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Business Users

Make informed decisions with confidence


As a business user, you respond to questions based on knowledge and even instinct. But you know that data backed decisions are more credible. You spend a lot of time in spreadsheets, detached from the data source. You may feel frustrated you can’t access the data you need fast enough. Ideally, you’d be able to quickly find relevant, trustworthy data yourself to help answer important questions.

How Alation Helps Business Users




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Why Business Users Like Alation

Make data-backed decisions

Decisions are better when they’re backed by data. But how can you leverage data if you’re never quite sure what data to use or how to apply it once you’ve found it? And in many cases, business analysts and others have already done the hard work of analyzing the data, but how do you leverage their work if you can’t find it? With an easy-to-use interface and natural language search, Alation gives you a convenient way to find answers and make better decisions.

Get answers, faster

As a business user, there are times when you just need the answer. But answers are trapped in tribal knowledge or buried in disparate tools. Through conversations, Alation lets you chat directly with data SMEs. And, with faceted search and data domains, you get to the information most relevant to you, faster.

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Contribute to data culture

Data culture is a priority for more than three quarters of the companies we surveyed in the Alation Data Culture Report. Yet business users are often left out of the data culture because technical and data proficiency are often a prerequisites. Alation lowers the barrier to entry with a consumer-grade interface and natural language search, making it possible for everyone to take part in their organization’s data culture.

Keep the tool you love

Data collection, cleansing, or SQL may not be your forté, but spreadsheet models and pivot tables are. With Alation Connected Sheets, you can work natively in spreadsheets with timely data. Easily find, import, and refresh trusted data directly from the source into your spreadsheet. All without learning a new tool.

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