Flexibility and agility to meet changing needs
As the implementation phase was planned to be agile, some strategic changes were also made during it. It was discovered that documenting the recognized use cases wasn’t enough; an overview of all Finnair data was needed. Thus, all the existing data sets and sources were listed in the catalog, meaning the catalog now serves also as a tool to communicate the data platform development roadmap.
“On top of this, another useful sidetrack was to have data delivery SLAs documented in the data catalog as part of the data set documentation. The Alation tool was also flexible enough to allow these creative ways of using it,” Minna Kärhä says.
After Solita’s onboarding project, Finnair continues to develop the data catalog tool with appointed analytics ambassadors and an in-house product owner.
“Our next steps include using the data catalog also as a tool to help us move data from legacy data warehouse to the new data platform. Data catalog serves as an excellent tool in the transition; we can communicate the roadmap as well as make the data understandable for the data team working with the transition. For an organization with numerous data sources, legacy technology and an on-going transition process, a technology agnostic tool is in place,” Minna Kärhä explains.
Connecting Finnair BI tools to the data catalog is also on the horizon.
“We are planning to make our dashboards in PowerBi and Cognos visible via the data catalog: then we will have one place where data can be searched and all existing information found, whether it is in forms of database, data sets in data platform, dashboards or documents,” Minna Kärhä sums up.