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Microsoft Purview is #2 ranked solution in Data Governance tools. PeerSpot users give Microsoft Purview an average rating of 8.8 out of 10. Microsoft Purview is most commonly compared to Collibra Lineage: Microsoft Purview vs Collibra Lineage. Microsoft Purview is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 71% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 16% of all views.
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What is Microsoft Purview?

Microsoft Azure Purview is a unified data governance solution that helps you understand all of your on-premises, multi cloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data and maintain control over its usage. With the Microsoft Azure Purview solution, you can create a detailed, up-to-date map of your data landscape with sensitive data classification, automated data discovery, and end-to-end data lineage. Not only does it enable data curators to easily secure your data, but it also allows data consumers to find valuable, trustworthy data.

Microsoft Azure Purview is designed with:

  • Data Map: Microsoft Azure Purview Data Map provides the foundation for data discovery and effective data governance. Azure Purview Data Map is a cloud-native PaaS service that captures metadata about enterprise data present in analytics and operation systems on premises and in the cloud.

  • Data Catalog: Microsoft Azure Purview Data Catalog finds trusted data sources by browsing and searching your data assets. The data catalog aligns your assets with business terms and data classification to identify data sources.

  • Data Insights: Microsoft Azure Purview Data Insights gives you an overview of your data estate to help you discover what kinds of data you have and where.

Microsoft Azure Purview Features

Microsoft Azure Purview has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

  • Automated data discovery, lineage identification, and data classification
  • Insights into the location and movement of sensitive data across your entire data estate
  • Unified map of your data assets and their relationships for more effective data governance
  • Glossary with business and technical search terms to aid data discovery

Microsoft Azure Purview Benefits

Some of the benefits of using Microsoft Azure Purview include:

  • Automate and manage metadata from hybrid sources.
  • Classify data using built-in and custom classifiers and Microsoft Information Protection sensitivity labels.
  • Label sensitive data consistently across SQL Server, Azure, Microsoft 365, and Power BI.
  • Easily integrate all your data systems using Apache Atlas APIs.
  • Search for data using technical or business terms.
  • Easily understand data by browsing associated technical, business, semantic, and operational metadata.
  • Quickly identify the sensitivity level of data.
  • Scan your Power BI environment and Azure Synapse Analytics workspaces with a few clicks.
  • Automatically publish all discovered assets and lineage to the Purview Data Map.
  • Connect Microsoft Azure Purview to Azure Data Factory instances to automatically collect data integration lineage.
  • Quickly determine which analytics and reports already exist without reinventing the wheel.

Reviews from Real Users

PeerSpot reviewer Kelly B., Solution Specialist at LobsterPot Solutions, says, “We're building a new system from scratch for our clients and wanted to include data governance. Their solution is hosted in Azure and it seemed logical to go with something that fits with that. Purview has a pretty good interface and I'm satisfied with what the solution does and the price it's being sold at. It integrates well with Azure technologies.” She also adds, “The initial setup was very easy, that's part of the appeal.”

Microsoft Purview was previously known as MS Azure Purview.

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DavidSmith15 - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Governance Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
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We know, when we scan the data set, what we have within the database
Pros and Cons
  • "The cataloging tool is definitely the most valuable... It tells you about all the data you have in your tables, which helps people understand our data. We now know what data we have."
  • "Purview's data connector platform for non-Microsoft data sources is good, but there is some functionality that hasn't been developed yet. There are some servers that it can't connect to yet, because they're still in a trial process."

What is our primary use case?

We need to catalog and assign terminology to all of our data to find all the personal information that we have within our copy systems.

Over the last three years or so, we have been using Kafka and nesting queues a lot. We wanted to bring in an orchestration engine to integrate seamlessly with our nesting system. We had a lot of legacy applications that are not that old, and we did not want to rewrite software components that we own to get the benefits of orchestration. That's where there is a need. One of the factors that will decide if the use of Camunda will spread out to more use cases in our company is the ease of integration.

How has it helped my organization?

We weren't sure what our data was in certain areas. We created red Xs that basically indicated the kinds of codes and criteria we are looking for. Purview uses them to scan, and then it tells us what it has found and where that data may lie within our servers and databases. Now, people in our company have a good understanding, when they look at a database, of what data is in that database.

