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Creating and Implementing a Meta Data Strategy


Many organizations today have begun to realize that the data and information they create every day are valuable enterprise assets. Those with accessible and higher quality information will make more informed and more effective business decisions. This is true for all organizations since all enterprises need quality information to guide their decision-making and to provide optimum service to their customers.

This course will provide a practical roadmap for designing and implementing an enterprise data management initiative. This includes identifying the specific steps that are required for aligning each of the most common enterprise data management focus areas. Workshops will include data governance and stewardship approaches and structures for each of these areas and students will develop a plan for their organization to achieve the goals of EIM implementation.

Benefits To Your Company

Having a well managed meta data environment:

  • Provides the semantic layer between a company’s systems (operational and business intelligence) and their business users
  • Reduces training costs
  • Makes strategic information (e.g. data warehousing, CRM, SCM, etc.) much more valuable as it aids analysts in making more profitable decisions
  • Create actionable information
  • Limits incorrect decisions
  • Assists business analysts in finding the information they need, in a timely manner
  • Bridges the gap between business users and IT professionals
  • Increases confidence in the IT system data

Who Should Attend

  • Data architects
  • Enterprise architects
  • Data administrators
  • Database administrators
  • Database designers
  • Systems analysts
  • Business analysts
  • Project managers
  • IT professionals

Learning Objectives

  • The foundation of sharing data assets across entire organization
  • How to develop recognition of the value of data and its components
  • How to develop a map for managing expanding information requirements
  • The importance of central data administration to an organization
  • A method for addressing data quality, data integrity, data reuse
  • How to measure the value of information
  • An overview of information stewardship and the business/IT relationship to meta data

What Makes This Certified Course Unique

This ICCP-certified course provides participants with practical, in-depth understanding of how to implement a successful enterprise wide meta data strategy. Through case studies and team interaction attendees will attain the real-world implementation skills necessary to build a program for their organization. Attendees will receive examples of the various artifacts that form the documentation of a meta data strategy, and will be able to interact with other attendees to extend their understanding of the importance of starting and maintaining an enterprise-wide meta data strategy. Hands-on workshops throughout the course will reinforce the learning experience and provide the attendees with concrete results that can be used in their organizations.

Course Outline

  1. Understanding meta data
    • Defining meta data
    • Technical meta data
    • Business meta data
    • Meta data as the key to knowledge management
    • Meta data above and beyond data warehousing
    • Directions of meta data
  2. How to implement a meta data strategy
    • Understanding the key meta data vendors
      • Evaluating meta data tools (integration and access)
      • How to evaluate meta data tools vendors
    • Meta data management architectures
      • Centralized, decentralized, and distributed
    • Challenges of implementing a meta data strategy
    • Components of a meta data strategy
    • Constructing the meta data strategy scope document
    • Defining meta data requirements
    • Identifying sources of meta data
    • Integrating sources of meta data
    • Roles in meta data management
    • Approaches to meta data development
    • Creating the meta data project plan
    • Meta data ROI definition
  3. Introduction to information governance and stewardship
    • Data governance overview
    • Roles in data governance
    • Alignment of data governance and meta data strategy
  4. Completing the meta data strategy
    • Implementation issues
    • Successful strategy situation
  5. Workshop conclusion
    • Summary, additional exercises, sources for further reading, etc.

Standard Duration

  • 2 days (may be customized as needed)

To learn more about how EWSolutions can provide our World-Class Training for your company or to request a quote, please feel free to contact Anne Marie Smith, our Director of Education at

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