Enterprise Data Catalogue: The Benefits and Uses

Within an enterprise, data is gold. It is what allows you to see the growth and pain points of your business, supports your decision-making, and allows you to access required information. It is therefore important for an enterprise to trust the data that it accesses. This is where an enterprise data catalogue comes in. 

In this article, we will discuss the benefits and uses of an enterprise data catalogue, as well as which tools one should utilise to manage an enterprise data catalogue. 

What is Enterprise Data Catalogue? 

An enterprise data catalogue consists of one “location” where information can be stored, organised, and retrieved from. It is typically able to see the entire lifecycle of data, as well as a variety of data types. This is unlike embedded data catalogues that only allow one to see a limited scope of data. An enterprise data catalogue will also typically be supported by artificial intelligence and machine learning. This allows for the continuous expansion of data knowledge and the gathering of new information surrounding changes within the data resource, as this is constantly changing and evolving. Therefore, an enterprise data catalogue allows you to have trust within and control over all of your data at all times.

The Benefits of an Enterprise Data Catalogue

There are a variety of benefits that an enterprise data catalogue can offer an organisation, making it easier to work with the data one is gathering. Some of the most notable benefits include:

  • A Central Location: As there is one central location that one feeds and extracts data from, one is able to be confident in the accuracy of the information derived from this data. This is due to the consistent crawling and cataloguing of data assets, metadata, classifications, and access policies within the data ecosystem. This ultimately leads to better decision-making as decisions are supported by accurate data and information. 
  • Easy to Access: An enterprise data catalogue allows for users to find the data they are looking for easily and quickly. It should also provide guidance in an intuitive manner when choosing data assets. 
  • Defined Data Assets: The defined data assets within an enterprise data catalogue ensure that there is no confusion when searching for data. It also prevents the misinterpretation of the information provided by analytics and reports. 
  • Preserved Knowledge: As an enterprise data catalogue is able to see the entire lifecycle of data one can access data that stretches back years. Therefore, one will always have access to required information whether new or old. 

Enterprise Data Catalogue Tools

Qlik Catalog is a tool that can be used to manage an enterprise data catalogue. It allows your organisation to have access to analytics-ready data at all times. It also allows for faster profiling, preparation, and delivery of accurate data. Therefore, simplifying one’s process.

All users can continuously upload data to the enterprise data catalogue when making use of Qlik Catalog. It is also a solution that is easy to scale when required and is easy to integrate with other systems. 

Qlik Catalog has proven faster turnaround times, guarantees a reduction in data preparation costs, and increases the number of analytics projects completed. 

B2IT offers and is able to implement Qlik Catalog in your organisation, helping you improve the management of your enterprise data catalogue. Contact B2IT to find out how you can have complete control and trust in your data.