Master data is broader than metadata and denotes a bigger set of values than the former, but though distinct, there are closely aligned. Data catalogs are the mechanism though which master and metadata can be synergistically managed.
Key Values of a Data Catalog
Speed and self-service. Rather than submitting requests to an IT group for data that will meet analysts’ business needs, Analysts simply search through a data catalog themselves. This frees up more time for the IT group and means that the analyst wouldn’t need to wait for them to get back to him or her. It provides self-service access to data to data citizens.
Comprehensive search and access to relevant data. You don’t know what you don’t know. An analyst will not know if they’re missing relevant data or the most up to date asset unless they can search across all available data assets. They might find something they would not have been able to find before which can augment their analysis and provide better insights.
Meaningful context. When an analyst finds a data asset that would be useful to them, they can read a description, view business metadata and business term definitions, and read comments provided by others about the data. That way, the analyst can put each column in a data asset in the context of their business.
Improves trust and confidence in data. By previewing the data and profiling it, an analyst can very quickly see if certain fields have null or incorrect values. This makes cleansing the data even easier. The quality scores and social recommendations on the data asset help improve the confidence in data for an analyst to use.
Protects data while ensuring compliance. Instead of an IT professional masking each column, data rules automatically run based on automatic classification of data. So companies never have to worry about the wrong data getting into the wrong hands.
The SmarTek21 Data Catalog
The SmarTek21 Data Catalog is an integral component of our Digital Business Platform. Powered by machine learning, it provides all necessary catalog features while providing seamless integration with all of our solution accelerators and solution.