Empowering Business Intelligence through Data Governance with Collibra

Empowering Business Intelligence through Data Governance with Collibra

Introduction
The data deluge is a real challenge for modern organizations. Data is dispersed across diverse systems, platforms, and formats. While democratized access empowers various teams, it raises concerns about data governance, quality, and security. Effectively managing this data ecosystem is crucial. We need data to be accurate, accessible to the right people at the right time, and secure. Adding another layer of complexity is the ever-growing landscape of data protection regulations like GDPR, CCPA, and PDPA (variations exist by region). Organizations must navigate these legal requirements to ensure data privacy and compliance.

Why Collibra?
While numerous data governance solutions exist, a recent evaluation by The Forrester Wave in Q3 2023 stands out. This report identified and rigorously assessed leading providers, ultimately positioning Collibra as a top contender in the data governance landscape.

The services Collibra provides
Collibra data governance service helps organizations establish a framework to ensure that data across the enterprise is managed according to agreed-upon policies and standards. This include

  • Data Governance: Establishes a framework to manage data according to policies and standards, ensuring compliance and accountability.
  • Data Catalog: Enables easy discovery and understanding of data assets through cataloging, metadata enrichment, and search capabilities.
  • Data Quality and Observability: Monitors and improves data quality across systems with rules, checks, and metrics to ensure accuracy and reliability.
  • Data Privacy and Protection: Manages and protects sensitive data to comply with regulations like GDPR, including classification, consent management, and risk assessment.
  • Data Lineage: Provides visibility into data origins, movements, and transformations, supporting traceability, impact analysis, and compliance.
  • Policy Management: Enables creation, management, and enforcement of data-related policies to ensure consistent governance practices.

How Collibra works
Collibra streamlines data governance by first identifying and connecting to an organization’s various data sources, such as databases, data lakes, and cloud storage, using connectors and APIs for secure access. It then automatically discovers and catalogs data assets, enriching them with essential metadata to make data easily findable and accessible across the organization. With data sources integrated, Collibra facilitates the implementation of data governance frameworks, enabling the enforcement of data policies and standards, while also supporting data quality management and privacy controls. Additionally, it offers tools for data lineage, impact analysis, and generates insights through reporting and dashboards, aiding compliance and data-driven decision-making, thereby serving as a critical component in managing data assets effectively.

Example of In-cloud Collibra
Collibra sits between these two planes in a unique way. It doesn’t store or process the data but rather governs how data is handled, processed, and understood. Collibra:

  • Connects to the data plane to understand what data exists, where it is, and how it’s classified. It applies governance policies directly to this data, ensuring compliance and proper management.
  • Interacts with the compute plane indirectly by governing the processes that data undergoes, such as during ETL operations or analytics. Collibra ensures that these processes adhere to governance standards and that the data lineage is tracked.

Therefore, Collibra acts as a governance layer that spans across both the data and compute planes, providing oversight, policy enforcement, and governance workflows that guide how data is stored, accessed, and processed. It ensures that data movements from the data plane through the compute plane for various operations are governed according to organizational policies, compliance requirements, and best practices.

System Integration
Collibra boasts a versatile integration capability, allowing it to connect with a wide array of systems and platforms across an organization’s data landscape. This includes traditional databases like Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL, as well as modern data lakes such as AWS S3, Azure Data Lake Storage, and Google Cloud Storage for handling large volumes of unstructured data. Collibra seamlessly integrates with big data platforms, including Hadoop and Spark, enabling organizations to govern and catalog vast datasets efficiently. Beyond storage solutions, Collibra also connects with business intelligence and analytics tools such as Tableau, Power BI, and Looker, facilitating a unified governance approach that extends to data analysis and reporting processes. Additionally, it supports integration with cloud platforms and services, for example, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, offering organizations the flexibility to govern data across hybrid environments.

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The Need for Collibra Amidst Existing Cloud Provider Services
While cloud providers offer essential services for data storage and processing, including some governance tools like AWS Glue Data Catalog, Azure Purview, and Google Cloud Data Catalog, these may not fully address the intricate needs of comprehensive data governance and management. Collibra fills this gap with its specialized focus on advanced data governance, quality, and compliance, complementing cloud services. It provides detailed policy enforcement, data quality management, and regulatory compliance capabilities that go beyond the scope of cloud providers’ offerings, such as those found in Amazon Macie for data security or Google Cloud DLP for data loss prevention. This synergy between Collibra’s specialized functionalities and cloud infrastructure enables organizations to not just securely manage their data but also ensure it’s effectively governed and leveraged as a strategic asset.