vs Atlan

Industry experts and practitioners who have used both agree: there's simply no comparison to Atlan.

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While evaluating Alation vs Atlan: why 83% of data teams chose Atlan

Seven of the top reasons why over 83% of data teams chose Atlan over Alation in head-to- head trials.

1. Easy to set up, deploys in weeks, not months
2. Collaboration-focused UI/UX that encourages adoption amongst both technical and
business users
3. Column-level lineage that actually works. It’s automated, brings in key metadata context
and is intuitive to use
4. Metadata and context are embedded directly in tools, that users already love and use
5. Native and deep integrations with all best of breed tools across the data estate
6. Strategic customer support that partners in identifying and driving business critical initiatives
7. Upfront pricing that is based on value and non-prohibitive, an investment that you can feel confident leaning into
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Alation vs Atlan:
a comparison of how they drive business outcomes

In the table below, you can find a quick comparison of how Alation and Atlan
address common challenges faced by data leaders

Enabling self-service analytics across your orgNot the easiest to use, and no easy way to collaborate with data expertsOpen, scalable, non-technical users typically start self-serving their data requests within a month of deployment
Encouraging adoption across your orgNon-intuitive UI/UX and poor product experience, leading to poor adoptionIntuitive collaboration-focused UI/UX, any type of user can hit the ground running
Ease of setting upRequire 4 months or more, need implementation support expertsDIY setup, typically in weeks
Time to experience actual valueLong time to value, often taking a year or more, after a cumbersome multi-month deployment cycle

The major roadblock to realizing value is the lack of adoption
First, metadata-driven value is in a matter of weeks not months.

Easy adoption by diverse stakeholders makes value inevitable
Keeping pace with how you grow as a businessMay not handle change well

Legacy platform, a closed solution, incapable of supporting federated/ automated/ distributed paradigms like Data Mesh, Data Fabric, and Data-as-a-Product
Is open to change in your stack and growth

Open-by-design, cloud-first Kubernetes-based platform with natively built-in microservices. Purpose-built for Data Mesh and Fabric
Bringing visibility into your entire data estateFocused on the breadth of integrations vs depth of integrations.

Better for on-prem integrations, but not good for cloud-native modern tools
Deep integrations with cloud-native modern tools. Cloud-first, Cloud-native platform as core DNA

Present with major on-prem providers and emerging in others
The overall cost of deployment and maintenanceProhibitive pricing, plus support needed to deploy is added costPay-as-you-go pricing, aligned to usage and value

Alation vs Atlan:
which solution is the most future ready?

Alation and Atlan are two generationally different products. Alation is a traditional data catalog. Atlan is an active metadata platform.
Here are some key differences in how the platforms are being built:

Forward looking architectureStatic closed platform that operates in silosOpen, scalable, tech-debt-free platform, suited for data fabric and data mesh
Active governanceManual stewardshipProgrammatic governance through metadata activation
AI readinessLimited AI/ML capabilityThe truly AI-ready data catalog

Alation vs Atlan:
notes from users who’ve used both

How do users who’ve used both compare Alation and Atlan?

Alation vs Atlan:
the long and short of it

Alation is a traditional data catalog, while Atlan is a pioneering active metadata platform. Atlan is not just rated over Alation in terms of product functionality, but also in product vision, innovation roadmap, and market approach. The company focuses on constant innovation and partnering with customers to generate value.


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most likely to
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