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September 7, 2022

ThinkData Works Brings Data Catalog to Google Cloud


You can now use the data catalog from ThinkData Works to explore and discover data you have stored on Google Cloud, the Toronto, Ontario-based SaaS provider announced today. In addition to catalog features, the offering features access to curated data feeds.

ThinkDataWorks develops a data catalog solution that’s designed to help customers organize and access data residing across multiple locations, including databases like Snowflake, Hadoop, and Vertica, as well as cloud storage like Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and now Google Cloud.

The company says its catalog helps to “neutralize” data variety by automating data ingestion and data cleansing processes. The software features a GUI to track the status of data imports, as well as health observability dashboard and custom alerts, the company says on its website.

Role-based access control mechanism limit which individuals or teams can access data, and all data access is tracked and monitored. The ThinkData Works catalog also supports one-to-one and team-based data sharing, while on the data governance front, it uses metadata to track usage of data within the software.

The partnership with Google Cloud builds on a growing ecosystem of data and management tools available to customers of both organizations, according to Brendan Stennett, ThinkData Works co-founder and its chief technology officer.

ThinkData Works’ data catalog works across multiple clouds and databases

“Many companies have invested in AI and ML solutions but find that data variety and poor data health restrict their progress,” Stennett said in a press release. “Availability on Google Cloud Marketplace means customers can more easily deploy our leading catalog platform through their existing relationship with Google Cloud, enabling them with the tools to manage and distribute data to unlock further AI and ML capabilities.”

In particular, ThinkData Works says its catalog helps customers make better business decisions by connecting to both internal and external data sources while providing metadata, governance, and discoverability features.

The company makes a variety of enriched data feeds available to its customers, including census data for 40 countries along with “psychographic, sentiment, and intent layers”; shipping activity; border wait times; and more.

Google Cloud launched its own data catalog earlier this year. But many in the catalog business say customers are best served by independent providers who can govern access to multpile data silos and platforms.

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