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What’s New in Alation 2021.1?

Released 2/2021


Learn about what’s in our latest release. Alation 2021.1 features data domains, impact analysis and open connector framework for relational databases. You can learn more about the new features in Alation 2021.1 at Alation University.

Data Domain Search in Alation 2021.1

Find relevant data faster with data domains

Data domains allow data to be grouped together logically by, for example, business function product line, geographic region, or any other construct. As a result, users will be able to find the most relevant information faster, while removing the noise of irrelevant information. Owners and stewards can be assigned to domains to ensure proper maintenance.

Search API  in Alation 2021.1

Search API for integrating Alation Search into any site or application

The Search API allows for the development of integrations that make it possible to search the Alation Data Catalog from any site or application. Alation contains rich contextual information about data. When working outside Alation, it can be useful to surface this information when needed. For example, a Slack bot can return relevant data assets or a Chrome browser extension can surface a business term definition from the glossary in Gmail. Access controls and permissioning will be inherited from Alation to prevent inappropriate access.

Open Connector Framework  in Alation 2021.1

Open Connector Framework for building relational database connectors

The Open Connector Framework (OCF) SDK allows customers and third parties to develop relational database connectors to Alation. This is especially useful for customers who have idiosyncratic relational databases. OCF empowers others to speed up the time to index important data sources in Alation.

Impact Analysis Downstream  in Alation 2021.1

Impact analysis and root cause analysis for seeing what and who is impacted by changes

Impact analysis allows a user to see what data is impacted downstream from a specific data asset, if something changes to a related data asset above. Conversely, root cause analysis allows a user to trace where issues may have come from upstream. The new Impact Analysis and Upstream Audit UI, makes it very easy to see who and what is impacted by using filters. Results can be exported to CSV for further analysis.

Enterprise User Provisioning  in Alation 2021.1

Enterprise user provisioning for automating user management by groups

By utilizing the existing user groups in an LDAP-based enterprise directory, Alation can automate user management. For instance, “ITAlationAdmins” can be set as Server Admins in Alation, “Data Analysts” can be set as Composers to write SQL in Alation, and “Accounting” can be set as Viewers in Alation. This one-time setup will make it easier and faster to provision the right access to Alation, instead of activating and managing user roles in Alation individually.

AWS SSO with SQL in Alation 2021.1

AWS SSO with our SQL editor for a more convenient and secure user authentication

A major advantage of Alations’ intelligent SQL editor, is the ability to query multiple data sources. In this release, we added Single Sign-On (SSO) authentication for AWS Services, such as Redshift and S3. This makes it more convenient for users because they rarely need to re-type their password and more secure for your organization, because credentials are entered outside Alation and temporary tokens are stored encrypted.

New connector sources  in Alation 2021.1

New Certified Connectors for a more comprehensive data catalog

One of Alations’ core pillars is broad and deep connectivity to different data sources. This is what makes a leading enterprise metadata management platform useful.

In 2021.1 we have added six new sources, including:

  • BI/Viz: SAP Business Objects, DataIku and Tableau Online
  • Cloud: Starburst and Apache Spark