Orchestras rehearse so that every musician plays in sync. For business teams, however, using data in sync necessitates a number of steps be taken to make the data useful. One of the challenges is that teams are often using different platforms and applications that generate data in varying formats and types. It takes time and effort to parse these data types and connect the data so it can become valuable information.
One of the newest solutions aiming to ease these orchestration woes is Microsoft Azure Purview, a cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS) that provides a unified view of data sources across an organization. With that unified view, teams have better sense of the data they have to manage and can better coordinate issues related to data management, such as data governance.
An Introduction to Microsoft Azure Purview
Microsoft launched a beta version of Azure Purview in December 2020. At Ignite 2021 in March, Microsoft announced a series of updates.
First, Microsoft expanded the sources customers can choose from to scan and classify data in Azure Purview. When Azure Purview debuted, it supported the following data sources: Teradata, SQL Server on-premises, Azure data services and Power BI. Now users can also select Amazon AWS S3, on-premises Oracle DB, and SAP ERP instances.
Second, users can now use Azure Purview to scan Azure Synapse workspaces across serverless and dedicated SQL pools. As I reported in an earlier post, Synapse acts as a…