About This Constellation ShortList™

With data volumes and variety exploding, data catalogs are fast becoming an indispensable resource for data professionals and data consumers alike. Data catalogs create an inventory of available data assets. The catalog may inventory the data assets of a data lake, multiple data lakes or it might span the enterprise, also including databases, object stores and point analytical systems. 

Best-of-breed catalogs search and serve up insights into available data assets in automated ways while also providing collaborative tools that enable users to comment on and enhance what is known about the value and usage of that data. Data cataloging is important for any organization that wants to make the most of its data, particularly as data sources and data-driven applications multiply and as data scale and diversity grows.

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Find data and metadata across multiple sources; products considered create a centralized reference library for data that is easily accessible to technical and business users
  • Machine learning - automatically discovers data assets and detects usage patterns 
  • Collaboration capabilities – enables technical and business users to rate and review data assets, annotate what’s known about them and, if authorized, reject or modify tags and classifications
  • Business glossary integration - users can better understand the definitions of data identified in the data catalog when glossaries are integrated or supported 
  • Supports and enhances data lineage, data governance, data access control, service-level and business rule insights, and enforcement capabilities                     

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates over a dozen solutions categorized in this market. The Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Alation
  • Waterline Data

Frequency of Evaluation

Each Constellation ShortList evaluation will be updated every 180 days as needed.

Evaluation Services

Constellation clients may work with the analyst and research team to conduct a more thorough discussion of this ShortList. Constellation can also provide guidance in vendor selection and contract negotiation.

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