Dresner Advisory Services’ 2019 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study finds a strong link between data catalogs and successful BI usage

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – June 13, 2019Alation, Inc., the data catalog company, today announced it has been named the top-ranked data cataloging solution in Dresner Advisory Services’ 2019 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study for the third consecutive year. Alation received the highest marks across all evaluated categories.

The latest report underlines the importance of data catalogs to successful self-service analytics initiatives. In the study, 75% of respondents expressed difficulty in finding the right data, illustrating that data catalogs are crucial to data access and understanding, particularly in enterprise environments with multiple data sources. According to the study, the easier it is to find and access analytic content, the more successful the BI initiative is.

“We congratulate Alation on earning the leading position in our market study on data catalogs for the third year in a row,” said Howard Dresner, president, founder and chief research officer, Dresner Advisory Services. “The ability to easily pull relevant and trustworthy data from all your sources is essential for the strong execution of business intelligence initiatives. Our latest report validates the vital role data catalogs play in the successful rollout of those efforts.”

This year’s report also shines a light on some of the new requirements business users find most important when implementing a data catalog, including the growing need to effectively collaborate and govern data. In the study, 79% (up from 70% last year) of respondents noted that sharing and governing content creation are either very important or critical to their organization currently. Alation provides a single-source of reference for everyone to find data, share knowledge, collaborate on insights, and validate data accuracy for trusted decisions. Alation also enables real-time data governance guardrails directly into the workflow of users, automatically alerting them to both constraints and best practices, leading to more timely, accurate and compliant analysis.

“While enterprises are increasingly adopting self-service analytics, they often fail to realize the value from those initiatives,” said Aaron Kalb, CDO of Alation. “The Alation Data Catalog is empowering organizations like GoDaddy, Munich Re and Pfizer, to make better use of data and build data cultures, leveraging insights to achieve critical business outcomes. We’re honored to once again be recognized for these efforts 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.

For more information about Alation’s machine learning data catalog, please visit alation.com/about.

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*Dresner Advisory Services Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study, 19 June 2019

About Dresner Advisory Services

Dresner Advisory Services was formed by Howard Dresner, an independent analyst, author, lecturer, and business adviser. Dresner Advisory Services, LLC focuses on creating and sharing thought leadership for Business Intelligence (BI) and related areas.

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About IDC MarketScape: IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market and today is leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. Nearly 200 enterprises drive data culture,  improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, Marks & Spencer, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, and US Foods. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is backed by leading venture capitalists including Costanoa, Data Collective, Icon, Sapphire, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit alation.com.