The Waterline Data Blog

May 23, 2017

Are You and Your Metadata No Longer Friends?


“Metadata is our friend,” said Hitachi’s CTO at Meritalk’s Big Data Brainstorm late last year.

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Topics: Big Data, metadata

May 17, 2017

Going on Offense with your Data Catalog is the Difference Between Success and Failure

This week we had three new installations of the latest version of the Waterline Data Catalog.  Because this is a relatively new release with some major functionality improvements, our VP of products has closely monitored and sought out customer feedback. When I asked him how things were going, he said, “the installations went very smoothly and I can tell you now, that customers A & B will be successful.” But when I asked about customer C, he said “if we don’t do something, customer C, will fail.” Customer A is a large manufacturer in the computer industry, customer B is a worldwide restaurant chain and customer C is a data analytics company.

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Topics: Big Data governance, Data Catalog, Supply Chain Management, Data Intelligence, Enterprise Software Deployment

May 10, 2017

Diginomica Covers Nordea’s Use of Waterline for Machine-Led Decision Making

A great article appeared in Diginomica this week about Nordea combining Waterline Data’s information cataloging with data wrangling to drive the Swedish bank’s machine-led decision making.

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Topics: Big Data, GDPR, Customers, Machine Learning, Financial Services, Press Coverage

May 2, 2017

Three Ways CDOs Can Ratchet Up Their Offense

There’s a cliché in sports: Offense wins games, defense wins championships.

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Topics: Big Data, Chief Data Officer, Dark Data, CDO

Apr 25, 2017

Complying with GDPR’s Right to Be Forgotten Rule:  Ignorance is no excuse!

May 25, 2018.  That’s when the new requirements set forth by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will go into effect.

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Topics: GDPR, Big Data compliance, data management, data governance, data lineage

Apr 19, 2017

Search is NOT a Data Catalog

In talking with prospective customers, I am finding there is a lot of confusion about what makes a data catalog. Lately, we’ve seen some companies consider taking their search technology and calling their search product a “data catalog”, which is not entirely accurate. This is happening purely because the enterprise search market is being overrun by open source phenom, Solr and companies that were once in the enterprise search space are looking for a new home. 

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Topics: Data Catalog, crowdsourcing, data management, automated tagging

Apr 12, 2017

Danger, Will Robinson! GDPR is Coming!

Or so the robot from Lost in Space might say. Though, as organizations begin working toward GDPR readiness, many may find themselves instead quoting Dr. Smith: “Oh the pain, the pain!”

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Topics: Big Data governance, GDPR, Big Data compliance

Apr 4, 2017

How data management is like cleaning up after my teenage daughters

Do you (or your organization) waste too much time searching for data and not enough time actually using it? Me too. In fact, most Chief Data Officers I speak with complain of the same problem and I’d estimate that in general, 9 out of 10 CDOs complain about this particular issue. But when you consider the way most companies manage their data, this shouldn’t really come as much of a shock. 

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Topics: Big Data discovery, Data Catalog, Data management software, Data Redundancy, data warehousing

Mar 28, 2017

It’s time to look in the mirror and confess, “I am a data hoarder, and I need help.”

Data hoarding organizations like yours are risking too much.  It’s time for hoarding organizations to shut down their data museums. 

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Topics: data hoarding, data storage, data encryption, data discovery

Mar 21, 2017

Yada, Yada, Yada. Why Are We Still Just Talking about the Dangers of Dark Data?

Last week I came upon an article entitled, “Beware the Dangerous Databerg Lurking Beneath Your Business' Surface.” Apparently awareness of all the ways dark data can damage a business is still incredibly limited—so much so that Veritas actually determined there was a need to post this sponsored piece on

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Topics: Big Data, Big Data governance, Dark Data, Big Data compliance, Big Data security


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