Report Certification and Watermarking 5.x

5 Lessons

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Approximate Time to Completion: 1 hour
Instructor: Tudor Borlea, Presales Engineer, UK, Collibra

The Report Certification and Watermarking course presents a scenario based on the need to determine which report on customer profitability analysis can be trusted. There are two reports available, each with a different set of figures. Who determines the correct set of figures and whether it can be used as a trusted document? Report certification implements a workflow to address this very issue. Learn more about the report certification and watermarking process and how it provides the assurance the data in the reports can be trusted.We begin by identifying the Critical Data Elements. For each of the critical data elements, we can have various levels of in depths of the certification. We can start with the most basic one, the definition at a report level, at a critical data element level and who owns each of their elements. The next step is to identify the lineage and the standards that need to be applied to each of their critical data elements. The third level of certification monitors the data quality for each of the critical data elements.

This process of identifying critical data elements for a report and then assigning ownership, making sure the definition is correct and approved by all the involved parties, having the lineage, the traceability for each, understanding which systems they come from, and the quality standards that get applied, the quality rules and measuring that and extracting that information from the data quality management system and so on. All of that is part of our report certification, and by having those items in place and by governing them accordingly we can trust our report.

If at the end of a process, the certification is approved, the report then carries a seal or stamp of approval. This mark indicates to the business users that the report is safe to use for decision making. A watermarked report indicates curated data, and this helps create a culture of governance from the ground up. Empowered users recognize the power of working through formal channels to publish reports and trust the data.


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