“The explosion of types and sources of business data and the pressure on business to make a broader range of decisions on this data have raised the bar for metadata management.”
All organizations now have—or should have—a strategy for managing metadata. But much has likely changed since you implemented your tools. The sheer volume of data is exploding: It is proliferating into the cloud and most likely has outgrown existing data warehouses. These changes have likely degraded your data governance efforts. Your metadata management strategy must evolve to meet these challenges to data quality.
Forrester agrees: “The explosion of types and sources of business data and the pressure on business to make a broader range of decisions on this data have raised the bar for metadata management,” writes the analyst firm.1
Efforts to derive business value by connecting disparate sources of data pose huge challenges to existing information architectures:
“These data drivers are making the metadata extend to not only include technical metadata, but to also include metadata information that interests the business users, such as context, semantics, data value, and risks,” according to the Forrester report.
Companies are looking to upgrade existing solutions to next-generation data-management platforms. But as data proliferates, the need for resources required to manage emerging data sources, shifting user needs, and new technologies increases.
Emerging best practices include building a metadata architecture and integration strategy to support the changing landscape. Automating IT processes can help shift resources away from traditional infrastructure toward innovative solutions. One such movement is to future-proof your data management, using technologies such as embedded virtual data machines, to define interactions and create metadata repositories and exchanges.
No matter how massive the volumes of data become, regardless of how business users manipulate the data, and despite changing regulations, the goal of metadata management will remain the same: to deliver trustworthy, timely, and relevant information that supports smart business decisions.
Read more about the changes that big data is mandating and the ways you can translate it into actionable information.
1Forrester Research, “Technology Landscape: Metadata Management, Q2 2013.” June 17, 2013.
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