Powering a data intelligence platform: From data catalog to data intelligence


The old adage that “knowledge is power” has never been more true — especially for data professionals. 

Today, you and your organization are facing a deluge of challenges around data. These are obstacles not only to IT, data scientists, and other data professionals in your organization, but present real obstacles to the competitive edge of your business in our increasingly digital age.

Implementing a data catalog — or making plans to do so — is a big step in facing those challenges head on.

To support data practitioners and decision-makers, our recently released Data Catalogs For Dummies, Collibra Special Edition can help you thrive amid the tidal wave of data.

With Data Catalogs For Dummies, you’ll learn how to:

  • 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

Solve your data challenges

As you’re drowning in a torrent of data, do you often find it challenging to turn raw data into meaningful, actionable insights? Is your organization losing ground to competitors because you can’t make timely, data-driven decisions? 

What to do? The answer starts with a data catalog and accelerates with data intelligence.

As we detail in Data Catalogs for Dummies, once you have a data catalog in place, you can start unlocking the real power of your data with an enterprise-grade data intelligence platform like Collibra.

Getting started with data intelligence 

So, what is data intelligence? 

Data intelligence leverages knowledge about the data so that you can understand the creation, movement, and transformation of data throughout the enterprise, which empowers you to drive better business outcomes.

Moreover, a data intelligence platform connects all data citizens — that includes everyone at your company that utilizes data — empowering them to collaborate, shop for trusted data, and attain optimal business outcomes. 

By understanding the role each tool plays in the data lifecycle, you can unlock numerous opportunities for cost savings, compliance, and increased revenue.

With a robust data intelligence platform, you can provide a comprehensive view of all your data sets, reducing risks by proactively identifying and managing data changes. 

On this journey, your data catalog becomes the catalyst for data intelligence. 

Your data catalog creates a foundation for data intelligence

A well-curated catalog goes beyond merely listing data sets. 

As the ‘catalog of catalogs’, it links departmental and technical catalogs, enriching data assets to cater to multiple use-cases from governance to privacy.

To get the most out of your catalog, focus on activating your metadata graph, which are the connections between information asset types that provide rich context to your data. 

But how do you activate your metadata graph?

Activate your metadata graph

You can enrich your metadata graph with data lineage and metadata from an enterprise data catalog like Collibra. 

Data lineage traces data movement through your enterprise, from source to destination, bolstering trust in your data assets. 

With this knowledge, you’ll build a culture of trust with your business users and data stewards who want to understand the origins of data sets, while enabling impact analysis of schema changes on downstream systems by data engineers.

Power your business with policies

The real value of an enterprise catalog is driven by policies, which are rules influenced by regulatory requirements, internal governance standards, and acceptable usage. 

As the single source of truth for your policies, an enterprise data catalog must be designed to meet these standards, dictating data sharing and usage agreements.

When data is governed appropriately, with policies applied intrinsically as part of the governance, it gives everyone the peace of mind to use data offensively to drive revenue, spur innovation and optimize efficiency.

Operationalizing your metadata graph with workflows

The final step in the journey towards a truly operational enterprise catalog involves creating workflows. 

Workflows bring people, processes, and tools together, facilitating use cases that leverage the active metadata graph. 

From shopping for data to logging data issues to initiating data quality checks, workflows can be tailored to meet your business needs.

Take the next step in your data intelligence journey

Achieving true data intelligence can transform your organization.

From building an effective data catalog to activating, enriching and operationalizing your metadata graph, you’re on your way to data intelligence. 

And once you’ve successfully transitioned to a data intelligence platform, the rewards can be vast, including increased productivity, improved decision-making, and ultimately, a more profitable business.

Ready to dive deeper into the world of data catalogs and data intelligence? 

Download our free comprehensive guide, Data Catalogs For Dummies, Collibra Special Edition.

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