Alation Positioned as a Leader in Inaugural IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment

Alation recognized for data intelligence use cases and human-centered design

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions, today announced it has been named a leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Data Catalog Software 2020 Vendor Assessment (doc #US454732620, July 2020). The report is IDC’s first-ever assessment of the data catalog software market using the IDC MarketScape model. The report’s publication represents a key milestone for the data catalog market, both in terms of enterprise adoption and the data catalog’s evolution into a platform for data intelligence solutions.

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“Organizations should consider Alation when they are looking for a partner to drive data culture, starting with use cases including but not limited to: analyst productivity, data governance, privacy, risk and compliance, and cloud transformation,” said Stewart Bond, Research Director of IDC’s Data Integration and Intelligence Software service. “The Alation Data Catalog is an open, scalable, and secure platform being used for many data intelligence use cases.”

Alation is positioned as a leader for many reasons, including its Behavioral Analysis Engine (BAE) that uses machine learning and query log processing to derive insights about data usage patterns and drive automation and intelligence across the platform; its search & discovery and data governance capabilities that enable users to find relevant, accurate and compliant data to feed their reporting and analyses; and its role-based, human-centered design that provides an optimized user experience across multiple skill sets and roles, that creates a virtuous cycle of user adoption to help drive data culture.

This IDC MarketScape report recognition comes on the heels of Alation being recently named the top-ranked data catalog in the Dresner Wisdom of Crowds® Data Catalog Market Study for the fourth consecutive year. In addition, Alation has also been recognized as a leader in the Forrester Wave for Machine Learning Data Catalogs, a three-time leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, and been selected as a Gartner Peer Insights Customer’s Choice for Metadata Management Solutions.

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About IDC MarketScape

About IDC MarketScape: IDC MarketScape vendor assessment model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.

About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market and today is leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. Nearly 200 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation, including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, Marks & Spencer, Munich Re, New Balance, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, and US Foods. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is backed by leading venture capitalists including Costanoa, Data Collective, Icon, Sapphire, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit


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