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aChord: data management in the cloud

Overview

Entity’s aChord™ platform enables organisations to make better business decisions via improved data governance and management.

aChord™ is a cloud-based managed service solution that helps your organisation to bridge the gap or delta between the data you have and the information you need.

The aChord™ journey towards valuable, actionable information has four stages:

  • Assess
  • Report
  • Remediate
  • Operate

At each of these stages help is provided through the coordination of people, process and technology.

Context

Your strategic business objectives all have associated data, everything you do as an organisation has a “digital twin”. The route to business success is to connect data and its management to the associated business functions.

aChord™ makes it possible for your people to be fully engaged in this connection activity. They can link the tasks they perform and the processes they follow to the relevant data. They will be able to identify, capture, describe, assign ownership and manage data. This will align all organisational data to your strategic business objectives thus creating the information you require exactly when you need it. Access to selected information can also be provided to external stakeholders as appropriate.

aChord™ is a fully-featured, flexible, secure and robust service that addresses the underlying complexities of effective data management. The platform is based upon Entity Group’s unique Data Delta method which will instil confidence in the data governance processes that can be rolled out. aChord™ can be used across your entire business or focused on one area such as GDPR, single customer view or product mastering. Available in the cloud, it will swiftly become a living resource for everyone within your organisation.

 

The aChord approach

Knowledge is Power

Knowledge workers rely on good quality information to work effectively. aChord™ encourages everyone to become engaged in contributing knowledge and expertise to enhance the way your organisation operates. When things need to change aChord™ keeps all interested parties involved in the conversation continuously monitoring and controlling processes to improve the data.

aChord™ represents a comprehensive and dynamic model of the entire information landscape. It has powerful glossary management features to highlight how everything links to standard definitions and terms.
aChord™ builds on and enhances everything your organisation does well in terms of servicing your customers. It also helps to optimise processes and procedures, to minimise risk and to address compliance and accountability.

A connected data landscape

aChord™ is designed to encourage people to start with a ‘sketch’ of known elements of information. An element could be as little as the name of a report. It is better to capture even this small amount of information than to remain ignorant of that report’s existence. A high-level picture of the data landscape is enabled that can become more detailed over time. All elements can immediately become incorporated into the connected view of how your organisation uses data. The notification and workflow elements of aChord™ can then take care of prompting the right people for more information.

 

aChord GDPR edition

The aChord™ GDPR edition is based on the core aChord™ platform of people, process and technology but with specific, pre-built accelerators to make the journey to GDPR data compliance easier. These components are all part of the data management as a service platform that aChord™ provides in the cloud and accompanied by the advisory services , managed services and technology pieces to ensure they are delivered effectively.

aChord4stageCycle

 

Entity Group has built a number of assets designed to help customers comply with the data aspects of the impending GDPR. These assets, alongside our Data Delta method have been used to inform our aChord™ GDPR accelerators. You can find out more on our GDPR pages or take a look at our aChord™ GDPR four stage journey infographic.

Two Examples of aChord Functionality

aChord™ dashboard

The dashboard records data that is loaded through the aChord™ staging area within the aChord™ data catalogue, along with basic data profiling and data lineage information. This data is made available on a centralised dashboard which can be extended or customised to your requirements.Landing page

 

 aChord™ catalogue

The catalogue is effectively your enterprise “data dictionary”, bringing together all your data elements with the ability to describe what the data is for, where it is used and to assign a lifecycle policy to the data. With the impending GDPR this is an essential component to understand where you hold Subject Data and why.

aChord Catalogue

 

Contact us today to find out more about how aChord™ with or without our GDPR accelerators can help your organisation to govern and manage your most valuable business asset – your data.

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