In the age of big data and business intelligence, data catalogs are becoming the essence of metadata management, helping and guiding data users better understand their data and its importance. A data catalog focuses on data assets and connects the data sets within the assets with its related metadata to help the users of the data understand it better. Data Catalogs are rapidly and widely being integrated into the systems across industries to manage the extensive data at hand. Integrating and implementing data catalogs is the first step in data governance. A Data Catalog can be defined as a collection of metadata, typically used for data management with query access to help analysts and other data users find the data that they need. It serves as an inventory of available data within the organization and provides access to evaluate the fitness of data for its intended use. With all its benefits, the effectiveness of the Data Catalog depends on the central capacity to provide a collection of metadata.
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After studying Economic Computer Science at the University of Cooperative Education, Wolfgang Epting, Solution Advisor Chief Expert for Platform and Database Management Central and Eastern Europe at SAP, initially worked as a database administrator at Arburg GmbH. After a short training period he took over the main responsibility for the entire database landscape at this medium-sized mechanical engineering company. 2009 Wolfgang moved to the client technical professional department of IBM Deutschland GmbH and focused on the solution portfolio in the field of data governance, compliance and security. From 2014 on, he was responsible for data security and governance solutions at Informatica GmbH, before moving to SAP at the end of 2017, where he helps customers and prospects to implement proper data governance strategies and meet the challenge of the new EU Data Protection Regulation through the SAP Solution Portfolio.