Spare a thought for your data engineers, analysts and architects. They are often, it seems to me in that difficult place where an irresistible force meets an immovable object. They are at the point where the expectations of the business for ever faster access to quality data come face to face with the realities of data management in corporate IT. And, in order to meet those demands one of the most significant components the data architect needs is access to the enterprise metadata in your organisation’s technology applications. This metadata provides definitions and data structures which are vital for complex projects. And, as they will tell you accessing, understanding and using this information is not a trivial task.