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Business Glossaries

What is a Business Glossary?

A business glossary is a place that brings together terms used across the organisation and defines them is a common, consistent and precise language.

A centralised business glossary can be considered a search engine for data understanding and will contain a logical and physical data layer, the logical layer will detail the data at a business user level and the physical data layer will detail the field names and other physical data attributes.

Why add a Business Glossary?

Organisations have many disparate systems containing data that is very similar or data that should be same, without a definitive dictionary of terms used across an organisation, the chances of ambiguous information being used increases.

A business glossary allows all users in the organisation to understand the agreed upon meaning of business terms.

Information Commonly Stored:

  • Terms
  • Acronyms
  • Abbreviations
  • Definitions
  • Descriptions
  • Supporting or Related Terms


  • Significant savings through simplification, elimination and reduced errors.
  • Ease of Access
  • Increased Consistency
  • Higher Data Quality
  • Reduced Data Remediation.

Below is an example of what a data element looks like in a Business Glossary.

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