Press Release • May 29, 2018

Alation Recognized in 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications

The critical need for information governance continues to drive a diversified market for information stewardship solutions that support it, report states

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — May. 29, 2018 Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced it has been included in the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications. Data leaders at data-driven organizations, like Pfizer, Munich Re, eBay, City of San Diego, GoDaddy and Salesforce, are leveraging the Alation Data Catalog to support information stewardship.

According to the Gartner Market Guide, “This variety of requirements visibly affects experimentation and assessment in the vendor space for information stewardship applications. In particular, we observed clear market disruptions related to the adoption of data catalogs and organizations scrambling to work within the GDPR.”*

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“Pfizer is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world with valuable data and institutional knowledge spread across a vast global network. What we were finding was the data was very fragmented,” said Chris Kakkanatt, data science team lead at Pfizer. “With Alation as a core piece of our Virtual Analytics Workbench, we are now able to solve more complex problems on much faster time frames, including accelerating the understanding of fatal conditions and optimizing drug development.”

With self-service analytics initiatives, data users are having trouble finding the right data and discerning what is accurate and appropriate for the analysis at hand. As a result, alternative facts and stylized analysis are eroding trust in analytics. Information stewardship is rising as an importance piece of an overall data governance strategy, furthering the strategic goals of data leaders like chief data officers by scaling the effectiveness of data organizations. Data catalogs enable data stewards to promote consistent analysis, foster a culture of transparency and encourage collaboration between individuals and across teams.

The Alation Data Catalog leverages a combination of automated intelligence and human collaboration to help self-service users find, understand and trust the information they need in self-service environments. By tracking data lineage, analysts can collaborate around data and review the work of others, resulting in greater transparency, accuracy and consistency. Alation’s platform surfaces standardized data assets and governance policies directly within an analyst’s workflow, reinforcing the recommendations and best practices set by data stewards.

“The ability of organizations to ingest and store data has far outpaced the ability to derive insights. At best, this prevents organizations from getting the most from their investments in data. At worst, this is causing data misuse and fostering mistrust in data,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO of Alation. “We feel that Gartner’s latest Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications recognizes data catalogs for their ability to assign trust in analytics and support more comprehensive policy enforcement.”

To learn more about Alation’s data catalog and how it helps customers achieve agile information stewardship, visit

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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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