About This Constellation ShortList™

We all know about the virtues of data-driven decision making, but it’s impossible to democratize business intelligence and analytics if the data is only accessible through IT. Self-service data preparation products have emerged to enable analysts, analytics professionals, data scientists and even data-savvy business users to get their hands on the data. These products support agile data discovery and exploration, as well as data blending, transformation, enrichment and delivery to a variety of analytical environments.

Self-service data prep eliminates the IT queue, enabling data-savvy users from outside of IT to come up with valuable new combinations of data, blending traditional data with new social, mobile and big data sources. The best products combine ease of use with flexibility tied to myriad data connection, profiling, transformation, enrichment and delivery options. They also foster collaboration while providing data-access and governance controls.

The vendor selections in this Constellation ShortList remain unchanged since its publication in Q1 2018. Multiple analytics vendors have added basic data prep capabilities, but Constellation continues to see these four providers as the best-of-breed vendors. Datawatch was acquired by Altair Engineering in December 2018. Constellation is monitoring the progress of the merger to ensure that Altair is committed to Datawatch’s current and developing products and technologies, along with customer support. 

Threshold Criteria

Constellation considers the following criteria for these solutions:

  • Capable data connection, exploration and profiling capabilities
  • Approachable to a range of data-savvy users through intuitive user interfaces
  • Flexible data blending, transformation and enrichment options
  • Balanced support for sharing and control through collaboration and governance features
  • Independent, with standalone deployment and myriad data-delivery options

The Constellation ShortList™

Constellation evaluates more than 15 products categorized in this market. This Constellation ShortList is determined by client inquiries, partner conversations, customer references, vendor selection projects, market share, and internal research.

  • Alteryx
  • Datawatch
  • Paxata
  • Trifacta

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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