Metadata summarizes data, which has the ability to make finding and working with relevant data easier. Think of it as data bout data. Metadata can be created manually by a user, or automated by a data processing tool. It commonly describes how, when and by whom a particular data set was created and what native format it resides. As enterprises move on from the data warehouse method of data collection and storage toward a more unified approach to Data Management, viewing data in this way will become the norm.
Whether its inclusion in a recent analyst report, the release of an interesting new solution or a new round of funding, these are the top 4 Metadata Management providers we are keeping our eye on for 2017 and beyond:
The Adaptive Metadata Manager product comprises a number of highly configurable software components that provide an organisation with the six core capabilities required to govern and improve virtually any data-driven business capability. Built on a modern web application stack, application modules are accessed via a web browser. End-user capabilities, like business glossary lookups, are also easily integrated into desktop productivity applications for ‘in-document’ searching.
2. Cambridge Semantics
Anzo lets both data stewards and business analysts manage concepts, relationships, vocabularies, taxonomies, and thesauri by tracking metadata elements’ approval and usage life cycles,. This solution promotes reuse via semantic/conceptual search, and allows you to capture arbitrary extended attributes about any metadata element. Anzo also lets you operationalize your metadata by using it to directly drive forms, visualizations, analytics, and data-integration processes.
3. Data Advantage Group
MetaCenter metadata repository with search and collaboration tools give business and IT users the ability to understand how to deliver maximum value from information assets. Users can use search and analytical tools to find out what happens downstream and upstream with the information they use. ActiveLinx Adaptors can be used automatically load structured metadata no matter how diverse. Distinctive loosely coupled metadata architecture within MetaCenter Repository keeps metadata in its native form.
4. Global IDs
The Global IDs Product Suite contains 30 layers of product functionality to address the diversity and complexity of corporate data landscapes in addition to more than 160 applications that have been developed over the last 12 years. The applications have been designed to connect together to create custom workflows, workflows that can be executed with minimal human involvement. The suite is automated, easy to deploy, scalable, and business-value focused.
Consult our Data Management vendor directory for an even longer list of solution providers we’re tracking in the year ahead.