Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting the Intelligent Data Summit for AI-Powered Innovation on Informatica Live, Informatica’s award-winning virtual event series. The event drew a who’s who list of speakers from Global 2000 companies and showcased presentations by Informatica customers, partners, industry analysts, and thought leaders. As part of the summit on AI-Powered Innovation, speakers shared some great insights and best practices on their use of Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog. One particular session that stood out for me was the joint presentation given by Nader Anaizi, Senior Manager of Data Governance Center of Excellence from Honeywell, and Sunil Soares, CEO and Founder of Information Asset, an Informatica consulting partner that specializes in data governance.
Honeywell has been innovating with technology and data for over 100 years. As the company states “the future is hiding in your data.” Building data-driven business models and democratizing the use of fully governed data is at the heart of Honeywell’s growth strategy. With five core businesses that include aerospace, manufacturing, and connected industrial software, the company operates in a highly complex data landscape with petabyte-scale data spread across thousands of data sources that include complex enterprise systems, databases, data warehouses, ETL tools, Hadoop clusters, and business intelligence tools, among others, across on-premises and cloud.
To accelerate its digital transformation initiatives and to enable the democratization of fully governed data throughout the enterprise, Honeywell selected Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog. The company wanted to build a central and holistic data catalog as a foundational component to enabling enterprise data governance and self-service analytics. Moreover, they wanted to empower IT and business users to easily catalog, discover, validate and collaborate on data.
While there were several features in Enterprise Data Catalog that the Honeywell team (including IT, business analyst, data stewards, data analysts and data scientists) found highly beneficial, there were four capabilities, in particular, that really stood out for them as they began ramping up on their use of Enterprise Data Catalog:
It took Honeywell six weeks from start to finish to deploy the solution. This included less than one day to install Enterprise Data Catalog. The rest of the implementation included configuring the environment, building a custom metadata model (which they needed to meet their unique requirements), scan data from several data sources (including SAP HANA, an Oracle relational database, Informatica PowerCenter, and Tableau), and conducting a pilot to demonstrate value to business users, as well as training users.
During the pilot, the Honeywell team was able to demonstrate how they could perform complex-yet-detailed analysis on data assets that reside across several systems and are used by multiple functions in 45 minutes. This analysis would have otherwise taken the team several weeks to conclude.
To learn more, I invite you to watch this exciting presentation. The speakers also share several best practices that may serve you on your data cataloging journey. “Honeywell Speeds Data-Driven Industrial Information with Informatica” is available on demand as part of the Intelligent Data Summit for AI-Powered Innovation on Informatica Live (registration required).