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Data Discovery – Part 2 – Use Cases

Second in the 3 part series. The first post  covered a brief overview of search technology and the need for data discovery. This article covers some use cases and problems that DD would help solve.

Data Discovery would be a useful in. Data discovery would be useful whenever an analyst wants to perform adhoc analysis without the need to write SQL queries or to follow detailed processes to identify issues and improve customer satisfaction.

There are innumerable use cases for Data discovery which are not immediately apparent when a business purchases a data discovery tool/product. But let see the difference between traditional BI and data discovery platform and how they differ.

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Information Centric project need more data analysis that ever. Discovery is the first phase of any information centric projects and DD would satisfy so many use cases that are relevant to the management.

Some Common Problems/Use cases that DD can solve

  • DD can help organisation which face difficulty in quickly analysing all the data sources and the data needs. Since these environments are constantly changing it becomes a tedious process to document all the changes.

  • DD can help companies in data identification and reduction of data redundancy. Simplifying environments can significantly reduce costs for operational support, while reducing the cost of integration projects.

  • Often time it becomes a big nightmare for data analyst trying to discover or unearth complex business rules and transformation logic between two data sources to solve a specific customer problem. Data discovery eliminates part of the problem by highlighting the data that might be the root cause of the problem.

  • Data discovery tools help do adhoc analysis on any sets of data without the need for a developer or IT intervention. Corporate IT environments are complex, and it is costly to create an inventory.

  • DD helps Deliver targeted, user-centric experiences in a scalable way and Allow business users to change the customer experience and dynamically push updates—without engaging IT.

After all, in this era, it’s survival of the smartest and the fastest, not the perfectly controlled and architected.

The next and last post in the series would cover the available tools and product offering in the market.

Sources: Gartner Research and

Jim Miller

Mr. Miller is an IBM certified and accomplished Senior Project Leader and Application/System Architect-Developer with over 30 years of extensive applications and system design and development experience. His current role is National FPM Practice Leader. His experience includes BI, Web architecture & design, systems analysis, GUI design and testing, Database modeling and systems analysis, design, and development of Client/Server, Web and Mainframe applications and systems utilizing: Applix TM1 (including TM1 rules, TI, TM1Web and Planning Manager), dynaSight - ArcPlan, ASP, DHTML, XML, IIS, MS Visual Basic and VBA, Visual Studio, PERL, Websuite, MS SQL Server, ORACLE, SYBASE SQL Server, etc. His Responsibilities have included all aspects of Windows and SQL solution development and design including: analysis; GUI (and Web site) design; data modeling; table, screen/form and script development; SQL (and remote stored procedures and triggers) development and testing; test preparation and management and training of programming staff. Other experience includes development of ETL infrastructure such as data transfer automation between mainframe (DB2, Lawson, Great Plains, etc.) systems and client/server SQL server and Web based applications and integration of enterprise applications and data sources. In addition, Mr. Miller has acted as Internet Applications Development Manager responsible for the design, development, QA and delivery of multiple Web Sites including online trading applications, warehouse process control and scheduling systems and administrative and control applications. Mr. Miller also was responsible for the design, development and administration of a Web based financial reporting system for a 450 million dollar organization, reporting directly to the CFO and his executive team. Mr. Miller has also been responsible for managing and directing multiple resources in various management roles including project and team leader, lead developer and applications development director. Specialties Include: Cognos/TM1 Design and Development, Cognos Planning, IBM SPSS and Modeler, OLAP, Visual Basic, SQL Server, Forecasting and Planning; International Application Development, Business Intelligence, Project Development. IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 (perfect score 100% on exam) IBM Certified Business Analyst - Cognos TM1

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