At a Glance

Customer: International bank, 7000+

Use Case: Open up your data models to all your employees


  • 10+ Systems
  • 100+ Data Models
  • 100+ Power Users
  • 1000+ Business Users


  • One place where employees can find what they need
  • No need to spend time and money on expensive modelling tools


"The best thing about it is, that this change can happen literally overnight."




Search, discover and share your data

Our story often starts with data, making it searchable and giving users access to the knowledge that comes with it.

One of the leading banks in Central Europe came to us with a problem. The bank had a couple of hundred people in its Business Department who relied on the company's data to make decisions. They had a lot of data, contained in tens of databases and data sources. This was good. What wasn't so good was that almost none of the bank's hundreds of power users knew how to use the data modelling tools to access them. They had to rely on a small, specialised group who did. Not only did this create a huge bottleneck, it was extremely expensive and inefficient.

The founder members of Semanta all began their data careers battling exactly this problem from the inside of such large organisations. When we set out to create SEMANTA, achieving "universal" access to data for all business users was one of our core goals. So when the bank approached us looking for a solution, we felt we had the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how SEMANTA can do just that.

SEMANTA allows an organisation to automatically register its data. Our connectors connect to the company's modelling tools and its databases, makes a copy of the metadata and makes that accessible to users through the SEMANTA UI. In the case of the bank, hundreds of thousands of the organisation's records were made available overnight to their data scientists.

The change to the bank's work routine has been remarkable. Data scientists no longer have to file a request to find a record or a piece of data. They look for it themselves. Not only that but the UI allows the records to be annotated and commented on. Business users can enrich and document the data as they work with it. The best thing about it is that this change can happen literally overnight - the time it takes to set up the connectors and copy the metadata.

With Semanta, the bank has been able to open up its data models to all of its employees, allowing its business users to work more efficiently and quickly and freeing up its team of analysts to focus on other challenges.


What we learnt

We learnt that people like to be self-sufficient. We're used to being able to search instantly for information in our freetime. If you give people the chance to do the same in the workplace, they will seize it.