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CDC, Lineage, and Governance, Oh My!

Just like Dorothy, the Tin Man and Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz who sang of “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My”, it seemed as if there were 3 topics that were constant points of discussion during the recent Enterprise Data World show in San Diego. Those topics were, CDC, Data Lineage and Data Governance, Oh My!

You know that new technologies or methodologies have become mainstream when they either get the treatment of the 3-letter acronym or consume much of the discussion at trade shows. This was certainly the case last week in San Diego. It was very interesting to hear so many companies who came to our booth asking what type of software solutions we could provide in one of these 3 topic areas. Because of the high level of interest, I thought I might share some industry definitions for each one and provide an overview of how Syncsort can help companies who have initiatives or projects for CDC, Lineage or Governance (or maybe even all three).

data governance

CDC, or Change Data Capture, is a set of software design patterns used to determine (and track) the data that has changed so that action can be taken using the changed data.

Data Lineage, is all about the data’s origins, what happens to it and where it moves over time. Data Lineage provides visibility while greatly simplifying the ability to trace errors back to the root cause.

One can easily see how important both CDC and Lineage can be when used in conjunction. A simpler way to define the 2 concepts might be that CDC Tracks what changes in data and Lineage tells you where it came from. Taking both concepts a step forward, it’s very easy to make the leap as to how important CDC and Lineage are in a Data Governance strategy. Data Governance is the management of all the data which an organization has, to ensure that high data quality exists throughout the complete lifecycle of the data. That definition includes another key component to Data Governance, and that is Data Quality.

CDC, Lineage, Data Governance

The chart above was taken from my session last Wednesday at EDW entitled, “Data Quality & Data Governance: Two Sides of the Same Coin”. As you can see, Data Quality Software and Data Governance Software do indeed have some overlap in functionality, but both are critical to a successful Data Governance strategy. In addition, throw in CDC and Lineage, along with Data Quality, and your Data Governance strategy is primed for success!

Now, let’s talk about what Syncsort can provide in all the key areas mentioned above:

  1. Data Quality: Syncsort’s industry-leading data quality products can tackle your organization’s greatest global data quality challenges.
  2. CDC: Our Connect CDC reflects changes on your cluster as soon as they happen.
  3. Lineage: Syncsort integrates with your Big Data infrastructure to provide detailed Data Lineage from all Enterprise Data for Superior Data Governance.
  4. Data Governance: Syncsort’s data quality software is integrated with the leading Data Governance Vendors in the marketplace to provide a best of breed, end to end solution when it comes to Data Governance.

In conclusion, when Dorothy and her friends, the Tin Man and Scarecrow, were trekking through the forest on the way to Oz, they sang of Lions and Tigers and Bears because they were scared they might run into them! You don’t need to be frightened by CDC, Lineage and Governance. Find out how Syncsort Data Quality products can help in finding your way down the Yellow Brick Road to a successful Data Governance strategy!

Fore more, make sure to check out our webcast from Dr. Tendü Yoğurtçu on Data Quality and Lineage.

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