erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance Pros and Cons

erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance Pros

RickDe Avila
Data Architect at NAMM
The biggest benefit with erwin DI is that I have a single source of truth that I can send anybody to. If anybody doesn't know the answer we can go back to it. Just having a central location of business rules is good.
The solution gives us data lineage which means we can see an impact if we make a change. The ability for us to have that in this company is brilliant because we used to have 49 data stewards from some 23 different groups within six major departments. Each one of those was a silo unto itself. The ability to have different glossaries — but all pointed to the same key terms, key concepts, or key attributes — has made life really simple.
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Tracy Hautenen Kriel
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data Modeling CoE/COP at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The data management is, obviously, key in understanding where the data is and what the data is. And the governance can be done at multiple levels. You have the governance of the code sets versus the governance of the business terms and the definitions of those business terms. You have the governance of the business data models and how those business data models are driving the physical implementation of the actual databases. And, of course, you have the governance of the mapping to make sure that source-to-target mapping is done and is being shared across the company.
We always know where our data is, and anybody can look that up, whether they're a business person who doesn't know anything about Informatica, or a developer who knows everything about creating data movement jobs in Informatica, but who does not understand the business terminology or the data that is being used in the tool.
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Manoj Narayanan
General Manager - Digital & Analytics Practice at HCL Technologies
erwin has tremendous capabilities to map right from the business technologies to the endpoint, such as physical entities and physical attributes, from a lineage standpoint.
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Sharon Allen
Sr. Manager, Data Governance at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
They have just the most marvelous reports called mind maps, where whatever you are focused on sits in the middle. They have this wonderful graphic spiderweb that spreads out from there where you can see this thing mapped to other logical bits or physical bits and who's the steward of it. It's very cool and available to your business teams through a portal.
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reviewer1270386
Solution Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The possibility to write automation scripts is the biggest benefit for us. We have several products with metadata and metadata mapping capabilities. The big difference when we were choosing this product was the ability to run automation scripts against metadata and metadata mappings. Right now, we have a very high level of automation based on these automation scripts, so it's really the core feature for us.
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Jim Marr
Analytics Delivery Manager at DXC
We use the codeset mapping quite a bit to match value pairs to use within the conversion as well. Those value pair mappings come in quite handy and are utilized quite extensively. They then feed into the automation of the source data extraction, like the source data mapping of the source data extraction, the code development, forward engineering using the ODI connector for the forward automation.
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reviewer1328286
Data Program Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
There is a wide range of widgets that enables the user to find the proper information quickly. The presentation of information is something very valuable.
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erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance Cons

RickDe Avila
Data Architect at NAMM
The fact that I sometimes have to go in and out of different applications, even though it's all part of the whole erwin suite, perhaps means it could be architected a little bit better. I think they do have some ideas for improvements there.
There was a huge learning curve, and I'd been in software development for most of my career. The application itself, and how it runs menus and screens when you can modify and code, is complex. I have found that kind of cumbersome.
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Tracy Hautenen Kriel
Sr. Manager, Enterprise Data Modeling CoE/COP at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The metadata ingestion is very nice because of the ability to automate it. It would be nice to be able to do this ingestion, or set it up, from one place, instead of having to set it up separately for every data asset that is ingested.
We chose to implement on an Oracle Database because we also had the erwin Data Modeler and Web Portal products in-house, which have been set up on Oracle Databases for many years. Sometimes the Oracle Database installation has caused some hiccups that wouldn't necessarily have been caused if we had used SQL Server.
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Manoj Narayanan
General Manager - Digital & Analytics Practice at HCL Technologies
Another area where it can improve is by having BB-Graph-type databases where relationship discovery and relationship identification are much easier.
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Sharon Allen
Sr. Manager, Data Governance at a insurance company with 501-1,000 employees
There are a lot of little things like moving between read screens and edit screens. Those little human interface type of programming pieces will need to mature a bit to make it easier to get to where you want to go to put the stuff in.
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reviewer1270386
Solution Architect at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
The SDK behind this entire product needs improvement. The company really should focus more on this because we were finding some inconsistencies on the LDK level. Everything worked fine from the UI perspective, but when we started doing some deep automation scripts going through multiple API calls inside the tool, then only some pieces of it work or it would not return the exact data it was supposed to do.
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Jim Marr
Analytics Delivery Manager at DXC
One big improvement we would like to see would be the workflow integration of codeset mapping with the erwin source to target mapping. That's a bit clunky for us. The two often seem to be in conflict with one another. Codeset mappings that are used within the source to target mappings are difficult to manage because they get locked.
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reviewer1328286
Data Program Manager at a non-tech company with 201-500 employees
If we are talking about the business side of the product, maybe the Data Literacy could be made a bit simpler. You have to put your hands on it, so there is room for improvement.
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