Data Governance and Azure Purview

09 Mar 2021, MOQdigital

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The modern enterprise environment is a data-centric world. Organisations are always increasing the amount of data they must collect, store, and analyse to inform critical business decisions and measure their organisation’s performance. As data becomes increasingly important, so do the tools needed to discover, manage, and track information in the absence of a data governance program.

In the absence of a data governance program, the decisions made about key data systems are made by association staff who “own” the system. When there are different owners for systems (which is very common), the result is inconsistencies in data availability, collection, usability, integrity, and security. This instantly causes data quality problems. It also can negatively impact user experience if there is no integration or procedures to update the existing data within your environment. If you and your organisation find yourselves in such a predicament, MOQdigital highly recommends deploying an Azure Purview solution. 

What is Azure Purview? 

At the end of last year, Microsoft launched Azure Purview, a unified data governance solution that would solve the inherent challenges with managing disparate data assets. This new platform is designed to help your organisation to enable a better understanding and knowledge of its data and empower users with a data driven collaboration.  

At its core, Azure Purview is a unified data governance tool that automates data discovery, scanning, classificationlabelling and business glossary. This gives users a holistic view and understanding of critical data assetsIt pulls data from all the various Azure repositories and third-party data stores, including on-prem SQL servers, SaaS applications, and other forms of Cloud Storage. It is built on Apache Atlas, an open-sourced platform for data governance and provide seamless deployment on Azure Platform. Purview is designed with comprehensive security and data compliance built in. 

What does Azure Purview do? 

Purview serves three primary purposes: mapping data from multiple and disparate data sources, categorising and labelling data on both pre-built or custom classification rules, and generating usable data insights.  

  • Data Mapping – Purview creates a unified data map by precisely scanning all data sources across your entire data estate. With ability to view data lineage, it’s enabled users to find where the data is sourced and how it transforms at the asset and granular object level on supported data sources. Azure Purview easily integrates with all third-party data systems using Apache Atlas APIs. 
  • Data Cataloguing – Presenting the discovered data so users understand relevant information is available and where each set is stored. Purview allows searching for and tagging data sets containing specific technical or business terms, with the system automatically determining the data’s sensitivity level by examining columns for certain keywords.  
  • Data Insights – The resulting data catalogue gives you insights into the location, movement, and transformation of data within a multi-faceted or hybrid data environment. 

Azure Purview as a Data Management and Governance Solution 

In essence, Purview helps you manage and govern your data from multiple sources, allowing you to map and visualise your data landscape in real-time. Purview bridges the gap between scattered data sources and centralised data management. By discovering, mapping, and categorising data, Purview gives you a bird’s-eye view of all your enterprise data environment. Additionally, it provides useful information about data distribution across different domains, data movement, and the locations of sensitive high-value information. 

Azure Purview brings into focus the need to have a centralized data governance system and delivers on virtually consolidating data sources onto a single pane of glass. It is not entirely possible to have just one data repository in the real world due to the complexities of dealing with variable data sets, formats, sources, and sensitivity levels. Purview is a much-needed and welcome data management solution for organizations using multi-cloud infrastructures, SaaS applications, on-premises datacenters, and Azure data storage services. 

Redefine your data governance with Azure Purview 

Today, data is the most sought-after business asset. But its value depends on how fast you can discover and use data insights. The more data you gather, the more accurate insights you can draw. But more data makes analysing it more difficult. This is the paradox of analysis. Purview helps you draw more insights from more data by bringing the sources together. 

If you would like to learn more on how Purview can transform your Data Governance, MOQdigital offers a free eBook with a more in-depth explanation of Purview and its benefits. If you would like to explore the possibility of deploying Purview to your Azure Environment, please contact us here