Organisations today get data from a vast array of sources and in a variety of formats. Yet, only a fraction of data is known and used successfully. 

For its part, Boomi, a Dell company, plays a vital role in helping organisations effectively use their known data, providing fundamental value to the business.

As organisations endeavour to leverage unknown data, they often discover a higher volume than expected, and the resulting processing slows down projects. The result is a delay in much-needed business outcomes and a competitive disadvantage. With Boomi’s acquisition of Unifi, late last year the game is changing. Its data catalogue and preparation solution breaks down the barriers of operational data silos and democratises information for actionable insights across the business.

Business and IT Democratisation in the Digital Era 

Organisations have spent decades collecting data and now it’s time to ensure that it can be trusted regardless of where it resides or how it transforms across the enterprise. It’s becoming increasingly important to support large data volumes, faster and smarter, driving the adoption of iPaaS across business and IT. Making sure that organisations have the right processes to ensure their data meets compliance at all levels is even more critical.

Boomi will integrate Unifi Software’s products into our unified platform to bring together operational data silos and democratise the flow of information across practitioners, stakeholders and decision-makers.

Fueled by automation and intelligence, Business users need to better understand where data resides while providing value and context. Boomi sees its role as providing the ability to explore and innovate with the data by preparing it before ingesting into visualisation and analytics systems. And our self-service data catalogue and preparation capabilities empower users to seamlessly generate insights. 

As the need for CIOs, CISOs, CMOs, and CDOs (Chief Data/Digital Officers) to gain insights from their data increases, they are looking to answer 5 key questions:

  1. Discover: Where’s my data?

Bringing known and unknown data together is important to make sure we understand the data sets across diverse environments like multi-cloud, on-premises, hybrid and cloud SaaS applications all the way to the edge.

  1. Describe: What’s the structure?

Data has been standardised via manual processes in the past. Now, customers are moving to intelligent data cataloguing and schema creation with automation capabilities within a unified platform.

  1. Trust: Can we trust the data?

With the recent trends in the cloud era, customers are seeing a shift from centralised data stewardship to decentralised autonomous trust and governance.

  1. Prepare: Can we consume the data?

Organisations are looking for faster data processing and moving from batch scheduled data preparation to streaming real-time data.

  1. Connect: Can we integrate applications and data?

With pervasive connectivity, customers can accelerate access to trusted data across applications, systems and things. Whether we are looking to connect legacy on-premise systems with new SaaS applications or emerging endpoints, we need to access and govern trusted data across internal and external stakeholders.

With the new data catalogue and preparation solution, ETL/data engineers, data analysts, citizen data stewards and data integration specialists can benefit from:

Unified Metadata View: Users can quickly automate data stewardship efforts and identify data lineage in the golden records.

Organisations have a minimum set of business applications and require data to be consistent across the data sources. With the Boomi data catalog and preparation, you can track applications, identify data sets and automate stewardship. Furthermore, lineage can be exposed to identify data models and decentralised trust helps to validate data sets.

Data Migration: In an enterprise, applications go through a journey of onboarding and offboarding over a period of time.

Organisations are continually onboarding new applications or offboarding old ones, and the data within these applications live and migrate from one application to another. During data migration, it is common to underestimate the time needed for the migration as changes to business processes, metadata, data, protocols and volume are not accounted for accurately. Hence businesses can suffer from year-long, unsuccessful, expensive migration projects. The joint solution helps organisations overcome these challenges and accelerate time-to-value for migration projects.

Data Compliance: Users can track applications within the organisation and across geographies to identify metadata and provide insights for compliance.

GDPR and CCPA are governmental regulations that require organisations to disclose any data collection and declare the purpose for data processing, retention and third-party access. Boomi’s data catalogue and preparation allows for the tracking of different applications/systems within the organisation, across geographies, to identify metadata (PII) information and provide insights for removal of data to comply with GDPR/CCPA rules.

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Andrew Birmingham is the director of the Which-50 Digital Intelligence Unit of which Boomi is a corporate member. Members provide their expertise and insights for the benefit of our readers. Membership fees apply.

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