Session 14-2

Active Metadata - Driving Business Change

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Active metadata is the ROI that organizations receive when their Data Governance efforts (i.e., Data Quality, Lineage, Common Business Terms, and Data Catalogs) unlock the data being governed. Active metadata makes for easy downstream consumption by operational systems and analytical platforms in a business-driven self-service model. The role of metadata is evolving from documenting business processes to executing and controlling business processes. The increasing pace of change today requires unprecedented business agility. In our workshop we discuss 4 ways metadata can change the way you are currently conducting business.

1) Remove barriers to access data. Enable business staff to navigate physical data designs in business terms and select data “fit for purpose” by business criteria. With metadata services business staff can find and join together data on whatever servers it exists and in whatever format it is stored. Sourcing data quickly, accurately gives the business agility to keep up with customers’ changing needs.

2) Control data quality. Create accountability for data with the producers of data by making data and data quality rules visible in business terms. Reuse the same logical data quality rules from the point of consumption to any designated control points along the data supply chain. Combining business and technical metadata enables this reuse and achieves consistency of control. This reuse enables control solutions to scale to enterprise missions.

3) Govern the data contents with APIs. Ensure APIs have semantic consistency and that they maintain common data quality. Give the business control of the way products and service are configured from an API, This increases the velocity by which a business can adapt products and services to change.

4) Bridge legacy and modern systems during any core systems migration. Metadata can configure data brokering services to control systems change. Any system expecting legacy data content will receive that as metadata services translate logically common content to the data format requirements of consuming systems. Through reuse such services can be deployed across hundreds of different physical systems. Migration to modern architecture can be achieved incrementally, persistently in a controlled manner. An “Active Metadata” system configures and control data processing. It continuously harvests and links metadata to provide business transparency into the contents of data assets. It provides business control of data assets, and it manages the completeness, accuracy, timeliness and consistency of metadata itself. We will present and review case studies of “Active Metadata” deployments, then discuss lessons learned from “Active Metadata” deployments and how “Active Metadata” delivers unprecedented business agility.



Strategic Consultant, Ab Initio Software

Kristian Desch

Senior Strategic Consultant, Ab Initio Software