Alation Data Catalog

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Data Lineage for Alation Data Catalog

Manta can connect to the same databases and BI servers as the Alation Data Catalog, analyze them, and expand the data in Alation. The Manta platform automatically retrieves information about database scripts, BI reports, and transformations in ETL tools; creates data flows; and uploads them to the Alation Data Catalog. Manta can also connect to already-existing data in Alation, thus, for example, adding more links between database tables.


Manta + Alation Integration Overview

For any organization undergoing digital transformation, effective data governance is critical. Today, modern enterprises demand end-to-end lineage because it is crucial to data governance, providing comprehensive understanding and security and driving effective data use.

However, organizations struggle with traditional approaches to data lineage that require huge amounts of manual effort, provide an incomplete view of the data in disparate sources, and limit valuable knowledge to a handful of technical users.

Alation and Manta solve these challenges by integrating Manta’s enhanced automated lineage into the Alation data catalog to create an effective, agile enterprise data environment.



Increased Productivity

Combining both platforms’ capabilities gives any organization a solution to automatically extract end-to-end lineage from disparate sources and make that lineage easily consumable by technical and business users. Teams leveraging the solution observe a 60% growth in productivity.


Complete Data Visibility

Through this solution, Alation users will not only be able to immediately identify what data the organization stores, where it resides, and how to use it, but the lineage provided by Manta will also help them understand the complete journey of the data and how their data assets are connected.


Rapid Root-Cause & Impact Analyses

Alation helps bring Manta's rich lineage knowledge to business users, empowering them to make crucial business decisions faster. Teams can collaborate more quickly as they have access to critical intelligence about the data/lineage. As a result, they increase efficiency by reducing the time needed to carry out impact and root-cause analyses on all data by 90%.

How it Works

Having Manta’s lineage integrated into the Alation data catalog allows users to view end-to-end column-level lineage and transformation lineage directly in the data catalog. Thanks to the integration, Alation users can seamlessly switch over to Manta whenever they need to see a more detailed view of the lineage or a historical record of that lineage. How do we do it?Metadata-Integration-Overview-MANTA-x-Alation_pic2 Manta retrieves lineage from across various

sources, not only within a single data source. Manta does it by extracting lineage not only from data sources and BI tools but also from ETL and other data integration tools. This establishes a robust foundation for Manta’s column-level lineage that is comprehensive, including the organization’s entire data flow.
Once the map of data flows is generated,

Manta will push that lineage information to the Alation catalog. This will allow Alation users to view Manta’s end-to-end column-level lineage across ETL tools, data sources, and BI sources.

Alation and Manta solve these challenges by integrating Manta’s enhanced automated lineage into the Alation data catalog to create an effective, agile enterprise data environment.

Having both solutions working together enables better collaboration between users. One such feature is the propagation of warnings across the lineage graph. If there is an issue with a particular table, the user who detected it can add a warning flag, and that warning will be propagated downstream from the lineage to all the objects on the way.


If you need to get even more detailed lineage—that is, to solve an issue that another team member has warned you about—you can go back to the table or data flow’s catalog page in Alation and click on Visualization of Data Lineage in Manta. This will open the lineage in Manta so you can see both table and column level lineage and understand how the data is flowing through the entire environment. From here, you can leverage all Manta’s unique features to adjust the lineage to your needs. You can eliminate certain elements, compare your current lineage to historical lineage from a selected time in the past, and more.




Frequently Asked Questions

What is data governance vs metadata management?

Metadata management is the administration of system processes that catalog, profile, and manage the data about the data. Data governance brings together the components of your overall data management strategy (database operations, metadata management, data warehousing, etc.), providing a framework of rules and policies to ensure the quality, integrity, and security of your data as it flows throughout the enterprise system.

Data governance, at its core, is establishing trust in data – the quality and sources of data, the integrity and the use of data, and the security of data during the lifecycle of data within the enterprise. Data lineage plays an important role in your data governance framework and overall data management strategy by providing visibility into how data flows throughout your environment as well as transparency in the sourcing, structure, and evolution of your data.  

Data lineage helps you tame data complexity and gives you a full overview of how your data moves across systems, including where it originated, how it transforms along the way, and how it’s interconnected. Such an overview will help you boost your data governance efforts, increase overall trust in data, achieve full regulatory compliance, accelerate root cause and impact analyses, roll out our frequent bug-free releases, painlessly migrate to the cloud, and more. 


Get to Know Your Data’s Complete Story with Data Lineage

Metadata—data about your data—holds necessary information that helps you unlock valuable insights. Insights that will allow you to fully understand your data and get rid of anecdote-driven decisions and processes once and for all.

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