Chat with us, powered by LiveChat
Menu

Unifi Data Catalog

Unifi Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ for Machine Learning Data Catalogs, Q2 2018

 

 

Catalog everything,
no matter where data lives

Before you can take advantage of all the actionable insights your data assets can offer, you must consolidate these critical informational sources into a single metadata repository.
Your data catalog provides you and your users with a simple, searchable and unified resource that enables data discovery, no matter the sources’ original location.

Sean Keenan, Co-founder and VP Products at Unifi, demos the richness of features and benefits of the Unifi Advanced Data Catalog

FREE Trial of Unifi Data Catalog Buying a Data Catalog is an important decision and we want to make sure Unifi is right for you. Try the Unifi Data Catalog FREE, without obligation, on Azure,or on-premises.

Unifi Data Catalog:
Key Features

Unifi’s advanced Data Catalog is an innovative solution unlike any other, enabling users to easily catalog, collaborate, search and interact in robust and meaningful ways. Unifi’s Data Catalog encompasses the most critical features you and your users need, including:

  • Artificial intelligence-supported data crawling and data asset collection
  • Automatic cataloging of more than 60 types of data sources
  • Ability to catalog data sources in place, creating a complete catalog of metadata
  • Search and discovery capabilities, including AI-powered auto-discovery
  • Automatic object indexing
  • Support for data governance, including the ability to assign role-based user data access
  • Tightly integrated data catalog and data preparation capabilities
  • Collaboration support, including the ability to share objects and tag products and users within the platform

In addition to these powerful features, the Unifi Data Catalog also enables automatic data profiling and tagging, semantic search and Natural Language Query, as well as the ability to better understand the relationships between data and sources with Knowledge Graph.
Users also have access to a robust business glossary, with the option to import other third-party glossaries, as well as metadata management capabilities supported by crowd-sourced description and improvement quality ratings.

How it works

The Unifi Data Catalog enables the creation of a robust, searchable resource:

AI-powered
data crawling

identifies more than 60 different types of data sources to be included in the catalog.

Metadata
extraction

enables data sources to be cataloged in place where they currently live, without disrupting any existing archives, historical records, data storage systems or other database repositories.

Discovery and
assignment of data type

including AI-assisted identification of sensitive personally identifiable information, pinpoints specific data patterns and similar data types.

AI-assisted population

catalogs informational assets, including metadata and data type.

Robust search

allows users to interaction with data, including the ability to add similar datasets and assets, and to ask questions about discovered objects.

In other words, the Unifi Data Catalog supports data collection, discovery and use. This powerful platform connects with and crawls your data assets, extracts the metadata, catalogs the information, and makes it searchable to you and your users.

Catalog data where it lies

Today’s enterprises are using more data than ever before from a variety of sources. As these files are typically located in disparate databases and other locations across the company, it has historically been incredibly difficult to create an all-encompassing and searchable resource of metadata from all of these sources.

Unifi has empowered users to resolve this key issue with ease. Our advanced Data Catalog enables data to automatically be cataloged where it sits, preventing users from having to engage in this time-consuming process manually. Metadata is collected and cataloged, no matter where original data sources currently exist.

In this way, users can leverage this powerful capability to establish a single, all-encompassing data repository, without disrupting original data sources or the databases and other locations in which informational assets currently sit.

The power of AI

Artificial intelligence is everywhere today, and it isn’t hard to understand why. Advanced AI features now support many robust processes, particularly when it comes to businesses’ big data sources.
The Unifi Data Catalog includes powerful AI capabilities to enable:

  • Automatic data source crawling and identification of all sources able to be cataloged
  • Automatic assignment of data type according to source/metadata information
  • Identification of similar data types
  • Intelligent suggestions and recommendations, including the inclusion of similar and complementary datasets and sources
  • AI-supported catalog population
  • Automatic detection and assignment/classification of personally identifiable information (PII) to support optimal security for sensitive data during analysis

This is all made possible through the Unifi AI engine OneMind. In addition to supporting the Unifi Data Catalog, this robust AI engine enables advantages throughout the Unifi Self-Service Data Platform, including automatic data cleansing, data parsing and workflow automation recommendations.

