Alation Data Catalog Competitors and Alternatives

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Manoj Narayanan
General Manager - Digital & Analytics Practice at HCL Technologies
Real User
Top 20
Oct 14, 2020
Metadata harvesters, data catalogs, and business glossaries help standardize data and create transparency

What is our primary use case?

Our clients use it to understand where data resides, for data cataloging purposes. It is also used for metadata harvesting, for reverse engineering, and for scripting to build logic and to model data jobs. It's used in multiple ways and to solve different types of problems.

Pros and Cons

  • "erwin has tremendous capabilities to map right from the business technologies to the endpoint, such as physical entities and physical attributes, from a lineage standpoint."
  • "Another area where it can improve is by having BB-Graph-type databases where relationship discovery and relationship identification are much easier."

What other advice do I have?

It is a different experience. Collaboration and communication are very important when you want to harvest the value from the humongous amount of data that you have in your organization. All these aspects are soft aspects, but are very important when it comes to getting value from data. Data pipelines are really important because of the kinds of data that are spread across different formats, in differing granularity. You need to have a pipeline which removes all the complexities and connects many types of sources, to bring data into any type of target. Irrespective of the kind of technology you…
Narsimha Reddy.Desidi
Solution Architect at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Dec 16, 2020
Good automation and AI capabilities but has terrible customer service

What is our primary use case?

My company, a financial institution, decided to implement data governance for data analytics, et cetera. We designed an entire metadata management system using Collibra. Initially, we designed the metadata management, and then we enabled the receivership at the organization-level and also roles and responsibilities. After that, we created the lineage between the technical and business assets, and we automated the process of insertions and updates.

Pros and Cons

  • "The automation process is very strong."
  • "Sometimes, if a client needs a specific customization, we cannot do it directly. The client needs to reach out to Collibra and request the customization."

What other advice do I have?

I work on governance modules. I'm not related to Collibra. I'm an external consultant and a governance consultant. We adopt any technology which is related to governance. We prepare ourselves and we'll learn it and we'll get hands-on experience so that we have a good understanding of it for our clients. My experience with Collibra has been amazing. I've been working on Collibra within a couple of fields and my journey through Collibra was very fabulous all the way across. I'm using the SaaS version of the solution. It ensures we're always up to date on the latest features, etc. I'd recommend…
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