“Without metadata, it’s like looking in a medicine cabinet with a bunch of unlabeled bottles. Unfortunately, with databases we feel that somehow people are supposed to be able to figure that out. That’s what’s so ridiculous.”Evan Levy Baseline Consulting
Evan Levy explains the role of metadata in integration and why data management, which entails defining your metadata, is key to master data management. Levy is a partner at Baseline Consulting and an instructor at The Data Warehousing Institute. He will be a presenter at this year’sTDWI World Conference, May 9-14 in Chicago. Last week,Levy and IT Business Edge’s Loraine Lawson discussed the business problems created by poor metadata practices.
Lawson: How does metadata relate to integration, either in terms of problems it creates or ways it helps?
Levy: The reason metadata is important is, if I have two files, how do I link them? Metadata is going to tell you which columns mean which things.