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Accelerating compliance and insight with unified governance

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Program Director, Ecosystem Offerings, IBM Analytics

In most modern-day organizations, external macros tend to be very influential — leaving little bandwidth for optimizing data governance. And, as stricter data storage and security compliance regulations come into play, it's becoming more and more critical for organizations to ensure they have the right data and that it's properly stored and managed. This is necessary not only due to compliance concerns, but also to extract insights. The benefits from unified governance are exponential, long-lasting and easy to achieve with an interactive web-based tool.

The objective of a governance catalog should be to deliver trusted, meaningful and quality information to the consumer, while supporting a common business language and tracking data usage in the form of a lineage report. IBM Information Governance Catalog helps create this inclusive view across all systems, applications, tools and data that organizations may have. By defining Terms, Policies and Rules, companies can better govern information, and through Lineage, better analyze information.

One of the main challenges for organizations trying to adopt and deliver an inclusive catalog is how to adapt Information Governance Catalog to support the myriad of different types of customer data. The Bridges and Connectors (supported through Metadata Asset Manager) cover only a small percentage of those types, and since not every user is using DataStage for ETL (or Information Analyzer for Quality), this poses a challenge when getting started. Many organizations also have legacy and mainframe systems, Cobol implementations, and custom applications that may further add to the challenge.

Easily tailor Information Governance Catalog in three steps

With the following three steps organizations can easily load different technology and applications into Information Governance Catalog:

  • Step 1: Create Asset Bundle
  • Step 2: Populate Assets
  • Step 3: Inspect Assets

Here's how that works:

View your full enterprise with Information Governance Catalog 

To ensure the above steps can be carried out in an optimal manner, the Information Governance Catalog utility allows for someone with no technical knowledge to complete this work, as the utility helps generate some of the required XML logic in the background.

Information Governance Catalog remains at the core of many businesses and provides the necessary support to capture and share a view across the enterprise. The Catalog represents an inventory of all systems, applications, reports and data stores that users may easily search, explore and understand. Consumers of the catalog who are often tasked with developing new analytical models or integration scripts require the self-service capabilities for data exploration.

To support such requirements, Information Governance Catalog offers the unique capability of extending the Catalog — allowing customers to structure and introduce new Asset Types, ensuring accurate comprehension of data. Explore these features by downloading the new Information Governance Catalog trial edition available now.