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INTERVIEW
Alation and Paxata execs discuss leveraging human-tech synergy for big data insights

"The fact that behavior of how people query data is an input, and that input then informs recommendation as an output is very powerful"

— Stephanie McReynolds, Alation VP of Marketing
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Forrester Principal Analyst & Guest Speaker Henry Peyret shares data governance best practices

"Today's maturity models for data governance are becoming less relevant - even an impediment."

— Henry Peyret, Forrester Principal Analyst & Guest Speaker
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VIDEO
See how searching for data can be as easy as shopping on Amazon

"To find that needle of good data in the haystack of other data is the challenge that catalogs help with. Catalogs answer questions that actually help us to make good decisions."

— AARON KALB, ALATION
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ANALYST REPORT
Alation debuts as a Leader in Gartner’s
Metadata Management Magic Quadrant 2017

"By 2020, 50% of information governance initiatives will be enacted with policies based on metadata alone."

— GARTNER INC., MAGIC QUADRANT FOR METADATA MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS, AUGUST 10, 2017
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WEBINAR REPLAY
What to look for in a data catalog

"As data complexity continues to increase we expect data catalog capabilities will only grow in importance into the future."

— Howard Dresner, Dresner Advisory Services
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ANALYST REPORT
Alation is a strong performer for Data Governance Stewardship

"Alation provides a strong data catalog capability, focusing on supporting analytics and insight."

— "The Forrester Wave(TM): Data Governance Stewardship And Discovery Providers, Q2 2017", by Henry Peyret
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WHITEPAPER
Analyst Claudia Imhoff interviewed Alation & Teradata joint customers on best practices.

"Creating a data-driven organization requires the ability to share tribal knowledge and support collaboration between the producers and the consumers of data and analytics."

— Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., Intelligent Solutions
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ANALYST REPORT
Alation is selected #1 in the Dresner Advisory Report on Data Catalogs

"Data catalog focuses upon the user requirement to locate and leverage metadata, data, models and data elements within an organization – for the purposes of analysis within business intelligence solutions."

— Howard Dresner, Dresner Advisory Services
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ALATION + TABLEAU WHITE PAPER
Learn how Alation integrates with Tableau to enable Governance for Insight

"Alation integrates with and compliments Tableau’s existing data governance capabilities so that organizations can truly balance the demands of agility and compliance"

— ALATION WHITE PAPER
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Learn how Chegg replaced tribal knowledge with just-in-time information from Alation

"Now (our analysts) just log into the tool, start searching, and the answer is right at their fingertips."

— MATT SULLIVANT, DATA STEWARD, CHEGG
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Analyst Boris Evelson discusses how BI governance is critical to data governance

"We definitely do see a data cataloging technology playing a huge role in not just data governance but BI governance."

— BORIS EVELSON, FORRESTER
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ANALYST REPORT
Learn how CDOs can use a data catalog to maximize business value from information assets

""Curating a catalog of information assets is not a project. Rather it is an ongoing aspect of the task of changing organizational behavior in a data-driven culture""

— Gartner Whitepaper: "How Chief Data Officers Can Use an Information Catalog to Maximize Business Value From Information Assets"
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INTERVIEW
Leverage the integration between Kylo and Alation to power productivity in self-service environments

"Alation's capability to sit on top of Kylo allows customers to go from 0 to 60 in a pretty short amount of time... users can get both technical value from Kylo and business value from Alation."

— STEPHANIE MCREYNOLDS, ALATION
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Learn how GoDaddy achieved governance at scale with Tableau and Alation

"The majority of our end users can easily work in Tableau and Alation, which allows our BI/BA team to work on the hard questions"

— Sharon Graves, Enterprise Data & BI Tools Evangelist
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PRESENTATION
Learn about the value that Trifacta and Alation bring to your datalake initiatives

"Trifacta and Alation allows for an open and integrated stack for wrangling, discovery, and governance."

— BERTRAND CARIOU, TRIFACTA
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WHITE PAPER
Learn how a data catalog can help you uncover new insights in your data

"90% of the time that knowledge workers spend in creating new reports is recreating information that already exists"

— Aaron Kalb, Alation
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WEBINAR
Learn how the agile nature of data is driving changes in data distribution.

"Imagine the power and impact of a curated marketplace that serves a community of analysts “shopping” for data."

— Dave Wells, Eckerson Group
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Learn how Weebly has improved productivity with Alation

"When I started, it was the wild wild west, different people used different conventions, whether it was product or marketing. They had the information they needed to make strategic decisions but it wasn’t put together in a way that allowed it to have impact. We’ve seen a lot of productivity gains by using Alation."

— RAAID AHMAD, VP OF ANALYTICS AND SCIENCE, WEEBLY
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Learn how Invoice2Go has built a foundation for data discovery at scale

"We chose Alation because we needed a tool that does documentation right beside our data and right beside our queries. There was just nothing else on the market that I’ve seen that does that."

