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

Find out in this report how the two Metadata Management 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. Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog report (Updated: September 2022).
632,611 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.""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.""Alation Data Catalog's best feature is the SQL query publication."

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"The capability of the tool to scan and capture the metadata from a variety of sources is one of the capabilities that I find most useful. The central repository into which it is going to put that captured metadata is the best.""The metadata management of Informatica is great.""Multifeatured and easily scalable data catalog, with good data domain discovery and data profiling features.""I like EDC's self-service capabilities. You can put the catalog on the intranet inside the organization, so users can search for something. People in the research world have specialized systems, and you might find data from various places that sound similar."

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"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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"The model is somewhat flexible. There are certain aspects of the model that are not as flexible as we would like. It doesn't do certain things to a great level of depth. So, in situations where we want to drill in to do something specific, we have to essentially copy that data into our own structures in order to add that additional layer of flexibility.""Interoperability is one area where EDC has room for improvement. It was challenging when the faculty took over the data world and had specific vendors they wanted to use, and some were not particularly open platforms.""This solution is hard to set up and its interface is not user-friendly. It's also not as stable, and the technical support takes a lot of time to solve simple problems.""It is not easy to set up and configure the tool."

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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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  • "I have no idea what the price actually is. It is probably not going to be the cheapest, but it is a pretty stable and robust platform from the backend standpoint."
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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 capability of the tool to scan and capture the metadata from a variety of sources is one of the capabilities that I find most useful. The central repository into which it is going to put that… more »
    Top Answer:The model is somewhat flexible. There are certain aspects of the model that are not as flexible as we would like. It doesn't do certain things to a great level of depth. So, in situations where we… more »
    Top Answer:We are using it to understand the assets that we have from their technical metadata perspective, but we're also using it to align our business glossaries with the actual physical data location where… more »
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    Also Known As
    Alation
    Informatica EDC, Informatica Enterprise Information Catalog, Enterprise Information Catalog
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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.

    Informatica Enterprise Information Catalog provides a machine-learning-based discovery engine to collect data assets across the enterprise while increasing the understanding of those data assets through a graph-based enterprise information catalog. Powered by Informatica’s unique metadata services engine, Enterprise Information Catalog enables business analysts and data stewards to find all types of data across the enterprise; discover relationships among them; enrich data with business glossary terms and crowdsourced annotations; and understand the provenance, quality, and usage of their data.

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    Sample Customers
    Salesforce, Snowflake, Citrix, eBay, TripAdvisor, Albertsons, Nasdaq, Pfizer, LinkedIn, Finnair.
    AIA Singapore, Mattel
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government8%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise10%
    Large Enterprise75%
    Buyer's Guide
    Alation Data Catalog vs. Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Alation Data Catalog vs. Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    632,611 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Alation Data Catalog is ranked 2nd in Metadata Management with 3 reviews while Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog is ranked 3rd in Metadata Management with 4 reviews. Alation Data Catalog is rated 8.4, while Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog is rated 8.2. 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 Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog writes "An enterprise-scale solution with a pretty robust set of tools for scanning a variety of information sources". Alation Data Catalog is most compared with Microsoft Purview, Collibra Governance, Informatica Axon, erwin Data Intelligence by Quest and Ataccama ONE Platform, whereas Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog is most compared with AWS Glue, Collibra Catalog, Denodo, Azure Data Factory and Informatica PowerCenter. See our Alation Data Catalog vs. Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog report.

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