 

‘The Business Case for a Data Catalog
Download Now  

Identifying and processing your most critical data assets

The Unifi Data Catalog can detect, crawl and catalog 60+ essential data sources,
including structured and semi-structured data assets from:


MPP Systems, including Teradata, Pivotal Greenplum, Vertica and IBM Netezza


Finance and accounting systems


Uncategorized sources, including PreEmptive Analytics, Square and Gmail


Customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation suites, encompassing SalesForce, Marketo, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Oracle, YouTube, NetSuite, Google AdWords, HubSpot and more


Collaboration and enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions such as SAP


On-premises and cloud- based databases, including Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, Azure SQL, Snowflake, Google BigQuery and more


Networking and authentication systems, like OData, OFX, LDAP and RSS


Document and file formats, including CSV, XML, JSON and Google Spreadsheets


Social networks, including Twitter and Facebook

Supporting user-friendly search

The Unifi Data Catalog leverages the most advanced data profiling capabilities available today, enabling automatic profiling, categorizing and tagging of data to make assets searchable and discoverable.
The Data Catalog features a search engine-like experience for users, allowing them to interact with the platform in a familiar and meaningful way.

  • After data is cataloged, every object is indexed to make it searchable.
  • This searchability establishes a living, breathing search repository, enabling users to search and find data assets and data projects.
  • Search features also enable users to ask questions about specific discovered objects, similar to today’s digital assistants.
  • Search supports robust interactions – users can continually ask questions and dig deeper into their datasets and metadata.
  • All search and answers are AI-powered, creating an intelligent and advanced searchable resource.

Enabling user collaboration

One of the elements that makes a next-level data catalog such a prime asset is its ability to cultivate a sense of collective intelligence among users. In addition to the ability to ask and answer questions about data, Unifi’s Data Catalog also supports in-depth collaboration through the ability to:
Tag specific users in certain projects. Users can invite feedback and input from other key stakeholders, bringing in new points of view and ensuring that no key elements are overlooked during an analysis initiative.
Share objects, including specific data sources and visualizations directly within the catalog interface.
Support conversations among users, including integrated discussions that take place within the catalog platform. This significantly streamlines collaboration, ensuring that users can leverage a single pane to search, interact with and discuss data sources and projects.

Harnessing the power of collective intelligence

Unifi’s Data Catalog is a game changer for users across the entire enterprise, providing the necessary resources to quickly expose key data to users – no matter what department they may operate within. This sense of collective intelligence means:
Individual users are unburdened from having to share business intelligence documents and assets on their own. The Data Catalog’s advanced file crawler automatically captures and catalogs information, freeing up users from having to engage in this manual work on their own.
The Data Catalog represents a first stop for gleaning data pertaining to key processes throughout the business. Users from customer service, the Help Desk, the accounting team, human resources and beyond have a simple, searchable asset to find the exact information they need.
Critical data is more accessible than ever to everyone – and is no longer siloed or squirreled away in disparate and disconnected databases specific to each department or project. This includes coveted tribal data, which can be added to the database, searched and leveraged by users across the organization.

Gartner Report
Data Catalogs are
the New Black

Download Now  

Data governance for security

A vast array of data sources and assets can create privacy and security concerns, particularly in connection with new and existing industry compliance regulations. The Unifi Data Catalog includes specific data governance and security capabilities, enabling you to better safeguard your sensitive data while still making key information available for analysis:

  • Assign specific, individual access levels for each user.
  • Support multiple user personas, including data engineer, data steward/governor/docent, data analyst, data scientist and citizen data scientist.
  • Establish customized data access rights for individual users.
  • Ensure that only those who require it can access data.
  • Provide certain data usage capabilities according to users’ assigned access levels.
  • Automatically identify and flag sensitive personally identifiable information (PII), ensuring that these assets are treated with the right data protection and safeguards.

Data virtualization creation

The Unifi Data Platform also includes innovative connect-in-place capabilities to support the creation of data virtualizations. This means your IT department and data stakeholders no longer have to copy and catalog all assets into a data lake – the Unifi Data Catalog does the work for you, thanks to its data virtualization layer. What’s more, Unifi also leverages Incremental Data Capture to request updates and ensure your virtualizations are kept up-to-date.

Understand data relationships

The Unifi Data Catalog interface features embedded JanusGraph, enabling users to easily access details pertaining to the relationship between datasets and attributes, including original sources, provenance and lineage. In this way, users can perform more robust searches and analysis and can glean the best insights according to connected or similar datasets.

Support for accuracy and quality

The AI engine OneMind is what enables the Data Catalog to provide answers to user questions, as well as suggestions about other, connected datasets that could prove beneficial for analysis. These recommendations are incredibly accurate and help offer a level of precision and expertise not available through other solutions.
What’s more, Unifi Data Platform users are also able to rate the quality of datasets and assets included in the catalog, as well as suggest metadata improvements to support the highest quality information possible. This allows every user to have the most complete picture and understanding of the datasets they utilize for their initiatives.

