It’s not déjà vu — it’s a repeat! For the second year in a row, Snowflake has named Alation its Data Governance Partner of the Year. The announcement was made at Snowflake Summit this week (visit us at booth 2009!).

And we’re just as proud, excited, and thankful as when we received the honor last year. This back-to-back recognition is testament to Alation’s essential role within the Snowflake partner ecosystem at the intersection of data cloud migration, active data governance, and self-service.

Together with Snowflake, we help more than 125 joint customers (including Cisco, Nielsen, and Finnair, to name a few) deliver value in their industries. But we also improve the experience — and make life easier — for data users at those companies, from the experts (data stewards, scientists, and analysts) to stakeholders at every level who use data to drive their decisions.

Growing Partnership

After Snowflake recognized us last year, we certainly didn’t rest on our laurels. In September we introduced Policy Center as part of our Data Governance App. where you can create policies in one location and get complete visibility into how policies are mapped to data. This allows users to manage Snowflake data governance policies in a comprehensive and scalable manner to meet security and compliance objectives.

Shortly thereafter, we joined Snowflake’s Data Governance Accelerated Program, designed to help software companies and application developers build, operate, and grow their applications on Snowflake. Alation was among the select group of partners accepted into the program by building integrated governance solutions with Snowflake to support joint customers on their data governance journeys.

Diagram of Alation and Snowflake’s joint work on the CDMC

Alation and Snowflake’s joint work on the CDMC is helping to define what it means to manage data compliantly in the cloud.

We also teamed up with Snowflake to define key use cases for the CDMC (Cloud Data Management Capabilities Framework) with the EDM Council. For the uninitiated, the CDMC is a framework that enables enterprises to “pressure-test data management procedures and demonstrate good practice to regulators.” Our joint work has helped to lay a crucial foundation for cloud governance processes and techniques — clarifying the “how” behind future use cases, like data sovereignty and cross-border data movement, privacy impact assessments, security controls, and data sharing agreements, all of which are relevant to financial services.

Additionally, Alation was one of the first five featured Snowcases, industry and technology solutions by Snowflake’s trusted partners to support the Snowflake Data Cloud journey. The Snowcase highlighted the ways Alation’s Active Data Governance and Snowflake’s Data Cloud provides a trusted view of vital business metrics at Texas Mutual Insurance Company (TXM), Texas’ leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, to accelerate decision-making with confidence.

Finally, it would be remiss not to mention how our partnership goes beyond governance of cloud data. Last year, Snowflake Ventures made a significant strategic investment in our Series D fundraising, a reflection of the value we bring all Snowflake customers.

Igniting Joint Success with Spark NZ

Spark NZ, a telecommunications company, is a joint customer with high market saturation where 2.5 million of the 5 million New Zealand residents are subscribers. By choosing Alation Data Catalog to promote faster data search and discovery, Spark NZ leverages Alation and Snowflake’s governance features to foster data democratization.

Spark NZ’s business results after leveraging Alation and Snowflake’s governance features to foster data democratization.

Balancing access and innovation with compliance is a key challenge for the organization. Spark already has standards for classifying and tagging data, and some permissions are implemented directly in Snowflake, but Spark leans on Alation for governance while allowing access to the data that business units need. Alation Data Catalog doesn’t just make it easier for data users at Spark to find the right data – it also accelerates Snowflake adoption.

“Using Alation alongside Snowflake has enabled a step-change in our data governance capability and visibility of enterprise data for users across Spark NZ,” said Peter Langham, Domain Chapter Lead, Data Engineering at Spark NZ. “It has significantly improved both productivity and quality of insights for our data analysts through a common understanding of our data assets.”

A Quintet of Core Competencies

Snowflake Summit 2022 saw the launch of the Snowflake Partner Network (SPN) Competency Program, which rewards and validates Snowflake partners for the depth of their Snowflake expertise and commitment to driving customer impact across the Data Cloud ecosystem.

It’s an honor to receive a single SPN Competency badge. Alation received five, proving our competency measures fitness for a specific sector, demonstrating Alation and Snowflake’s broad usability across all business types and industries:

snowflake industry competency financial services badge  Financial Services: Fifth Third Bank leverages Alation as its data marketplace for curation and consumption: a single source where data is cataloged, tagged, governed, and shared. This has lowered the barrier for generating insights to build a superior customer experience.
snowflake industry competency retail and cpg badge  Retail and CPG: “Whilst Snowflake provides the robust scalability and elasticity we need to securely hold enterprise volumes and variety of data, Alation supports our colleagues in swiftly navigating to the information they need,” said Helen Hunter, Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Sainsbury’s PLC. “With Alation, users across the enterprise can efficiently search for and discover data, regardless of location, and ensure that data is properly governed and used in a compliant manner.”
snowflake industry competency technology badge  Technology: For data they migrated to the Snowflake Data Cloud, Cisco sought the sweet spot: a balance of access and security. The Alation Data Catalog — used by more than 5,000 people at Cisco — protects the most strategic assets while generating data-driven insights that improve the customer experience.
Snowflake industry competency healthcare and life science badge  Healthcare and Life Science: An Australian-based private health insurance company uses Alation for its digital transformation journey, including cloud migration. Alation’s features enable them to track lineage and compliance with ease and flexibility.
Snowflake industry competency media badge  Media: Billions of rows of new data each hour — that’s big data. Hulu uses the Alation Data Catalog to make sense of that vast data ocean of data, streamline compliance, and foster a culture of democratized ownership and responsibility.

Alation Is the Treasure Map for Your Data

Alation enables better reporting with wider, guided access to trusted data in the Snowflake Data Cloud. Organizations in every industry use Alation to identify their most valuable Snowflake data and collaborate around it at scale.

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