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We performed a comparison between Alation Data Catalog and BigID based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Data Governance solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Alation Data Catalog vs. BigID report (Updated: September 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"Given the relatively low level of maturity, Alation's most relevant feature at the moment is a user interface that's easy to navigate, which helps us find and understand the data. So while Alation has a lot more functionality, our pain point right now is being able to easily find, understand, and trust the information to use it.""Alation Data Catalog's best feature is the SQL query publication.""We had some of our data science engineers, who had built out some cloud-based data and data products for users. They were spending a lot of their time, up to 30 to 35% of their time, answering questions about the data and helping people understand how to use it. Once they were able to document that information within Alation, they were only focusing on around 5% of the high-value questions that really couldn't be solved through the catalog itself. It freed them up to be more productive, it made their end-users more productive, and it made the adoption rate of their data products rise more quickly because people were able to get to using them."

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"The features that I have found most valuable are the user experience, the credentialing, and that BigID is user friendly. Additionally, you can deploy to several other Microsoft platforms and you can use it for other things, like a bigger element or a report."

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Cons
"I know that this has been on their roadmap and they're working on it, but as a whole, there's an untapped reservoir of capabilities within their article features that could be used and built upon.""Alation Data Catalog needs to develop a lot in terms of data governance and would be improved with a built-in interactive data quality solution.""Alation Data Catalog doesn't support end-to-end lineage. By that, I mean the ability to trace the movement of data from when it first comes into our organization to where it's consumed."

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"In terms of what could be improved, when you're looking in a BigID file, you cannot really get the whole file. You have to export it to download it to another platform that allows you to completely view it, or run a program. That was one of the things that was really a disappointing point for me. Not to be able to view everything. There's a lot more data, but you can't get it all at once."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "A three-year agreement is better than a one-year rolling 12-month agreement from a price point of view. I'd recommend looking at a three-year deal because you can't stand up a catalog and produce value in 12 months."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Alation Data Catalog's best feature is the SQL query publication.
    Top Answer:You've always got to understand Alation's pricing model because they have different models. Vendors have various models, and the difference is sometimes quite stark. You've got to understand what… more »
    Top Answer:Alation Data Catalog needs to develop a lot in terms of data governance and would be improved with a built-in interactive data quality solution. It also has fewer features than competitors like… more »
    Top Answer:The features that I have found most valuable are the user experience, the credentialing, and that BigID is user friendly. Additionally, you can deploy to several other Microsoft platforms and you can… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of what could be improved, when you're looking in a BigID file, you cannot really get the whole file. You have to export it to download it to another platform that allows you to completely… more »
    Top Answer:In terms of primary use cases for BigID, since I'm a data architect, I get the specific data that is necessary for the client use-case. Then I'll try and do a scan. I do a scan on them, and the scan… more »
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    8.3
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    Average Words per Review
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    Overview

    Alation pioneered the data catalog market and is now leading its evolution into a platform for a broad range of data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, lineage, 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. With Alation, analysts are empowered to search, query and collaborate on their data to achieve faster, more accurate insights.

    Trusted by 400+ enterprises worldwide like Salesforce, Nasdaq, LinkedIn, Finnair, and Cisco.

    BigID aims to transform how enterprise protect and manage the privacy of personal data. Organizations are facing record breaches of personal information and proliferating global privacy regulations like the EU GDPR with fines reaching 4% of annual revenue. Today enterprises lack dedicated purpose built technology to help them track and govern their customer data at scale. By bringing data science to data privacy, BigID aims to give enterprises the software to safeguard and steward the most important asset organizations manage: their customer data.

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    Sample Customers
    Salesforce, Snowflake, Citrix, eBay, TripAdvisor, Albertsons, Nasdaq, Pfizer, LinkedIn, Finnair.
    Home Depot, Grant Thornton LLP, Cimpress, Fidelity Investments
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Insurance Company7%
    Comms Service Provider6%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise71%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Alation Data Catalog is ranked 5th in Data Governance with 3 reviews while BigID is ranked 9th in Data Governance with 1 review. Alation Data Catalog is rated 8.4, while BigID is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Alation Data Catalog writes "The catalog now provides an opportunity for people to come together, to share, and to find". On the other hand, the top reviewer of BigID writes "User friendly and feature rich solution". Alation Data Catalog is most compared with Microsoft Purview, Collibra Governance, Informatica Axon, erwin Data Intelligence by Quest and SAP Data Hub, whereas BigID is most compared with Collibra Governance, Microsoft Purview, Varonis Data Governance Suite, Informatica Axon and MANTA Flow.

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