Trusted or Governed Data discovery is a hot topic at the moment. Trust and governance are two topics that have always been important in the context of analytics and these principles have been applied in traditional BI landscapes such as Business Objects BI4.1 or XI3.1 (even back in the original BusinessObjects 4.1 days, being able to secure content and govern desktop rights was important). It has always been about the difficult act of balancing the needs of the business users and IT.

Giving business users freedom to access and use information may result in more mistakes and duplication than IT is comfortable with, but the alternative is often worse: business people making decisions with inadequate data because they can’t wait for slow IT processes. Equally business people must realize that optimizing only their own information use and access can damage the ability of the organization as a whole to get a clear picture.

With the latest developments around Agile Business Intelligence and SAP Lumira the topic of Trust and Governance has become increasingly of interest again to both the business users (how can they trust the information they are seeing) and IT (how can they provide governance). Today it is still about balancing these needs to provide a Trusted Data Discovery solution by combining SAP Lumira with existing BI investments. Over the coming months I will be covering topics around Trusted Data Discovery and how to take advantage of new features from SAP within Lumira and your existing BI landscapes to provide a true trusted data discovery solution.

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