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Alation’s TrustCheck Introduces Agile Information Stewardship

Latest data catalog release ushers in a new, modern approach to data governance available through Alation Compose, Salesforce Einstein, and Tableau Server.

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Alation Inc., a data catalog specialist, has released TrustCheck, a collection of features that transforms data governance practices. Alation TrustCheck introduces real-time data governance guardrails directly into the workflow of self-service analytics users. TrustCheck users are automatically alerted to both constraints and best practices, leading to more timely, accurate, and compliant analysis.

Satyen Sangani, CEO of Alation, notes that knowledge workers “can’t (and won’t) continually break their workflow to look up terms, validate the correct application of policies, discover impacts, and ensure data quality. TrustCheck brings policy, quality, and usage context directly to the end user. TrustCheck lets every self-service analytics user instantly know whether the data or query logic selected is trustworthy and appropriate, regardless of whether that data lives in Salesforce, Tableau, or is being accessed directly from a database.”

Before self-service analytics, data governance teams focused on documentation and control, relying on a few select experts who spent time arduously creating rules and policies for data use. Resolving compliance issues often meant policing user behavior after a breach or critical mistake already occurred.

Broad-based adoption of self-service analytics and an exponential growth in data creation has changed this environment dramatically. TrustCheck meets the needs of this new world with the power of a data catalog. With TrustCheck, data governance and information stewardship professionals can focus on influencing user behavior rather than documenting rules and policies.

TrustCheck is an embedded set of features in Alation’s machine learning-powered data catalog. Information stewards leverage the Alation data catalog to indicate whether a data asset can be trusted or requires additional context, and deprecate data assets that contain inaccuracies or could lead to non-compliance. This feedback to users is available immediately through Alation’s query writing tool, Alation Compose, and through API-driven integrations with Salesforce Einstein Analytics and Tableau Server.

TrustCheck automatically surfaces visual cues in Alation’s Compose interface, where users search and write SQL queries, and directly on dashboards within Salesforce Einstein and Tableau Server. Alation’s delivery of this feature through a well-documented API also provides the opportunity for additional analytics tools to easily integrate TrustCheck in the future.

A demo of TrustCheck is available here.

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