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An augmented data catalog is crucial for all data-driven organizations. According to Gartner, who coined the term, an augmented data catalog is a data catalog that uses machine learning to automate the manual task of cataloging data. An augmented data catalog is a must have for data and analytics leaders. Why do organizations need an…
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An augmented data catalog is crucial for all data-driven organizations. According to Gartner, who coined the term, an augmented data catalog is a data catalog that uses machine learning to automate the manual task of cataloging data. An augmented data catalog is a must have for data and analytics leaders.

Why do organizations need an augmented data catalog? 

Organizations need an augmented data catalog as part of their overall data management strategy. The rapid growth and diversity of data sources, data types, users and deployment models make it difficult for organizations to identify and inventory their data. Many organizations rely on manual spreadsheets and other manual data management tools to catalog their data. But as data continues to grow in amount and importance, organizations can no longer rely on manual cataloging. In addition, many data and metadata management tools lack business focus, and therefore, do not help organizations derive value from their data. 

An augmented data catalog solves these pains by automating the cataloging process and enabling users to discover, understand and access data. Leveraging ML capabilities, augmented data catalogs automate the process of discovering, inventorying, profiling, tagging and creating semantic relationships between distributed and siloed data assets. Automating these data cataloging tasks enables IT and business analysts to spend more time on strategic initiatives and less time manually searching for and cataloging data. 

What are the key capabilities of an augmented data catalog? 

The foundational feature of an augmented data catalog is its ability to automate manual tasks through machine learning. But on top of machine learning powered capabilities, augmented data catalogs include numerous other capabilities that help organizations to discover, understand, govern, collaborate and consume their data. Augmented data catalog features include: 

  • Native connectors: Scan for and extract metadata from the most popular data sources such as, enterprise data warehouses, operational databases, enterprise applications, cloud data stores and non-relational data stores
  • “Google-like semantic” search: Allows users to find, browse and filter for the best and most relevant data sets
  • End-to-end data lineage: Use end-to-end lineage for governance and compliance use cases, as well as impact analysis to see how data source data changes over time 
  • Business glossary: Define business terms and policies throughout the organization and assign relevant business terms to the metadata
  • Certification of data sets: Data stewards certify data sets based on quality and usefulness
  • Integrations with BI tools: Allow users to consume their data through BI tools such as Tableau
  • Rest-based APIs: Enable users to integrate the catalog into their environment and consume cataloged content across different applications
  • Embedded governance: Establish policies, assign data owners and certify data accuracy with appropriate governance processes and controls

How to increase business value with an augmented data catalog? 

According to Gartner, the biggest challenge that most organizations face is finding and inventorying data that is distributed across the organization. With distributed data management and analytics, organizations struggle to deploy a data governance solution that can manage the data deluge. An augmented data catalog solves this issue by providing an easy, automatic way to catalog data. Data catalogs free up IT, data stewards and business analysts’ time so they can focus on more strategic initiatives. 

And a data catalog is not just a stand alone tool. Rather, an augmented data catalog should be the foundation of a broader metadata management strategy. This will allow business analysts to unlock the value of their data. Organizations looking to discover, understand, govern, collaborate and consume their data, should look to invest in an augmented data catalog with enterprise-grade capabilities, like Collibra Data Catalog, that enable all data citizens to use their data to make impactful business decisions.

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