I hope you’d have gone through the Part1 and Part2 of this series of what’s new in Information Server 11.7. Now I’d like to share about Information Governance Catalog New, a new version of the Information Governance Catalog (IGC) that you know from previous versions. But for the benefit of those who have not much idea about IGC, lets go on some details about IGC in this blog.
Lets take an analogy of a library containing a bunch of books. If there are million books in the library, then you do not start extracting knowledge out of the all the books and then go act on it. You probably don’t even know what books you have. So the step one is that you have to understand what books you have. Libraries do that by building a card catalog. They organize it, they know every book, they know where it is, they know the purpose of that book. Same thing holds good for data. If an organization has huge data, they need to start with a catalog of the data. And that is what Information Governance Catalog is. Here are IGC’s 3 primary functions:
- Understand the meaning of your data: It provides a common business language and vocabulary to enable a deeper understanding of all your data assets – structured, semi-structured and unstructured. You can’t govern what you don’t understand. One key challenge that many organizations face in this regard is the different understanding that individuals across different departments and roles have when they look at the same data. For instance, some view “customer” as a person; some see “customer” as a household. Some view a corporate customer as a specific department in a specific location. Others might expect “customer” information to provide a view of an entire, global organization.
- Establish a governance framework: It documents governance policies and enact rule to help you define how information should be structured, stored, transformed and moved. For instance, when you add the data to the enterprise catalog, it can automatically be classified as containing sensitive information. The solution can now immediately redact or mask any data that users are not allowed to see, in line with your organization’s data governance policies. Your colleagues in Europe will not even be aware of the data’s existence, while your North American team will be able to find and access it instantly to enrich their analysis. Thus, by linking business terms and information governance rules to information assets you can provide business context for IT assets. In addition, data stewardship can be assigned to take responsibility for ownership and managing the information.
- Explore data lineage: IT enables you to understand how data flows across the information landscape, helping you track where data was sourced from or being consumed for different types of information integration and governance projects, including information integration, lifecycle management, and security and privacy initiatives. This allows you to develop trust and confidence in such data.
Do watch the following video on IGC and stay tuned for my next blog on What’s new in IGC in Information Server 11.7 release.