data fabric is a single environment consisting of a unified architecture, and services or technologies running on that architecture, that helps organizations manage their data. Think of data fabric as a weave that is stretched over a large space that connects multiple locations, types, and sources of data, with methods for accessing that data. The data can be processed, managed and stored as it moves within the data fabric. Tech Republic brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “3 steps to build a data fabric to integrate all your data tools.”

Moving data from an exercise in interaction to a malleable fabric that can meet the needs of any application is the development of metadata, which is knowledge about the data itself. This knowledge must be able to be passed on from tool to tool. Data fabric is one approach for better data utilization because it is able to link all data so it can easily be accessed.

Melody K. Smith

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