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)

Microsoft chart illustrating Azure Purview data governance across cloud and on-premises solutions, Source: Microsoft Previews New Azure Purview Data Governance Service, Goes Live with Azure Synapse Analytics — Redmondmag.com

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:

Here’s the home page of Azure Purview. The look and feel of the Azure Purview UI gives me an impression like Azure Synapse Analytics. You can see an overall insight that the organization has 188 sources, 27,738 assets, and 216 glossary terms.

Select Register, and then select a source type. See a list of supported data stores on Azure Purview HERE.

Purview supports the above data stores
You can create business or technical terms in the glossary. You can also annotate your assets by applying terms to them.
  • 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.)
Insights are one of the key pillars of Purview. The feature provides customers, 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. A broad array of insights are available — Asset Insights, Scan Insights, Glossary Insights, Classification Insights, Sensitivity Labeling Insights, and
File Extension Insights.
  • 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)

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Korkrid Akepanidtaworn (Kyle)

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