Modernizing Data Management with Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation

New Dell Technologies solution with Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation server appliance accelerates business outcomes by enabling diverse users to gain insights from data.

New Dell Technologies solution with Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation server appliance accelerates business outcomes by enabling diverse users to gain insights from data.

Here are a couple of numbers that should cause concern for IT leaders: By 2025, we will be creating 463 exabytes of data every day. Data scientists already spend 45 percent of their time on data preparation tasks, such as loading and cleaning data. In light of findings like those, we clearly need more efficient ways to manage the data deluge that is hitting all organizations.

So, what’s wrong with today’s approaches? For starters, even as enterprises are producing, capturing and storing more data than ever before, many potential users can’t find critical information and don’t have the tools they need to turn data into actionable insights and drive business outcomes. That’s because over 60% of enterprise data can be unknown, dormant or underused.

Here’s another challenge. For many organizations, the move to big data technologies has created barriers to information for business and data analysts. Worse, data opacity and analytics complexity put the burden on IT to provide data extracts because most business users lack the required source system access and coding skills to independently explore the data.

To enable a broader community of data consumers, a fresh approach is needed— one that enables efficient and secure access to data, no matter where it resides, for everyone with a business need. This brings us to the launch of Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation (DCP) software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

This new offering from Dell Technologies can be a game-changer for organizations working to become more data driven. It enables people in your organization to derive business value from practically any combination of enterprise data sources — without learning to program.

Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation is a platform that provides value for both IT and the business analyst community. The Data Catalog features can provide a central repository of all the data sources and detailed meta-data that bring that unknown or underused data to the attention of business analysts. IT can enable data preparation capabilities for business users by simply adding a Boomi DCP node to a new or existing big data cluster. IT staff responsible for data governance can configure the right data access for the right users, using DCP role-based security integrated with existing source systems controls.

Business analysts using DCP can create powerful data transformations and summaries, with basic relational data knowledge and some and common SQL commands. These jobs are then run using highly scalable Hadoop services to produce new data artifacts for analysis that replace traditional “data extract” requests. The artifacts are suitable for use with many popular reporting and visualization tools, both inside and outside of the Hadoop ecosystem.

Even better, Boomi DCP on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers is easy for IT to install and manage, easy for use in data governance management and easy for business analysts to use. This combination enables organizations that are investing in big data technologies to safely expand the end-user base, provide more value and improve the ROI of data-driven initiatives.

Ready for a deeper dive?

For a close-up look at the capabilities of Boomi Data Catalog and Preparation software on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, read or download this white paper.

This document describes an end-to-end use case that demonstrates a typical Boomi DCP workflow. The use case example addresses the different types of problems that can be solved using the Boomi DCP toolset and shows how the data discovery, data cataloging and data transformation capabilities of Boomi DCP can be combined into an integrated business solution.

About the Author: Janet Morss

Passionate about data analytics, including machine learning and high performance computing, Janet Morss works in product marketing. Her favorite: Sharing the amazing impact our customers have on people's lives using technology. Prior to joining Dell EMC, Janet worked in HPE Server Strategy, Planning and Operations with a focus on SMB and Enterprise solutions. With multiple degrees and a love of learning, Janet is a start-up style marketer from Colorado who loves to snowboard.