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Collibra Governance is the #1 ranked solution in our list of Data Governance tools. It is most often compared to Informatica Axon: Collibra Governance vs Informatica Axon

What is Collibra Governance?

Collibra Data Governance Center is an enterprise-wide data governance solution that puts people and processes first, automating data governance and management to quickly and securely deliver trusted data to the business users who need it.

Collibra Governance is also known as Collibra.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Collibra Governance pricing:
  • "I would say it's probably in line with what other vendors charge for licensing."
  • "I think they have a trust issue. I did not like the way they recently went through the process. They were like, "Finish this SOW first, only then will we sign the other SOW." Or, "Finish this code." I didn't like that much."
  • "It is substantial, and we do pay yearly."
  • "I am not so much aware of price details. Initially, there was an add-on NuSoft license to use the DVC connector that NuSoft gives to create integrations, but Collibra is now phasing out of it slowly. Collibra is cutting ties with them is what we have been led to believe, and we have started developing on Spring Boot, which is open source."

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Chris Allen
Technical Product Lead at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
Offers many features for the best relative price.

What is our primary use case?

Our use cases include connecting a lot of legacy data systems to our logical components. For example, if somebody has a question that they post to us and say, "Tell me everywhere in our organization where we have a policy stored?" the primary use case is to logically define what a policy is, and then we use Collibra to tie that logical construct to a technical implementation. We may have six or eight, however many, different admin systems. We bring in the schemas of the way that those systems look, and then how a policy exists in this database and this table and this column, for example, in… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Collibra is very good at talking to modern database systems like a normal RDBMS, a DB2, or a SQL server or an Oracle."
  • "Where it isn't great is on older technologies that you'll typically find in finance or insurance industries, such as older types of data with VSAM or ISAM, or those types of older technologies. It just doesn't connect with them very easily."

What other advice do I have?

Everything seems to be going the route of software as a service these days. It does take away somewhat your ability to customize like you want. Some products allow you to do that better with their SaaS offering than others. I would say that the data catalog space changes quite rapidly. When we did our investigation a couple of years ago, Alation hadn't been in business that long, they've continued to grow and maybe their offering has become better. Just because we chose something two or three years ago, doesn't mean that we shouldn't re-evaluate that in another couple of years to say, "Is this…
Peggy McCoy
Stewardship Coordinator at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Transformed our cross-functional business teams into one enterprise-facing view

What is our primary use case?

Previously, I was in high-tech, now I'm in healthcare. In both instances, we used this solution to increase data literacy and business literacy. In short, we were building out business glossaries, coming to an agreement on term definitions, understanding what reports mean, what the metrics and calculations mean — essentially getting it all documented in an enterprise-facing view. That was the bulk of the focus in my prior company — along with some reference data. At my current company, we are focused heavily on bringing in data dictionaries, including schema tables and columns, and… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "As far as the functionality of the tool is concerned, it's pretty slick."
  • "There's a lot of things available in their Data Intelligence Cloud that are not available on-premise."

What other advice do I have?

The question is how do you help new users understand and leverage this solution to get people to come in, start using it, and understand what they're doing? Well, we've got three people that help onboard our business users. Every use case is different because every business team wants to use the tool in a different way. It's all about business consultation, but Collibra doesn't have anything to do with that. I used to run a users meetup group for Collibra in the Bay Area. I've talked to many customers who have used Collibra, and all of them experience the same challenges — how do I get my…
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SS
Group Manager at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Massive benefits to be reaped, but serious knowledge is required to operate it properly

What is our primary use case?

We're a very large pharmaceutical organization so it's difficult to quantify exactly how many users are using Collibra. Within our organization, there is a data governance team that we had set up. I am the person in charge of that team. While working on the data governance processes, we thought of leveraging Collibra for things like data dictionaries, developing data lineage, ensuring that business artifacts like KPI catalogs and board catalogs can be built within Collibra itself.

Pros and Cons

  • "In terms of data governance, as I mentioned, it can be a one-stop solution for all of your data governance needs."
  • "Recently, I find that the default process of issue management in Collibra is really complex — It wasn't really helpful to us."

What other advice do I have?

Before you deploy or implement Collibra, just ensure that you have certain use cases that really qualify for leveraging Collibra. Assessment and evaluation are really important, first. Benefit analysis is the most important key. What are the transformational changes that Collibra is going to bring? If it's going to improve your ROI by deploying it, then migrate over to it; just don't do it because everyone else is doing it — that's not a good enough reason. There are certain tools out there that can analyze data and generate reports with a few simple clicks. Collibra doesn't work like that…
SuChatla
Sr Manager - Enterprise Data Office at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Shows the whole history of data elements, though connectors could be improved

What is our primary use case?

I've been working with multiple companies, but with two of the companies we have been using Collibra mostly for data governance. With these companies, our use case is all about metadata governance, lineage, and data-related policy management. We're doing policy management directly inside Collibra and we're also using it for issue management on the analytics side. If someone has a data concern, they just call me in and then put that concern into Collibra as a front-end UI for the data stewards and data scientists, and we start processing them.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the lineage feature the most because I don't think there's any other tool that actually depicts the data flow from multiple sources and the connectivities between every data element inside those sources."
  • "The connectors are not very sophisticated. They can do, for example, Informatica and Tableau, but the connectors themselves could be improved."

What other advice do I have?