It has dramatically improved the visibility we have into our environment. That's the main concept of Purview, to show you what data you have. The solution has been magnificent due to the fact that now we know, when we scan the data set, what we have within the database.

One of the compliance criteria in the UK is to make sure you know where all your personal information is, and Purview gives us the ability to know that across our data estate. When we have meetings with compliance regulators it's great because we can demonstrate where our data is. There are no awkward questions because we can say, "This is where our data is." We know it's accurate and it's one version of the truth. Everyone understands that, which is fantastic.

As a result, it has definitely saved us time because when we have requirements meetings they try to establish where the data is. But with the cataloging ability of the tool, we know where all the data is. We don't need to spend five hours finding out where all the data is because we already know. We've already got a scan and it's already told us, and we have verified that. Now we can use that as a blueprint to go forward.

What is most valuable?

Purview gives us the ability to find out what data we hold, and in which tables, so we can understand and have one version of the truth in every database server system.

The cataloging tool is definitely the most valuable. To catalog data you can have Purview do a scan that you configure yourself. It goes through all of your data in the database server you're connected to and will say there is "date of birth" in this column and personal information in that column, and names in this other column. It tells you about all the data you have in your tables, which helps people understand our data. We now know what data we have.

It's also very important that the solution provides data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments. Purview has links to all of our data so that we can make sure we have the right data protection involved.

Also, because it's very important to make sure that we have everything in place, and we only deal with companies that have all their compliance and rules in place, the fact Purview was built taking into account critical regulations from around the world is essential for our company, when it comes to scanning data.

What needs improvement?

Purview's data connector platform for non-Microsoft data sources is good, but there is some functionality that hasn't been developed yet. There are some servers that it can't connect to yet, because they're still in a trial process. However, there are obviously some non-MS sources it can support, which is good. Hopefully, for the ones it can't connect to, that will be rolled out soon.

There are other things that need to be developed in Purview. The data retention isn't great at the moment, and in that area we need certain functionality to be built. However, it's a very good tool and one I would champion.

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For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Microsoft Purview for the last two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It hasn't gone wrong yet, so I can only give the stability a 10 out of 10. There have been no issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There should be no issue rolling it out, going forward. It's already working on seven or eight systems at the moment. However, we expect it will be on a lot more.

How are customer service and support?

We have had a lot of contact with their technical support. Because we're at a very early stage with Purview, we need to make sure that we understand the functionality. They've been fantastic, mainly their support in America. They've been great. There have been no issues and it's very straightforward to understand what they're saying.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used IBM InfoSphere. That tool wasn't good enough for what we needed.

How was the initial setup?

The setup was pretty straightforward. We worked with our data engineer and it was sorted straight away. It was deployed very easily, in part because it's cloud-based. We had two or three people involved who work in data engineering, architecture, and data governance.

It's deployed across cloud and on-prem solutions. The maintenance is not heavy. It's very straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

It was all done in-house.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI massively. We now know where all our data is, so we don't need to worry about that. The amount of time that it would have taken to do that manually, without a tool like this, would have been huge. It was done automatically with the scan.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is absolutely excellent, fantastic. And the licensing is also fantastic. You pay for what you use, and the license isn't massive, unlike a lot of other licenses.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We used the review sites to look at all the other technology, and it came up that Purview was the most cost-effective tool to do what we wanted. It wasn't just the cost, but rather, the cost and the functionality. What we wanted was the right price. We found that other tools could do very similar things for a lot more money. While the cost of Purview is very good, the functionality is also very good.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure you have all the details of your endpoints in place because Purview needs to link to the endpoints. If you haven't got the endpoints in place, then you can't make the connection to the servers and to the databases. But if you have all those details in hand, it's very simple and straightforward.

Regardless of our use case, it's important that Purview helps protect iOS, Mac, Android, and data in other SaaS apps. But we use it to catalog our on-prem and our cloud so for us, it's not necessary that it covers iPhone or iOS or Mac. It's more of a system-architecture scanner.

And because it's a cataloging tool for us, we still need our existing systems in place. Purview is like a layer on top of that to find out where we have things and where we need things.

