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Alongside UCF’s transition to Workday, which will manage the operational business functions of the university, DARE is a Knight Vision project to implement a new cloud enterprise data warehouse and reporting environment commissioned for development. This new environment will sit alongside and work in conjunction with Workday to allow for enhanced reporting, advanced analytics, and deeper data access that is outside the scope of Workday, including: 

  • Third-party data sources that do not reside in Workday 
  • Historical PeopleSoft data that will not be transitioned into Workday 
  • Big data storage manipulation and sophisticated analytics such as machine learning that cannot be performed in Workday. 

The DARE environment will be powered by Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and will contain the capabilities for advanced big data storage, enhanced data manipulation, and the ability to perform other detailed analytics across the institution (Finance, HR, Research, Student, etc.) as needed. DARE will be able to contain and provide access to data beyond Workday and architected for modern reporting and analytics. 

Implementation Timeline 

Phase 2 – Project-Based Data Integrations ACTIVE

Phase 2 is currently active and will integrate system and data sources needed for crucial university initiatives or projects into the DARE warehouse. 

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Last Updated: February 2023

Phase 3 – Reporting and Analytics

Phase 3 will identify and build the pipelines and processes to support large-scale usage of modern reporting and analytics, including integrating tools such as PowerBI, Tableau, and other reporting platforms. 

Phase 1 – Initial Implementation COMPLETE

The initial rollout of the system and architecture to support future activities was completed on June 30, 2022.

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Last Updated: July 10, 2022

DARE Core Components

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The Data Lake will serve as the raw data staging area for the DARE environment and includes both structured (database tables) and unstructured (e.g., CSV) data.

The Data Warehouse will contain refined structured, curated data, ideal for dashboard development, cross-functional strategic analytics, and other complex reporting.

DARE allows for better and more complex reporting and analysis using advanced data engineering tools, machine learning, and integration with tools like Microsoft PowerBI and Tableau.

Future DARE Architecture 

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Accessing DARE 

The processes for accessing data within DARE are still in development and will be shared as soon as they are available.