Markus Schmidberger, Head of Data Engineering: We have 700 active MicroStrategy users, and 50 percent of the company performing self-service analysis. Over the next two-to-three years, we will be moving entirely to the cloud and AWS. All of our data will be moved to a data lake and cloud-based Hadoop clusters.
Markus: At Scout24, we have four core values — to be agile, to be winning, to work as one team and to be data-driven. We want everyone to be able to analyze any type of data by themselves, whether they’re researching information about our listings or a new feature.
On top of that, we are one of the few European companies making a full transition to the cloud. There are only low technology barriers to moving to the cloud. The real challenge is changing our culture and creating the right motivation to adopt an environment where anyone can spin up their own Hadoop cluster and is responsible for his own analyses.
At Scout24, Alation has been able to
Markus: We want all our employees to be able to do analysis, and a key building block was missing. It was difficult for people to know which table was right for the analysis at hand, how to use it or how to join it with other data to make it useful. And, promoting collaboration across our segments and verticals is a priority for helping to drive the business.
Alation provides the communication hub for the knowledge around data, providing valuable documentation on data, queries and even the columns within tables. Alation has also helped us become more data-driven, sometimes in surprising ways. By making it easier to find and understand data, more people are doing data analysis. And, Alation fits in well as a means for promoting the cultural change necessary for our move to the cloud.