It's a cloud-based system, but it doesn't have any relation to Office or other Microsoft systems. It can link up to anything.

The only reason I'm not going to give it a 10 overall is that not all the functionality has been rolled out yet. Purview is very early on as a tool.

Overall, Purview is a fantastic tool for staying on top of compliance, knowing where your data is and what data you hold. In terms of data retention, you know what data is where and how long it's been there for. It really helps the business to understand that.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Senior Manager Data Supply Chain at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
MSP
Top 10
Strengthens governance and provides visibility
Pros and Cons
  • "It is critical that Purview delivers data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments. That is the number one reason that people are adopting hybrid and best-of-the-breed approaches. Especially in banking, it is critical because people want to protect, govern, and secure their data. This is one of the first conversations that happens with security and the architecture group on the client side."
  • "The API needs some improvement when connecting to non-Microsoft API sources. This is a limiting factor."

What is our primary use case?

We are using it for governance on the cloud data migration. When people want to see legacy application Hadoop to Azure, we use the solution to gain some governance aspects and integrate it with Synapse on the final layer, which is the transform layer of the data lake. 

Purview was included at a single location in eastern Canada. There are close to 1,000 users.

How has it helped my organization?

It strengthens governance and provides visibility. It gives you better control and reports, then it integrates them with the Microsoft reporting solution. It integrates very well and helps provide visibility, but you need to do a lot of homework before you gain visibility. You need to understand the limitations in each of the data sets to gain visibility from a governance perspective.

For a tech organization, it gives them the ability to lower maintenance costs because it is natively integrated. So, it reduces the number of solutions that need to interact with each other. It is far easier for clients to operate and maintain that solution rather than be worried about a custom or hybrid solution, or even a best-of-breed. This solution makes it tougher because then you can hire people with different skill sets. 

Depending on the pipeline, it enables us to show compliance in real-time. This has sped up the decision-making cycle, making clients more proactive. They can do more internally before responding to compliance requests. For the banks, it is very important for them to be compliant with the standards that they are expected to adopt, e.g., GDPR. This gives them more time to prepare and figure out what the root cause could be if there are gaps.

Because governance analysts have these reports and dashboards out-of-the-box from Purview, they now have more time. For example, in a 40-hour work week, they would gain back three to four hours. So, the decision-making is faster.

Purview gives you more visibility and has native integration. It gives you a heat map regarding your risks. For example, where could there be potential exposure? It can very quickly identify non-compliance. Since it is natively integrated, the catalog tracker can quickly scan it.

What is most valuable?

It natively integrates. It gives you a lot of controls, awareness, features, and best good practices, making conversations a lot easier with the clients. Features are pre-built. All you have to do is configure it properly, and you get the correct tables and names of the entities with data. This reduces effort and gains efficiency, both for the clients and for SIs (like us). 

It is critical that Purview delivers data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments. That is the number one reason that people are adopting hybrid and best-of-the-breed approaches. Especially in banking, it is critical because people want to protect, govern, and secure their data. This is one of the first conversations that happen with security and the architecture group on the client side.

It is a heterogeneous environment. That is a desire that the clients are asking for increasingly. So, the feature that provides data protection for iOS, Mac, Android, and data in other SaaS apps is pretty important.

Batch sources can connect well.

What needs improvement?

It works very well, but there are some limitations because it is a new product. For a lot of features, you need to wait until the time that Microsoft announces that they are generally available. Or, a lot of times, some features are not even available. Then, you need to go through their support channel. So, it's a mixed bag.

The API needs some improvement when connecting to non-Microsoft API sources. This is a limiting factor.

The integration with modern data warehouses needs a lot more traction. Because clients will not always adopt Microsoft Azure as their cloud, as they can choose to be in a heterogeneous environment. For example, I have three warehouses: Synapse, Snowflake, and Amazon Redshift. In this case, I would hesitate to adopt Purview, as it is not the best choice at this point in time.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using it since it was launched in 2021.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The reliability is very good, but the stability is evolving as Microsoft is trying to challenge the established leaders with new features.

