As quickly as a common language can unite us, the lack of a shared lexicon can destroy us. Separated by an inability to communicate without a shared set of words and expressions, we will never be able to understand the person across the table from us. This phenomenon applies to every aspect of business, and is as important to data management in particular as it is to business dealings more generally.
If everyone within an organization speaks the same language and uses the same lexicon to deal with information resources, our data alignment and data governance strategies are more likely to be a success. But if different individuals and disparate departments relate to and talk about data in disconnected, mismatched ways, effective data management is hopeless. This is where business glossaries become crucial for effective communication, proper data governance, and enterprise-wide success.
We’re talking about having the whole congregation sing from the same hymn sheet here. Of course, you’ve got to write the hymn sheet first. Business glossaries enable correct data entry, filing, and classification by establishing and defining the language a company uses to handle data at every stage.
The semantic structure established in a business glossary unifies every department, team, and employee with a single lexicon that lets them input, interpret, and evaluate data cohesively and consistently.
From data entry through to data extraction, business glossaries create agreement about how to deal with data throughout the company. That means knowing how to key in new information, and also how to search for data sets and analyze results (and every data step in between).
Through Advanced Metadata's Metadata Manager, which include a Business Glossary Manager, for example, organizations can establish and enact enterprise-wide data policies and rules that benefit their overall data governance strategy. The Business Glossary Manager can also be used to ensure that your company’s in-house policies and terminology are aligned with industry compliance standards.
With a business glossary in place, companies know that when it’s time to derive business insights from their data, the lexicon they use to search for and analyze data sets is the same for every employee from entry level to executive level. This assurance that data within an organization survives its entire journey from input to insight guided by the same ontology allows businesses to stay compliant and business leaders to rely confidently on the quality and integrity of their information.
The business glossary is all about getting data aligned and unified by language—introducing your entire enterprise to the same data hymn sheet.