Menu
Bring your company's 'dark data' to light with this free new tool from Tamr

Bring your company's 'dark data' to light with this free new tool from Tamr

The downloadable metadata app was released Thursday into public beta

All the analytics tools in the world won't do a company much good if it doesn't know what data it has to analyze. Enter Tamr, which now offers a free, downloadable tool designed to help tackle that "dark data" problem.

Dark data generally refers to all the information an organization collects, processes and stores but doesn't use for analytics or other purposes. It's often unstructured or qualitative data that's harder to keep track of than numerical data is, and by research firm IDC's reckoning, it can account for as much as 90 percent of an organization's information assets.

“The CFO can tell you specifically where all the company’s financial assets are, but the CIO or CDO cannot tell you where all the company’s data assets are,” said Nidhi Aggarwal, Tamr's global head of strategy, operations and marketing.

Aiming to help enterprises bring that untapped wealth to light, Tamr's enterprise metadata catalog -- released Thursday into public beta -- can help companies create an inventory of their data sources, including metadata about who owns the source, what tags have been applied to it and profiling metrics about its tables and attributes.

The tool can document different kinds of data sources as well as the people who might be associated with them, enabling organizations to share centralized repositories of metadata along with any associated institutional knowledge.

Users can register, search, filter and tag their sources while also associating them with the analytic questions they need to ask and the applications they need for that purpose.

Tamr Catalog provides a visual representation of related sources, thereby helping users determine which data to curate, unify and prepare for any analysis.

Equipped with that new information, business analysts can enrich their analyses with additional, easily discoverable sources of relevant data, for example, while data architects can see and better understand the organization's data assets, Tamr said.

A component of Tamr's larger Data Unification Platform, the Tamr Catalog Beta is now available as a free, standalone app for download. Tamr will be demonstrating it at Strata + Hadoop World next week in New York.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Featured

Slideshows

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel

Typically, the New Year brings new opportunities for personnel within the Kiwi channel. 2017 started no differently, with a host of appointments, departures and reshuffles across vendor, distributor and reseller businesses. As a result, the job scene across New Zealand has changed - here’s a run down of who is working where in the year ahead…

Examining the changing job scene in the Kiwi channel
​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?

Digital Transformation (DX) has been a critical topic for business over the last few years and IDC is now predicting a step change as DX reaches macroeconomic levels. By 2020 a DX economy will emerge and it will become the core of what New Zealand industries focus on. From the board level through to the C-Suite, Kiwi organisations must be prepared to think and act digital when the DX economy emerges in 2017.

​What are the top 10 tech trends for New Zealand in 2017?
Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017

Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017

​The New Year brings the usual new round of humdrum technology predictions, glaringly general, unashamedly safe and perpetually predictable. But while the industry no longer sees value in “cloud is now the norm” type projections, value can be found in following developments of the year previous, analysing behaviours and patterns to formulate a plan for the 12 months ahead. Consequently, here’s the top Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017...

Top 15 Kiwi tech storylines to follow in 2017
Show Comments