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Alation recognized as a leading Data Catalog vendor

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — August 22, 2018Alation Inc., the data catalog 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.

Data catalogs have become critical to information management initiatives, empowering both collaborative analytics and agile stewardship. We’re honored to again be recognized on the Constellation ShortList in this space. This recognition is another proofpoint to the impact that data catalogs are making within analytics organizations across the globe. Our customers, like General Electric, Munich Re, and Pfizer, are making confident, data-driven decisions with the Alation Data Catalog.

– Satyen Sangani, CEO, Alation

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 Solutions1; recognized as a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Machine Learning Data Catalogs, Q2 2018 (MLDCs)2; recognized in the 2018 Gartner Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications3; and earned the top ranking for the second consecutive year in Dresner Advisory Services’ 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study.4

“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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1Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, Guido De Simoni, Alan Dayley, Roxane Edjlali, 9 August 2018

2The Forrester Wave: Machine Data Learning Catalogs, Q2 2018

3Gartner, Market Guide for Information Stewardship Applications, Guido De Simoni, Andrew White, et al., 22 May 2018

4Dresner Advisory Services 2018 Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study, 18 June 2018

Constellation Research does not endorse any solution or service named in its research.