Press Release • June 20, 2019

Alation Earns Top Ranking in End-User Study of the Data Catalog Market for Second Consecutive Year

Dresner Advisory Services’ 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study finds a strong correlation between ability to find content and BI success

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — June. 19, 2018 Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced it has been named the top-ranked data cataloging solution for the second consecutive year in Dresner Advisory Services’ 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study. In the second annual survey-based study, Alation was ranked highest across all categories evaluated.

The report highlights the growing importance of data cataloging for helping organizations of all sizes find the data needed for successful business intelligence (BI). According to survey respondents, the harder it is to find content, the higher the likelihood that BI initiatives will not be successful.

“We congratulate Alation on earning the leading position in our market study on data catalogs for the second year in a row,” said Howard Dresner, president, founder and chief research officer, Dresner Advisory Services. “Data catalogs are proving to be key to the success of business intelligence efforts and important pieces of a enterprises overall data governance strategy.

Data catalogs that can effectively support governance efforts close the information trust gap that exists in many organizations today. While self-service has made more data available to more people, enterprises struggle to ensure data consistency, transparency in analysis, and promote insights-driven collaboration. Significant time is spent by BI analysts and architects reconciling numbers before business decision-makers can trust data-driven decisions. Data catalogs make it easy to fact check analysis, certify data assets and build a foundation of trust in data. According to this year’s Dresner study, more than 70 percent of respondents indicated that governing content creation and sharing is very important or critical to their organizations today and well over 90 percent of respondents say this kind of governance is either “critical,” “very important,” or “important.”

“While our ability to produce, ingest and store data has grown exponentially, our ability to parse consistent insights from data has not. The Alation Data Catalog is enabling organizations, like Albertsons, Munich Re and Pfizer, to find data and collaborate on analysis in order to drive critical business outcomes through insights,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO of Alation. “We’re honored to again be ranked as the preeminent solution for data cataloging by Dresner Advisory Services.”

Wisdom of Crowds® research is based on data collected on usage and deployment trends, products and vendors. As with all of its Wisdom of Crowds® Market Studies, Dresner constructed a survey instrument to collect data and used social media and crowdsourcing techniques to recruit participants.

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Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, data governance, and AI-ready data. More than 550 enterprises build data culture and improve data-driven decision-making with Alation, including Cisco, Nasdaq, Pfizer, Salesforce, and Virgin Australia. Alation has been named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list five times, is a 2022 UK’s Best Workplaces™ in tech and Best Workplaces™ for Women, and recognized as a 2022 and 2023 UK’s Best Workplaces™. For more information, visit

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