— BOB BRISKI, DIRECTOR OF DATA INFRASTRUCTURE, INVOICE2GO
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INTERVIEW
Learn how Trifacta and Alation enable enterprises to harness the power of self-service analytics

"Data's getting stale because it is not being leveraged... if there is no collaboration, nobody is going to use the data lake... you need to index and catalog the data to know what is available."

— BERTRAND CARIOU, TRIFACTA
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ANALYST REPORT
Enterprise Data Marketplaces make finding the right data for self-service analytics easy.

"Imagine the power and impact of a curated marketplace that serves a community of analysts “shopping” for data."

— Dave Wells, Eckerson Group
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INTERVIEW
Learn why Teradata views Alation as a central component in an enterprises' data lake strategy

"We realize that multiple platforms are going to exist within a companies infrastructure...Alation provides the data cataloging and governance component that is needed over that whole infrastructure."

— MARK SHAINMAN, TERADATA
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PRESENTATION REPLAY
Learn best practices on how to think about data curation as a critical part of your organization.

"Data is increasing at exponential rates in all organizations. We want to give access to all employees and yet there are good reasons why managers are still relying on intuition to make decisions. Data curation has become a more important strategy as a result."

— STEPHANIE MCREYNOLDS, ALATION
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Learn how eBay harnesses Teradata UDA and Alation to create a curated catalog

"Teradata is this powerful place for modeling a view of the world in data, and Alation is this great place to start from where Teradata ends and build onto it"

— DEB SEYS, EBAY
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OVUM REPORT
OVUM Analyst Tony Baer Reports on how Alation Governance Adds Due Diligence for Tableau Users

"Opening up access to data will yield diminishing returns if users are still in the dark about its provenance."

— Tony Baer
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
eBay, Square & Marketshare use Alation for collaborative analytics

"Alation makes data accessible at Square. And it makes it so they can find the data and the connectivity to the data in the same place."

— RYAN MASON, SQUARE
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ALATION WHITE PAPER
Learn how data curation supports data governance in a self-service world

"Data curation is emerging as a technique to support data governance, especially in data-driven organizations."

— ALATION WHITE PAPER
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Hear how GoDaddy has achieved governance for insight with Tableau Server

"Our Tableau power users are now freed to do actual analysis."

— Sharon Graves, Enterprise Data & BI Tools Evangelist
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Forrester’s Michele Goetz talks self-service analytics & governed data

"Data is coming from everywhere today, internally, externally, from the cloud & device data. It’s really time to re-think the way that we’ve been managing our data."

— MICHELE GOETZ, FORRESTER
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
From Hadoop Summit 2016 - Learn how eBay manages big data

"Everything is powered by big data. If you cannot unpack the value of your big data, no matter how beautiful the technology is, it means nothing"

— ALEX LIANG, EBAY
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ANALYST REPORT
O’Reilly takes a look at the best practices for governing financial data

"Alation combines machine learning with human insight to automatically capture information about what the data describes, where the data comes from, who’s using it, and how it’s used."

— O’REILLY REPORT
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ANALYST REPORT
Learn how CDOs use data catalogs to achieve the maximum business value

"To monetize internal and external business data, chief data officers must learn lessons from traditional asset management disciplines. By using an information catalog properly, CDOs can develop and expand a data-driven culture and derive new value from their organization's information assets."

— GARTNER REPORT
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ANALYST REPORT
Learn how governance is key to delivering a functional data lake

"The need for data to be filtered, processed, treated and managed to make it suitable for multiple analytics use cases is critical to delivering value from the data lake."

— MATT ASLETT, 451 GROUP
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Data-driven Healthcare from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

"We also wanted to solve this problem of tribal knowledge. We have data analysts, three of them may know membership really well, and if they aren’t around it becomes a bottleneck... So we wanted to focus on capabilities that allow us to expose data transparency to the rest of the organization."

— BEATA PUNCEVIC, BCBS-Michigan
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INTERVIEW
Data isn’t the only capital. The algorithm must be fed with accurate data 

"Data isn’t the only capital... the intellectual property is in the algorithm. We need the data to feed the algorithm"

— STEPHANIE MCREYNOLDS, ALATION
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VIDEO
Alation shows you how to safely take the fastest route to your data

"When you get behind the wheel of a car, you’re engaging in a very high risk, high reward activity... The same thing goes for using data."

— AARON KALB, ALATION
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Learn how machine learning & artificial intelligence can accelerate insights

"Discovering data assets via post-it notes and water cooler conversations is no longer an appropriate method. Today, we can’t leave it to people we need systems discovering data in systems."

— Dez Blanchfield, The Bloor Group
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
See how eBay uses Alation to provide just-in-time suggestions on data usage

"What we do differently at eBay is to trust people to do the right thing and to give them the information they need to make that decision. We’re calling this governance self-service."

— DEB SEYS, EBAY
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INTERVIEW
Find out which critical techniques are in a modern data catalog

"To use data is not a simple exercise, you need a lot of information about trivial things like what the field name means, what the values represent, and business context around which tables to use. That tribal knowledge is not documented."

