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What is Data Modeling? Data modeling is a process that enables organizations to discover, design, visualize, standardize and deploy high-quality data assets through an intuitive, graphical interface. Data models provide visualization, create additional metadata and standardize data design across the enterprise. As the value of data and the way it is used by organizations has...

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Enterprises are trying to manage data chaos. They might have 300 applications, with 50 different databases and a different schema for each one. They also face increasing regulatory pressure because of global data regulations, such as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the new California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), that went into...

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Understanding the data governance trends for the year ahead will give business leaders and data professionals a competitive edge. Happy New Year! Regulatory compliance and data breaches have driven the data governance narrative during the past few years. While these will remain big data governance trends for 2020, we anticipate organizations will finally begin tapping...

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Data has been the driving force of the decade. Digital pioneers like Amazon, Netflix and Uber account for some of the most extreme market disruption their respective industries have faced. But such success cannot be attributed soley to head-starts. Many organizations have tried and failed to become truly “data-driven,” and many organizations will continue to...

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Metadata is an important part of data governance, and as a result, most nascent data governance programs are rife with project plans for assessing and documenting metadata. But in many scenarios, it seems that the underlying driver of metadata collection projects is that it’s just something you do for data governance. So most early-stage data...

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In the data-driven era, CIO’s need a solid understanding of data governance 2.0 … Data governance (DG) is no longer about just compliance or relegated to the confines of IT. Today, data governance needs to be a ubiquitous part of your organization’s culture. As the CIO, your stakeholders include both IT and business users in...

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Enterprise architecture tools are becoming more important than ever. The International Enterprise Architecture Institute (IEAI) defines enterprise architecture (EA) as “the analysis and documentation of an enterprise in its current and future states from an integrated strategy, business and technology perspective.” In the era of data-driven business, such perspective is critical. IT has graduated from...

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Data governance tools used to occupy a niche in an organization’s tech stack, but those days are gone. The rise of data-driven business and the complexities that come with it ushered in a soft mandate for data governance and data governance tools. Data governance refers to the strategic and ongoing efforts by an organization to...

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Can the 80/20 Rule Be Reversed? erwin released its State of Data Governance Report in February 2018, just a few months before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect. This research showed that the majority of responding organizations weren’t actually prepared for GDPR, nor did they have the understanding, executive support and budget for...

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Happy Halloween! Do you know where your data is? What data you have? Who has had access to it? These can be frightening questions for an organization to answer. Add to the mix the potential for a data breach followed by non-compliance, reputational damage and financial penalties and a real horror story could unfold. In...

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