We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"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."
"The new workflow engine is based on the web app rather than the Java-based approach."
"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."
"I would like to see harmonizing with some of the external third-party products so that it will all be within SAP."
"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."
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.
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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