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If you’re like many Azure customers, you’ve been on the look out for a data catalog and data lineage tool and want one with all the key capabilities you’re looking for. Today, I’d like to tell you more about the Informatica Data Catalog which was discussed briefly in a previous Azure Every Day post.
The Informatica tool helps you to analyze, consolidate and understand large volumes of metadata in your enterprise. It allows you to extract both physical and business metadata for objects and organize it based on business concepts, as well as view data lineage and relationships for each of those objects.
Sources include databases, data warehouses, business glossaries, data integration and Business Intelligence reports and more – anything data related. The catalog maintains an indexed inventory of all the dated objects or ‘assets’ in your enterprise such as tables, columns, reports, views and schemas.
Metadata and statistical information in the catalog include things like profile results, as well as info about data domains and data relationships. It’s really the who, what, when, where and how of the data in your enterprise. Informatica Data Catalog can be use for tasks such as:
These are lots of useful features in the Data Catalog. Some key ones are:
On top of this, you can look at how frequently the data is accessed and how valuable it is to your business users; showing this type of information around your data so you can trim reports that aren’t being used for instance.
When we talk about modern data warehousing in the Azure cloud, this is something we’ve been looking for. It’s a useful and valuable tool for those who want those data governance and lineage tools.
If you have questions about Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog or about anything Azure related, we are your best resource. Click the link below or contact us, because no matter where you are on your Azure journey, we’re here to help.
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