The formal introduction of GDPR is just weeks away, but by now it no longer comes as any major surprise. So much discussion has revolved around it throughout your business. Every area, technical, legal, or otherwise has been considering what it means for them, what work it requires, its effect on business processes, and how business will be done when personal information is stored, processed and controlled.
Various solutions are offered to help you achieve GDPR compliance, most of them based on consultancy and process. Such offerings provide basic tools to cover different aspects of the regulation. Teams of consultants work onsite to manually collect data or use a mishmash of tools to create bespoke processes for GDPR use cases.
Article 30 - you really need to know your data
Whatever your starting point on your GDPR journey, there is one component that cannot be ignored, or even taken lightly, and that is Article 30. Article 30 specifically relates to knowing your data. You must know why you have it, where it is, how it’s manipulated, who uses it, and where it comes from or goes to. This knowledge component gets called various things, including Data Mapping, Data Lineage or Data Provenance. At Orion we refer to this as the End-2-End Map of Information Assets.
At its core, the Map of Information Assets is a visualization of all the data in your enterprise, be it structured or unstructured, on-premise, or in the cloud. It includes all endpoints for your data, where it comes from or goes to. It includes all the transformations data undergoes between the endpoints, whether that be internal operations in structured databases, part of an inhouse Java application, or even data
How to fast-track your way to compliance
With over 40 data sources and targets, MetaData Harvester can ingest, make sense of, and cross reference data from disparate systems to create an accurate, near real-time End-2-End Map of Information Assets.
Aside from making sense of your data, MetaData Harvester also manages and incorporates business terms relevant to your GDPR use cases. It does this via a combination of Dynamic Glossaries, out-of-the-box Business Glossaries, and Orion’s revolutionary Term-to-Asset Mapper.
The time to act is now
Orion MetaData Harvester removes the need to burn company resources on tracking data and processes. In addition, as it maps all information assets, it unearths valuable intelligence along the way - boosting decision-making and strategy.