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AI-Infused Data Cataloging Tools Are on the Rise – Dell Boomi Acquires Unifi

Dell Boomi is a leader in the Integration-Platform-as-a-Service (iPaaS) space with its solution for data and application integration. On December 17th, 2019, Dell Boomi announced the acquisition of Unifi, which offers an AI-based data cataloging tool, to strengthen its IT integration strategy.

The data catalog is a critical component of the data platform ecosystem that provides a single consolidated searchable and discoverable inventory of data assets, irrespective of source data location. Unifi’s data catalog enables AI-supported data profiling, tagging, semantic search, knowledge graphs, metadata management, and natural language queries.

Dell Boomi scores quite well in Info-Tech SoftwareReviews:

Source: Dell Boomi at SoftwareReviews, Accessed January 2020

Our Take

This acquisition is in line with the general trend of providing a complete and holistic data platform to enterprise customers. The most critical aspect of data integration is to create a canonical model that can be consistently used across an organization. This is a design technique that needs to be adopted by IT teams. AI-driven technologies provide a significant advantage in terms of discovering unknown data sources and establishing a relationship. However, this process must include human input to ensure compliance with the canonical design pattern.

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