Sep 23–26, 2019

Executive Briefing: Data Catalogs - Concepts, Capabilities and Key Platforms

Andrew Brust (ZDNet | Blue Badge Insights)
4:35pm5:15pm Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Location: 1E 10/11
Secondary topics:  Data quality, data governance and data lineage

Who is this presentation for?

CIOs, CTOs, Chief Data Officers, Data Stewards, Database Administrators (DBAs), Data Analysts, BI Architects




Data catalogs are not new; in fact they’ve been around for decades. But in the age of data lakes, self-service analytics and data protection regulation, they’ve taken on new capabilities and renewed importance. There are a number of products in-market now and they differ greatly, with a number of subcategories in the space.

Some data catalogs focus on data discoverability, others focus more heavily on governance and security. Some are oriented towards relational databases and data warehouses, while others are tied to more modern data sources. Many of the products use AI and machine learning to help automate the catalog build-out, but almost all of them do so differently. And, while there are several startups in the field, public cloud providers have entries here, as do incumbent software mega-vendors.

In this session, analytics industry strategist, Gigaom analyst and ZDNet contributor Andrew Brust will guide you through the importance of data catalogs, cover the range of data catalog capabilities, and discuss the key players and their platforms. Andrew will close with an analysis of where the space is headed and what it will need to provide in order to address customer needs and pain points. You’ll get up to speed on the subject quickly, and no prior data catalog knowledge is required.

Prerequisite knowledge

Basic understanding of databases, data files and data types. Knowledge of data warehouses and data lakes is helpful.

What you'll learn

Basic concepts of data catalogs including schema, metadata, data classification, business glossaries, tagging, data set endorsement, PII, sensitive data protection, regulatory compliance, data marketplaces, and more. Role of machine learning/AI in catalog automation and relationship discovery also covered.
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Andrew Brust

ZDNet | Blue Badge Insights

Andrew Brust is the founder and CEO of Blue Badge Insights. He advises data and analytics ISVs on winning in the market, solution providers on their service offerings, and customers on their analytics strategy. He writes about Big Data for ZDNet and is a data and analytics-focused analyst for Gigaom Research. Andrew is an entrepreneur, a consulting veteran, a former research director, and a current Microsoft Data Platform MVP.

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