Press Release • July 8, 2020

Alation Positioned as a Leader in Inaugural IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment

Alation recognized for data intelligence use cases and human-centered design

Redwood City, Calif. – July 9, 2020Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced it has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment (doc #US45473620, July 2020). The report is IDC’s first-ever assessment of the data catalog software market using the IDC MarketScape model. The report’s publication represents a key milestone for the data catalog market, both in terms of enterprise adoption and the data catalog’s evolution into a platform for data intelligence solutions.

To download an excerpt of the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment click here.

“Organizations should consider Alation when they are looking for a partner to drive data culture, starting with use cases including but not limited to: analyst productivity, data governance, privacy, risk and compliance, and cloud transformation,” said Stewart Bond, Research Director of IDC’s Data Integration and Intelligence Software service. “The Alation Data Catalog is an open, scalable, and secure platform being used for many data intelligence use cases.”

Alation is positioned as a leader for many reasons, including its Behavioral Analysis Engine (BAE) that uses machine learning and query log processing to derive insights about data usage patterns and drive automation and intelligence across the platform; its search & discovery and data governance capabilities that enable users to find relevant, accurate and compliant data to feed their reporting and analyses; and its role-based, human-centered design that provides an optimized user experience across multiple skill sets and roles, that creates a virtuous cycle of user adoption to help drive data culture.

“We are excited that IDC has recognized Alation as a leader in data catalogs and that this comes as one in a string of recent industry recognition for the company,” said Satyen Sangani, co-founder and CEO of Alation. “We are aligned with IDC in seeing the market moving towards a broad vision of data intelligence and we are proud to be leading the evolution of the data catalog into a platform to support a wide range of data intelligence solutions. From the day we founded the company, our vision was to help organizations build data culture and we are happy to see data catalogs as a key enabler of that vision.”

This IDC MarketScape report recognition comes on the heels of Alation being recently named the top-ranked data catalog in the Dresner Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, Alation has also been recognized as a leader in the Forrester Wave for Machine Learning Data Catalogs for Machine Learning Data Catalogs, a three-time leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, and been selected as a Gartner Peer Insights Customer’s Choice for Metadata Management Solutions.

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Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, and data governance. 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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