What are the steps to implement a new data lineage tool?
Typically, the base deployment is done in a week, but the time it takes to implement the scanning of the data sources (locations where data originates from) can vary depending on their proper preparation and complexity. How much time the deployment takes depends on several circumstances.
When it comes to MANTA, in general, if all the prerequisites are met, MANTA Flow Server will be installed, then the Single-Sign-On/Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (SSO/LDAP) connections are made, and then the focus shifts to connecting to the data sources that need data lineage.
With so many variations in data sources, the timelines will vary based on data source complexity, the number of connections, the number of data sources supported out of the box, the readiness of the environment and respective teams, the data sources that are not supported out of the box, and the data sources that require professional services or partner implementation.
What do we need to get started with the implementation?
To start the implementation, you need to establish connectivity between the systems to be scanned and the system where MANTA is to be installed and satisfy any prerequisites specific to the technologies, such as certain user privileges. MANTA provides a complete list of prerequisites on-demand early on to ensure that the prerequisites can be satisfied before implementation begins.
How long does it generally take to implement MANTA?
Implementing MANTA is as simple as telling MANTA’s scanners where the systems to be scanned are. The scanners then take control of extracting the metadata within the systems and analyzing it to eventually provide the end-users with an end-to-end data lineage graph.
Once MANTA has been selected as your data lineage tool, our team will help you install it on your operating system (Windows or Linux). Upon installation, configure the connections to the various data resources MANTA analyzes. If any supported metadata is not hosted on the systems, provide it directly to MANTA’s filesystem. The scanning can be configured to be either ad-hoc or scheduled in order to see up-to-date lineage.
How can we implement MANTA as quickly as possible?
To successfully implement the MANTA platform, it needs to connect to all the source systems and extract the metadata. Therefore, defining which systems MANTA should scan and ensuring that all the necessary connection prerequisites are satisfied will speed up the implementation process. Having a subject matter expert, the administrator of the system to be scanned, and the network/infrastructure team available/involved significantly improves the pace of deployment. Based on our experience, most of the delays that occur during deployment are the result of insufficient access to the system and the time it takes to resolve such situations.
Is it hard to implement a data lineage tool?
MANTA’s platform has to be able to connect to all source systems and extract their metadata. Having a subject matter expert available to assist in scanning each system and having the network/infrastructure team actively involved during this stage will reduce deployment delays. We have observed that most delays in implementation occur when the necessary access for a particular system or network resource is missing—requiring MANTA to contact the users for the needed access rights—or when resolving issues during the scanning process
What kind of support does MANTA provide during the implementation?
MANTA’s customers have two crucial MANTA experts at their disposal—a customer success manager (CSM) and a technical account manager (TAM). These two personas work in tandem from both business and technical perspectives to ensure that the product is implemented satisfactorily based on the customer’s requirements. The technical account manager is available to plan the implementation and guide the customer through the process. During the course of the implementation, MANTA also provides standard product support.
What kinds of teams need to be involved in the implementation?
During the implementation, we cooperate with the designated MANTA administrator to ensure that the platform is installed correctly and that they understand the product to be scanned (database, ETL or reporting tool, etc.). However, we may require assistance from further professionals. Depending on the organization, we work with internal networking teams to access the systems scanned or with internal infrastructure teams who assist us with configuration or authentication and authorization of the targeted systems.
Are a lot of updates and maintenance required?
MANTA receives a major upgrade every quarter. During these major releases, we roll out new features as well as product improvements and bug fixes that may be interesting to end-users. We strive to provide effortless maintenance of the product and a user-friendly administration interface.
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