Kojamo took its data warehouse to cloud – ADA is one of the main tools for managing it

Kojamo is Finland’s largest private residential real estate company, with a mission to create better urban housing. To succeed in this, Kojamo needs a lot of data. This led the company to move its data warehouse to the cloud. Epical helped in this transition, and created data loadings with Qivada’s Analytics Development Accelerator (ADA). Now, it’s Kojamo’s own personnel that continues this work with ADA.

The first part of Kojamo’s plan was a shift from the old data warehouse to a new environment. The development has continued by adding new data sources to meet business needs related to leading with knowledge. ADA has been an essential tool for carrying out this transition.

ADA is one of the most important tools in our new data warehouse. Previously, we did all data loadings with SSIS, and now they are all done with ADA. This is radically different – much easier, faster and more pleasant
Hanna Marjanen
Software Engineer at Kojamo

Unified way of working

Epical had a big role creating data loadings with ADA during the transition. Now that the project is finished, Kojamo’s own personnel has taken the baton, with a major role using ADA.

“ADA leads to a unified way of working. This is a great feature whenever there are more than one person doing the same thing. ADA also guarantees us good synchronizing between development and production. We use ADA in the deployments from one environment to another”, says Kirsi Jäderholm, responsible for the continuous development of Kojamo’s data warehouse.

“ADA brings systematic practices to our work. The things are done and they are named in the right way, according to ready-made templates. This is faster and easier; you can focus on the content instead of thinking about the technical details”, Marjanen describes.

Results for business faster than before

When it comes to business benefits, ADA means that development projects responding to business needs can be carried out faster. Another benefit is that ADA helps to cut down costs, as it enables running data loads just when they are needed.

“I believe that a uniform logic and way of working also benefits the business. In addition, personnel risk is reduced, as it is easy to introduce new people to this way of working”, Jäderholm points out.

One of the benefits of ADA is that it does not create a lock-in with the vendor. Everything created with ADA can be directly deployed into Azure analytics solutions.

“It is good to know that we do not have to build everything from scratch if we stop to use ADA someday. However, this is not our plan – we are very happy with this tool”, Jäderholm sums up.