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TDWI Checklist Report | From Self-Service to Data-Driven: 6 Ways a Data Catalog Can Help

December 8, 2017

As the importance of self-service solutions for BI, analytics, and data preparation continues to grow, the emphasis is no longer only on centralized, full-time data professionals and their institutional knowledge. We also must find a way to support the business’ needs with better-documented data assets. For many organizations, this is a data catalog.

Organizations today need not only full-time architects, analysts, and developers to collect and maintain the wide variety of information that needs to exist in the catalog—they need business data stewards to be the primary driving force in creating and maintaining it. That’s why ensuring the data catalog is user-friendly is key to driving broad adoption. Clearly, developing BI and analytics is no longer a one-way street from IT to the business; it goes both ways and everyone must manage the information about data.

These six tactics will demonstrate why it is critical that every organization implement a data catalog and how your enterprise can create value with this important investment.

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