Alation + Tableau — Announcing Deeper Integration for Governance for Insight

Aaron Kalb
Head of Product

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
CEO

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
Head of Product

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, 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, 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

Announcing Alation Tableau Edition

Satyen Sangani
CEO

Today we’re announcing a new offering that dramatically extends our support for Tableau. We believe that this offering, Alation Tableau Edition, realizes the full promise of self-service analytics by allowing analysts to self-serve without making any of the errors of omission or commission that traditionally accompany an ungoverned data environment. We characterize this offering as […]

How do you make self-service data analysis work for your organization?

Stephanie McReynolds
VP, Marketing

We are entering an era of self-service analytics. There has been an explosion of data, from social and mobile data to big data, that is fueling new ways to understand and improve customer experience.

Self-Service Data’s New Frontier: The Data Catalog

Stephanie McReynolds
VP, Marketing

REFLECTIONS FROM THE GARTNER BI & ANALYTICS SUMMIT I hate to admit that the last time I attended the Gartner BI & Analytics Summit, Howard Dresner was still the host. I started my career in BI, but took a few deviations into CRM, middleware, and databases.

The 2016 Crystal Ball – What’s Next in Data?

Venky Ganti
CTO

With the year coming to a close, many look back at the headlines that made major waves in technology and big data – from Spark to Hadoop to trends in data science – the list could go on and on. Looking in 

These Are Data’s Dark Ages, and That Needs to Change

Satyen Sangani
CEO

For those of us who champion the power of data, the past five years have been an incredible ride thanks to the rise of big data. Consider just these three examples: by 2020, we will have created as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe; data drove President Obama’s wins in the […]

Data Analysts Spend Lot of Time Finding and Understanding Data

Venky Ganti
CTO

In a prior blog post on challenges beyond the 3V’s of working with data, I discussed some issues which hindered the efficiency of data analysts besides drastically raising the bar on their motivation to begin working with new data. Here, I want to drill down into a couple of those issues and my past experience around […]

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Includes Alation

Stephanie McReynolds
VP, 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
CEO

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, 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, 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
CEO

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
Head of Product

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

Announcing Alation 4.0 with Alation Connect

Venky Ganti
CTO

Since we launched the company, Alation has delivered a unique way to catalog data for the enterprise. Inspired by Google’s ability to automatically catalog the Internet by observing consumer behavior, we built Alation 1.0 to catalog enterprise data by observing analyst behaviors. Our approach was contrasted with the traditional manual wiki of notes and documentation […]

Data Engineering Teams Waste Time & Resources due to Poor Knowledge of Data Usage

Venky Ganti
CTO

In prior blog posts challenges beyond the 3V’s and understanding data, I discussed some issues which hindered the efficiency of data analysts besides drastically raising the bar on their motivation to begin working with new data. Here, I want to drill into a few more experiences around use and management of data.   Which upstream […]

Alation Partners with Teradata

Satyen Sangani
CEO

Today Alation and Teradata announced a strategic partnership. There are multiple components to this partnership. Teradata will sell Alation worldwide. Both companies will co-invest in 

Suppliers Keep Inventories. Consumers Need Catalogs.

Aaron Kalb
Head of Product

Finding the right data asset in a modern enterprise can be like trying to find a book in a massive library. In the 20th century, libraries leveraged card catalogs to make it easier for book seekers to search by title, author, or category. In the digital age, Amazon and Google eclipsed their predecessors, largely by […]

[Podcast] Alation at the Boulder BI Brain Trust (BBBT)

Aaron Kalb
Head of Product

Alation CEO Satyen Sangani and Customer Development lead Anand Aidasani visited the Boulder BI Brain Trust, to talk about the challenges of data accessibility and data literacy in the modern enterprise. Listen Now!

[Podcast] Alation CEO, Satyen Sangani on After Nines

Arlene Boyd

Our CEO, Satyen Sangani, was on a podcast with After Nines around the time of our launch. In this podcast, Satyen gives an overview of the Alation product as well as describes the mission of Alation – making data accessible. And for those of you interested in learning more about the founding of Alation and […]