Data discovery is a lot easier if you're using the right tools the right way.
Written by Sunil Soares
Editor's note: This article is an excerpt from the new book Data Governance Tools by Sunil Soares (MC Press 2014).
Data profiling is the process of understanding the data in a system, where it is located, and how it relates to other systems. This process includes developing a statistical analysis of the data such as data type, null percentages, and uniqueness. While there might be some nuances, we will use the terms "data profiling" and "data discovery" synonymously.