Alation aims to transform the traditionally burdensome approach to data governance that currently impedes successful adoption of a framework and strategy. The company recognizes the important role that data governance plays in an ever-changing regulatory and social landscape but sees the disconnect that exists between the governance structure and the capabilities of end users.
Insert Alation’s Active Data Governance: an approach that emphasizes the business’ use and reliance on their data. This approach goes beyond compliance and the ticked boxes of data governance framework and instead enables a business’ data users to integrate data governance within their day-to-day activities. Active data governance leans on machine learning and crowdsourcing to “automate and accelerate data stewardship.” It’s a solution to what co-founder and CDO of Alation, Aaron Kalb, calls out as data governance’s historically slow-moving work pace. By integrating automation into the process, data governance moves from a passive, manual, time-consuming process, to an active, dynamic, streamlined enabler of the business.
The company’s recent partnerships with other leaders in the data privacy (BigID) and analytics/AI space (Databricks) indicates an appetite for synergistic product advancements and an acknowledgement of the importance of a healthy and collaborative data ecosystem for the business.
Alation is an example of an organization that has capitalized on changes in the industry and has jumped at opportunities for growth. The shift to focus on bringing machine learning and automation into metadata helps to streamline the processes involved in data governance. This amplifies the goal of helping users effectively leverage data.
It is interesting to see the collaborations and acquisitions that have happened in recent months within the respective data solution vendor spheres. Vendors in this space often fall into one of three categories: vendors who try to “do it all,” vendors who focus on further developing areas they already have competencies within, and vendors who are introducing AI technologies to automate and streamline their processes.
Alation’s “people first” approach to Active Data Governance complements its product offerings in the privacy and compliance space. By putting the responsibility and the capabilities in the hands of those end users charged with handling and processing the data, it takes out the typical hierarchical top-down approach out of data governance.
TrustArc is partnering with BigID to add protection of sensitive data to its roster of data privacy and compliance capabilities. The move closely follows a partnership announced by two other major players in the data privacy and governance space, OneTrust and Integris.
An acquisition borne out of its users’ primary needs, OneTrust’s recent integration with data discovery giant Integris optimally positions the privacy program management software vendor against competitors in the market.
The industry’s first self-service privacy software solution Ethyca receives its second round of investor funding, aptly timed with the release of Ethyca Pro. The privacy management solution provides full automation capabilities for data mapping, data subject requests (DSRs), and consent management for various international privacy regulations.
IT software company HelpSystems has acquired leading data classification software vendors Titus and Boldon James to enhance data security capabilities within its current suite of IT systems.
To further capabilities in the data privacy space, top-tier vendor OneTrust has acquired Integris, another leading vendor within the data discovery and classification sphere. This is a two-part note that focuses on the acquisition and anticipated synergies between the two companies.
AI-powered privacy is here to stay, driven by the innovative team at SECURITI.ai. The company injects automation through AI with its PrivacyOps solution, PRIVACI, taking the effort out of mapping out personal data within its various repositories.
The privacy management software space is rapidly becoming crowded with vendors all looking to add value. 2B Advice has released the most recent version (7.0) of its software, emphasizing the support tools needed to build a privacy-aware culture.
Proteus-Cyber, a leading vendor within the privacy program management space, has added two standout features to its current privacy software offering. The Threat Intelligence feature tracks and links directly to CVEs discovered daily and can be integrated within the IT asset register of current Proteus-Cyber NextGen Data Privacy users.
In response to criticism over data collection practices, Google is introducing default deletion of location history in its web and application activities for new accounts.