Robust integration

Unifi’s Data Catalog can also seamlessly integrate with some of today’s top analytics platforms, bringing your users’ data and analysis capabilities to the next level.


Users can begin their data journey within the Data Catalog, identifying the most valuable and relevant sources for analysis.


From there, users can move to another, integrated analysis platform, like the industry-leading Tableau.


Combining Unifi’s Data Catalog with Tableau enables users to understand the relationships between datasets, visualize information and answer key questions, ensuring the most impactful analysis results.

Unifi has a robust partnership with Tableau, allowing users to easily integrate these powerful platforms to get the most out of both solutions. We’re also working to build additional partnerships with other leading business intelligence and analytics solutions providers, allowing for further integration in the future.

A cataloged search engine for the data-forward enterprise

Now that so many different, valuable data assets are available to enterprise users, it’s imperative that businesses are able to make the most of this essential information. An advanced data catalog creates a search engine-like resource, enabling key datasets to be exposed and accessible to users across the company. Siloed and overlooked data sources become a thing of the past, and users are able to quickly and e ciently identify, understand and utilize business intelligence assets to improve operations and bolster the company’s position within its marketplace.

Building out your data capabilities

Unifi’s advanced and innovative Data Catalog represents a critical asset for both your organization and your user workforce. With options to build out the Data Catalog with other, robust self-service data capabilities, your business’s data analytics journey is limitless. Explore Unifi’s solutions for Data Governance and Security, Collaboration and Community, Workflow and Automation, Cloud Optimization and more.

“The catalog and discovery features of Unifi are at the heart of every data search we make“
Director Data & Analytics Technology,
Global Consulting Company

 

Benefit From Shared Learning

The key benefit of collaboration tools, as they relate to data, is shared learning between users. By no small coincidence, collaboration is a core aspect of the Unifi Data Platform and delivers unmatched value in shared knowledge and reduced time to insight.

Features at Glance

  • Slack-like communication between users
  • Access requests to data or workflow automation jobs handled within the platform
  • Notifications delivered within the platform
  • Shared knowledge easy to enter and access
  • Crowd-sourced data quality improvements
  • Unifi search to return collaborative comments and other insights

Share Insights, Don’t Hoard Them
Instead of a guarded, individualistic approach to knowledge, Unifi’s collaboration features expose all users to the knowledge of others – from metadata descriptions to shared transform jobs and workflow automation jobs…every aspect of the data pipeline.
This shared learning substantially reduces the time, money and effort required to perform critical tasks and ultimately leads to much faster insights.



“Collaborative learning around our data is probably the single most valuable aspect to reducing time to insight, this is an incredibly powerful part of the Unifi Data Platform.”
— Director of Audience Analytics, Global Media Company

Crowd-Source Your Data
Collaboration and shared knowledge impact data quality, plain and simple. From data accuracy to metadata descriptions, day-to-day information is valuable to every user, and the more users, the more the value increases. Let the shared learning begin!

 

Avoid the “Wild West of Data”

Because governance and security are critical, the Unifi Data Platform has you covered:

Features at a Glance

  • Support for multiple user personas
  • Support for Kerberos and Active Directory
  • Row and column level security
  • Comprehensive data lineage
  • Support for third-party lineage data
  • Comprehensive audit trail and reporting
  • Integrated access notification
  • Data encryption in transit and at rest
  • End-to-end data pipeline governance from source to data transformation

Support Multiple Personas, by default

  • Data Engineer
  • Data Steward/Governor/Docent
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Citizen Data Scientist
  • Customized access rights can be created by the Data Steward

“The Unifi Data Platform powers our Compliance Data Hub and dramatically accelerates compliance analytics insights.” Kyle DeBlonk, Head of Compliance Infrastructure, MoneyGram, Inc.

Create and Manage User Access Support for Kerberos/ActiveX facilitates the import of access privileges by individual user or group. For example, if a new data source is added that benefits marketing users, everyone in that group can immediately be granted access.

“The Unifi Data Platform powers our Compliance Data Hub and dramatically accelerates compliance analytics insights.” — Kyle DeBlonk, Head of Compliance Infrastructure, MoneyGram, Inc.

Create and Manage User Access
Support for Kerberos/ActiveX facilitates the import of access privileges by individual user or group. For example, if a new data source is added that benefits marketing users, everyone in that group can immediately be granted access.



Ensure Security at the Row and Column Levels
Select any data attribute in any dataset and then select a function to mask the data. Similar control can be applied to row-level data. Now see PII information on some records but not others, specifically important for regulatory compliance such as GDPR.



