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With so much data, so little time, and so many questions, how do you drive your business forward?
What is Alation?
You care about data because you want to learn—about your customers, your supply chain, your employees, and everything else going on with your business. But, your data is complex, spread across different departments, databases, and encoded in formats that are hard to comprehend. Alation centralizes knowledge about your company’s data and how to use it, unlocking the unrealized insights in your data systems and most experienced employees.
Complexity is the silent killer.
Today, data is everywhere: in every department, business process, and customer interaction. We’re adding more and more data everyday by developing new programs, integrating new software, and adding new technology. But to use all this data, we have to find it, learn how it was produced, what it means, whether it’s high quality, who knows about it, and how it’s been used in the past.
Tribal knowledge doesn’t scale.
Navigating the maze of data is challenging; so we throw massive resources at the problem by hiring more analysts and data scientists, provisioning more hardware and software, and retaining armies of consultants. But these systems and individuals each only hold a portion of the total data knowledge required to reach an accurate insight.
But a single system can show you where to find any answer.
We founded Alation to make enterprise data accessible, believing that finding and using the right data shouldn’t require heroic feats by PhD data scientists or weeks of effort from an overburdened analyst. Alation acts as a GPS in the world of enterprise data, where the maps are outdated and incomplete, and only a select few know the lay of the land.
No single system will contain all of the answers.
Historically, we’ve tried to solve this problem by putting all the data in one place. Sometimes, we build data warehouses or data marts and data lakes. Alternatively, we take on massive documentation initiatives. In spite of these efforts, data inevitably ends up disorganized, duplicated, and living in disparate containers such as separate relational databases, Excel, Hadoop environments, and business intelligence tools like Tableau, to name a few.
Alation: Machine learning to enable human learning.
Using the combination of machine learning and crowdsourcing from experts identified by their usage of tables, Alation centralizes the knowledge on data and ensures it’s always up-to-date. From the largest companies in the world to five-person analyst teams, our customers share one characteristic: they’re driven by data. Alation simplifies enterprise data by centralizing knowledge into a single place, even if the data itself lives in multiple places. Here at Alation, we strive to ensure that anyone can access the data they need.