Data Is the New Gold: Bringing Data Together to Drive Outcomes

December 17, 2019 Thameem Khan

Organizations today get data from a vast array of sources and in a variety of formats. Yet, only a fraction of data is known and used successfully. Boomi plays a vital role in helping organizations effectively use their known data, providing fundamental value to the business.

As organizations endeavor to leverage unknown data, they often discover a higher volume than expected, and the resulting processing slows down projects. The result is a delay in much needed business outcomes and a competitive disadvantage. With today's acquisition of Unifi, Boomi is changing the game. Its data catalog and preparation solution breaks down the barriers of operational data silos and democratizes information for actionable insights across the business.

Business and IT Democratization in the Digital Era 

Organizations have spent decades collecting data and now it’s time to ensure that it can be trusted regardless of where it resides or how it transforms across the enterprise. It’s becoming increasingly important to support large data volumes, faster and smarter, driving the adoption of iPaaS across business and IT. Making sure that organizations have the right processes to ensure their data meets compliance at all levels is even more critical.

Boomi will integrate Unifi Software's products into our unified platform to bring together operational data silos and democratize the flow of information across practitioners, stakeholders and decision makers.

Fueled by automation and intelligence, Boomi helps business users understand where data resides while providing value and context. Boomi also provides the ability to explore and innovate with the data by preparing it before ingesting into visualization and analytics systems. And our self-service data catalog and preparation capabilities empower users to seamlessly generate insights. 

As the need for CIOs, CISOs, CMOs, and CDOs (Chief Data/Digital Officers) to gain insights from their data increases, they are looking to answer 5 key questions:

1.    Discover: Where’s my data?

Bringing known and unknown data together is important to make sure we understand the data sets across diverse environments like multi-cloud, on premises, hybrid and cloud SaaS applications all the way to the edge.

2.    Describe: What’s the structure?

Data has been standardized via manual processes in the past. Now, customers are moving to intelligent data cataloging and schema creation with automation capabilities within a unified platform.

3.    Trust: Can we trust the data?

With the recent trends in the cloud era, customers are seeing a shift from centralized data stewardship to decentralized autonomous trust and governance.

4.    Prepare: Can we consume the data?

Organizations are looking for faster data processing and moving from batch scheduled data preparation to streaming real-time data.

5.    Connect: Can we integrate applications and data?

With pervasive connectivity, customers can accelerate access to trusted data across applications, systems and things. Whether we are looking to connect legacy on-premise systems with new SaaS applications or emerging endpoints, we need to access and govern trusted data across internal and external stakeholders.

With the new data catalog and preparation solution, ETL/data engineers, data analysts, citizen data stewards and data integration specialists can benefit from:

Unified Metadata View: Users can quickly automate data stewardship efforts and identify data lineage in the golden records.

Organizations have a minimum set of business applications and require data to be consistent across the data sources. With the Boomi data catalog and preparation, you can track applications, identify data sets and automate stewardship. Furthermore, lineage can be exposed to identify data models and decentralized trust helps to validate data sets.

Data Migration: In an enterprise, applications go through a journey of onboarding and offboarding over a period of time.

Organizations are continually onboarding new applications or offboarding old ones, and the data within these applications live and migrate from one application to another. During data migration, it is common to underestimate the time needed for the migration as changes to business processes, metadata, data, protocols and volume are not accounted for accurately. Hence businesses can suffer from year-long, unsuccessful, expensive migration projects. The joint solution helps organizations overcome these challenges and accelerate time-to-value for migration projects.

Data Compliance: Users can track applications within the organization and across geographies to identify metadata and provide insights for compliance.

GDPR and CCPA are governmental regulations that require organizations to disclose any data collection and declare the purpose for data processing, retention and third-party access. Boomi’s data catalog and preparation allows for the tracking of different applications/systems within the organization, across geographies, to identify metadata (PII) information and provide insights for removal of data to comply with GDPR/CCPA rules.

Unlimited Possibilities for Our Customers and Partners

The new data catalog and preparation functionality expands opportunities for our customers and partners. Users can:

  • Explore data silos and applications to catalog and identify integrations in Boomi Integration
  • Automate data preparation, stewardship, and lineage identification in Boomi Master Data Hub golden records
  • Classify data sets using the data catalog and expose as APIs via Boomi API Management
  • Benefit from Extract, Transform and Load (ETL) runtime and additional database and filesystem extensions with our new software adaptors.

iPaaS has evolved into a strategic tool in enterprises and, as the industry leader, customers are expecting Boomi to provide solutions to all data-related problems. The addition of data catalog and preparation to the Boomi integration platform helps the customer discover, describe, trust and prepare the data to find more value out of it and innovate.

For more information on how Boomi can help your organization solve all your data-related issues, please contact our Boomi integration specialists

About the Author

Thameem Khan is Boomi's General Manager, Boomi Data Catalog & Preparation. He has been with Boomi since 2010. His focus is on thought leadership and competitive positioning for Boomi. Khan is good at two things: manipulating data and connecting clouds.

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