Data plays a crucial role in the success of a company and its various functions. Trust in the accuracy and reliability of data is essential for all roles, whether you are producing, transforming, or consuming data.

Metaplane is a data observability tool that helps companies ensure data quality and reliability, no matter what role you play. This section will discuss the various use cases for Metaplane by role, including data leaders, executives, and individual contributors.

Whether you are responsible for leading the data team, making key business decisions, or shipping code, Metaplane provides the tools and information you need to quickly identify and resolve data issues.

Data Leader (Director/Head/VP of Data/Analytics/DE)

As a data leader, there’s a lot on your plate, so kudos to you for having the time to read docs! One day you might be negotiating for budget with the CTO and CFO. The next day might be packed with interviews for open roles. The third day you’re setting goals with other functions (read: managing expectations).

The theme of 2023 is doing more with less. Metaplane helps with that by helping your team:

  1. Prevent issues before they occur with Data CI/CD. Whether you lead a small but mighty team or a large, complex data organization, the speed of changes adds up to become the speed of your team. By helping your team understand the impact of code changes on downstream dependencies and the data itself, you help your team move faster and more confidently, saving the opportunity cost of time spent debugging potential issues while completing more strategic projects.
  2. Preserve company trust in data by being the first to catch issues using Metaplane Monitors. Trust is easy to lose and hard to regain. If your business stakeholders or end-users are the first to find out about data issues, as they usually are without a Data Observability platform like Metaplane, they start losing trust in data. In the short term, that means more 1-1s to rebuild that relationship of trust or ancillary projects to prove the accuracy of core projects. In the long term, that means running the risk of entire functions losing trust in your team (even though, as we know, data is not perfect!), ultimately damaging the business's ability to make accurate decisions.
  3. Proactively communicate issues with business stakeholders using Metaplane Impact Analysis to build trust. Data is not perfect and incidents are inevitable. When they do happen, help your team triage and act with confidence as they fix the issue and notify stakeholders that might be impacted. Shift the narrative to “wow, the data team is on top of things.”
  4. Gain awareness in data and manage complexity through End-to-End Lineage, resulting in faster triaging of downstream impacts and faster resolution of root causes. Your team is managing a mountain of different tools, each of which could have hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of assets. Not only are those assets costing your team money, but it also adds cognitive burden to changes and increases surface area of breakage. With an end-to-end view all the way from ingestion to consumption, Metaplane helps your team understand exactly what’s going on.
  5. Build the confidence to take on high value, high SLA projects. Every company is trying to make informed decisions and take effective actions to increase revenue, mitigate risk, and manage costs. As your team empowers the company to use data in ways that drive those core metrics, the stakes are higher. Metaplane helps your team prevent and detect data issues so you can tackle those important projects with confidence.

Executive (CXO, VP of X)

As a C-level executive or VP, the Most Important Thing is driving success for the business, especially in this economic environment. Are we hitting our success metrics? What risks may be face? How is our runway looking? Data was brought on precisely to help drive those metrics of increasing revenue, mitigating risk, and decreasing risk through informed decisions, effective actions, and product/service enhancements.

Metaplane helps the data team drive those companies metrics by:

  1. Giving the confidence and time to address high value/SLA use cases. While delivering data to internal stakeholders is important, tying data to product/service success can help develop an explicit competitive advantage in the market. The problem is that, once data is tied to the success of your end customers, the stakes are much higher. Metaplane helps data teams at Mux, Imperfect Foods, and SpotOn ensure that data quality is top notch.
  2. Minimizing risk of lapses in data quality that impact internal and external data consumers. Trust is easy to lose and hard to regain. But data is not perfect, and issues are inevitable. Metaplane’s CI/CD integration and automated Monitors help data teams prevent data issues that can be prevented, and quickly detect those that end up slipping through the cracks.
  3. Decrease cost by doing more with less. Managing data issues is an enormous time sink, especially for people whose productivity depends on stretches of focused time. Metaplane acts as your Data Quality Engineer in a Box that helps your team maximize what they can get done, without having to increase headcount.

Individual Contributor (Data / Analytics / BI Engineer)

As an individual contributor shipping code, you play a fundamental role in ensuring the accuracy and reliability of data that is used to drive key business decisions. Whether you are working on data pipelines, transformations, or reporting, having access to the right tools and information can make all the difference in your ability to quickly identify and resolve data issues.

Metaplane provides a comprehensive data observability platform that helps you:

  1. Stay informed about the latest data issues and their impact on your projects. With Metaplane, you can get real-time notifications about data anomalies and be the first to know about any potential data issues.
  2. Triage data issues more efficiently by having all relevant information in one place. With Metaplane, you can quickly assess the impact of data issues and prioritize your workload to address the most critical problems first.
  3. Analyze the impact of data issues on your dashboards, reports, and end-users. With Metaplane, you can see how data issues are affecting different parts of your data pipeline and identify which data is most critical to your stakeholders.
  4. Diagnose the root cause of data issues more quickly and accurately. With Metaplane Monitors, you can automated machine learning to pinpoint the source of data issues and resolve them before they escalate into bigger problems.
  5. Prevent data issues from happening in the first place. With Metaplane, you can set up automated monitors and alerts that will help you proactively detect and prevent data issues from affecting your data pipeline.
  6. Analyze usage and spend to make more informed decisions about data infrastructure and tooling. With Metaplane, you can see how much data you are storing, how often it is being used, and where you might be able to optimize your data infrastructure to save time and resources.
  7. Stay up-to-date on upstream changes that could impact the health of your organization’s data. With Metaplane Schema Change Detection, you can know about upstream migrations or changes that could impact downstream (read: your) work.

Individual Contributor - Data / BI Analyst

As a business-facing individual contributor and data/BI analyst, the focus is on ensuring that the data used for analysis is accurate and up-to-date, so that the decisions made for the business can confidently hit KPIs and improve revenue. Metaplane helps data teams achieve these goals by:

  1. Understanding the upstream root causes of reporting issues with End-to-End lineage. By having a clear understanding of the lineage of the data, analysts can quickly identify any issues and work to resolve them, minimizing the impact on the business.
  2. Minimizing downtime of reports with Metaplane Monitors. Data analysts rely on accurate and timely data to make informed decisions. Metaplane's Monitors help to prevent any downtime, ensuring that the data is always available when needed.
  3. Optimizing performance of dashboards by understanding which tables back which reports with Usage Analytics. Understanding how data is being used and where bottlenecks exist can help data teams make better use of their data, ensuring that dashboards and reports are optimized for performance.

Business Stakeholder - Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Finance, Product, and more

As a business stakeholder, you rely on data to inform your decisions and drive business success. From sales and marketing to customer success, finance, and product, you need data to be accurate, timely, and accessible.

Metaplane helps you achieve these goals by:

  1. Providing you with the trust you need in your data. With Metaplane’s Data CI/CD, Monitors, and End-to-End Lineage, you can be sure that your data team has the tools they need to ensure that data is of the highest quality and that any issues are detected and resolved quickly.
  2. Reducing downtime for your reports. Metaplane Monitors ensure that your team is aware any time data is not up-to-date, so you can make informed decisions without questioning whether data is fresh.
  3. Improving the uptime and performance of your dashboards. With Usage Analytics, you can understand which tables are driving your reports, so you can optimize performance and ensure that your dashboards are always delivering the insights you need.