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Alation + Databricks: Inviting More People to the Lakehouse

Alation + Databricks: Inviting More People to the Lakehouse

Today we are excited to announce our support for SQL Analytics, the latest innovation from Databricks, and deepened support for Lakehouse, the Databricks architecture paradigm that combines the best of data lakes and data warehouses. Built on Delta Lake, SQL Analytics...

Deep Thoughts on Data Flow with Alation & Trifacta

Deep Thoughts on Data Flow with Alation & Trifacta

Data lakes, while useful in helping you to capture all of your data, are only the first step in extracting the value of that data. Self-service analytics tools like Tableau help by democratizing the data analysis process, causing disruption to existing Extract,...

A Catalog-First Approach to MicroStrategy Reporting

A Catalog-First Approach to MicroStrategy Reporting

Tools like MicroStrategy and Tableau make it easy for business users to quickly turn raw data into visualizations and reports. But before you can even start, you have to find a relevant data set, understand it, and trust it. Then you have to connect to it, which can...

A New Market Is Born: The Data Catalog Market Study

A New Market Is Born: The Data Catalog Market Study

We’ve seen the trend first hand. Organizations who are so successful in their adoption of self-service analytics, that their own business intelligence (BI) evangelists worry that they’ve created an analytics “wild west.” When they see a data catalog for the first...

TrustCheck from Alation: In Conversation with Peter Burris

TrustCheck from Alation: In Conversation with Peter Burris

Meet TrustCheck: Your Spell Check for SQL or BI. Just like Spell Check prompts you as you’re writing—or like Waze nudges you as you’re driving—TrustCheck guides you to desired behavior while ensuring accuracy as you’re creating a query or a dashboard. With TrustCheck,...

Why Data Culture Made Me Pack a Space Suit and Head to Orlando

Why Data Culture Made Me Pack a Space Suit and Head to Orlando

We live in an age of unprecedented speed and breadth of technological change. Since the year 2000, new discoveries are coming at a fast and furious pace in many technology sectors, including software, material science, neuroscience, and genetics. Innovations are also...

What Is a Data Catalog?

What Is a Data Catalog?

A Data Catalog is a collection of metadata, combined with data management and search tools, that helps analysts and other data users to find what they need in one place. Discover more about how it helps to improve efficiency as well as data analysis.

What Is Data Curation?

What Is Data Curation?

Data curation is a term that has recently become a common part of data management vocabulary. Data curation is important in today’s world of data sharing and self-service analytics, but I think it is a frequently misused term. When speaking and consulting, I often...

Where Do Data Catalogs Fit in Metadata Management?

Where Do Data Catalogs Fit in Metadata Management?

In an earlier blog, I defined a data catalog as “a collection of metadata, combined with data management and search tools, that helps analysts and other data users to find the data that they need, serves as an inventory of available data, and provides information to...