Azure Bird’s-Eye View with Azure Purview
Learn how to automatically discover and map data that sits across your Azure data sources. My hands-on experience.
What is Azure Purview?
For some time, Microsoft has been working on the internal project under the codename “Babylon” for restructuring the data catalog service on Azure. Now, it is officially revealed that the data product is “Azure Purview”.
“Azure Purview is a unified data governance platform which automates the discovery of data, cataloging of data, mapping of data, lineage tracking — with the intention of giving our customers a very good understanding of the breadth of the data estate that exists to begin with, and also to ensure that all these regulations that are there for compliance, like GDPR, CCPA, etc, are managed across an entire data estate in ways which enable you to make sure that they don’t violate any regulation,” Rohan Kumar, Microsoft’s corporate VP for Azure Data, explained. (Source: Microsoft launches Azure Purview, its new data governance service | TechCrunch)
A Closer Look on Azure Purview
The look and feel of the Azure Purview UI gives me an impression like Azure Synapse Analytics where you may interact with several panes on the left-hand menu:
- Sources — a tab pane for registering new data sources, managing collections of data sources, and viewing sources in Azure Purview. Manage data sources in Azure Purview (Preview) — Azure Purview | Microsoft Docs.
Select Register, and then select a source type. See a list of supported data stores on Azure Purview HERE.
- Glossary — an important tool for maintaining and organizing your catalog. Tutorial: Create and import glossary terms in Azure Purview (preview) — Azure Purview | Microsoft Docs. A glossary is “an important tool for maintaining and organizing your catalog. You build your glossary by defining new terms or importing a term list and then applying those terms to your assets.”
- Insights — a single pane of glass view into their catalog and further aims to provide specific insights to the data source administrators, business users, data stewards, data officer and, security administrators. Understand Insights reports in Azure Purview — Azure Purview | Microsoft Docs. This insight is an out-of-the-box feature, hence any other customization is not yet supported (say, you want to bring them onto Power BI. It’s not possible at this time.)
- Management Center — Data governance administrators can manage Azure Purview through Management Center where they can configure account information, integration runtimes (IR), metadata management, resource sets, external connection, and security & access governance. Getting started with Azure Purview Studio (sqlshack.com)