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Collibra’s free tool tests data maturity against its peers

Collibra unveiled a new tool on August 11 that allows organizations to test their data intelligence maturity against their peers.

The Data Intelligence Assessment Tool was launched in conjunction with the release of a new IDC report sponsored by Collibra, a New York-based cloud-based data management provider.

According to the “2022 Data Intelligence Index”, two-thirds of more than 1,000 respondents said that having insight into the data they use to inform decisions plays a critical role in the success or failure of the choices they make on the basis of analyses.

However, around two-thirds also noted that it is difficult to identify and control their organization’s data sources.

Assess data maturity

With this information as a starting point, along with anecdotal information gleaned from conversations with existing and potential customers, Collibra, together with IDC, developed the Data Intelligence Assessment Tool to enable organizations to better understand maturity of their data operations and improve their data. informed decision-making processes.

Other data and analytics providers already offer similar tools. Qlik provides assessments through its Data Literacy Program, and Calligo, in partnership with Fivetran, offers its Data Maturity Impact Assessment. Similarly, training organizations like EWSolutions and TDWI provide data strategy assessments.

The Collibra Data Maturity Assessment – which is free and available to anyone – is made up of a series of questions. After completing the assessment, organizations receive a personalized report that shows them their data maturity – how deeply embedded data analytics is in their organization – compared to their peers and provides recommendations on how to improve. improve their data intelligence. Recommendations include Collibra products.

We have noticed that there is a wide range of maturity in terms of how [organizations] think about and implement data intelligence. This made us curious to have a broader understanding of data intelligence trends and maturity in industries and organizations.

Stijn ‘Stan’ ChristiaensCo-Founder and Chief Data Citizen, Collibra

“We noticed that there is a wide range of maturity in terms of how [organizations] think about and implement data intelligence,” said Stijn “Stan” Christiaens, co-founder and chief data citizen at Collibra. “It made us curious to have a broader understanding of data intelligence trends and maturity in industries and organizations.

Ultimately, the Data Intelligence Assessment Tool and similar assessment surveys serve to inform organizations about their own operations, according to David Menninger, analyst at Ventana Research.

“It helps an organization understand how well — or poorly — it is addressing the issues being assessed,” he said. “It’s not imperative, but it’s useful for raising awareness within an organization.”

And while useful, assessment tools generally have limitations, according to Donald Farmer, founder and director of TreeHive Strategy. He noted that different departments, regions and teams within large companies often have widely varying skill sets and that a single assessment cannot capture this complexity.

“It may make sense — and I actually recommend this approach — to run the assessment separately for different sub-organizations with the specific goal of capturing this variation,” Farmer said. “You can learn a lot from this process, including where your strengths and weaknesses lie, where internal cross-fertilization and mentorship can help you, and where to focus your resources.”

Additionally, he noted that assessments only capture one organization — or a subgroup within a large company — at a single moment. They do not show whether the maturity of the data or any other subject assessed is improving or decreasing, or whether change is happening rapidly or gradually.

“I think assessments can be very useful if done over time to track changes,” Farmer said. He advises organizations “to use assessments at the right level, not for the whole business at once, and to use them over time to assess progress – or lack thereof.”

And given Collibra’s expertise in data management and preparation, the vendor is well positioned to offer such an assessment of an organization’s data maturity, he added.

Platform Capabilities

Collibra also continued to update its core platform, the Data Intelligence Cloud, which automates the data preparation workflow.

First introduced in June 2020, its March 2022 update brought a new browser extension and improved data governance capabilities.

“Collibra has done a good job establishing itself as a leading data governance provider,” Menninger said.

Unlike data management providers such as Alation that started out with data catalogs, Collibra was initially about creating and managing data policies, Menninger noted. Now, however, Collibra and its peers are offering platforms that include both feature sets.

As Collibra continues to add features, future Data Intelligence Cloud updates will focus on helping data teams access and work with data faster and more securely, according to Christiaens.

Meanwhile, Menninger said he would like to see Collibra and other data management vendors add more analytics governance capabilities. They have long enabled governance around the use of data, but they have yet to address guidelines for how analytics projects are run and deployed.

“I would like to see more integration of analytics governance with data governance, not just in Collibra, but across all data governance products,” Menninger said. “Analytics governance is just as important, but still doesn’t get the same level of attention in the marketplace.”