October 6, 2009 Kalido announced significant enhancements to the Kalido Information Engine, extending enterprise data governance to data warehousing and master data with user-friendly automated technology.
The data governance functionality in Kalidos new release addresses a fundamental problem in organizations today, according to Jill Dyché, partner and co-founder of Baseline Consulting.
Dyché was quoted in the release to say that there is a lack of common understanding of what it means to execute data governance. By giving its customers search, browsing, data validation and rule enforcement - through a series of intuitive interfaces - Kalido not only automates previously cumbersome data management functions, they also help define the rules of engagement between IT and business users, Dyché said.
Merv Adrian, a Principal at IT Market Strategy, says data governance and stewardship are typically an afterthought in most organizations. Tactical decisions about data don't cross product boundaries, process boundaries or organizational ones. But the result is data that can't be trusted of poor quality and uncertain provenance. A solution like Kalidos, he says, offers a master data management solution that tackles these problems in a collaborative partnership between business and data technologists.
Using Kalidos graphical style model, the new version presents some key benefits, Darren Peirce, director of product management for Kalido said. The application includes intuitive browsing using a Google-style search capability as well as hierarchical browsing, which allows users to drill down through the data instead of the model.
Kalido Information Engine now provides a collaborative platform for business and IT users, designed for enterprise-wide adoption of a data governance program, according to the company release. Business users can identify problem and request changes, which are automatically routed to data stewards through Kalidos embedded workflow engine.
The Information Engine separates work-in-progress master data from published master data and provides control over how and when publication occurs, according to Peirce. This gives data owners the freedom to continuously refine master data, and gives organizations the flexibility to construct data governance processes based on business requirements.
Using a single consolidated system to manage multiple kinds of master data, the Kalido Information Engine has increased in scale and performance. It now includes a loading capability that is built and designed to comfortably support 500 million records of information, Peirce said.
Kalido is moving in a direction that emphasizes improved collaboration and driving larger user populations in companies that adopt its technology, said Adrian. To get there they have ramped up the performance and scalability of their platform. These are critical technical enablers as Kalido continues to penetrate large firms with many subject areas that can be tackled.
The new version of Kalido Information Engine will be available at the end of October. All customers that are currently supported will get the upgrade as part of their maintenance contract.
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