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Governed Data Discovery – Making The Ends Meet

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A peek into governed data & discovery

In the simplest terms governed data is securing and managing information before sharing it with users across an organization. Data governance falls into the IT department’s job bucket and their responsibilities involve facilitating, enabling, monitoring and securing the use of data. 

In this entire process, the most important factor is ensuring that users have seamless access to reliable data that can be utilized for better analysis and eventually improved business decisions. While traditional methods of data sharing posed threats to IT’s ultimate goal of security, governed data discovery came to light. Governed data discovery allows IT to fulfill data requirements while still keeping the movement and utilization of information under the radar of security protocols. 

The conflict

‘Conflict is the mother of governed data discovery’. Business users who drive the organization’s profitability end, seek unfettered availability of data and they need it fast, to aid crucial business decisions. On the other hand, IT teams are, cautious and concerned about security, information integrity, and governance. 

With BI consolidation gaining pace, BI solution providers are already hustling to innovate more, to offer better and holistic solutions to their customers. Among other features, Governed Data Discovery is making its own room in the industry because customers are looking to make IT and business ends meet seamlessly and function smoothly for optimization of BI initiatives.

To be eligible for falling into the category of a truly governed data discovery solution a BI platform must fulfill certain parameters.  

  • The platform(s) must establish an equilibrium between – the availability of data for consumption by end users and do so while keeping data governance at the forefront at all times.
  • Uncomplicate user interfaces yet strengthen the BI ecosystem with single sign on, in a way that user’s access, interact and consume data seamlessly but there’s no room for breach.
  • Automate data compilation and ensure to the minute updates. Solution providers must facilitate a single source of truth that evolves in real time. To keep up with the competition it is crucial for a business to have insights that are affecting, the now. 
  • Monitor the integrity of analytical content as if flows through time, user levels and departments. This can be achieved by ensuring that a governance platform is in place that integrates with the BI tools and makes it possible to be notified of any unanticipated failure within the BI-cycle.
  • Staying protected against the obvious. While companies address the advanced needs of a BI ecosystem the need for confidentiality of data must not be overlooked. The most basic features of a truly governed BI tool must involve Role Based Security, information Security, Multi-Tenancy, profiling, licensing, authentication etc. to name a few  .
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