Data resides in many different places and figuring out how to navigate and identify it is no small challenge.
Among the many vendors that offer technology to help organizations with data management and discovery has been Active Navigation, based in Washington, D.C., and founded in 2008. Over the last dozen years, the data landscape has changed significantly, with organizations using more data, from more sources. The cloud and software as a service (SaaS) models have also grown in importance, as a location from which data is generated, as well as an approach for delivering application services.
On Sept. 1, the vendor made public the next phase of its evolution, rebranding itself as ActiveNav. Alongside the renaming, the vendor launched its new Active-Inventory service, a data mapping as a service (DMaaS) system for data discovery. DMaaS enables organization to identify and organize unstructured data and can help business users more fully utilize data assets.
In this Q&A, Peter Baumann, co-founder and CEO, discusses the evolution of ActiveNav and what data mapping is all about.
What was the founding vision for ActiveNav and how has it changed over the past dozen years?
Peter Baumann: We founded the business based