Press Release • August 22, 2018

Alation Named to Constellation ShortList for Third Consecutive Year

Alation recognized as a leading Data Catalog vendor

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — August 22, 2018Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced that it has once again been named to the Constellation ShortList™ for Data Cataloging in Q3 2018, marking Alation’s fourth consecutive appearance on the Data Cataloging Constellation ShortList and third consecutive year named to the lists. The technology vendors included in the Constellation ShortList offer the key requirements for early adopters pursuing digital transformation initiatives.

The Alation Data Catalog is the first data catalog to combine artificial intelligence with human collaboration to help everyone across the organization easily find, understand and trust data. Data catalogs are increasingly becoming a core component of a modern data architecture that supports self-service analytics, information stewardship and data governance. In July 2018, Alation introduced a new, agile approach to information stewardship with the release of Alation TrustCheck, a new set of features that deliver a simple way to reinforce data governance policies directly within the analytics workflow.

The Constellation ShortList for Data Cataloging is the latest in a series of accolades for Alation. The Alation Data Catalog was named a Leader in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions; recognized as a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Machine Learning Data Catalogs, Q2 2018 (MLDCs); recognized in the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications; and earned the top ranking for the second consecutive year in Dresner Advisory Services’ 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study.

“Data catalogs create an indispensable inventory of available data assets across an organization, whether in databases or data lakes and whether on premises or in public cloud sources,” said Doug Henschen, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research. “The ranks of data cataloging products have grown substantially, yet Constellation Research has maintained a discriminating list containing products combining ease of use and collaboration for business users and automated, machine-learning-based discovery of data assets and usage patterns that help organizations extract maximum value from diverse information.”

Constellation Research advises leaders on leveraging disruptive technologies to achieve business model transformation. Products and services named to the Constellation ShortList meet the threshold criteria for this category as determined through client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share and internal research. The Constellation ShortList is frequently updated as market conditions change.

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About Alation

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 four 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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