from CSG's ASCR billing platform to its enhanced ACP platform and converted hundreds of stored procedures, ETL scripts, warehouse tables, queries, recurring reports and websites to conform to the new ACP Vantage tables. Additionally, the Unison team also migrated subscribers and all corresponding data protocols, reports, warehouse infrastructure etc. between and among the CSG, ICOMS and Amdocs billing systems during billing system conversions. We understand the criticality of maintaining all day-to-day operations during these upgrades and conversions and we can marry our expertise with the strenghts of your internal teams.

Program Management

The success of your data management initiative is dependent upon a strong program manager, sometimes referred to as the development manager. The program manager is responsible for keeping the initiative on track with the vision while also providing guidance to the development leads and overall leadership to all the development team members. Working hand-in-hand with the project manager, who ensures the tasks and timelines of the initiative are met, the program manager coordinates with the business teams to refine focus, communicate strategy, and to assess and respond to any development impacts/risks. At Unison Systems, we have program managers with years of proven experience who can expertly guide your development teams to successful project completion.