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"We had some of our data science engineers, who had built out some cloud-based data and data products for users. They were spending a lot of their time, up to 30 to 35% of their time, answering questions about the data and helping people understand how to use it. Once they were able to document that information within Alation, they were only focusing on around 5% of the high-value questions that really couldn't be solved through the catalog itself. It freed them up to be more productive, it made their end-users more productive, and it made the adoption rate of their data products rise more quickly because people were able to get to using them.""Given the relatively low level of maturity, Alation's most relevant feature at the moment is a user interface that's easy to navigate, which helps us find and understand the data. So while Alation has a lot more functionality, our pain point right now is being able to easily find, understand, and trust the information to use it."

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"The new workflow engine is based on the web app rather than the Java-based approach."

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Cons
"I know that this has been on their roadmap and they're working on it, but as a whole, there's an untapped reservoir of capabilities within their article features that could be used and built upon.""Alation Data Catalog doesn't support end-to-end lineage. By that, I mean the ability to trace the movement of data from when it first comes into our organization to where it's consumed."

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"I would like to see harmonizing with some of the external third-party products so that it will all be within SAP."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"A three-year agreement is better than a one-year rolling 12-month agreement from a price point of view. I'd recommend looking at a three-year deal because you can't stand up a catalog and produce value in 12 months."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Given the relatively low level of maturity, Alation's most relevant feature at the moment is a user interface that's easy to navigate, which helps us find and understand the data. So while Alation has… more »
Top Answer: You've always got to understand Alation's pricing model because they have different models. Vendors have various models, and the difference is sometimes quite stark. You've got to understand what… more »
Top Answer: Alation Data Catalog doesn't support end-to-end lineage. By that, I mean the ability to trace the movement of data from when it first comes into our organization to where it's consumed. Along the way… more »
Top Answer: The new workflow engine is based on the web app rather than the Java-based approach.
Top Answer: The licensing is managed by a separate department in our company.
Top Answer: I really look at it from the technology side, rather than use it from the function side. So, there are not really many improvements I can see from the functionality. I would like to see harmonizing… more »
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Overview

Alation pioneered the data catalog market and is now leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, lineage, stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation.

Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. With Alation, analysts are empowered to search, query and collaborate on their data to achieve faster, more accurate insights.

SAP Data Governance helps consolidate and centrally govern the master data lifecycle of information across the organization. Key benefits: Consolidate and manage master data across the business, whether information is exchanged and accessed in SAP or non-SAP solutions on premise or in the cloud. Uses prebuilt data models, rules, workflows, and user interfaces to quickly deploy tasks such as financial consolidation, customer service, and supplier onboarding. And supports all your master data domains in one single application, and implement it in an on-premise, cloud, or hybrid environment.
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Sample Customers
Salesforce, Snowflake, Citrix, eBay, TripAdvisor, Albertsons, Nasdaq, Pfizer, LinkedIn, Finnair
Takisada-Osaka Co. Ltd., The VELUX Group, Asian Paints, AOK Bundesverband, EMC Corporation
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider12%
Financial Services Firm9%
Government6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Government7%
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Alation Data Catalog is ranked 4th in Data Governance with 2 reviews while SAP Data Governance is ranked 16th in Data Governance with 1 review. Alation Data Catalog is rated 10.0, while SAP Data Governance is rated 7.0. The top reviewer of Alation Data Catalog writes "The catalog now provides an opportunity for people to come together, to share, and to find". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Data Governance writes "Stable with good support and workflow engine but they could harmonize with third-party products". Alation Data Catalog is most compared with Collibra Governance, Microsoft Azure Purview, Informatica Axon, erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance and Collibra Lineage, whereas SAP Data Governance is most compared with Microsoft Azure Purview and Informatica Axon.

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