Microsoft's Azure Purview is a data governance tool offering a unified, cloud-based data discovery,
management, and protection approach. It enables businesses to discover sensitive data, guarantee regulatory
compliance, and obtain insights into their data assets.
Why is Microsoft Azure Purview useful for organizations?
Microsoft Azure Purview enables organizations to -
- Acquire awareness of data assets
- Make data, security, and risk solutions accessible
- Protect and manage private information across endpoints, applications, and clouds
- Handle regulatory compliance and end-to-end data hazards
- Authority to control, safeguard, and manage data in a comprehensive manner
Let us examine some of Azure Purview's salient features -
- Microsoft Purview data map
The basis for data management and discovery is provided by Microsoft Purview Data Map.
As a cloud-native PaaS service, Microsoft Purview Data Map gathers information about business data
stored on-premises and in cloud analytics. By data scanning and asset categorization across data assets,
Microsoft Purview automates cloud-based data discovery. A comprehensive map of assets incorporates the
metadata and descriptions of newly identified items. A built-in automated scanning and classification
mechanism ensures that the Microsoft Purview Data Map is always up to date.
Below is a sample of how the unified data map looks like in Microsoft Azure Purview -
Some of the benefits of Microsoft Purview data maps -
- Data discovery
Azure Purview simplifies the discovery and cataloging of any data asset within an
organization. It offers a consolidated view of data from several sources, including cloud and local
data storage like Azure Data Lake Storage, Azure Blob Storage, and SQL Server, as well as other
sources. Users can use the bar to search and explore data from all connected sources, like a Google
- Data classification
One of the most important features of Microsoft’s data governance solution is Azure Purview data
classification. It uses machine learning algorithms to analyze data content and apply labels that
indicate data sensitivity, quality, and usage. This enables organizations to quickly identify and
protect sensitive data and ensure regulatory compliance.
The Microsoft Purview Governance Portal supports both system and custom taxonomies.
- System classification: Out-of-the-box with over 200 supported system taxonomies.
- Custom classification: Create custom classification to classify assets based on patterns or
specific column names that are not available as system classifiers. Custom classification rules
can be based on regular expression patterns or dictionaries.
Azure Purview data lineage feature allows users to track the origins and transformations of data
across various systems and applications. This helps data stewards better understand data and ensure
it is used appropriately.
Microsoft Purview compliance and policy enforcement
Azure Purview provides policy enforcement capabilities that allow organizations to set
rules and restrictions on data usage. Policy enforcement can include access controls, data retention
policies, and data sharing restrictions. This helps ensure that data is being used in compliance with
regulatory requirements and company policies.
Microsoft Purview Data Catalogue
Azure Purview provides collaboration features like data cataloging, profiling, and quality analysis,
enabling data stewards and scientists to work together on data governance tasks. This helps
organizations improve data accuracy and relevance and drive better insights and decisions.
Data Estate Insight
- Business Glossary
Since the technical language associated with data repositories is abstracted, business users may
find and interact with data using more familiar terms. A business glossary offers users
terminologies and phrases that may be categorized and connected to one another to be understood in
various settings. A database, tables, columns, and other assets may then be mapped to these
concepts. Each term in an organization refers to an item, and different phrases may refer to the
same thing. The terms client, purchaser, and buyer may also describe a consumer.
The Data Estate Insights tool was developed with governance stakeholders in mind, especially those in
leadership positions with a focus on data management, compliance, and utilization, such as a Chief Data
Officer. The application provides actionable insights about the organization's data estate, catalogue
usage, adoption, and procedures.
The Data Estate Insights tool automatically extracts valuable governance gaps. It shows them in its top
metrics when firms scan and populate their Microsoft Purview Data Map. Below is how it generally looks -
There are other built-in features besides the one mentioned above that help organizations have complete
control and visibility of the data combined with great UI, making it easy even for business users to use
Azure Purview. Purview comes with robust security features and data-sharing capabilities without the need of
data physical data replication. It natively integrates with ADF or Azure Synapse to scan sources and
destinations and get lineage information. It supports major data sources, even the ones outside Microsoft or
Azure domains like Amazon RDS, SAP Hana, Oracle, My-SQL, Snowflake, and others. Services like Power BI,
Looker, and Salesforce are also supported.
Azure Purview comes with some limitations as well. Not all features are supported across all the data
sources, especially those outside the Azure or Microsoft ecosystem. Also, the Microsoft Purview Data Map
can't scan an asset that has /, \, or # in its name. There are some resource limitations as well which are
Purview will be the first choice if the data ecosystem is built upon Azure or Microsoft-based systems. For
other cases, checking supported features before using Microsoft Azure Purview as the data governance tool is
recommended. As a leading Microsoft Azure Partner, learn how we help businesses maximize the business value
of their data in Azure by integrating Microsoft Purview.