Munich Re Launches Enterprise-Wide Data-Driven Platform for Analytics

Ron Powell

Ron Powell, independent analyst and industry expert for the BeyeNETWORK and executive producer of The World Transformed FastForward Series, interviews Andreas Kohlmaier, Head of Data Engineering at Munich Re. Andreas leads the team responsible for setting up a group-wide data platform and supports the transformation of Munich Re to a data-driven organization. Andreas, can you […]

Defining Data Acquisition and Why it Matters

Malcolm Chisholm

As data drives more and more of the modern economy, data governance and data management are racing to keep up with an ever-expanding range of requirements, constraints and opportunities. It is a little like a data version of the Cambrian Explosion, where data-centricity is giving rise to a rich variety of practices, each distinct and […]

Alation + First San Francisco Partners: A New Approach to Data Governance

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

Every business is trying to become a digital business and the monetization of data is a fundamental part of that transformation. But when you have hundreds of thousands of data sources, potentially millions of different datasets and thousands of people constantly consuming that information, that transformation quickly becomes overwhelming. How do you manage the consumption […]

Data Catalogs: A Category of Their Own

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

Data catalogs are here to stay. This week, two independent analyst reports validated what we’ve known for years – data catalogs are critical for self-service analytics.[1]

The Year Enterprises Embraced the Data Catalog

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

A recent report from Gartner, Data Catalogs Are the New Black in Data Management and Analytics finds that, “Demand for data catalogs is soaring as organizations struggle to inventory distributed data assets to facilitate data monetization and conform to regulations.”* The trend mirrors demand for Alation.

Alation and Einstein Analytics Announce Deep Integration For Data Cataloging and Governance

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

The head of sales needs the most up-to-date statistics on the state of the business, and they need it now — well, actually, yesterday. Creating a set of custom reports would take too much time. But why start from scratch? The calculations that describe the state of the business already exist — in hundreds of […]

Alation + Tableau — Announcing Deeper Integration for Governance for Insight

Aaron Kalb
VP of Design & Strategic Initiatives

Every day, thousands of business decisions are made on the basis of Tableau visualizations—maps, bars, dots, and lines telling stories about the world. This week in Las Vegas, over 15,000 Tableau users are gathered to celebrate storytelling with Tableau. As a company, Tableau has gone beyond delivering software. They’re creating a movement. Tableau’s product and vibrant […]

Why Icon Ventures Invested in Alation

Michael Mullany
General Partner, Icon Ventures

This is a guest post by Michael Mullany, general partner, Icon Ventures. It’s a truism that data is the most important asset in the 21st century economy. But, today too many enterprises exist in a data fog, with poorly contextualized data scattered across millions of tables. Dispelling this data fog is one of the key […]

Aaron Kalb named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

When you first meet Aaron Kalb, you are immediately struck by his boundless enthusiasm for meeting human challenges with bionic solutions. Speaking with Aaron sometimes feels like you suddenly woke up a decade into the future (only he’s already there and you’re struggling to keep up).

A Catalog-First Approach to MicroStrategy Reporting

Aaron Kalb
VP of Design & Strategic Initiatives

Tools like MicroStrategy and Tableau make it easy for business users to quickly turn raw data into visualizations and reports. But before you can even start, you have to find a relevant data set, understand it, and trust it. Then you have to connect to it, which can involve many steps and typing many slashes […]

Shopping for Data

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

As big data matures, the way you think about it may have to shift also. It’s no longer enough to build the data warehouse. Dave Wells, analyst with the Eckerson Group suggests that realizing the promise of the data warehouse requires a paradigm shift in the way we think about data along with a change […]

Data Cataloging in the Data Lake: Alation + Kylo

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

We are living in a new era of data defined by two massively disruptive trends – one architectural and the other organizational. Architecturally the introduction of Hadoop, a file system

Join the Alation MLDC World Tour!

Chitra Rakesh

“I’ve been looking at the sky, ‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high… Yes I’m back in black” – Back In Black, AC/DC 1 AC/DC, the Australian rock and roll band shot to international fame with Back in Black, their best-selling album of all times. The Back in Black world tour was a glorious rock and roll […]

The Alation Arena: Enter the world of robots

Chitra Rakesh

We’re getting ready to debut the brand new Alation Arena at the Strata Data Conference in New York this week. Inspired by BattleBots, the popular robot combat television series, and built by world robotic tournament champions’, Zachary Lytle and Diana Tarlson, the arena is ready to make a big entrance. It’s a professional grade, bullet […]

Introducing Agile Data Governance – Alation TrustCheck

Jason Ma

“The key point is that no organization governs information simply because it can; there has to be a business context, and the increasing realization of this context explains the rise of information stewardship applications.”  – May 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications

Gartner BI Bake Off: Data Catalogs and the Opioid Epidemic

Jason Ma

For the past four years, Gartner has hosted a BI Bake Off competition at the Gartner Data and Analytics Summit in Texas. Selected vendors are given the opportunity to highlight their solutions and show how data and analytics can be harnessed for social good.

Driving Business Value and ROI from a Hybrid Cloud Data Lake

Jason Ma

For many enterprises, a hybrid cloud data lake is no longer a trend, but becoming reality. With a cloud deployment, enterprises can leverage a “pay as you go” model; reducing the burden of incurring capital costs. Compute and storage resources are separated, allowing those resources to be rapidly provisioned and scaled

Alation’s role in the Sentient Enterprise

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

Imagine a new type of business, one in which the fabric of data is so woven throughout the enterprise that it becomes almost a living, breathing entity that one day may even be able to make the right decisions for you. That’s the future presented in the book, The Sentient Enterprise: The Evolution of Business […]

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Includes Alation

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

Gartner predicts that “By 2020, 50% of information governance initiatives will be enacted with policies based on metadata alone.” – Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, Guido de Simoni and Roxane Edjlali, August 10, 2017. Metadata management no longer refers to a static technical repository.

The CDO Imperative: From Process Centric to data-driven

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

Innovating inside of established companies has always been challenging. Being “established” is synonymous with having a proprietary, scalable, and, likely, profitable way of doing things. Change is risky; change is expensive, and change is disruptive. Over the last 20 years, CEOs, CIOs and their enterprise IT departments

A New Market Is Born: The Data Catalog Market Study

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

We’ve seen the trend first hand. Organizations who are so successful in their adoption of self-service analytics, that their own business intelligence (BI) evangelists worry that they’ve created an analytics “wild west.” When they see a data catalog for the first time, they’re thrilled that a product exists that can govern the west

Deep Thoughts on Data Flow with Alation & Trifacta

Stephanie McReynolds
VP of Marketing

Data lakes, while useful in helping you to capture all of your data, are only the first step in extracting the value of that data. Self-service analytics tools like Tableau help by democratizing the data analysis process, causing disruption to existing Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) tools from the likes of Informatica 

Navigating Data: Alation + Trifacta

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

I’m excited to announce an expansion of our partnership with Trifacta. If you’re someone interested in where the BI/Analytics industry is going, a CIO/CDO trying to pick the stack for your BI/Analytics investments, or if you’re an analyst just trying to figure out which tool is most relevant for your needs, here’s why I think […]

Cataloging MicroStrategy

Aaron Kalb
VP of Design & Strategic Initiatives

Data is not automatically valuable by virtue of merely being available. It becomes valuable only when it positively impacts decision making.