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Day: February 18, 2021

Gilbane Advisor 2-18-21 — graphs, stacks, apps, meshes, privacy

In this issue we look at enterprise knowledge graph semantics, how to move to a distributed data mesh, a helpful case study on UX improvements, “best-of-breed” stacks, and personal data privacy, first party ads, and consumer contradictions.


A definition of “Enterprise” in EKGs

Enterprise knowledge graphs are on the rise, but terminology and even conceptual understanding is inconsistent. Dan McCreary’s article is a good place to start to organize your own thoughts before diving in…

Many people co-mingle the terms from open linked data world and the semantic web stack’s role with the concepts related to sustainability and scalability of enterprise knowledge graphs.


How to move beyond a monolithic data lake to a distributed data mesh

If you haven’t yet had a reason to develop a complete understanding of what a distributed data mesh is, or how it relates to looking at data as a product for multiple enterprise functions, there is a good chance you will before long. Some familiarity will be important for many roles beyond pure data management. This in-depth article by Zhamak Dehghani covers the why and how, and likely answers most questions you have.


Quantifying UX improvements

Nielsen Norman Group‘s Kate Moran presents a case study, with before and after screen shots and metrics, illustrating how an informed information architecture can increase customer self-service and improve both customer experience and sales efficiency.


Best-of-breed stacks

Debates on the relative merits of vendor suites versus best-of-breed application solutions have been going on for decades. The data was scarce and questionable, the arguments “qualitative”, and the conclusions invariably “it depends…”.

Scott Brinker has a lot to say about today’s version of this debate with the more complicated and flexible software architecture options available. For his latest post on the topic he came up with a great way to apply some neutral data to his view that stacks are growing and increasingly best-of-breed.


Also, on personal data, privacy, ads…


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Alation releases update to data intelligence platform

Alation Inc., provider of enterprise data intelligence solutions, announced the release of Alation 2021.1. The newest release extends connector and query coverage to virtually any data source, expedites relevant search & discovery through data domains, and features new data governance capabilities.

Alation 2021.1 includes connectors to a comprehensive range of applications and data sources, beyond Business Intelligence (BI) and filesystems, to applications such as ServiceNow and Salesforce. The platform’s new, federated authentication enables users to query cloud services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Snowflake using single sign-on. By snapping into a variety of applications and data sources, Alation serves as a single place to find, understand, and trust data across an organization. Alation 2021.1 also includes:

  • Accelerated time to insight. A new Open Connect Framework software development kit (SDK) enables third parties, including customers and partners, to build connectors to niche RDBMS and BI data sources such as NoSQL and application sources.
  • Increased search relevancy by allowing users to narrow their searches based on how data is grouped logically by the organization, such as business unit or geography.
  • New data governance capabilities. New impact analysis reports provide an immediate view into the downstream impact of data changes.

https://www.alation.com/press-releases/data-intelligence-platform-with-broadest-deepest-connectivity/

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