It is middleweight from a maintenance perspective, as there are two people from the client side at one site maintaining this, technically and functionally. There is a lot of leg work needed on the functional side. 

You need to keep an eye on it when applying a new patch or version from the cloud. You need to be very careful of how you upgrade that so it does not undo your customizations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales without issues. In terms of performance, it scales pretty well.

Out-of-the-box, it is fairly easy to use the features. The clients have been happy overall, but they struggled when they tried to extend it to other applications in the cloud. This is getting better, from what I understand, as they release more feature enhancements.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support is good. They respond quickly, though it depends on your license. If you have Premier Support, they will respond. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would rate them between eight and nine. They are trying to improve.

How would you rate customer service and support?

Positive

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did previously use another solution.

We had a client who decided to move to a single platform in the cloud. Azure was chosen because of its native dataset and proximity, e.g., the platform closest to the existing state of affairs. That is why Azure was chosen and the major reason for Purview to get adopted.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty complex. When you make it a private cloud, the security makes the setup complex. The public cloud is far easier. With a private cloud, you do the configuration to the right security standards and norms. You have to do the extra groundwork to make that happen. That took us a long time, but that is okay. Once it was done, it worked fine.

The first step is migration, making it visible and gaining efficiency. Then, you let it stabilize and clients get it. Phase two might be more automated, having some intelligence with AI for more decision-making.

What about the implementation team?

I did the implementation with a Purview team of eight to 10 people. This included a governance analyst, data analyst, Purview expert, SMA, developer, and functional analyst. I was the overall delivery lead overseeing the effort, then there was a lead on governance.

What was our ROI?

Clients are happy and seeing the benefits. However, it is too early to determine ROI.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Collibra and AWS.

We haven't explored data loss protection at this point in time because the client has a very specific, in-house utility tool that they wanted to retain for DLP.

What other advice do I have?

Make your case. Do your homework. Know your roadmap, which is critical with Microsoft and adopting Purview. 

I would rate the solution somewhere between an eight and nine out of 10.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Director of IT at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
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Helped our client understand how much sensitive data they hold
Pros and Cons
  • "One of the best features is the classification rules, especially the scan rule sets. They are really useful, especially when we need to understand the current data the company has to ensure that all the problematic data can be put under someone's responsibility."
  • "Another area for improvement is in managing the business glossary terms. If they could provide the same type of method that we use to configure the scan rule sets, that would be helpful. Currently, there is no option like this, so we have to do it manually. Automatic detection would be great."

What is our primary use case?

Our client was looking to do data governance and we decided to implement Microsoft Purview for them. The client did not have very specific requirements, because they had no idea what to do with data governance and they wanted someone who could kick-start things. We implemented the basic functionalities for them.

How has it helped my organization?

Our client was impressed because they now understand how much sensitive data they hold. They now know they have to assign someone who can work as a data steward, someone who will manage and protect the sensitive data to make sure that no one else can access it.

It has also helped our client save time when compared with doing data governance manually. It could be up to 80 percent faster because, if we had to do it manually, it would take a lot of time to create a script to scan all of the data in the data repository. With Purview, we can configure the connectors and just hit the button and it will do the rest.

Overall, Purview is quite good for helping you stay on top of compliance.

What is most valuable?

One of the best features is the classification rules, especially the scan rule sets. They are really useful, especially when we need to understand the current data the company has to ensure that all the problematic data can be put under someone's responsibility.

Also, although it is not automatic, managing the business glossary terms is valuable. If we have to work with other people who are also data governors, it's important to understand how the current data catalog is going to work with the business. We can do it manually to flag the business terms that we would like to handle.

It is also important that Purview delivers data protection across multi-cloud and multi-platform environments. Microsoft has built-in tools that can scan risky data that could be sensitive. It also provides connectors to other data platforms or clouds. These abilities are important for anyone who wants to see whether their organization has sensitive data, and how much.

What needs improvement?

In my understanding, because most of the connectors only scan databases or data lakes on multiple clouds, it is certainly not going to provide direct protection on other platforms, like iOS or macOS.

Also, Purview has no data ingestion capability. Of course, it can scan, but it won't import any data into Purview, just metadata. That is still important but it doesn't do data ingestion.

