December 14, 2023Empowering Excel Data Analysis with AtScale: Part 3 – Distribution Analysis
In today’s organizational landscape, ensuring the precision, comprehensiveness, and reliability of data stands as a pivotal element for success. Achieving robust data governance necessitates leveraging a suite of indispensable tools that oversee data integrity, fortify security, and enhance usability. In this blog post, I aim to delve into the substantial advantages stemming from the seamless integration between the AtScale Semantic Layer and the Alation Data Intelligence platform.
The proliferation of diverse data sources, the escalating number of stakeholders involved in data’s lifecycle, and the expanding array of available data collectively contribute to heightened complexity in data management. The challenge and the complexity of connecting, reconciling and understanding the meaning of data assets, referred to as “the semantics,” continues to evolve and intensify.
This growing diversity and volume of data present a considerable challenge for data consumers aiming to extract meaningful insights for business value. Through numerous discussions I had with Chief Data and Analytics Officers (CDAOs) regarding data products, a prevailing trend has emerged—top among the complaints is the time wasted by data teams. They encounter scenarios where opening a dataset reveals columns with vague headers, like “sales,” leaving them unsure whether it pertains to gross sales, net sales, or another variant. Unraveling this mystery entails a tedious pursuit of the data’s origin, purpose, and source—often exacerbated by the absence of lineage and business context.
Alation’s Data Intelligence Platform helps more than 550 organizations, including 35% of Fortune 100 companies, simplify complex data environments and unlock the value of their data. Its intuitive search and discovery interface allows anyone to find and understand trusted data from across the business and its federated, people-first approach to governance promotes a data-driven culture. Alation’s platform helps organizations achieve their data-related goals by centralizing critical metadata, such as policies or descriptions, but also allows for data democratization across different systems.
The synergy achieved through integrating these two platforms empowers all data personas to effortlessly discover, comprehend, and rely upon data definitions encompassing metrics, dimensions, and hierarchies upheld within an enterprise. This integration seamlessly exposes semantic metadata from AtScale, thereby enabling data consumers to embark on their analytical journeys via the data catalog. The users can initiate searches for specific metrics or dimensions, comprehend their business definitions, discern relationships, and trace lineage. This newfound ability allows them to confidently harness these data assets within their preferred analytics tools.
This deeper integration between the data catalog and semantic layer epitomizes a harmonious match. Not only does it furnish business context for analytics-ready data, but it also facilitates an environment where users, upon locating requisite data, can swiftly consume it in their preferred BI tools—a true testament to a self-service model.
Key features and benefits of the AtScale integration with Alation:
- Enhanced Data Accessibility: Empower business analysts and data practitioners with easy access to governed data definitions including metrics, dimensions, and hierarchies.
- Data Governance Reinforcement: Strengthen data governance practices by enabling users to interact with governed data elements within a unified and secure environment.
- Improved Data Literacy: Uplevel data literacy by enabling everyone in the organization to discover analytics assets resulting in better data-driven decisions.
- Understand Data Gravity: Facilitate how data becomes information and knowledge with full data lineage.
With the general availability of the AtScale integration with Alation, businesses can now unlock the full potential of their data assets, and increase analytics and data product adoption. AtScale’s universal semantic layer continues to play an integral part of the enterprise data ecosystem. This integration empowers organizations to cultivate a data-driven culture, fostering innovation and strategic growth.