Data lakes can transform enterprise decision making by putting far more data in the hands of far more users far more quickly than ever before. This interesting information came to us from Inside Big Data in their article, “Creating a Virtuous Quality Cycle in Your Data Lake.”

Data lakes can also improve the quality of the data they make available to analysts. Implemented properly, data lakes allow business users to continually cleanse bad data, and to share their insights about the data through tags, metadata and the creation of new data sets.

Proper data transformation and management are essential to allow users to easily find and tap multiple data sources, improve it over time and keep it secure.

To improve the quality of enterprise data faster, customers should look for data lakes with graphical user interfaces and metadata layers with enough easily understandable detail to allow users without deep technical skills to find the data they need.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.