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SAS Data Governance helps support enterprise data tasks

SAS Data Governance provides organizations with data governance tools for organizing, managing and accessing their data assets, and establishing enterprise-wide data policies.

SAS Data Governance helps enterprises organize and manage their data and IT assets and associated governance policies and rules. Employees can use it to quickly and easily search for and access the key information they need, which helps reduce time lost as a result of improperly filed or missing data assets.

The software offers a range of features for data quality management, monitoring and visualization, and combines them into one package. SAS' workflow-oriented data governance software helps create and enact enterprise-wide policies that establish guidelines on how the organization's data should be handled across all its channels. It also ensures that both business and IT employees are accessing and managing trustworthy and accurate information. Rather than employ multiple systems to handle different aspects of data governance, SAS offers enterprises a single product to help them execute and manage their governance needs.

How does the software support data governance tasks?

SAS Data Governance provides a browser-based interface that lets users create and implement enterprise-wide data policies and rules, manage data quality, set boundaries (roles-based) for data access, search for and access important data assets needed for day-to-day operations, establish workflows for data stewardship and other data-related services.

At the heart of the SAS Data Governance software is its business data glossary tool, SAS Business Data Network. This glossary allows users to create and manage customized data categories, terms, conditions and descriptions from a centralized location. Business Data Network helps business and IT teams work together to create and implement the data policies and rules needed to make daily data access and management and associated business operations successful and error-free.

SAS Data Governance software also features SAS Lineage, a tool for data visualization. This tool can be used in conjunction with Business Data Network to document and manage metadata details associated with an organization's data assets and adds another layer of customization regarding how data is categorized and documented. The visualization aspect of the tool lets users see the relationships between various data assets and how the changes made to their data affects or alters assets across a number of systems. SAS Lineage can also be used with third-party metadata tools, so enterprises can incorporate and use it with existing systems or easily import existing information.

The software also provides users with SAS' Reference Data Manager tool, which can be used for organizing data lists and hierarchies, and SAS' Data Remediation tool, which can be used for designing and managing workflows for data stewardship and resolving issues found during monitoring and other processes. Additionally, the latest release, version 9.4M3, comes bundled with SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting, which lets users create and administer reports on items such as remediation, data health statuses and other ongoing data governance tasks. SAS Data Governance fully integrates with SAS Data Quality and SAS Data Management.

Who benefits from using SAS Data Governance software?

The platform is intended for use by midsize and large enterprises. It provides a single location for IT and business teams to establish governance rules and policies, as well as store and manage the data assets essential to their organizations' business operations. Its analytics and reporting tools also help organizations find and overcome weak points in their data-related operations, as well as capitalize on their strengths.

How is the software licensed and priced?

The software is predominantly for on-premises deployment and can be installed server-side on AIX, Linux, Solaris, Unix, Windows and z/OS operating systems and client-side on Windows. Cloud options include bring your own license for third-party clouds, enterprise hosted and remote managed for data centers or private clouds that want or need SAS to manage their environment. Pricing is based on server size and the number of users; contact SAS for more information. SAS also provides 24/7 support services and hosts various self-help channels for users and their organizations.

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This was last published in May 2016

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