GoDaddy: Customer-First Digital Transformation

Ron Powell

This article is based on a podcast Ron Powell conducted with Sharon Graves, Enterprise Data and BI Tools Evangelist for GoDaddy, about data curation, data stewardship, and data catalogs.  Ron is an independent analyst and industry expert for the BeyeNetwork and executive producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward Series. His focus is on business […]

Customer Data Culture: The Innovators Have Already Reinvented Themselves

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

After 116 years in business, legendary guitar maker Gibson filed for bankruptcy in 2018. Prior to the filing, Gibson’s CEO Henry Juszkiewicz was one of the most staunch advocates for “innovation” that you could find. During his tenure as CEO, he sought to transform Gibson from a guitar manufacturer into a “music lifestyle brand.” While […]

At the Top of Everyone’s List

Nolan Necoechea

Today, we’re honored to be named to Constellation Research’s ShortList™ for Data Cataloging1 for the fourth consecutive year. In an increasingly noisy data cataloging space, this recognition is a reminder that Alation continues to lead the pack with 100+ customers and a unique solution built on the combination of human collaboration and machine learning. To […]

Our Next Phase of Growth: Enterprise Data Catalogs

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

Today, we’re announcing that Alation has closed a $50 million Series C funding led by Sapphire Ventures, with participation from new investor Salesforce Ventures and our existing investors Costanoa Ventures, DCVC (Data Collective), Harmony Partners and Icon Ventures. Following a very successful year of growth in Alation’s business, this announcement marks a milestone for Alation […]

The year of the data catalog

Chitra Rakesh

This was an eventful year in the world of data and analytics. Be it the surprising $5.2 billion merger of Cloudera and Hortonworks, the widely scrutinized GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), or the Cambridge Analytica scandal that rocked Facebook. Amid the headline grabbing news, 2018 will also be remembered as the year of the data […]

Munich Re Launches Enterprise-Wide Data-Driven Platform for Analytics

Ron Powell

Ron Powell, independent analyst and industry expert for the BeyeNETWORK and executive producer of The World Transformed FastForward Series, interviews Andreas Kohlmaier, Head of Data Engineering at Munich Re. Andreas leads the team responsible for setting up a group-wide data platform and supports the transformation of Munich Re to a data-driven organization. Andreas, can you […]

Defining Data Acquisition and Why it Matters

Malcolm Chisholm

As data drives more and more of the modern economy, data governance and data management are racing to keep up with an ever-expanding range of requirements, constraints and opportunities. It is a little like a data version of the Cambrian Explosion, where data-centricity is giving rise to a rich variety of practices, each distinct and […]

Alation + First San Francisco Partners: A New Approach to Data Governance

Stephanie McReynolds
SVP of Marketing

Every business is trying to become a digital business and the monetization of data is a fundamental part of that transformation. But when you have hundreds of thousands of data sources, potentially millions of different datasets and thousands of people constantly consuming that information, that transformation quickly becomes overwhelming. How do you manage the consumption […]

Data Catalogs: A Category of Their Own

Stephanie McReynolds
SVP of Marketing

Data catalogs are here to stay. This week, two independent analyst reports validated what we’ve known for years – data catalogs are critical for self-service analytics.[1]

Driving Business Value and ROI from a Hybrid Cloud Data Lake

Jason Ma

For many enterprises, a hybrid cloud data lake is no longer a trend, but becoming reality. With a cloud deployment, enterprises can leverage a “pay as you go” model; reducing the burden of incurring capital costs. Compute and storage resources are separated, allowing those resources to be rapidly provisioned and scaled

Alation + Tableau — Announcing Deeper Integration for Governance for Insight

Aaron Kalb
Chief Data Officer

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 […]

Why Data Culture Made Me Pack a Space Suit and Head to Orlando

Stephanie McReynolds
SVP of Marketing

We live in an age of unprecedented speed and breadth of technological change. Since the year 2000, new discoveries are coming at a fast and furious pace in many technology sectors, including software, material science, neuroscience, and genetics. Innovations are also uniquely broad compared to other eras of technological innovation, spanning multiple technologies from innovations […]

Gartner Data & Analytics London: Human Curation + Machine Learning

Nolan Necoechea

Earlier this month in London, more than 1,600 data and analytics leaders and professionals gathered for the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit. It was probably a surprise to no one that artificial intelligence (AI) took center stage. From niche breakout sessions to the packed opening keynote—where “AI” was one of three leading trends along with […]

Funding and Our Future

Aaron Kalb
Chief Data Officer

We recently announced $50M in Series C funding to supercharge our growth, cement our leadership position, and innovate so data catalogs can create even deeper and broader value than they provide today. We’re delighted to watch leading organizations like Daimler, eBay, Hilton Hotels, LinkedIn, Munich Re, and Pfizer trust the Alation Data Catalog to connect […]

MercadoLibre Democratizes BI with Certified Data, Collaboration and Self-Service

Ron Powell

Ron Powell, independent analyst and industry expert for the BeyeNETWORK and executive producer of The World Transformed FastForward Series, interviews Adrian Quilis, Director of Business Intelligence at MercadoLibre. This article is based on a podcast with Adrian. Adrian, I understand MercadoLibre is Latin America’s most popular ecommerce site by number of visitors. Can you tell […]

TrustCheck from Alation: In Conversation with Peter Burris

Aaron Kalb
Chief Data Officer

Meet TrustCheck: Your Spell Check for SQL or BI. Just like Spell Check prompts you as you’re writing—or like Waze nudges you as you’re driving—TrustCheck guides you to desired behavior while ensuring accuracy as you’re creating a query or a dashboard. With TrustCheck, data analysts see color-coded visual cues whenever they use a questionable source, […]

Join the Alation MLDC World Tour!

Chitra Rakesh

“I’ve been looking at the sky, ‘Cause it’s gettin’ me high… Yes I’m back in black” – Back In Black, AC/DC 1 AC/DC, the Australian rock and roll band shot to international fame with Back in Black, their best-selling album of all times. The Back in Black world tour was a glorious rock and roll […]

The Alation Arena: Enter the world of robots

Chitra Rakesh

We’re getting ready to debut the brand new Alation Arena at the Strata Data Conference in New York this week. Inspired by BattleBots, the popular robot combat television series, and built by world robotic tournament champions’, Zachary Lytle and Diana Tarlson, the arena is ready to make a big entrance. It’s a professional grade, bullet […]

Introducing Agile Data Governance – Alation TrustCheck

Jason Ma

“The key point is that no organization governs information simply because it can; there has to be a business context, and the increasing realization of this context explains the rise of information stewardship applications.”  – May 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications

The Year Enterprises Embraced the Data Catalog

Satyen Sangani
Chief Executive Officer

A recent report from Gartner, Data Catalogs Are the New Black in Data Management and Analytics finds that, “Demand for data catalogs is soaring as organizations struggle to inventory distributed data assets to facilitate data monetization and conform to regulations.”* The trend mirrors demand for Alation.

Alation and Einstein Analytics Announce Deep Integration For Data Cataloging and Governance

Stephanie McReynolds
SVP of Marketing

The head of sales needs the most up-to-date statistics on the state of the business, and they need it now — well, actually, yesterday. Creating a set of custom reports would take too much time. But why start from scratch? The calculations that describe the state of the business already exist — in hundreds of […]

Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Includes Alation

Stephanie McReynolds
SVP of 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
Chief Executive Officer

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