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Octopai Releases Data Lineage XD for Multidimensional Views of Data

Platform is designed to provide enterprises with an in-depth view of the data flow.

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Octopai, a metadata management automation vendor, released Data Lineage XD, a multidimensional data lineage platform.

Octopai’s new platform takes data lineage from the classic, monolithic, limited view of data to a multidimensional approach by offering three layers of data lineage. Data Lineage XD, with its visual representations, enables the discovery of the data flow and movement from its source to destination. With the three dimensions, it’s not just about the horizontal and vertical movement of data but a complete understanding of the data origin, what happened to it, and where it is distributed within the ever-growing data landscape. With Octopai’s automation and in-depth view of the data journey, it is possible to trace sources of specific data for the purposes of tracking errors, implementing changes in processes, and implementing system migrations, improving BI efficiency..

The Octopai Data Lineage XD layers include cross-system lineage, inner-system lineage, and end-to-end column lineage. Cross-system lineage provides end-to-end lineage at the system level from the entry point into the BI landscape all the way to reporting and analytics. This level provides high-level visibility into the data flow -- mapping where data is coming from and where it is going.  This type of lineage reflects data flows and dependencies using automated and augmented methods to provide an extensive cross-system view of the data landscape. Cross-system lineage would be used to understand the impact of a broken process, making a change to a process, visualize data flow at a high-level, or discover parallel processes performing the same tasks.

The inner-system lineage details the column-level lineage within an ETL process, report, or database object. Understanding the logic and data flow for each column provides visibility at the column level no matter how complex the process, report, or object. Some examples of inner system lineage functions include visualizing the logic of a report, ETL, or database object data flow, and locating dependencies within a report. This includes all the components of each ETL process and report logic.

Additionally, the end-to-end column lineage details column to column-level lineage between systems from the entry point into the BI landscape all the way through to reporting and analytics. This lineage type is particularly important for regulations, impact analysis of a change to a column in the source system, and root cause analysis.

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