Data Lake Readiness Assessment



Governance Readiness  
Commitment to Governance
  1. Your organization already has in place enterprise-scope programs for data governance, stewardship, and data curation, which can guide new data-driven solutions for data lakes, whether on premises, in clouds, or both.
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly agree
Data Stewardship and Data Curation
  1. Unauthorized data dumping and unmanaged data sandboxes can quickly turn a data lake into a data swamp. Staffing for your data lake will include full-time employees and others who will act as data stewards and data curators, to control data dumping and the creation/expiration of user-specific sandboxes.
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly Agree
User Security and Data Protection
  1. Your IT organization already has security mechanisms in place that could be extended to control data lake access (user identification, verification, and roles) and data lake storage (perhaps via data encryption and masking).
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly agree
Central and Shared Metadata
  1. Without documentation via technical metadata and other data semantics (e.g., business metadata and cataloging), data loaded into a lake can become inaccessible, redundant, and ungovernable, resulting in the proverbial data swamp. Your team is prepared to develop and improve metadata as new data assets are added to the data lake, plus maintain a centralized, shared metadata management facility through which all users and tools can access the data lake.
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly agree
Business-Friendly Data Semantics
  1. Self-service data access is usually a business requirement for a data lake and it requires business-friendly data semantics. Your team is prepared to provide such semantics, typically in the form of business metadata, a business glossary, and/or a data catalog.
    Strongly disagree
    Disagree
    Neutral
    Agree
    Strongly agree