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"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.""I think it is on a yearly basis, but I'm not involved with the pricing session, so I have no idea. There are several licenses for different models. You get one license per product, but a lot of features are controlled separately through different licenses. So, as and when you want to use a feature, you have to procure the license for that feature.""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.""I would say it's probably in line with what other vendors charge for licensing."

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author avatarTom Kilburn
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These are actually very similar products - in fact, an ex-Collibra person I know had the impression that MSFT must have just looked at Collibra's application and essentially duplicated it.  At their core, both are essentially Business Glossaries and Data Dictionaries (Catalogs) with a bunch of window dressing.

In terms of where each may have an edge:

1.  Collibra's strength is as a collaboration platform.  So, their workflows are more developed to enable things like approval of terms, etc,, and capture the historical proposals/changes.  Although MSFT obviously delivers collaboration through Sharepoint, integrated workflows with Purview may take a while, even though the capability is clearly there and MSFT should not be under-estimated.  

I know some clients that want a DG tools-independent approach (i.e.  do not want to spend the money on a separate DG-specific toolset such as  Collibra, Alation, ERwin, Informatica), so they instead use Sharepoint and add something like Nintex to handle the workflows and it apparently works quite nicely.  It also should be noted that the out-of-the-box Collibra workflows are pretty basic, and clients will need to build their own for anything that is more involved or based on client-centric processes - this involves building swimlane workflows in Eclipse and importing them into Collibra.

2.  Microsoft's strength is in the potential integration of the data management tools required to *fix" data quality issues to deliver business outcomes through a governance process.  One of the three primary governance use cases is analytics, and Power BI is a very prominent player in the BI/dashboarding space, so one assumes that MSFT will have an advantage for APIs related to PBI and ingestion of related metadata.  MSFT also has DQ/DI (ETL) through SSIS to enable data profiling, etc.  Collibra did recognize this gap and purchase OwlDQ recently, but one guesses that it will be a year before this is actually integrated.

The single biggest issue on the technology side in Data Governance is integration (surprise! =).  This is the biggest area of weakness for Collibra, as their strategy has changed multiple times over the past couple of years, and the breadth of integrations that customers are looking for just aren't there (ERwin actually has an impressive story on that front).  This continues to haunt Collibra projects and means that a lot of time and money is spent on the technical side to build a foundation.  This inhibits clients from implementing programmatic components that drive business participation.  The related issue is that business sponsors and potential business participants come to see DG initiatives as technical infrastructure projects and do not view them as mission critical in the delivery of a digital transformation strategy, which is what they should be.  And once business leaves the table, it is very hard to get them back for a second round when they don't see the value.

Purview is able to work with any Azure cloud application data or on-prem SQL Server metadata (in addition to AWS cloud application data to some extent I believe), but their broader API strategy remains to be seen as it is still early days (launched in Dec. 2020).  If they take this as seriously as they are claiming however, expect MSFT to make gains in this area quickly, but don't trust the promises of any vendor: if you have specific sources to ingest, then ask for a reference customer and a demo of the integration actually working, no matter which vendor you are dealing with.

My final comment:  both good products, but remember that DG is all about growing a program based on documenting your internal business and data management processes.  As a result, my advice would be to choose the most cost-effective option that has the *existing* (not promised) APIs that you need for your sources, and use it to formalize these processes within a tool.  If you get this in order, you can change your tool over time.  The DG marketplace has evolved so that the "tool is the solution" approach is no longer valid, and people realize that the build of a DG Program is more about their own internal processes than it is about the purchase of technology.

Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Collibra is very good at talking to modern database systems like a normal RDBMS, a DB2, or a SQL server or an Oracle.
Top Answer: In terms of pricing, it's not bad. You pay more money for the author licenses, which is where you do most of your entry and whatnot. Whereas consumers are basically viewing information and using the… more »
Top Answer: Collibra is very good at talking to modern database systems such as a normal RDBMS (e.g.DB2, SQL server or Oracle). Where it isn't great is with older technologies that you'll typically find in… more »
Top Answer: These are actually very similar products - in fact, an ex-Collibra person I know had the impression that MSFT must have just looked at Collibra's application and essentially duplicated it.  At their… more »
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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.

Azure Purview is a unified data governance service that helps you manage and govern your on-premises, multicloud, and software-as-a-service (SaaS) data. Easily create a holistic, up-to-date map of your data landscape with automated data discovery, sensitive data classification, and end-to-end data lineage. Empower data consumers to find valuable, trustworthy data.

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Financial Services Firm11%
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Collibra Governance is ranked 1st in Data Governance with 15 reviews while Microsoft Azure Purview is ranked 15th in Data Governance. Collibra Governance is rated 7.6, while Microsoft Azure Purview is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Collibra Governance writes "Offers many features for the best relative price". On the other hand, Collibra Governance is most compared with Informatica Axon, Alation Data Catalog, Ataccama ONE Platform, BigID and IBM Data Governance, whereas Microsoft Azure Purview is most compared with Alation Data Catalog, Collibra Lineage, Informatica Axon, Varonis Data Governance Suite and erwin Data Intelligence (DI) for Data Governance.

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