Facing your data challenge with a data catalog

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Recently, we were thrilled to publish Data Catalogs For Dummies, Collibra Special Edition. You might ask: Why the focus on data catalogs?

It’s a good question. The answer is that if you’re in business today, you’re probably drowning in data. In fact, data is increasingly becoming a business-critical asset that needs to be visible, understood, and trusted to drive your organization’s profitability, innovation, and growth. 

Data catalogs help solve the ever-growing data challenge. They pull everything together across your data landscape and help you make sense of it. 

In today’s data-driven era, organizations are striving to become more data-driven to maintain profitability, support innovation, and grow their business. 

However, many headwinds stand in their way. The most significant among these is the scale and complexity of the data ecosystem. 

Why data catalogs in a data-driven era

The amount of data in today’s world is almost unimaginably large, with IDC estimating that there will be 175 zettabytes by 2025. The truth is the variety and velocity of data create significant risks for the business. 

And those risks are only increasing as more and more data is created. As more sources of data come online, more fragmented tools and manual processes are required to access siloed data. The results are all too familiar: Wasted time wrangling information across thousands of applications and systems to define data, owners, and who should have access.

The lack of data management negatively impacts the business in many ways, including: 

  • Decreased productivity

  • Higher costs

  • Increased business risk 

  • Inconsistent or incorrect analytics and reporting

  • Potential revenue loss errors in data due to manual formatting

  • Lack of trust in models because data isn’t trustworthy

Data professionals need to manage the increasing volume of data by creating an inventory of what data they have, where it resides, how it is used, and who has access to it. 

Data cataloging can help alleviate these challenges by: 

  • Creating and maintaining data pipelines
  • Providing visibility into data privacy regulations
  • Reducing the time spent on bad data

A data catalog can also streamline data discoverability, allowing data scientists to spend more time on creating and deploying analytic models.

Data catalogs and data privacy

In addition to the challenge you’re facing around increased data complexity, data privacy has become increasingly important as more information is shared and stored digitally. 

In recent years, a surge in privacy regulations, such as GDPR and CCPA, now requires organizations to comply with stringent rules to protect personal information. Data catalogs provide visibility into the data an organization holds, its purpose, and its usage, helping it comply with such regulations. 

With data catalogs, organizations can automate and streamline the process of identifying data and managing privacy, reducing the risk of potential compliance penalties, brand damage, and loss of customer trust. Plus, organizations can create an efficient data pipeline that reduces the time spent on data wrangling, allowing data professionals to focus on deriving insights from the data.

By automating and streamlining data management, providing visibility into data privacy regulations, and reducing the time spent on bad data, data catalogs help organizations maintain profitability, support innovation, and grow the business. 

Be smart about data

In today’s increasingly digital world, data professionals like yourself face significant challenges. The volume, variety, and velocity of today’s complex data ecosystems pose significant risks to your business, and changing privacy regulations demand visibility into data usage. 

Too much time is spent on bad data, and data professionals must create and maintain efficient data pipelines to address these challenges. 

Discover how data catalogs can help you and your team in the fight against bad data. With your copy of  Data Catalogs For Dummies, Collibra Special Edition, you’ll learn how you can:

  • Take steps to control your data
  • Identify the right data catalog
  • Maximize the value of your data catalog
  • Use your catalog for governance and privacy
  • Build a foundation for data intelligence

Get your free copy of Data Catalogs For Dummies, Collibra Special Edition today.

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