Launched in late 2015, Cigna’s enterprise data lake project is taking the company on a data governance journey. Using Podium as the software platform for its data lake, Cigna’s data Management and Governance teams are eliminating silos of activity and creating a common thread of activity—based on a shared platform of metadata—to connect and align activities across technical teams and business processes.
For the first time ever, all stakeholders are providing true data governance. By empowering Cigna’s Data Architecture, Data Modeling, and Data Governance teams to efficiently and transparently work together around a shared set of information, the data lake is reducing risk and cost in the data management process. Activities like data profiling entire sets of data and matching data definitions to over 18,000 data elements, which historically would take 40+ days to complete, are now finished inside of a week. Similarly the task of joining data from multiple legacy sources, which previously took three weeks, can now happen in the data lake in less than an hour.
Sherri Adame offers an overview of the project, providing insights into some of the business pain points and key drivers, how it has led to organizational change, and the best practices associated with Cigna’s new data governance process. Along the way, Sherri highlights some of the lessons learned and shares the next-step deployment plans for the data lake to Cigna’s business community.
This session is sponsored by Podium Data.
Sherri Adame is an enterprise metadata management leader at Cigna, where she manages the enterprise wide rollout of metadata management practices for Cigna’s data lake through agilely delivered programs and projects. Sherri brings deep experience building high-performance information management teams across different industries, including retail, finance, and healthcare. She was named one of the 25 Top Information Managers in 2011 and recognized as one of the movers, shakers, and game changers who are making information work for business by Information Management magazine. Sherri has spoken at many MDM and data governance summits. Her strong communication and relationship-building skills are able to effectively sell the promise of her organization to customers, senior management, and inspire her team.
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