Industries are continuing to embrace the data-driven world, and Microsoft recently took another step in that direction by acquiring Metanautix, a technology company with a vision to integrate the data supply chain.

Microsoft noticed that companies struggle to bring together various sources and silos of data, and they only use a small portion of the available information, according to a blog post by Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president of the Microsoft data group.

For the companies that hope to become more data-driven in their strategies, this is where Metanautix technology will come in handy. Metanautix technology brings structured, unstructured and semi-structured data together, and it combs through it for analysis. The company calls this a “data supply chain,” and it integrates data across data warehouses like Oracle, SQL Server and Teradata, as well as open-source databases like Cassandra and MongoDB.

IT teams can connect to their company’s information across private and public clouds without moving data into a centralized system, which is normally what firms would have to do, according to Microsoft.

Theo Vassilakis, cofounder and CEO of Metanautix, wrote in a blog post that the combined efforts with Microsoft’s Azure and SQL Server will give “enterprise customers a unified view of all of their data across cloud and on-premises systems.”

In the next few months, Microsoft will share more details on how the company plans to bring Metanautix technology into the Microsoft data platform, including SQL Server and the Cortana Analytics Suite.

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Madison Moore is an Online and Social Media Editor for SD Times. She is a 2015 graduate from Delaware Valley University, Pa., with a Bachelor's Degree in media and communication. Moore has reported for Philly.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and PhillyVoice. She is new to Long Island and is a cat enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter at @Moorewithmadi.