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:
Thus 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’s metadata management solution, the erwin Data Intelligence Suite by Quest, combines data management and data governance processes in an automated flow. 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 builds on our diverse industry expertise and proven data modeling software, and it integrates with third-party data access rights management and security tools. For more than 30 years, we’ve worked with high-profile brands in financial services, healthcare, technology and critical infrastructure, as well as government agencies, to co-develop products they can rely on, adjusting our roadmap based on their input.
erwin Data Intelligence sits on a common 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 is part of the larger erwin EDGE by Quest platform that also integrates data modeling, enterprise architecture and business process modeling. Customers rely on erwin's active metadata-driven approach to: