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Mastering your Data: the essence and impact of the data catalogue

In today’s hyper-connected world, where data is seen as the new gold, knowing how to manage and exploit it is essential for businesses wishing to make informed decisions and remain competitive. The concept of the data catalogue is emerging as a key response to this challenge, offering a compass in the vast and often tumultuous ocean of data.

This article aims to shed light on the challenges and benefits of data catalogues, modern libraries where metadata is not just stored, but made comprehensible and accessible. Through the automation of metadata documentation and the implementation of collaborative data governance, data catalogues are transforming the way organisations access, understand and use their valuable information.


By facilitating the discovery and sharing of trusted data, they enable organisations to navigate confidently towards a truly data-driven strategy.

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A data catalogue is a centralised tool designed to effectively manage data within an organisation. According to Gartner, it maintains an inventory of active data by facilitating its discovery, description and organisation.

The basic analogy would be to say that it is a directory, where readers find the information they need about books and where they are: title, author, summary, edition and the opinions of other readers.

The aim of a data catalogue is to make data governance collaborative, by improving accessibility, accuracy and relevance of data for the business. It supports data confidentiality and regulatory compliance through intelligent data lineage tracing and compliance monitoring.

Here are 5 reasons for your data teams to use a data catalogue:

Data analysts / Business analysts

They use the data catalogue to find and understand the data they need for their analyses. This enables them to access relevant data quickly, understand its context and guarantee its quality and reliability for reporting and analysis.


Data Scientists

The data catalogue is essential for locating the datasets they need for their machine learning and artificial intelligence models. It also makes it easier to understand the metadata (where the data comes from and the transformations it has undergone), which is vital for data pre-processing.


Data Stewards

They are responsible for data quality, availability and governance. They use the data catalogue to document metadata, manage data standards, and monitor compliance and the use of data within the organisation.


Compliance and security managers

The data catalogue helps them to ensure that data is managed and used in accordance with current regulations, such as the GDPR for the protection of personal data. They can use it to track access to sensitive data and audit data use.


Data architects and engineers

These technicians use the data catalogue to design and maintain the data infrastructure. It provides them with an overview of the data available, its structure and its interrelationships, making it easier to optimise the data architecture and integrate new data sources.

It’s important to note that business users are not left out of this tool either. Although they are not technical users, they benefit from the data catalogue to access the information and insights they need to make decisions. The directory enables them to find relevant data easily, without the need for in-depth technical knowledge.

Key points

A data catalogue is used to:


  • Improve data discovery and access


  • Strengthen data governance


  • Improve data quality and reliability


  • Facilitate collaboration between teams


  • Optimise the use of data resources


With Data Catalogues, just as we now do with our own revolutionary DUKE solution, navigate the complex data landscape today, with the luxury of effectively accessing, managing and exploiting data to support informed decision-making and business innovation.

Let your Data teams shine today and dive straight into the heart of our DUKE project.

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Innovation- Chatbots in the Hospitality Industry

Chatbots were one of the most significant trends of 2017. These small pieces of software with pre-programmed interactions allow you to communicate with them naturally and simulate the behavior of a human being within a conversational environment. It can be a standalone service or integrate within other messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger.
The adoption of these virtual assistants is growing, and brands are using chatbots in lots of exciting ways. You can order food, schedule flights and get recommendations for pretty much anything. Chatbots seemingly are the future of marketing and customer support.
The use of chatbots in the hotel industry is still evolving, but it currently encompasses a wide range of services, from hotel bookings and customer service inquiries to pre/post-stay inquiries and general travel advice.
The hotel industry can experience many benefits from the use of chatbots, among them:
  • They can be used as a reservation channel to increase direct bookings.
  • Since chatbots are available 24/7, they will reduce reception workload by giving guests instant and helpful answers around the clock.
  • Guests can check-in/check-out on the fly with the aid of a chatbot.
  • They will help independent hotels to build accurate guest profiling so that they can provide personalized offers to their guests. The hotel will be able to deliver tailor-made offers instantly and directly via chat before, during or after their stay.
  • Guests can opt-in to be notified from chatbots about the places to visit, the rates of the hotel’s cars, etc.
  • The ease of booking and the proactive concierge services create brand loyalty and improve guest satisfaction.
  • Hoteliers will be able to obtain customer reviews post-stay via a chatbot. This is much less invasive compared to traditional email marketing, which is often ignored.
What challenges do they pose for hoteliers?
Adopting this new hotel technology involves many challenges for hoteliers. For instance:
  • Independent hotels will need to simplify their booking process to accommodate chatbots.
  • Hoteliers will need to provide a consistent booking experience on chatbots in comparison to other channels.
  • General managers will need to monitor chatbots where there is a human element. They will need to allocate staff resources.
  • Hoteliers will need to manage guest expectations since guests will expect a quick turnaround on their requests through chatbots.
As you can see, chatbots present many opportunities for hoteliers, from increasing customer loyalty to enhancing the guest experience. To keep your guests coming back for more, definitely consider joining the chatbot revolution – but only if your hotel is equipped and prepared for this big step.