data latency definition

Contributor(s): Emily McLaughlin

1. Data latency is the time it takes for data packets to be stored or retrieved.  

2. In business intelligence (BI), data latency is how long it takes for a business user to retrieve source data from a data warehouse or business intelligence dashboard.  

In order for a business to be agile and quickly respond to changing market conditions, the business' IT department needs to reduce data latency and provide business users with access to real-time and near-time operational data. Reducing data latency allows organizations to make business decisions more quickly by allowing employees to run ad-hoc reports to answer specific business questions. 

 

 

This was first published in September 2012

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