Know Your Data’s History
Data lineage is key – understanding where datasets were created and how derived datasets were transformed ensures data accuracy. Import third-party lineage data, such as that from ASG Rochade, into Unifi to provide a single source of linear truth.



Follow the Audit Trail
Traceability is also essential – having a comprehensive picture of which users are accessing which dataset, and understanding which datasets are most valuable. Access tracking can also help catch unauthorized access and may prevent data theft.

 

Put Our Mind to It

At the heart of the Unifi Data Platform is a powerful AI engine – OneMind. Every tool within Unifi benefits from OneMind. From advanced data profiling to automated data cleansing, data parsing and even workflow automation recommendations, OneMind is like your personal data assistant, predicting what you want to do next, while making recommendations.

Features at Glance

  • Continuous, autonomous learning and user-assisted learning
  • Natural Language Queries to streamline business insights
  • Advanced data profiling
  • Automatic data cleansing, normalization, and enrichment
  • Constantly updated recommendations throughout the data pipeline

Like OneMind, Learn Continuously
OneMind is constantly learning. Thanks to sophisticated algorithms that find patterns in the data as part of profiling or registering each user selection on the Platform, then cataloging and scoring the entries to continuously improve its self-learning features.




The Unifi predictions and recommendations are uncannily accurate and help us to deliver timely, value-based care to our patients.”
-Jason Cunnigham MD, Chief Medical Officer, West County Health Centers

 

Ask Questions, Expect Immediate Data Insights
With Unifi, OneMind and the Natural Language Queries it supports, users at any technical level can now ask questions with Google-like simplicity – and get answers within seconds. “What is the average value of this data?” “How many rows does this dataset contain?” “What is the median value of this attribute?” Go ahead, ask away.

“The Unifi predictions and recommendations are uncannily accurate and help us to deliver timely, value-based care to our patients.”
Jason Cunnigham MD,
Chief Medical Officer, West County Health Centers

Ask Questions, Expect Immediate Data Insights
With Unifi, OneMind and the Natural Language Queries it supports, users at any technical level can now ask questions with Google-like simplicity – and get answers within seconds. “What is the average value of this data?” “How many rows does this dataset contain?” “What is the median value of this attribute?” Go ahead, ask away.



Become an AI Superpower
OneMind’s AI accurately predicts what a user is trying to do with data and proactively recommends the next logical step. Unifi’s purpose has always been to make business insights from data available to the widest group of users within an organization.

 

Leverage Newfound Scalability

Every Fortune 500 company has invested in cloud storage and computing – the technical, operational and financial benefits are inescapable. From Day One, the Unifi Data Platform has leveraged cloud infrastructure to support the most advanced scalability features available. Unifi delivers a self-service data solution designed to empower businesses to deliver faster insights less expensively than any other solution.

Features at Glance

  • Native support for major cloud providers
  • Leverages elastic scalability to meet concurrent users or transformation scale
  • On-premises, cloud or hybrid deployment models
  • Support for and customers using Cloudera, HortonWorks and MapR
  • Integrated Cost Based Optimizer automatically picks the right environment
“We have over 150 firms using the UBA Data Platform, powered by Unifi on Microsoft Azure.”
Peter Weber
President, United Benefit Advisors

Pick a Cloud Provider – Any Cloud Provider

From basic storage support to the most advanced elastic scalability, the Unifi Data Platform has been engineered from the ground up to take advantage of everything the leading cloud providers have to offer, all while integrating seamlessly:

  • AWS – Support for S3 storage and Elastic Map Reduce
  • Microsoft Azure – Support for Blob storage and HD Insights
  • Google Cloud – Support for Apache Beam and DataProc

“We have over 150 firms using the UBA Data Platform, powered by Unifi on Microsoft Azure.”
Peter Weber
President, United Benefit Advisors


Pick a Cloud Provider – Any Cloud Provider
From basic storage support to the most advanced elastic scalability, the Unifi Data Platform has been engineered from the ground up to take advantage of everything the leading cloud providers have to offer, all while integrating seamlessly:

  • AWS – Support for S3 storage and Elastic Map Reduce
  • Microsoft Azure – Support for Blob storage and HD Insights
  • Google Cloud – Support for Apache Beam and DataProc

Expand Your Flexibility
Elastic scalability – the ability to instantly scale up the compute environment to address concurrency or workflow volume, and save enormously on operational costs while managing the transformation. Just another unique advantage of the Unifi Data Platform.