Alation Data Catalog vs Netwrix Data Classification Manager comparison

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"The most valuable features of Alation Data Catalog are the simplicity in onboarding data sources, the security in securing the data sources, and the way the various users of Alation Data Catalog communicate with each other through a messenger.""We can customize templates based on our use cases.""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.""The tool's metadata cataloging is the most valuable feature.""Alation Data Catalog's best feature is the SQL query publication.""The platform's most valuable features are workflow automation, automated business metadata tagging, technical metadata tagging, and data integration with data quality tools or platforms.""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."

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"It's highly flexible and scalable, offering customers the choice to match their needs and budget."

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"The product's data governance features need improvement.""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.""The tool's domain model needs to be changed.""Alation Data Catalog does not provide end-to-end data lineage.""The interface is not user-friendly.""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."

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"One of the key issues is its interface and querying capabilities, which can be complex, making it difficult to interpret logs."

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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."
  • "The solution is a little expensive."
  • "The platform is moderately expensive compared to the other competitors in the market."
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  • "The initial pricing might seem reasonable, but costs can quickly escalate when adding components."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:We can customize templates based on our use cases.
    Top Answer:It was not very clear how to connect to databases. The interface is not user-friendly. Some things in the interface must be made user-friendly. Some features are quite technical. A non-technical user… more »
    Top Answer: It's highly flexible and scalable, offering customers the choice to match their needs and budget.
    Top Answer:The licensing structure's complexity can be confusing as different modules have varying licensing methods, including user counts in Active Directory, server counts, and processor counts in databases… more »
    Top Answer:One of the key issues is its interface and querying capabilities, which can be complex, making it difficult to interpret logs. There are concerns about the licensing structure as the licensing terms… more »
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    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.

    The variety of ways organizations create, store and share data is mind-blowing, making it harder and harder for you to identify what need to be protected. Netwrix Data Classification enables you to accurately identify and classify sensitive and business-critical content across your organization, therefore mitigating the risk of data breaches and satisfying compliance requirements with less effort and expense.

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    Salesforce, Snowflake, Citrix, eBay, TripAdvisor, Albertsons, Nasdaq, Pfizer, LinkedIn, Finnair.
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    Insurance Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Financial Services Firm15%
    Computer Software Company11%
    Manufacturing Company8%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise63%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise71%
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    Alation Data Catalog is ranked 5th in Data Governance with 5 reviews while Netwrix Data Classification Manager is ranked 39th in Data Governance with 1 review. Alation Data Catalog is rated 7.8, while Netwrix Data Classification Manager is rated 0.0. The top reviewer of Alation Data Catalog writes "A stable data catalog solution that helps onboard data sources". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Netwrix Data Classification Manager writes "A comprehensive data classification and information security solution that offers robust functionality, scalability, and competitive pricing". Alation Data Catalog is most compared with Microsoft Purview, Collibra Governance, Informatica Axon, Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog and Collibra Lineage, whereas Netwrix Data Classification Manager is most compared with Microsoft Purview and Varonis Platform.

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