Published On: March 30th, 2021Categories: Press ReleaseBy 6.4 min read

NodeGraph’s most important update ever!

We are excited to introduce the latest additions to the NodeGraph data intelligence platform focused on empowering BI and analytics end-users more than ever.

To support the major shift towards self-service governed BI and collaborative analytics solutions, we’ve turned our Data Catalog into a go-to user-friendly tool for everyone in the organization — now also powered by a new AI and ML engine. And there is so much more. Talk to our data intelligence experts if you’d like to learn more first-hand or watch our guided introduction to NodeGraph 4.5 below.

Why NodeGraph is focusing on empowering end-users more than ever

As more business teams gain access to searching, sharing and collaborating on analytics assets, the roles within business, IT and BI teams are shifting. Data creation, data governance and data consumption no longer belong to any specific function but rather depend on cross-functional collaboration. By putting the power of better understanding into the hands of the end-user, organizations can support this collaboration and boost data literacy. This shift can also let data and analytics teams reallocate valuable resources from ad-hoc support and time-consuming reworks towards strategic development and further digital transformation.

Following our vision that everyone has the right to understand their data, we are excited to be driving this transformation forward and see NodeGraph becoming a more powerful and friendly tool for everyone who relies on data and analytics in their job.

Data Catalog

As before, NodeGraph includes a powerful Data Catalog that automatically collects all the building blocks of your BI solution by crawling your entire data and analytics landscape (including BI tools, data warehouses and other on-premises and cloud-based systems).

With the NodeGraph 4.5 release, we put data discovery superpowers into the hands of end-users.

Role-based Start Page – a user-friendly search with AI-powered suggestions

A new start page offers a Google-like search over your entire analytics solution. End-users from business teams often lack specific skills or knowledge on how your BI solution is structured, and this shouldn’t be a barrier. Anyone from your organization can now look for a specific KPI, application or even field without having to know where it actually resides.

Nodegraph data catalog

The access is role-based, so entry points for different types of users in your organization can be easily customized. By restricting their search to relevant analytics assets only, you ensure a compliant and user-friendly self-service. As a result, no extra noise, confusion, or long waiting for support from colleagues. Whether it’s a new team member or a busy executive, everyone can get a quick quality answer utilizing the power of your entire solution rather than a single siloed part of it.

Added AI-powered suggestions along with personalized recommendations based on your search history and popular searches are making it easier to find what you need or might be interested in, to navigate your complex and constantly evolving BI solution. AI-based features are an important part of NodeGraph’s product roadmap, and there will be more additions to intelligent search and insights into your entire solution soon.

KPI and App Glossaries – for easier search, sharing and collaboration over metrics and reports

Our new glossary functionalities make it possible for you to create tailored data entry points presenting end-users with just KPIs, Apps or other data elements of your choice — all the while keeping an extended data catalog for IT teams. This way, NodeGraph allows for smoother cross-functional collaboration, helps you avoid silos and duplicated efforts when it comes to creating new assets as well as makes metrics, reports and other building blocks of your analytics solution more discoverable and used.

Nodegraph data catalog

Business teams can collaborate through ratings, comments and business descriptions directly in KPI and App Glossaries. In business descriptions, it’s now easier to create a wiki-like experience in a rich-text format and make references to other assets in your BI solution.

nodegraph data catalog search results
Data Onboarding and Certification of analytics assets by Data Stewards – for governance in action

For data and analytics governance in action, we are introducing a new data catalog functionality that allows Data Stewards to onboard, classify, categorize and validate data. As a result, end-users receive a noise-free trustworthy analytics space and can search among trustworthy analytics assets only.

nodegraph data catalog search results

Dependency Explorer (Data Lineage)

Simplified data flow visualizations – providing extra context for business users

You can drive actionable and meaningful insights by putting your data into context and understanding how your metrics, reports, and fields are actually connected (as opposed to how you think they are connected).

As always, NodeGraph’s Dependency Explorer provides you with an automated field-level data lineage or, in other words, a visual representation of your data flow from the source to the point where the data is consumed in a specific BI report or dashboard. A full lineage overview, with all intermediate data transformations, is a powerful tool for IT teams that have the knowledge and skills to interpret it.

Now, business users can also benefit from a visual and interactive way of checking where their data is coming from and thereby drive insights by putting the data into context. By hiding all unnecessary intermediate steps in NodeGraph’s data lineage tool, you can provide clear and easy-to-read visualizations that will speak to your business teams and explain what type of data they are looking at, where it’s coming from and what business process or stage they are attributed to.

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Stored procedures support – for data lineage visualizations and impact analysis

Stored procedures in data lineage and impact analysis is a technical feature providing IT teams with a better understanding of transformations happening in databases — now available in NodeGraph.

NodeGraph KPI Dashboard

Health check of your analytics solution – a new source of actionable insights for BI and IT teams
Nodegraph bi health dashboard

A new addition to NodeGraph is a dashboard with an overview of the state and usage of your entire analytics solution. Start gaining insights into your NodeGraph set-up and usage with our six fundamental KPIs:

  • Data Quality Index – understand the dynamic of data quality issues identified through automated data testing in Data Quality Manager
  • One Single Truth – with the help of machine learning, we help you make sure that all KPIs within your BI solution are understood and named in a consistent way, so you can see whether there are KPIs in the organization that have the same definition but different names and vice versa
  • Governed Data Sources – assess what percentage of data sources and data transformation touchpoints are covered within your NodeGraph set-up and what sources and touchpoints in your data and analytics landscape remain uncontrolled (regardless of whether you have a connector to a certain data source or touchpoint, we help you to see what it is)
  • Data Literacy Index – understand how the Data Catalog functionalities that enrich your data (tags, business descriptions, Data Steward verification) are used
  • Collaboration Index – understand how the Data Catalog collaborative functionalities (comments, ratings, bookmarking) are used
  • Documented Reports – understand what percentage of your reports is automated with the help of NodeGraph Documentation Scheduler

All NodeGraph KPIs are presented over time, so you can assess both the state and the dynamic of the health of your solution. Also, you can customize what KPIs you see as well as add new ones with the help of NodeGraph Expert Services.

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