Another area for improvement is in managing the business glossary terms. If they could provide the same type of method that we use to configure the scan rule sets, that would be helpful. Currently, there is no option like this, so we have to do it manually. Automatic detection would be great.

I would also like to see third-party plug-ins. For example, there are several data quality or data management options on the market. Because Purview is not a 100 percent data governance solution, it would help if we could pick some of the good capabilities of other products. If we could plug Purview into the AI option from Ataccama, it would be enhanced immeasurably.

For how long have I used the solution?

We implemented Microsoft Purview for a customer's company about two or three months ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's stable. There were no weird glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I think it's scalable, although Microsoft hasn't mentioned this explicitly. But it's a serverless solution, so it would scale. It just depends on how much data we need to scan.

How are customer service and support?

We haven't had a chance to talk with Microsoft support because we haven't encountered any problematic situations.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our client did not have a previous solution. They had no idea which one to go with. They just wished to have data governance and that's why we came up with Purview for them.

How was the initial setup?

The initial deployment might seem complicated at first, but Microsoft has a guide with basic documentation on how to start and it's quite clear. Newcomers would need to understand the documentation first before they could implement this.

For example, for the resources in Azure, it might require the subscription owner to turn on some features. And in terms of the connectors, they would require an additional resource to store the data connection credentials called Key Vault. We had to implement all the resources to work along with Microsoft Purview.

It took about a week to get things up and running, but that was for the pilot solution. We did not have any very complex data to scan. We had to gather the information from the client about how much of the data they wished to scan, and when we got all the information, we started with the resources. 

We had three people involved in deploying it. One was responsible for most of the Azure connections and permissions. Another was the data governance operator who decided what to scan. The third was a data curator who made sure that all data was in the correct classifications.

It took about two weeks, after we implemented Purview, to realize the benefits of the most important features. The way that we implemented it, it was natively Microsoft-based, so there were not many other solutions to consolidate.

Compliance is not shown in real time because it might take some time to scan, but it depends on the amount of data involved. It's going to take some time to compile everything and show compliance.

Purview itself is on the cloud, but there is an on-premises database server that we need to connect with. Currently, there is no maintenance involved. It is done automatically.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is moderate. It's not too expensive, but it's not the most competitive.

In terms of additional costs, there is an option for advanced data lineage for lineage visibility with Power BI, but because our client did not have Power BI we didn't use this.

What other advice do I have?

Although I haven't had a chance to work with Dynamics 365, I can see that Purview could be connected to that too, and I think it is important. And as far as I know, the classification rules built-in by Microsoft only apply to EU GDPR, as well as American and Canadian sensitive data protection. For all other regions, there are no options just yet.

If an organization wishes to do data governance that is not too advanced or sophisticated, Microsoft Purview could be the perfect fit for them, but they should, of course, do a PoC first.

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Solution Specialist at LobsterPot Solutions
Real User
Top 20
Integrates very well with Azure technologies, has a good interface and is reasonably priced
Pros and Cons
  • "Has a good interface and is reasonably priced."
  • "There are some limitations with regard to the lineage of data from different parts of the system."

What is our primary use case?

We're building a new system from scratch for our clients and wanted to include the data governance. Their solution is hosted in Azure and it seemed logical to go with something that fits with that. I'm a solution specialist and we are partners with Microsoft. 

What is most valuable?

Purview has a pretty good interface and I'm satisfied with what the solution does and the price it's being sold at. It integrates well with Azure technologies. 

What needs improvement?

There are some limitations to the solution with regard to the lineage of data from different systems. I can see that everything works well, but if we start bringing in data from other systems not hosted in Azure the solution won't know whether it fits in the lineage space. Unfortunately, the solution only integrates with Microsoft Azure technologies so there is potentially some improvement that could be made in that area. In this case, we're lucky that the client has everything in Azure. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've only been using this solution for a couple of months. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We currently have four Purview users. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was very easy, that's part of the appeal. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Purview is reasonably priced and considerably less than most of its competitors.

What other advice do I have?

I'm aware that the solution has some limitations, but that doesn't affect us in this case. If we do eventually need some features that are lacking, then we can look at other alternatives.

I rate the solution nine out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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