Understand Your Data — The Ultimate Guide to Data Lineage
About the Paper
The amount of data that companies store and process has skyrocketed over the past few years. Data is becoming more and more complicated and dynamic, and handling it properly and efficiently can sometimes seem impossible. Even though understanding data (where it comes from and how it is linked) can help companies in many ways, there are still a significant number of enterprises that do not have their data lineage under control.
The Ultimate Guide to Data Lineage begins with an explanation of what data lineage is, what role metadata play, and what types of lineage there are. Once the reader has been familiarized with the concept of data lineage, the document elaborates on why organizations should know their data history and what consequences they will face if they fail to get a full picture of all data flows along with their transformations and dependencies.
Leveraging data lineage also has numerous business benefits, which the document covers as well. The benefits include achieving full regulatory compliance, accelerating impact and root cause analyses, improving the process of scoping data migrations, building trust in data and its sources, and enabling self-service for business.
The document concludes with descriptions of various approaches to achieving data lineage, depending on the goal that the organization is trying to achieve.