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Are you looking at Alation or ways to get more ROI from your Alation investment? See how Datameer combines a hybrid no-code/SQL-code data transformation tool, rich data cataloging, and team collaboration to get your entire team involved in data transformation. Put data discovery, modeling, and transformation directly into your analytics workflow for faster, trusted analytics while creating enterprise visibility into data assets via integration with catalogs such as Alation.
Alation is a data catalog tool that helps organizations identify, understand, and manage their data assets. With Alation, an organization can catalog their data assets, capture and add technical and business level information about them, steward, and govern these assets. Alation helps stakeholders understand what data assets exist, what they are made of, how they are being used, and manage risk, data privacy, and compliance.
Alation has four major functional areas:
Organizations typically use Alation as a tool for IT, data owners, and officers in charge of data protection and compliance to inventory and track how data is used. Their primary objectives are to know what data exists, protect it, ensure it is properly governed and stewarded, and promote data literacy.
Although Alation maintains an inventory of data assets, this inventory’s primary focus is to help these teams automate processes around this data to ensure it is protected and tracked for regulatory compliance. The primary ROI customers get from Alation is eliminating potential fines from a lack of general regulatory compliance (GDPR, CCPA, etc.) and industry-specific ones (HIPAA, AML, etc.) and ensuring data is protected.
Where Alation is often NOT used is for analytics data management and analyst discovery. This is because Alation is not integrated into their analyst workflows and forces analysts to jump around between multiple tools and data platforms to work with data.
Datameer is a powerful SaaS data transformation platform that runs in Snowflake – your modern, scalable cloud data warehouse – that combines to provide a highly scalable and flexible environment to transform your data into meaningful analytics. With Datameer, you can:
Datameer provides a number of key benefits for your modern data stack and cloud analytics, including:
Alation keeps its’ pricing information close to the vest, with very limited publically available information. Alation pricing has two components: a server license and a per-user cost, with the latter coming in user packs.
You can purchase a 12-month baseline SaaS Alation package directly on AWS for $198,000, which includes the Alation Data Catalog Server and 25 user creators (users that can create content within the Alation data catalog). This also includes baseline product support.
There are a good number of Alation product reviews available for reading, with the majority on Gartner Peer Insights and G2 Crowd. On Gartner, Alation has an average review rating of 8.3 out of 10, while on G2 Crowd, the average rating is 4.3 out of 5.
Many of the reviewers like the completeness (broad range of functionality), collaboration, and user-friendliness of the product. The chief complaints are the cost (high price) and slow performance.