It's a very niche product. It's nice to use and easy to promote. You don't have to have all the user licenses - you can also get the author licenses. If you have 10 author licenses, you can get up to 50,000 consumer licenses. It's nice to know you have a mobile component in that regard. If you're doing a lot of training as well, you need to do proper training with your data team, and with your business team, try to use it as a business tool instead of a technical tool. Employ it as much as you feed it, because then it's that much more useful. And then having the business rules, the data…
KF
Sr. Systems Analyst, Master Data Governance at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Good data lineage and surrounded by a helpful community, but takes a lot of up-front planning

What is our primary use case?

The solution that I had worked on was related to the technical implementation of metadata for capturing analytics. That said, that particular implementation missed the bus with using it for business use and getting a proper buy-in from the users.

Pros and Cons

  • "There is a good community setup around the solution that can provide insights."
  • "The licensing is one area that could get improved."

What other advice do I have?

While I do not have a sense of the version number, I would say that we are not on the latest version of the solution at this time. I would advise new users looking at getting it implemented to really use the out-of-box features before you overlay your specific strategy on it. Upfront investigations and creating a repeatable framework of how this will ultimately operate are important to the success of the solution. One of the crucial early factors is to get this as part of an operating fabric within your company. There's a lot of pre-work and pre-thought that needs to be in place in that sense…
IS
Consultant II at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
Top 20
User friendly and easy to set up with good documentation

What is our primary use case?

We have a client that was planning to do a digital transformation. They came up with the use cases and they have a couple of departments. They are mainly based on legal systems including corporate trust, etc., that they want the data to govern. Their requirement was basically if any new person is hired, they would have everything in Collibra, including all of the business glossary or the tables or the reports. Basically, everything for their onboarding process was available there. It was also necessary to give that to anyone that wanted to know about their department.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's not a complicated product."
  • "While connecting with the data source, it's not very easy. If there's a firewall, it is difficult to connect with the database. It's not easy when you are configuring on the database."

What other advice do I have?

We are Collibra Partners. We have a business relationship with the organization. If we have a Collibra expert on your team, it will be easy. Otherwise, new users should expect a bit of a learning curve. ANyone working closely with it should take some Collibra training alongside the product purchase. Professionals will help you and guide you in creating an organization level or department level unit with a glossary and everything. They can give you more insight. I'd also advise users to try to take the certification, which is free of cost in Collibra University, or try a partner training…
Richard Monk
Knowledge Manager at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Real User
Top 20
Allows us to modify things for our own use and helps us to do our work easier, faster, and better

What is our primary use case?

We are focused primarily on the Data Governance Catalog (DGC) for our data dictionary use. We are not using it for information governance in terms of regulatory compliance, etc. We are focused on business glossary, data catalog, data dictionary, and some workflow processes to help with metadata management and other things. We are fully updated, and we are using its latest version.

Pros and Cons

  • "I like Collibra's flexibility. I like to be able to modify things for our own use. For example, we've chosen to use Collibra also as a knowledge management tool, even though it is not designed to be a knowledge management tool. That's the beauty of it. It can serve as a knowledge management tool by creating some custom assets specifically for knowledge management."
  • "The UI is good if you happen to be an administrator and are familiar with the technical side of the administration. If you're a business user, the UI is not good. It is hard to learn. It is hard for those who are administering it to teach to end-users and it can take hours of training to do it. Because it is difficult and non-intuitive, business users resist using it. It is a battle to get them on board and to keep them engaged because of the UI."

What other advice do I have?

The thing that made our onboarding really simple was that we understood beforehand our use case and our needs. We understood what our roles were and who needed to be involved. We also understood our communities and our setup structure. We had all of that from the beginning. They mentioned several times that we were extremely well-prepared. So we learned that the more users know about the needs of the department or the company, and the more advance prep work they can do, the easier the onboarding process is. When we started, the Collibra team sent us two huge Excel files that were basically…
VB
Technology Analyst at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
A developer-friendly solution that lets you easily ingest the metadata and is good for documenting DPIAs

What is our primary use case?

I am using it essentially for the GDPR implementation over here in Europe. This is my second project on Collibra. Before that, I have worked on the CCPA part for a US-based project. I have worked on an on-prem solution and a solution on the cloud. I was the one who had created all the components on AWS because our client was not ready to move onto Collibra's cloud solution, but I believe they will be moving to SaaS soon. We are on version 5.7.5. Version 5.7 is the latest, but because we're not on SaaS, it's quite tedious to upgrade each and every environment. We have four environments or five… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "The catalog feature is definitely valuable because it makes ingesting the metadata of any application quite simple. You don't have to do things manually. You can just schedule an import, and it will just refresh the metadata of whatever application you want. That's what I like. I usually work on the technical side, and other than that, I usually create integrations. I integrate Collibra with different environments or applications. I'm a developer, so I cannot vouch for the business, but for me, it is quite developer-friendly with the Java API interface and the REST API interface that they have provided. It is good for creating dashboards based on the needs of each and every role. It can be user-specific or group-specific. We usually create dashboards and give them to our business users, and they are quite happy with that."
  • "It should have more integrations with things like CyberArk because its main purpose is GDPR implementation. We have to have more scope for things that implement more privacy. CyberArk makes sure your credentials are vaulted and your things are secure when you're creating your integrations or connecting to an application. I do believe that they are working on this feature."

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others, and I would ask them to directly go for SaaS instead of going for on-prem because you get a lot more features. I believe the license is the same or similar, but I'm not really aware of the price points. The biggest lesson that I have learned from using Collibra is that being compliant is important, and we are helping our clients do that. You must have read about H&M and Citibank. They got charged a lot. I would rate Collibra Governance an eight out of ten. Because I'm not involved with SaaS, I am keeping two points away for that. After using SaaS for…
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