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Company’s flagship data intelligence platform recognized in data catalog category

Redwood City, Calif. – February 4, 2021 – Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, today announced it was named a winner of the 2020 Technology Innovation Awards by Dresner Advisory Services. Alation was a top-ranked vendor in the “Data Catalog” market study for its industry-leading data intelligence platform. The study recognized Alation’s ability to enable confident, data-driven decisions while empowering everyone in an organization to find, understand, and govern data.

The Technology Innovation Awards are presented to the top ranked vendors in nine Dresner Advisory 2020 Wisdom of Crowds® thematic market studies. The studies are based on data collected from end users and provide a real-world perspective on various technical capabilities related to the business intelligence (BI) and analytics markets. Download a complimentary copy of the complete Dresner Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study.

“Alation is honored to be recognized for its leadership by Dresner Advisory Services,” said Satyen Sangani, CEO and co-founder of Alation. “There is a strong link between data catalogs and successful BI usage because data intelligence serves as a platform that delivers trusted, governed data to the enterprise. We also see the critical interdependence of BI and data intelligence among our 230 customers.”

“Data catalogs are an essential technology that help users find the information they need, where and when they need it. Again and again our research shows that users face massive obstacles in getting trusted, governed data to make good decisions,” said Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services. “Congratulations to Alation for its leadership in the data catalog market study.”

This recognition follows an award-winning 2020 where Alation was named a leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions; named winner of KMWorld’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Award for Information Governance; positioned as a leader in the new Forrester Wave™ for Machine-Learning Data Catalogs Q4 2020 and recognized as a leader in the inaugural IDC MarketScape for Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment.


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. More than 230 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation, including AbbVie, American Family Insurance, Cisco, Exelon, Finnair, 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

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), Performance Management, and related areas.