Alation, Inc., a prominent data intelligence company, has unveiled its latest offering, Alation Analytics Cloud1. This unified reporting platform empowers organizations to gain insights into their data usage and, in doing so, assess the effectiveness of their data initiatives and the overall maturity of their data culture.
The stakes are high in today's data-driven landscape, given the vast opportunities associated with data, analytics, and AI, and organizations can no longer afford to operate with disjointed data efforts that lack a clear connection to value. Alarmingly, a vast majority of Chief Data Officers (CDOs) fail to accurately assess and price the business outcomes generated by their data and analytics efforts, as revealed by Harvard Business Review. Consequently, there is a pressing need for a framework that enables organizations to benchmark and enhance their data management capabilities as they become critical strategic endeavors. However, this void has persisted because organizations have lacked the tools required to quantify the value and impact of their data initiatives on their business operations. Moreover, disparate teams within organizations often employ distinct data analysis methods, emphasizing the necessity for a solution that facilitates the consistent assessment of critical usage statistics, thereby fostering the growth of a robust data culture.
The Alation Analytics Cloud offers a framework to articulate the business value of data initiatives. Leveraging Alation's innovative Query Log Ingestion technology, leaders can gain insights into which data sources are most frequently accessed and which teams are executing specific queries. This knowledge enables data leaders to comprehensively map data consumption across the entire organization. These insights serve a dual purpose, facilitating the measurement of the effectiveness of diverse data programs and, subsequently, enabling an assessment of the maturity level of an organization's data culture. These insights can also be harnessed to optimize queries and rationalize data sources, for example, by expediting the migration of frequently used datasets or the retirement of data sources that are no longer in active use, thereby reducing costs.
Key benefits of the Alation Analytics Cloud include the ability to:
Measure Data Culture Maturity: Organizations can now measure their data culture maturity by examining four vital components: data leadership, data search and discovery, data literacy, and data governance.
Score Data Programs: Data leaders are empowered to gauge the progress of their data initiatives using a variety of metrics, such as total assets curated, the number of active users, and many other relevant indicators.
Map Data Consumption: Business and data leaders can gain visibility into the efficacy of individual data products by closely tracking actual usage. Reports provide valuable insights into which queries are being executed by specific users on various data stores, including details about the total execution time of database queries, thus pinpointing areas that can be optimized.
Alation is a leading enterprise data intelligence solutions provider, offering capabilities that empower self-service analytics, drive cloud transformation, and enhance data governance. Over 500 leading enterprises, including prominent names like Cisco, Nasdaq, Pfizer, Salesforce, and Virgin Australia, rely on Alation to cultivate a data culture and bolster data-driven decision-making. The company's commitment to excellence is evidenced by its recognition on Inc. Magazine's Best Workplaces list four times, its status as a UK's Best Workplaces in tech and Best Workplaces for Women in 2022, and its continued accolades as a UK's Best Workplaces in 2022 and 2023.