Analytics is the art of extracting meaningful knowledge from complex data sets. Modern technology allows for unprecedented levels of detail in the information we can retrieve from our processes, our machines, and our systems. Unfortunately, this valuable stream can easily turn into a firehose, which overwhelms our ability to make any sense from it. Analytics tools solve that problem by filtering, correlating and presenting data to create reports and dashboards that give us the information we need to make the right decisions. The first step is to collect all the data and bring it together. Anything that could be useful, from sales records to financial data to the maintenance status of machines on your production line and the number of hours employees are spending at their workstations, must be modelled, collected, and added to the data warehouse.