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Active Data Governance Solutions

Using Automation and Continuous Improvement to Transform Data Governance


Leaders have back-burnered data governance for too long. They face growing data sprawl and shrinking resources to tackle it. Past failed attempts leave them asking if the journey is worth the cost. Yet every organization needs data that is trusted, compliant, secure, and fit for analysis. Alation’s active data governance provides just that.

Successful Data Governance programs




 Mitigate risk, proactively


Active Data Governance

Data is not one and done. It must be refined in a continuous process. Similarly, effective Data Governance must adapt and improve over time. Today’s data governance must adopt agile DevOps thinking and be built upon machine learning so it gets better over time with less effort. The Alation Data Governance App centrally automates and manages policies, workflow, stewardship activities, and more. The app is complemented by a professional services offering entitled an Active Data Governance Blueprint.

Establish Governance Framework
  • Determine policy conformance
  • Create curation analysis
  • Measure usage & asset creation
  • Establish data quality
Populate Data Catalog
  • Ingest metadata (technical, business, lineage)
  • Analyze metadata (top users, popular data)
Empower Data Stewards
  • Recognize and assign stewards
  • Automate stewardship processes
  • Identify reviewers & workflow approvers
Curate Assets
  • Describe data, apply qualify flags
  • Surface descriptions, quality, etc. to users at point of data use
Apply Policies & Controls
  • Implement policies & controls
  • Enforce policies & controls
Drive Community Collaboration
  • Promote trusted data use
  • Leverage community knowledge
  • Determine whether data is fit for purpose / intended use
Monitor & Measure
  • Determine policy conformance
  • Create curation analysis
  • Measure usage & asset creation
  • Establish data quality

Discover and govern your strategic data

By inventorying, classifying, and curating data and knowledge, Alation provides unparalleled visibility into enterprise data assets. In contrast to a time-consuming top-down, siloed approach, Alation enables organizations to focus their governance efforts on the most critical data assets in order to have the greatest impact on the business.

Operationalize policies, workflows, and stewardship

Alation enables agile approval and communication of governance policies, workflows, and articles. And by providing analytics and dashboards to monitor and track curation progress, Alation enables governance teams to prioritize their efforts.

Actively engage front-line users

Rather than restricting line-of-business users from using data, Alation puts governance, collaboration, and communication capabilities directly into their day-to-day workflows to encourage accurate, compliant data-driven decision making.

Automate data governance processes

The Alation platform combines machine learning and crowdsourcing to automate and accelerate data stewardship, data classification, business glossary, and data quality documentation.

Establish trust with data governance

Establish trust in your data

Alation catalogs data quality metrics, descriptions, and dashboards as well as surfaces data quality information to consumers in real-time at the point of consumption and analysis. With data profiling information at their fingertips, data consumers can see important characteristics, statistics, and numerical graphs about the data to enable them to quickly take action with confidence.

Mitigate risk, proactively

Data lineage helps users understand the origins of data, who uses it, and how it’s used. And, with impact analysis reports, users are given a comprehensive look at the downstream effects of changes – helping to proactively mitigate risk.

Mitigate risk with data governance

Alation helps us with our governance audits. It holds our policies, procedures, and data flow diagrams via lineage.

Amber O’Connell
Director of Data Governance, Tennessee State Gov

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