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Key Advantages of Metadata
A centralized metadata repository means that everything can be stored and accessed in a single location. This one location creates a single source of truth and allows multiple sources to be analyzed in one location.
Fremont, CA: To be successful in analytics, a company should implement a platform solution with a metadata layer. There are numerous options available today. Making a decision can appear to be a difficult and complex task. When it comes down to it, however, there is no comparison to the metadata benefits of the centralized, object-oriented architecture. The key to success is reusability, scalability, efficient management, centralized administration, and a single source of truth, all of which can be provided by metadata. All of these things, and more, are possible with a centralized, object-oriented metadata architecture.
A centralized metadata repository means that everything can be stored and accessed in a single location. This one location creates a single source of truth and allows multiple sources to be analyzed in one location. Data from disparate sources, which cannot normally be analyzed together, can be combined and linked via a metadata layer to provide useful analysis to the business. Because everything is in one place/repository, centralized metadata makes maintenance and administration easier. Everything is treated as an object, allowing for greater flexibility and nearly limitless administrative control over all aspects of the metadata.
Security and Governance
Having a centralized metadata repository simplifies the task of securing and governing data from multiple sources. Because everything is treated as an object in an object-oriented architecture, you have complete control over your data at all levels. Reports, dashboards, and configurations are all part of this. Placing security on folders, KPIs, reports, dashboards, users or even creating security filters provides peace of mind to the business that its data is secure and only viewable by the desired business users.
Reusability and Scalability
When metadata is centralized, it becomes the one and only source of truth. Once a metadata object has been created and defined, it can be reused based on the security definitions assigned to the object. Different departments can use metadata objects with confidence that the data will be consistent with what other departments are reporting. This not only assists businesses in avoiding mismatches and issues with data analysis and reporting but also decreases redundancy and unnecessary space use.