5 things we can’t wait to do at the Gartner Summit, Orlando

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Injecting active metadata into your governance and 4 other things we’re looking forward to at the Gartner® Data and Analytics Summit in Orlando

By Ashlee Dutton, Director, Analyst & Industry Relations at Solidatus

Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun with data?

It seems like only six months ago we were rolling up our sleeves in sunny Orlando for the last annual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit in the US.

And actually, it was only six months; lifting of Covid travel restrictions came too late for the conference to be held in its usual March timeslot, so we gathered in August instead, discussing, among other things, our new partnership with BNY Mellon and all the ways their Chief Data Officer and his team are using Solidatus to quickly deliver target state and ROI from their data ecosystem.

But with most of the world now enjoying pre-pandemic-style normality – prevalence of home- and hybrid-working aside – we’re back to a spring gathering for 2023, the summit running March 20th to 22nd.

So, what has happened in six months? As we all know the data world moves fast and we can often feel like we’re riding the Jurassic World VelociCoaster (Google it along with ‘Orlando’). So let’s not be fooled into thinking that little has changed since we last met; much data has flowed under the digital bridges both at Solidatus and in the data world more generally.

So here are the top five things we can’t wait to do in Orlando – besides of course enjoying the sun and sandal weather, even if it’s not quite as blistering as it was in August.

1) Showing you how to inject active metadata into your governance

Philip Dutton, CEO and Co-founder of Solidatus, will go into his presentation on March 22nd and it isn’t to be missed!

The unstoppable pace of digital and regulatory change means you can no longer ignore your data governance obligations. If you do, it’s a not question of if, but when your organization is impacted and suffers both financial and reputational loss.

Are you ready to be the change and inject a new lifeline into your organization’s data and analytics governance strategy? Learn how to adopt a smart and agile lineage-first approach, where you don’t just demonstrate compliance, but open a world of opportunities that’ll see your C-suite smile and make the unknown known.

If you believe in good governance, you won’t want to miss this – and we don’t want to miss you. (Though if we do, you can of course come and see us at our stand #301.)

Where and when: Theater 1 Exhibit Showcase Atlantic Hall, Wednesday at 12.35pm

2) Debating the role of active metadata

Active metadata is one the topics at this year’s event.

As Gartner put it in its Market Guide for Active Metadata Market Management, published November 2022, “Through 2024, organizations that adopt aggressive metadata analysis across their complete data management environment will decrease time to delivery of new data assets to users by as much as 70%.” 

It’s a subject very close to our heart, having been recognized in the same guide. We’ve written about active metadata more extensively in a blog post entitled From data to metadata to active metadata, and in two papers: this overview (PDF); and this one, which covers mining value from active metadata (PDF)

But there’s so much more to learn and contribute to the discussion, and we believe the Garter Data & Analytics Summit is the place to do it.

3) Demoing a bunch of cool new Solidatus features at Booth #301

If you don’t know much about Solidatus and its lineage-first mandate, come to our stand to learn, question or even debate what we mean when we say that we are the leading active metadata solution with unrivalled business and technical data lineage capabilities, leading to up to 96% cost savings.

If you do know us and how we help you deliver bulletproof governance and regulatory compliance, to name just one of the five solutions we enable, then we’ve got three awesome new features to show you, which we announced earlier this year:

  • The first is our all-new Solidatus Search, which allows you to zero in on whatever you’re looking for in your entire data estate. You can: find data elements, data flows and properties; fine-tune your search results with dynamic filters and suggestions; and locate the models you need to understand and navigate your business.
  • The second are Solidatus Dashboards, which elevate your top-level insight for smarter decision-making. You can: review at-a-glance aggregated statistics as graphs and numbers; choose what matters to you by defining the metrics that matter most; shine a light on data mess with unlimited customized metrics tracking.
  • The third is automatic SQL lineage visualization, with which you can: automatically extract and analyze SQL code; understand the flow of data through tables and views; and, with our SQL parsing connectors, annotate the dataflow graph with the SQL snippets.

Of course, there’s much else besides that we can show you, but this should whet the appetite of all but the hardest to please of data analysts and CDOs.

4) Showcasing the latest in our shiny portfolio of connectors

Our offering in this area is already very strong but we’re laser-focused on ramping up our efforts with our connectors, and we look forward to talking about them on our stand – as well as connecting with some of our technology partners also in attendance, such as Snowflake, Denodo and Collibra to name a few.

Paired with our stellar software development kit, it’s easier than ever to load metadata from disparate source systems. With our out-of-the-box connectors, you create your own connectors to load metadata from anywhere, with no vendor lock-in or other commitment.

But remember, not all connectors are built equal. How deep do those of other data governance, lineage and catalog software providers dive? Our program of development is focusing not just on number of connectors (adding to the dozens we already have) but on their depth and automated lineage mapping capabilities.

Come speak to us to discuss whether we have the right connectors for you or if we can build them for you when you get onboard with us.

But that’s not all on the connections front.

5) Connecting with our data community

We can’t wait to connect with you.

We’re not a sentimental bunch at Solidatus. “We’re a serious organization on a serious mission to make the unknown known in the complex world of data.” But the adage that people buy people – as in we buy from the people we like – isn’t just true; it’s true in reverse: people also tend to sell to people they like. At least, we do; we love our growing and loyal customers – and prospects – and look forward to catching up with you all in person.

So come by the stand if for no other reason than to say hello and pick up some of our new Solidatus-branded merchandise, including some fancy new wireless smartphone chargers; it’s all about connecting.

We’re at Booth #301. We’ll connect with you there!


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