Speeding up the search and data discovery is one of the main functions of data catalogs, no matter how big your data store. Using a combination of machine-generated technical metadata and metadata generated by user actions, a combination of data cataloging tools work together to build the data catalog.
Working across every platform in your organization that stores or generates data, these cataloging tools automatically delve into a range of data stores to build up a record of what’s there and how it’s used. Sources include things like ERP, CRM, and e-commerce software, and ultimately you will be able to view and access all of these datasets from the catalog interface.
The result is much like the online catalog of a large-scale retailer. Searching millions of records takes seconds, and each piece of data is accompanied by further details about its content and use. By giving you a one-stop access point to all of your data, large scale processing and analytics becomes much easier.
By basing the search function on tags and metadata, data catalogs can form the backbone of a serverless fast search, letting your employees and applications find the data they need faster than ever before. With a solution that’s designed to be scalable, you won’t need to worry about sluggish search results as your data stores grow.