Lineage: A Necessity or Exaggerated Benefit
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  Saad Yacu   Saad Yacu
Manager / Delivery Lead
Allstate Insurance


Thursday, May 1, 2014
09:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Level:  Intermediate

With the currently elevated emphasis on governance by many large enterprises, a huge interest has evolved in viewing the lineage of the data as it flows through the different system.

This interest is shared between the business and technology side of the operation, yet like in many other situations, the two sides have different expectations of what they can achieve with lineage and sometime they overload the term lineage to mean different things.

The presentation will discuss the various types of lineage (and some non-lineage but referred to by some as lineage) which the enterprise can leverage. It will also discuss the advantages and difficulties in managing these lineage tables or diagrams.

Some of the presented topics are:

  • Lineage benefits
  • Business Lineage vs. technical Lineage
  • As designed vs. As Built
  • Enumerated Codes and Codes Mappings
  • Metrics and Business Rules
  • Metadata Federation
  • System of Records and Lineage

Saad Yacu is the Enterprise Metadata Team Manager at Allstate Insurance and has been a member of the Data Management group for more than 14 years. Saad is the lead architect and designer of the Allstate metadata repository, Data Guide and the Code Management System. Saad is an experienced developer, and leverages his development skills to oversee the design of better solutions for managing the enterprise repository and the codes management system for a large insurance company. Saad was able to position the Code Management System to be an enterprise asset currently used as the system of record by multiple applications for cleansing, verification, or translation of simple and complex codes. Saad is looking forward to this speaking opportunity to be able to share his knowledge, experience, challenges and successes gained from designing and building these enterprise data management solutions.

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