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.

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
Chief Executive Officer

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
VP of Design & Strategic Initiatives

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
VP of Design & Strategic Initiatives

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 […]

Challenges of Working with Big Data: Beyond the 3Vs

Venky Ganti
CTO

Among many challenges in working with big data, the 3V’s (Volume, Velocity, and Variety) have gotten a lot of attention. Googling yields many results worth reading. Almost all of these focus on technological challenges in managing and processing big data. In this post, I would like to highlight a different set issues that make working […]

The Agile Analytics Gap

David Crawford
Engineering

For years we’ve been talking about agile analytics, but the implementations to date have little to recommend them. And our problems seem to revolve around the data lake. The data lake is the answer to reducing cycle time in analytics—once you have one, you no longer have to wait months for engineering to create your […]

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

Announcing Alation Tableau Edition

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

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 of 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 of 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
Chief Executive Officer

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 […]

Using Data

Feng Niu
Lead Engineer

Organizations collect and store data all the time; at the end of the day, the goal is for software and people to use the data in technical and business decisions. The mission of Alation is to make enterprise data more accessible and usable. Through our extensive experience of building the product and talking with customers, […]

Launching Today

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

Today is an exciting day for all of us at Alation. We’re finally able to share what we’ve been working on for the last two years. Soon after founding the company, we decided to let our customers determine when we launched our company and product. We had two reasons for this. First, we knew that […]

Making Data Accessible

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

It’s likely that anyone reading this post believes in the power of data. Data guides people to make better decisions. Data helps people learn about the world around them. Data allows people to build amazing things. Data cuts through fiction, empowering people to work together around the facts. These truths are self evident. These truths […]