Menu
In a haystack of data, Alation helps find the needle

In a haystack of data, Alation helps find the needle

The startup's new platform looks not just at the data but at how it's been used over time

Alation's new data-accessibility platform

Alation's new data-accessibility platform

One of the paradoxes of today's data-driven world is that the very data we seek for competitive advantage can be both a curse and a blessing. Businesses need the right data to gain a leg up, but each new bit they acquire makes it harder to uncover the data they need.

That's where Alation says it can help. The two-year-old startup came out of stealth mode on Tuesday with a new product focused on helping enterprises find the information that will help them get ahead.

"Every time we write a mobile app, build a Web application, write a data pipeline, build a dashboard or develop a sensor, we create a new container of data," said Alation cofounder and CEO Satyen Sangani, a former Oracle executive. "All of these containers come with a lot of complexity, a lot of implicit knowledge. And this complexity, in turn, makes data inaccessible."

Alation says its namesake platform can simplify data access and make it easier for organizations to get the insights they're after. It offers collaborative analytics, data search and discovery, data optimization and effective data governance.

The technology taps a combination of machine learning and human insight to capture a wealth of information about an enterprise's data, including what it describes, where it comes from, who's using it and how it's being used.

"Another way of understanding information is by looking at the human activity surrounding it," Sangani explained. "Like Google, we crawl hundreds or thousands of data systems within an enterprise and look at not just the data but the usage logs."

Equipped with that information, Alation generates a rich, centralized inventory of data -- including details that might otherwise be visible only to machines -- and can tell users the fastest way to find the right database, formulate a query, ask an expert or identify a best practice.

"If you want to answer a question, knowing that someone else has already asked it and then finding them can be much more efficient than rediscovering the answer all over again," Sangani said. "We try to use the knowledge that's already inside these systems to uncover hidden insights."

Alation is used by companies including eBay and Square. The benefits, according to Alation, include a reduction in analyst on-boarding from years to months and the ability to write ad hoc queries in less than half the time that was required previously.

Alation took in $9 million in Series A funding earlier this year. Its software is available now.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Alationapplicationsdata miningsoftwareData management

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments