The operational culture of the enterprise has gradually shifted towards a more business-centric model, one where business users and front line information consumers do not just desire better access to enterprise data assets, but need to have a comprehensive view of the organization. The importance of metadata within the data warehouse context cannot be understated. In many ways, it is the backbone of enterprise data warehousing and information management. Effective management of metadata resource is necessary for data sharing needs, which in turn is required for populating the diverse array of business intelligence and analytics applications within an organization. Some of the main sources that lead to the growth of metadata include social network data, public data, mobile data, streaming data and more.
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