Gavilan Research Associates announced the availability of an important, new meta data research study called the Meta Data Usage Survey - 2004 Report of Findings.

This innovative research study was conducted throughout 2004 and was targeted at Global 5000 companies worldwide.  The survey asked participants to describe the collection, management and deployment goals of the meta data management function within their organization.  The survey also asked people to describe their top meta data management issues are problems, plus the meta data software solutions that they are currently implementing, planning to build or planning to purchase. More than 225 people participated in the survey, and the 2004 Report of Findings describes the cumulative results from 177 verified participants at 155 unique companies.

"The survey results are quite interesting," says Stu Carty, president and founder of GRA.  "When I launched the survey in early 2004, (using a Web-based third-party survey service) I wanted to see 'what meta data issues or problems companies are currently struggling with.'  I wanted to ask a series of questions centered on the topics of:

  • What meta data issues are companies struggling with?
  • Who is most affected by these issues?
  • Do any vendor solutions help solve these problems?
  • What key features should vendors be incorporating into their metadata software products?
  • How can we better communicate the issues (and solutions) to our colleagues and management?

The survey questions examine the current topics, issues, trends and problems that are concerning Global 5000 corporations in 2004.  The report also discusses potential vendor software products that may help you to solve your meta data management problems.
"It was surprising for me to see that many of the metadata problems that exist in 2004 have been around for many years now," says Carty.  "Our world has become more complex and will continue to become more complex, yet we really haven't solved the basic problem of effectively managing corporate meta data.  We still have trouble in effectively defining and accessing our corporate information assets.  Global 5000 companies are suffering from the 'Google complex.'  They spend millions of dollars each year building, buying, implementing and maintaining their data processing systems and applications.  Yet they always forget to implement the last (and perhaps most important) piece of the puzzle - a card catalog or easy search facility that helps employees to research, find and access the key corporate information assets (items like business reports, corporate data definitions, file locations and where-used/last-updated information).  A good meta data management system functions as the 'Google' or 'card catalog' that helps employees to locate information more easily within the corporate information environment."

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