How Azure Data Factory works?
Couple and Assimilate
Azure Data Factory couples data from all discrete sources like SaaS applications, file storgae, web services or FTP and brings it into a centrally managed place from where it can be used for further processing. It has the ability to take data from both on-premise and cloud based data stores that makes it more beneficial.
Process and Improve
The data which is collected in the centralized cloud based data store can be further processed using various cloud services like HDInsight Hadoop, Data Lake Analytics and Spark. Such services help to generate reliable data on a manageable, controlled schedule for sending to production environments.
The transformed data can now be delivered from the cloud data store to on-premise sources like SQL server or other cloud storage devices which can be used per requirement by analytical and buinsess intelligence tools.