The MetaCast™ application accelerates the collection and publication of enterprise metadata across large organizations. Frequently, large organizations treat metadata management as a purely “technical” discipline. This can lead to scenario where metadata is centralized in IT-oriented toolsets with limited business input or business visibility.
Unfortunately, this approach can limit the enterprise value of accurate metadata. Impacts include:
The MetaCast™ application addresses these challenges directly. The solution provides an intuitive web-enabled interface where Analysts can define data elements, track lineage, and publish standards. Users can define key business terms and publish these definitions across the enterprise. Key benefits include:
MetaCast™ Metadata Management Page
Data Design and Definition:
The foundation of all enterprise Metadata Management initiatives is the definition of enterprise data elements and structures. MetaCast™ provides an intuitive user interface where analysts can define systems, tables, reports, and their underlying data attributes. Each attribute can be further defined including both technical and business metadata. Technical metadata includes the data type, size, permissible values, and current utilization. Business metadata includes standards, ownership, security classification, privacy classification, and business utilization. Metadata managers can view the overall status of data design, to more easily manage the collection of metadata across the enterprise. Metadata collection can be organized by project phases, and each phase has its own dashboard to manage progress.
The data design provides the foundation for analysts to manage the lineage of attributes – from end-user reporting layer back to the ultimate source of truth in the system of record. Analysts can define the manner in which data flows from system of record through to a data mart of data warehouse. They can likewise define the attributes that exist on reports and the associated transformations that occur from system of record all the way through to the reporting layer.
The capture of lineage improves trust in the reports that business users consume. It directly addresses the question of “how did we get these numbers?”
Business Terms & Definitions:
MetaCast™ supports the quick capture of business terms and their definitions, improving standardization across large enterprise. Analysts or business users can define key terms such as “Net Sales” or “Project Margin”. The business terms can be then linked to data attributes, tables, reports, or systems. This MetaCast™ application includes a business-facing search interface where end-users can lookup terms to better understand the information that they consume in their day-to-day activities. For example, they can quickly search for terms like “Material Group” or “Trading Partner” to find the enterprise definition of that term. The application will then take them to the metadata that is associated with each term. Users can quickly identify what systems include key business terms, where the data is maintained, and what reports show relevant information about each term.
Policies and Standards:
MetaCast™ enables analysts to define and publish the standards that apply to data attributes across the enterprise. Each analyst can publish policies and guidelines that regulate objects and attributes. For example, an analyst can publish standards for accuracy, completeness, timeliness, consistency, or completeness. These rules provide the basis for understanding data requirements in complex business processes. The Policies and Standards component provides analysts with one single repository for all their enterprise data standards, and it provides user-friendly reporting and dashboards so analysts can quickly understand which fields are controlled and what rules apply to each data attribute.
MetaCast™ provides several configurable dashboards that report on the overall status of Metadata collection across the data organization. For each phase of the metadata project, the solution will give management-level insight to the collection of lineage, mappings, standards, and business terms.