Quite simply, metadata is data about data. It’s generated every time data is captured at a source, accessed by users, moved through an organization, integrated or augmented with other data from other sources, profiled, cleansed and analyzed. Metadata is valuable because it provides information about the attributes of data elements that can be used to guide strategic and operational decision-making.
It answers these important questions:
Creating and sustaining an enterprise-wide view of and easy access to underlying metadata is complicated for several reasons:
As a result, the applications and initiatives that depend on a solid data infrastructure may be compromised, rendering faulty analyses and insights. Without being able to take full advantage of analytics tools, an organization can’t become data-driven — or worse, it could end up going in the wrong direction.
erwin Data Intelligence by Quest fuels both data management and data governance processes through an active metadata management approach driven by automation. It's unique in its ability to automatically harvest, transform and feed metadata from a wide array of data sources, operational processes, business applications and data models into a central data catalog and then make it accessible and understandable within the context of role-based views.
erwin Data Intelligence helps globally leading companies in a diverse range of industries get a better handle on the data within their organizations to better leverage and protect it. Within highly regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare and insurance, as well as in governmental agencies, it’s transparency, tracking and reporting capabilities are critical assets when tackling regulatory compliance.
erwin Data Intelligence offers a metamodel that is open, extensible and comes with a full set of APIs. A comprehensive list of standard data connectors are included for automated harvesting, refreshing and version-controlled metadata management. Optional erwin Smart Data Connectors by Quest reverse-engineer ETL code of all types and connect bi-directionally with reporting and other ecosystem tools. These connectors offer the fastest and most accurate path to data lineage, impact analysis and other detailed graphical relationships.
Additionally, erwin Data Intelligence provides integrated data quality capabilities leveraging data catalog metadata to initiate and automate data profiling and quality assessments, and providing widespread visibility of data quality scoring for IT, data governance teams and business users. Optional data observability and remediation tools also support data quality initiatives.
Lastly, erwin Data Intelligence is part of the erwin by Quest platform that also integrates data modeling, enterprise architecture and business process modeling. Customers rely on erwin's active metadata-driven approach to: