Annette DeMarco (Director): eBay has one of the largest and richest data environments in the world. Across our many databases and Hadoop, we have millions of tables. We also have hundreds of analysts.
Annette: We’ve started a data governance initiative to document data spread all over eBay. We want to enable our analysts and business people to quickly understand the data they use and to ensure that they use the data appropriately.
We also want to continually increase the productivity of our analysts. We have hundreds of analysts at eBay and thousands of people who use data. The demand for insights about the business seems nearly limitless. We need to be able to answer more questions, build new insights, and do it all faster.
Finally, we want enable quick access to data. We have so much knowledge inside of eBay that’s already been produced, a lot of the time, the answer exists but people just can’t find it quickly enough.
The eBay team has seen Alation help
Annette: Alation has helped eBay by centralizing access to the data and automatically organizing our knowledge of the data. It puts all of the information in one place, answering questions like what the data means, where it came from, how reliable it is, and who has used it.