REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Aug. 5, 2015Alation, Inc., the data catalog company, today announced that the World Economic Forum has selected it as a 2015 Technology Pioneer. This award is presented to today’s most innovative companies that have a significant, worldwide impact on business and society, and who demonstrate sustained potential as a long-term market leader with strategic plans for future development and growth.

“Data is everywhere, but the vast majority of people can’t benefit from data analysis – either they can’t find data when they need it, or they don’t understand how to analyze it effectively,” said Satyen Sangani, co-founder and CEO of Alation. “Being named a World Economic Forum 2015 Technology Pioneer validates our dedication to enabling a new age of data literacy. In the same way that LinkedIn enabled everyone to be a recruiter and that Amazon enabled everyone to share knowledge on products, Alation was founded to empower every user to become a data analyst.”

The Technology Pioneers were selected from among hundreds of applicants by a committee of 68 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact, working prototype, viability and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb (2014), GitHub (2014), Kickstarter (2012), Dropbox (2012) and Google (2001).

“We’re glad to see a data accessibility company make it to the selection,” says Fulvia Montresor, head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. “Alation is part of a group of entrepreneurs who are more aware of the crucial challenges of the world around them, and who are determined to do their part to solve those challenges with their company.”

A full list of 2015 Technology Pioneers can be found here:

About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market, leading the evolution of data management from simply managing data to driving data culture. Alation customers leverage the data catalog as a platform to drive data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and cloud transformation. With its powerful behavioral and linguistic intelligence technologies, collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation provides a platform for a broad range of metadata management applications by combining machine learning with human insight to tackle the most demanding challenges in data management. More than 180 organizations are driving their data cultures and improving their organizations’ decision making with Alation, including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, GoDaddy, Marks & Spencer, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, New Relic, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, Scout24 and US Foods.  Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is funded by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Icon Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit