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Active Data Governance

A business-led, value-driven approach to data governance


Alation’s active, people-first approach to data governance differs from the traditional approach by prioritizing people over data. Active data governance focuses on business needs, delivering trusted data, and driving adoption by embedding governance in the users’ day-to-day activities — effectively facilitating compliance and managing risks.

Successful Data Governance is Integrated into Day-to-Day Business Workflows and Activities


Guide and formalize people’s behavior by discovering their relationship with data.


Enable intelligent governance through the automation of cataloging, stewardship, and data classification.


Actively engage the business by crowdsourcing knowledge, disseminating siloed knowledge, and incentivizing positive behavior.


Establish trust in data by surfacing usage patterns, quality flags, warnings, and associated policies.

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.

Alation helps the business uphold our governance standards so anybody coming in can get their data quickly and efficiently, and make the right decisions.

Amy Keelty
Information Strategy & Governance Director, American Family Insurance

Alation is an excellent platform for data catalogs, interactive governance and knowledge management.

William McKnight