Data Glossary

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” — Socrates

Data is the lifeblood of the Information Age, but to be used successfully it must be named and understood.  Global IDs supports these fundamental requirements with its Data Glossary capability.

The management of names is needed to ensure the same data element is not called different things in reports, dashboards, screens, and so on thereby causing confusion.  Data element names should be either accepted business usage or descriptive of what the data means.  All of this needs a Data Glossary where names can be found and managed.  Collaboration in naming is also part of what is required. 

Global IDs Data Glossary provides all of the functionality needed for searching and collaboration, making it possible for enterprises to successfully address their terminology needs around data.

Beyond terminology is the need to understand the meaning of data elements and other data objects, which, at a minimum requires management of definitions.  Again, Global IDs Data Glossary search and collaboration features help with this need.  In addition, workflows are particularly important in the management of definitions as different roles need to be involved.

For instance, a Subject Matter Expert (SME) may have the knowledge of what a particular data element means, and can provide this information, but a Business Analyst (BA) may need to take the text and standardize it so that references to other data elements are correctly named and hyperlinked, as well as copyediting the text.  It is easy to see how important workflow among the different roles is, and Global IDs Data Glossary provides a rich functionality to design and operate the needed workflows.
While collaboration and workflows are important in steady state data governance, there is often a need to deal with large sets of Data Glossary content when a particular area of the business is being brought under data governance, or even for a particular project.  In these situations it is usual to get the content prepared in spreadsheets first.  Global IDs Data Glossary supports this approach with an easy-to-use bulk import of business terms and definitions from spreadsheets, and other file formats too.
The Global IDs Data Glossary gets tremendous added value by leveraging the other components of the Global IDs Platform to link business terms in the Data Glossary to technical data objects.  In this way technical data objects become understandable to the business.  This highlights the central role played by the Data Glossary in how the entire Global IDs platform delivers value to the enterprise. Contact us at +1 (888) 514-0192 to learn more about Global IDs Data Glossary and to request a demo.

How It Works

What are we talking about?

Without clear definitions of what we are talking about, we may only appear to communicate. Somewhat different meanings naturally may accrue to key business terms across divisions, departments, or even individuals, resulting in miscommunication and its attendant effects. A common reference or data glossary for key business terms is therefore essential.

Data Glossary
Global IDs Data Glossary

Agreement on Definitions means Collaboration

Precise and adequate definitions of business terms require the contribution and agreement of more than one individual. Global IDs Data Glossary is a collaborative tool for proposing, evaluating, and approving new (or old) terms and their definitions.

Data Glossary: An entry point to the Data Landscape

Key business terms typically relate to one or more critical data elements or objects. When integrated with the functions of the Global IDs Data Ecosystem Evolution Platform (DEEP) platform, Data Glossary definitions provide easy entry points to visualizing and querying the logical and physical data landscape through functions such as Global IDs Data Catalog.

Data Glossary: An entry point to the Data Landscape
Data Discovery and Profiling

Global IDs Data Glossary at a glance:

The auto-discovery of data and its profiling is a miracle. The Machine Learning Algorithms for the data profiling are well executed. The overall workflow of the tool is exceptional and well thought out.

CDO, Manufacturing

The automation of metadata collection. It is impossible to gather this information manually, and a wide range of metadata is needed to make sense of any data environment. Global IDs delivers the complete picture that is needed.

President, Banking

The Global IDs team is willing to go the extra mile in order to ensure that their product is among the best in terms of data quality and management.

Data Governance Specialist, Banking

My favorite aspect of Global Ids is the company itself. The leadership of Global Ids has demonstrated to me that it cares greatly about my success in using the product and ensuring I am getting the right value to help my company in meetings its goals

Data Governance Lead, Finance

The support team makes all of the difference. They’re always willing to work with you to create whatever you feel like is missing or needs to be tweaked to provide a better end-user experience

Data Governance Lead, Banking

The company has a passion for adding new product features that are needed for modern metadata management, and they strive to truly understand the needs of their customers. The technical depth of the product provides confidence in its applicability and use. Overall, it is the ecosystem approach that really sets Global Ids apart from the competition.

President, Banking

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