Gartner Research

The Semantic Layer: A Path Toward the Single Version of the Truth

Published: 05 July 2019

ID: G00407772

Analyst(s): Grant Nelson


Finance analysts continue to struggle with resolving data ambiguity in support of business decisions. By providing analysts with a universal semantic layer — an autonomous, natural language way to clarify data — finance leaders can ease analysts’ struggles and improve their business decisions.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Enhance Data Discovery and Unify Data by Reviewing the USL in Practice
  • Assess How the USL Impacts, Complements and Leverages Governance and Security
  • Champion USL Development by Establishing Business Relevancy and Identifying Analytical Leaders
    • Establish Business Relevancy
    • Select a Starting Place
  • Assess FP&A’s Potential to Lead USL Development
    • Select a Project or Initiative
    • Establish the Selection and Evaluation Committee
  • Conclusion

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