What it is, why you need one, and what to look for. This guide provides definitions and practical advice to help you understand and establish a modern data catalog.
A data catalog is an inventory of data assets, organized by metadata and data management and search tools, which provides on-demand access to business-ready data. In this way, a data catalog not only provides an inventory of all available data, it connects datasets with rich information to help you find the data you need and evaluate its fitness for your particular use case.
This 2-minute video describes the key data catalog concepts and benefits.
Why do you need a data catalog?
Your organization is likely flooded by large and complex datasets from many sources—financial systems, web analytics, ad platforms, CRM systems, marketing automation, partner data, and maybe even real time sources and IoT. Finding the right data and knowing you can trust it is a major challenge in the era of data lakes, big data, and self-service analytics.
Learn how data lineage and a data catalog can help with real-time data delivery.
A data catalog puts all your data into one simplified view where all users can more easily find, understand, and use any enterprise data source to gain insights. This brings your organization a competitive advantage, cost savings, operational efficiencies, and better fraud and risk management.
Here are the key specific benefits of an enterprise data catalog:
Learn more about self-service data catalogs.
A data catalog should be the single place for all users to find, understand, and govern data across your enterprise. Modern data catalog tools should make all your data transparent, trustworthy, and ready for analysis. Below are the key capabilities of the best data catalog tools.
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