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Data Discovery – Part 3 – Product Offerings

The last in the series about Data Discovery tools discusses the current product offerings.Links to previous posts in the series.

(Visual) Data Discovery ( Beauty or a Beast ? )
Data Discovery – Part 2 – Use Cases

Lets look at the features that are most useful for a data discovery platform and then identify the products that offer some or most of the features.Below are the features that are required for a data discovery tools based on my broad research on the different data discovery products available today.

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Apart from the most sought out features there are other considerations before a decision to proceed with these products, like Enterprise class security, Ability to integrate with 3rd party application, Active Directory integration and Big Data integration.

Disclaimer: The below feature representation is not a comprehensive view of all the product capabilities, but gives an overview of the highlighted product features from the respective product websites.


Unlike the mature BI offerings, most of the data discovery platforms are relatively new and have yet to fill all the feature gaps that might make them formidable platform in the future. There are also overlaps between their BI offering and Data discovery platform features. The use cases for these products are very different and organizations would be wise to look at the use cases and the business value they might provide before making a purchase decision.

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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