Data Glossary

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.” — Socrates
Data is the resource that fuels our digital economy, but most enterprises find it difficult to get value out of their data because they do not know what they have, where it is, or what it means.

Global IDs Data Glossary
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An Overview of Data Glossary

Data is the lifeblood of the Information Age, but to be used successfully it must be named and understood.  Global IDs support these fundamental requirements with their 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 confusing.  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

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.

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Importance of Workflow in Different Roles

For instance, a Subject-Matter Expert (SME) may know 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 copy editing the text. 

It is easy to see how important workflow among the different roles is, and Global IDs Data Glossary provides rich functionality to design and operate the needed workflows.

How to Deal with Large Sets of Data Glossary?

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.

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Global IDs Platform Links Business Terms in the Data Glossary to Technical Data Objects

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

Understanding the data that drives your enterprise – where it is, what it is, and its state of integrity. This is the first step toward getting control of enterprise data.

At a Glance

The Global IDs platform maintains an up-to-date, comprehensive inventory of data assets, wherever they are in the ecosystem.

Define Key Business Terms

Collaborative Workflow for Proposal, Evaluation, and Approval of Business Terms

Import Existing Business Glossaries from Spreadsheets and Other Formats

Links to Business Objects or Critical Data Elements, Providing Entry Points to Other Global IDs Data Management Tools

As Quoted in Software Reviews

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.

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