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Press Release • June 23, 2022

Alation Named Top Vendor in Dresner Advisory Services Study of the Data Catalog Market for Sixth Consecutive Year

Study reveals a correlation between governance and business intelligence success

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 23, 2022Alation Inc., the data intelligence company, today announced it’s been named the top-ranked data catalog solution in Dresner Advisory Services’ 2022 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study for the sixth consecutive year. In rating vendors, Dresner considered all data catalog, collaborative, and governance features that had the strongest, or most complete capabilities as reported by suppliers and weighted by users. Backed by customer feedback, Alation again received the highest overall rating.

This year’s report reinforces the importance of data governance and collaboration for organizations. For the first time, governance features were included in the survey, reflecting the increase they provide to data catalogs and the correlation with Business Intelligence (BI) success. This year’s study also found:

  • 74% of market survey respondents indicated that governing content creation and sharing (e.g., via policies, controls, and applied technologies) was important or critical to their organizations today.

  • Respondents who placed higher importance on content governance also reported that their success with BI was higher than respondents who placed a lower level of importance on governance.

  • Governance is critical to the top three catalog feature requirements which in 2022 includes a data dictionary, catalog multiple databases, and integration with self-service data-prep tools.

“We congratulate Alation on their top placement once again in our annual assessment of the Data Catalog market,” said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. “Data catalog stands out as a growth area continually ranked as important to organizations, helping users to find and govern content for various analytic use cases. As data complexity and volume continues to increase, we expect this interest and importance will continue.”

“Alation is committed to providing a best-in-class user experience for customers through its data catalog, which continues to prove critical BI initiatives,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder, Alation. “It is always an honor to be recognized by Dresner Advisory Services for the work we’re doing to help leading organizations govern their data, including Virgin Australia, State of Tennessee, Cisco, Riot Games, GoDaddy, AmFam, Nielsen, and more."

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Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, enabling self-service analytics, cloud transformation, and data governance. More than 500 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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