— SATYEN SANGANI, ALATION
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WHITE PAPER
Neil Raden discusses governance in the world of self-service analytics

"The proliferation and popularity of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) data preparation tools for knowledge workers begs the question, “How will your data quality, consistency, and security be maintained without top-down governance?"

— NEIL RADEN, HIRED BRAINS
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ANALYST REPORT
Matt Aslett’s take on why data management is primed for disruption

"From day one, Alation has offered capabilities that address the needs of both business analysts and data scientists as well as data stewards and data governance professionals."

— MATT ASLETT, 415 RESEARCH
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VIDEO
A 2015 World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer's vision

"We are a company that believes that many of the problems related to data are not ones that can be easily solved by computers & algorithms & systems but rather are problems that need to be addressed by how people use data."

— SATYEN SANGANI, ALATION
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ANALYST REPORT
Tony Baer's perspective on Alation’s self-service tools for data access

"Alation combines machine learning with crowdsourcing and collaborative approaches to help end users ask the right questions of the right data. It is the preferred partner for data cataloging in Teradata's Universal Data Architecture (UDA)."

— TONY BAER, OVUM
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INTERVIEW
Watch leading experts discuss how to get the most out of Big Data

"[you] need the right platforms for the right applications with the right skill sets within their organizations"

— James Kobielus, IBM Big Data Evangelist
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ANALYST REPORT
Learn how partnering with Alation supports Teradata’s Sentient Enterprise

"Teradata and Alation have announced a reseller partnership. Teradata will sell Alation's offering into Teradata Unified Data Architecture (UDA) accounts, both new and existing. Marketing will focus on Teradata's Sentient Enterprise strategy."

— JAMES CURTIS, 451 GROUP
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WHITE PAPER
Neil Raden explores the role of a data catalog in delivering data insights

"Sharing results and persisting new views of data and models is core to success. And collaboratively governing data catalogs is the approach that works."

— NEIL RADEN, HIRED BRAINS
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Get trusted answers from your data, even when you don’t know how to ask

"58% of managers base decisions on intuition, even when the data exists. Why? You need a lot of knowledge to get to the right data."

— SATYEN SANGANI, ALATION
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WEBINAR REPLAY
An Alation & Altiscale webinar on fast data access for Hadoop

"Analysts spend 50-80% of their time searching. 90% of the time that knowledge workers spend in creating new reports is in recreating information that already exists. 50-80% of data scientist time is spent mired in the mundane labor of collecting and preparing unruly data."

— MIKE MACIAG, ALTISCALE
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
MarketShare analysts are using Hadoop & Alation to uncover insights

"By using Alation, our analysts are saving 50% or more in time savings for composing, sharing & learning queries. We can get into that data and access it in a way that is much more accessible and user friendly than the other ways that we have."

— ROBERT STRATTON, MARKETSHARE
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INTERVIEW
Claudia Imhoff takes a deep dive into the Alation Data Catalog

"To learn from data you have to learn about the data. We wanted to found a company that was enabling people to learn about data."

— SATYEN SANGANI, ALATION
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Advances in AI are turning data inventories into data catalogs

"Context, collaboration and catalogs are the 3 C's of the modern information architecture. They can be useful to stitch together a big picture view of your organization."

— Satyen Sangani
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VIDEO
The challenges of designing & building a recommendation system for analysts

"If the analyst is not able to find the queries, it hurts the productivity of the analyst as well as the entire organization."

— Venky Ganti
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INTERVIEW
Get expert insights on leveraging Big Data to achieve business agility

"We help people understand the data and the systems inside of their companies. Like Google we crawl those systems and we look for what people are doing with the data and use that information to build a very rich catalog that people can update collaboratively."

— SATYEN SANGANI, ALATION
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CUSTOMER VIDEO
Learn how Safeway achieved a $30:$1 ROI with Alation

"Alation is a query tool that queries your data sources, takes the metadata from querying your query logs and turns it into a consumable product so you can find the data you want easily and you can write queries quickly. It has auto-fill when you’re writing queries. It’s awesome."

— KRISTIE ALLEN, ALBERTSONS
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INTERVIEW
Organizations with massive amounts of data turn to Alation for help

"The value that analytics teams are getting out of this product is to be able to access their data but in human context."

— STEPHANIE MCREYNOLDS, ALATION
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WEBINAR REPLAY
Forrester's Gene Leganza explores Trifacta & Alation for data prep

"Self-service is a must if you are going to make your organization insights-driven. Understanding data, including its lineage and context, is key to enabling data exploration."

— GENE LEGANZA, FORRESTER
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ANALYST REPORT
TDWI’s David Stoddard shares 12 analytics teams’ data prep experiences

"The biggest challenge nontechnical users are encountering is the same one that has been a steep challenge for data scientists: slow, difficult, and tedious data preparation."

— David Stodder, TDWI
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