Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Plaid Govern take to deploy and deliver benefits?

Plaid Govern delivers same-day deployment, providing faster and more scalable metadata management through an easy-to-use cloud-based platform offering centralized collaboration and governance functionality.

How can Plaid Govern reduce costs and increase efficiency?

Plaid Govern assists with reducing costs by generating automated data ingestion and documentation, saving time. Plaid’s Data Governance also reduces risk by reducing dependency on key staff and enabling the ability to implement data governance roles and user access. Accurate documentation and understanding of lineage provides greater clarity around data, lineage, ownership, and usage of data across campus systems.

What is the Plaid Govern managed service?

Plaid offers Govern as a managed service - meaning we take care of hosting, upgrades, security, sign on, and ensuring you can connect to your data systems. Our tool is based on the open source DataHub, which project provides a standard Apache license, the terms of which are incorporated into your service agreement with Plaid upon subscription.

Why is Plaid Govern more effective than implementing an open-source tool ourselves?

Plaid takes care of ensuring single-sign-on, updates, security, and hosting. Additionally, Plaid has experience in developing custom scripts and integrations for platforms not yet made available in the open source world. Plaid has also designed custom features built exclusively for our higher education customers.

Data Protection – what is the compliance?

Our guiding principles:

  • Only metadata, not data, is brought in. Only data about your data is ingested, no system data is ever brought in to Plaid Govern.
  • We host Plaid Govern on Amazon Web Services, the world’s leading cloud provider. This allows us to provide substantial security around your metadata, ensuring that your staff can see what they need to know, and blocking unauthorized access.
  • You choose where your data lives. In this context, AWS has numerous data centres throughout the world. You choose which one your data resides in.