Report finds that enterprises are turning to data catalogs to democratize access to data and states that Alation started the MLDC trend

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — June. 21, 2018 Alation Inc., the data catalog company, today announced it has been recognized as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Machine Learning Data Catalogs, Q2 2018 (MLDCs). Forrester’s report states that the MLDC market is growing because firms want to scale data to the masses through self-service.

According to Forrester, organizations relying on manual processes to provision, manage, and govern data simply can’t scale. “The growth of data is outpacing organization’s ability to get value from it.”[1] As a result, MLDCs are becoming increasingly valuable for organizations implementing self-service analytics:

Combining ML with collaboration and activation scales out data understanding and speeds up use. Thus, MLDCs are demonstrating ROI in many cases within four weeks. Additionally, ML provides certain insights from data as part of its analytic process that previously required an analyst to see facts, trends, and causal relationships.[2]

“Enterprises, like Albertsons, Munich Re and Pfizer, are turning to data catalogs to bring trust, collaboration and scale to self-service analytics,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO of Alation. “We’re honored to be recognized at Alation not only for having started the MLDC trend, but as a leader in the 2018 Forrester Wave for Machine Learning Data Catalogs.”

The Alation Data Catalog received the highest possible scores in 15 criteria including stewardship processes, team collaboration, policy management and overall satisfaction with the tool. In Alation’s vendor profile, the report noted that “clients considering Alation will find a strong MLDC to help understand and make sense of the vast sources that exist on-premises, in the cloud, and across their legacy and modern systems.”[1]

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[1] The Forrester Wave: Machine Data Learning Catalogs, Q2 2018

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

[3] The Forrester Wave: Machine Data Learning Catalogs, Q2 2018

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