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The Data Catalog Platform for Data Intelligence

From Data Catalog to Platform for Data Intelligence

The Data Catalog is the Platform

Alation provides an open, powerful, and intelligent big data platform that supports a wide variety of metadata management and related applications from search and discovery to data governance to digital transformation.

A broad range of functionality

A data catalog platform needs to provide a broad set of integrated services to support a variety of metadata-related applications. Alation provides everything you need, from data search & discovery to crowdsourcing and collaboration to policies and workflows to provide one platform that supports the broadest set of application requirements.

The Behavioral Analysis Engine (BAE)

The brains at the center of the Alation enterprise Data Catalog is the Behavioral Analysis Engine (BAE). The BAE improves virtually all areas of the platform with advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Discovery is enhanced through natural language and popularity-driven relevancy rankings. Stewardship is streamlined with emphasis on the most active data sets in empirical usage. Governance is surfaced in-workflow through flags and suggestions about the relevant policies governing data assets.

The modern architecture

Alation is built using a state-of-the-art, containerized architecture that drives security, performance, and flexibility. Alation plays an integral part in enterprise compliance and security objectives, and delivers rapid onboarding of data sources, faster time to insight, and high-performance semantic search of data across a wide range of databases, NoSQL, and cloud data sources. Alation provides the flexibility to run custom reporting on user behavior to understand how data is being used and enforce governance with Alation Analytics.

Flexible deployment: from multi-cloud to on-premise and everything in between

Alation’s architecture makes it easy for you to deploy the cloud platform no matter where your enterprise data resides. Highly regulated industries often opt for on-premises deployment. Some customers prefer public clouds, while others might need a hybrid or multi-cloud deployment. Alation supports all deployments — on-premises and private, public, hybrid, and multi-cloud environments — to best meet your business needs.

Open APIs and SDKs

Alation is open and programmable, enabling enterprises to customize and extend the platform, embed applications within it, or even embed Alation within other applications. For example, enterprises can bring the analytics to the data by embedding Tableau within Alation or — the other way around — bring the data to the analytics by embedding Alation within Tableau. Enterprises can also use the Open Connector SDK to connect niche technologies or pre-relational databases.

Alation marketplace: an app store for integrations and solutions

The Alation Marketplace provides pre-built solutions to augment, extend, and improve your data integration implementation. Quickly search and import a solution from the Marketplace, and use it to integrate technologies or to create workflows to coordinate tasks.

Data has become an extremely powerful currency for any company, and what we were finding is the data was very fragmented.

Julie Schiffman
VP Business Analytics, Pfizer

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