Data has been with us forever. Our life and work is all about data such as documents, projects, dates, personal files, plans, and so on. With the growing pace of life and business we are generating ever increasing amounts of data everyday. Our lives today are driven by data and all things digital more so than ever before. For companies, the situation with data is both compounded and confounded as more business decisions are based on making sense of all that data piling up in digital data landfills full of customer, market, operational, competitive information.
I’ve been reading an interesting article, Understanding your data landscape by Micheline Casey in her dataTrending blog. She is speaking about the importance of data capture in organizations. Here is an interesting passage:
Capturing information about your organization’s data landscape – and its inter-connected ecosystem – is a fairly straightforward process, though time-consuming the first time out of the gate if it’s never been done before. But it’s more than just a straight-forward inventorying of assets. There are lots of other metadata that should be collected and known about the landscape to bring the game-changing value.
Understanding the data in your company can significantly improve company performance. Micheline goes on to say in her article,
Strong enterprise architecture practices and metadata repository can assist in linking data assets to the business and services that those assets support. This allows for slicing and dicing of data in ways to support DG, standards, policies, DQ, portfolio management, and performance management. It also supports understanding of the interconnectedness of data assets across the environment, including externally.
This last point resonates well with what Inforbix does with manufacturing and engineering data. Inforbix seamlessly captures data located anywhere in your company, for example, it will expose data about what products are developed, manufactured, and supported. IP and metadata about your products is located in CAD files, Excel spreadsheets and PDM databases. Inforbix captures this meta-data by scanning and indexing all sources of data and connecting them together by inferring relationships where they exist. In this way, Inforbix helps you increase the value of the data in your organization or company. Here’s a picture of how Inforbix works:
Conclusion. Capturing data about the products you design, manufacture, and support is a logical step that will help you survive (and dig out of) the digital data landfills growing in your company. Give Inforbix a try and let us know what you think.