We know it’s “all about the data” these days, organizations of all sizes and verticals are recognizing that the data industry is also changing: New tools, platforms and ways to govern data users are required to support data discovery and use through all skill levels and departments. Meanwhile, the volume, velocity, types, structure and sources of the data are also changing. All of this impacts the expectations for a business to make data-backed decisions; and in doing so, the teams who own, work, use and manage the data.

While nobody has a magic crystal ball that can see everything in the future, the Unifi team has identified six data industry predictions for 2019. These predictions are backed by data, countless conversations with customers, prospects, industry leaders and analysts, talented team members who spend their days thinking about shifts in the market and underlying business use cases and pain points and technology transformations, plus our constant and relentless tracking of the data industry.

Our first prediction is that Organizations of all sizes will invest in modern self-service data catalogs.

2019 Predictions

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Let’s examine more reasons why this trend will increase next year and how it impacts governance. Data users today need to first be able to search and identify where data is located before analysis. For users to do this, they need a data catalog that makes the data searchable but also protects users and data. All users should not have access to all data, therefore, a modern self-service data catalog will not only catalog and make the data searchable, but also provide tools to govern and protect the data. Organizations will also be interested in self-service tools because these tools frequently have features powered by AI and NLP that make it more accessible to a broader group of data users in the organization.

You can continue reading our 2019 Predictions in this infographic, or you can download the full report where we share each prediction and further thoughts and insights beyond what you’ll read in the infographic.