Metadata is the information that describes, categorises and classifies enterprise data. The collection and management of metadata is the key to effective data governance.
Focus also advocates the use of Metadata Driven Design to ensure the success of your enterprise information management projects.
The use of advanced data discovery & data profiling tools enables the capture of metadata from all source systems to be used in the design and delivery Information Management projects. The use of metadata in the design process provides consistency, speed and flexibility.
- Consistency – Through the creation of common definitions for enterprise terms and business rules a set of standards for the handling of all data can be defined. These standards are then enforced though the use of Metadata to provide a consistent and accurate output for all data.
- Speed - The collection and use of Metadata in the design process means a set or reusable Information assets are created to speed the initial build phase and significantly reduce the timelines of additional development phases. From automated source to target mapping, transformational discovery, Unified Schema prototyping, Automated ETL job creation, Data lineage and Impact analysis, Metadata driven design delivers speed with accuracy.
- Flexibility – Metadata driven design promotes the creation of a flexible framework based on a set of agreed standards and reusable information assets. This provide the ability to easily and quickly analyse the impact and implement changes to add new data sources or extend the existing assents to meet new requirements.
Focus are recognised as advocates and industry leaders in Metadata Driven Design and would be happy to discuss how to integrate this approach into your existing systems regardless of your current information maturity or technology platform.