Get stronger Data Governance with Lucid’s IBM info server enhancements

Are you forced to compromise on your vision for your governance processes due to the limitations of the out of the box features available in your enterprise information management platform? Would you like to see how some of these can be addressed?

Would you like to improve operational efficiencies by automating some of the repetitive tasks that you encounter daily?

We have extensive experience developing custom solutions to extend the out of the box capabilities of IBM Information Server. This, combined with our rich Information Management and Data Governance experience, helps us deliver creative solutions that help our clients get more from their existing investments in their enterprise Information Management platforms.

IBM Information Governance Catalog Health Checker

Assess the “Health” of your IBM Information Governance Catalog (IGC) instance using Lucid’s IGC Health Checker tool. Define and execute rules across asset usage, asset quality and stewardship activity to generate a periodic “Health” report. Repair broken assets based on fix recommendations
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Enhance Exception Remediation on IBM InfoSphere Information Server 11.3

The features available in the out-of-the-box exception remediation sample BPM application (IERS) are limited. We have enhanced the application so to provide better usability.

Enhancements:

  • Email notifications for state change events like new task, approval, rejection, etc. sent to Stewards & Owners as defined in IA
  • Reminders for overdue tasks
  • Additional attributes from source applications like Steward, Owner, Priority are included in the Exception set to provide finer grain tracking
  • Enhanced exception management dashboard (Cognos) providing custom views of the exception set based on roles like Steward, Owner, Manager
  • Custom scheduler to orchestrate the entire process of sourcing data and executing IA rules, based on the remediation status of the exception set
    pertaining to the previous execution

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Drive quality of Information Governance Catalog Assets through Completeness Score

Completeness score defines how complete a catalog asset definition is. Configurable rules check for presence of attribute values, presence of related assets and so on. to derive this score.

When Glossary assets are authored, for example, and submitted for review & approval, the Completeness Score is calculated and the approval workflow is triggered only if a configurable threshold is met by the score. This keeps the focus of the reviewer/approver on the content of the assets rather on the basic quality checks.

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Custom Work­flows for bulk upload of Assets to Information Governance Catalog 11.3

  • A new BPM workflow application has been developed to add, modify, delete terms and categories with relations to information assets based on a csv upload. The out of the box csv upload feature in IGC does not support the import of relations with the terms and categories.
  • The workflow supports bulk creation of relations of IA Rules to IGC Rules
  • Custom workflow to support export of terms with all relations and custom attributes. This exported file can be edited and used as an input for the bulk upload workflow.

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Customized Approval Mechanism for updating Catalog Assets in Information Governance Catalog 11.3

  • Support approvals based on simultaneous Voting by a designated group of stewards and a configurable Approval Threshold for Voting
  • Support different approval workflows by category that is dynamically managed using a custom attribute
  • Support additional roles like Reviewer in the approval workflow
  • Complete inline view of all attributes of an asset in the Stewardship Center Application for review / approve/publish thereby eliminating the need to switch between applications
  • Custom validations like the check for related Information Assets (e.g. there should be at least one Implemented Data Rule for a Governance Rule), Steward Assignment, etc. before asset approval
  • Support a Kafka Listener for IGC events instead of the subscriptions based on Subscription Manager
  • Extensions to out-of-the-box Governance Views and the Cognos Framework Model
  • Extensions to out-of-the-box Cognos Governance Dashboards
  • Alternative Governance and Quality Dashboards using Tableau, PowerBI and QlikView based on the Governance Views
  • Custom Solution for monitoring Data Quality and Governance metrics using visualizations based on the Lucid Dashboard Framework

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Using Information Analyzer Rules to improve quality of submissions for Regulatory Compliance Reporting (CCAR, DFAST)

  • Accelerators to automate the creation of Information Analyzer Rules for FR Y-14 monthly and quarterly submissions for Credit risks, Ops Risk, PPNR etc to ensure that no Edits are returned resulting in need for re-submissions
  • Accelerators to automate execution, analyze results and report only the rules resulting in exceptions, thereby improving operational efficiencies when thousands of rules are required for testing the submissions

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Custom enterprise metadata repository for customized reporting

  • A custom enterprise metadata repository to persists metadata, including its change history, from the XMETA repository of the IBM Infosphere Information Server ver 8.7. This enables customized metadata reports for data governance such as Data Lineage reports, tracking changes to the Glossary(using the metadata history capture feature), Data Quality metric reports etc, which are all not supported out-of-the-box by IBM Infosphere Information Server.

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