What is a Proof of Concept? Why You Should Do One in 2020

  • Mike Nixon
  • January 15, 2020

You’ve invested in a cloud data warehouse (CDW). That’s the first step in changing the way your organization handles data and uses it to derive valuable insight. But the first step is just that–before that CDW can be truly useful to you, there are a few more steps to take. 

First, you need to get your data into the CDW from your on-premises data stores and multiple cloud-based data sources, such as Salesforce and Google Analytics.  Then, you need to transform that data so it’s ready for your analytics platform, data visualization, machine learning, all of those things that use the cloud to turn your data into something organized, analytics-ready, and able to help you make the right decisions about your spending, your customers, and more.

How will you know the right way to get your data into the cloud and transform it? With Matillion and other cloud data products, we highly recommend doing a proof of concept (PoC) before you go all in on a cloud data strategy. 

What is a Proof of Concept?

In traditional engineering terms, a proof of concept (PoC) is a presentation of a product that proves its feasibility. Also known as a proof of principle, companies use a PoC to determine if an idea, concept, or theory could be built and achieve certain goals–that it’s worth a larger investment from stakeholders and investors.

What’s an Example of a Matillion Proof of Concept?

In terms of a product like Matillion, a proof of concept (PoC) is a framework of tests to determine if a software product will function as you envision, and if it will truly provide long-term value that merits an investment in technology and resources. These tests should not attempt to build an entire solution; they’re what confirm or deny that the entire solution should be implemented. A PoC is an implementation on a microscale, that can demonstrate that the larger project can be done. The proof of concept should take minimal time and if it works, it creates a starting point for the development project as a whole. 

For example, a Matillion proof of concept can prove the value that cloud-native integrations can bring to an organization. It can show the feasibility, simplicity, and scalability of integrating data sources that will demonstrate a rapid realization of high priority benefits.

Why is a Matillion proof of concept important for businesses?

What is a Proof of Concept: Software testers

A better question these days is, why not do a proof of concept? In the past, PoC projects could take up a lot of time, a lot of resources, and still come up inconclusive. Today, thanks to the cloud, there are a lot of benefits to doing a PoC, and very little downside. Here are four reasons why doing a PoC with Matillion or any cloud-based product is a wise move.

1. It’s the best way to prove tangible value

As companies increasingly migrate to the cloud, and are contemplating products built for the cloud, a proof of concept can provide fast and accessible options to test out and prove value. Running a PoC delivers insights into how a product can fit into your organization and gives tangible evidence of gains in productivity, supportability, scalability, and cost reduction.

2. It’s a low-risk way to help ensure success

A Matillion proof of concept allows you to test your idea and arrive at the best version to save time and money. It can provide insight into the fastest and most direct route to success. A PoC provides something tangible that people can get excited about and creates a gravity to pull in new ideas. It can also provide an opportunity to investigate new skills and capabilities, and give insight into partner relationships and approaches to customer support.

3. With the cloud, it’s never been faster or easier to do a PoC

A new generation of cloud products (Matillion included), whether cloud-deployed in the infrastructure, PaaS, or SaaS, make it relatively easy to spin up a proof of concept and see results within a few weeks. Many products can be quickly downloaded from the cloud marketplace of your choice (In Matillion’s case, AWS Marketplace, Google Cloud Marketplace, or Microsoft Azure Marketplace). And many come with a free trial period, often letting you complete a proof of concept and incur very little cost – or no cost at all. Matillion ETL comes with a 14-day free trial on AWS and a 30-day free trial on Microsoft Azure, and you can go from launch to live with Matillion ETL in minutes. 

4. Help is there if you need it

During a PoC, your internal team will be a critical resource. But depending on which product you test, many cloud vendors have an extensive team of solution architects and account executives dedicated to helping you run a successful proof of concept. These vendors also work with a variety of top-notch integration partners to lend a hand as well. How much or little help you tap into is up to the needs of your organization, but it’s always there as a resource.

For example, Matillion has a dedicated solution architects and account teams committed to helping you plan and execute a successful proof of concept, including making a business case, choosing a use case, mapping out your project, successfully extracting, loading, and transforming your data in the cloud. 

How can I get started?

If you’re curious about Matillion ETL and putting a proof of concept in motion for your organization, you can find out more by downloading our latest ebook, Your Guide to a Successful Proof of Concept.