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June 17, 2020

Alation Partners with Databricks to Accelerate Data Discovery and Streamline Cloud Data Migration

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 17, 2020 – Alation Inc. announced its partnership with Databricks to accelerate data science-led innovations and foster a data culture. The new integration provides data teams with a platform to identify and govern cloud data lakes; discover and leverage the best data for data science and analytics; and collaborate on data to deliver high quality predictive models and business insights.Data teams establishing cloud analytics platforms need to increase performance and reduce cost while minimizing productivity loss and risk during the migration process. By identifying the most widely used assets, Alation enables data teams to prioritize data for migration to the cloud. Once in the cloud, Alation provides data teams with visibility into the assets residing in the data lake and allows for context and understanding of the data, as well as collaboration among subject matter experts.

The partnership between Alation and Databricks enables organizations to:

  • Quickly identify and prioritize popular datasets for cloud data migration to manage an up-to-date cloud environment
  • Discover and understand data within Delta Lake on Databricks to enable the development of accurate data science and analytics
  • Collaborate with context and conversations in Alation to deliver trusted data for predictive models and business insights

“We’re excited to partner with Databricks as our customers are prioritizing data-driven decisions and need a way to efficiently discover, understand and analyze data at scale. In addition, as data teams move to the cloud they can now identify and prioritize mission-critical data for migration and diminish storage redundancies,” said Kiran Narsu, Vice President, Business Development, Alation.

“Databricks and Alation give customers visibility into high quality data for analytics and data science projects.” said Michael Hoff, SVP Business Development and Partners, Databricks. “Data teams can now discover and understand the data in the Delta Lake on Databricks with Alation and use that data to improve the accuracy of predictive models.”

Alation and Databricks joint customer, Ming Yuan of Zurich North America, will present at Spark+AI Summit 2020 on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. The session will discuss how Zurich North America uses Alation as part of the data ecosystem to enable easy data exploration, data transformation and modeling, and how the company implements a scalable self-service data science ecosystem built on Databricks.

About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market, leading the evolution of data management towards driving data culture. Alation customers leverage the data catalog as a platform for data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. With its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation provides a platform to support a broad range of data intelligence solutions by combining machine learning with human insight to tackle the most demanding challenges in data management. Nearly 200 organizations are driving their data cultures and improving their organizations’ decision making with Alation, including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, GoDaddy, Marks & Spencer, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, New Relic, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, Scout24 and US Foods. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is funded by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Icon Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit

Source: Alation