Data Governance tools

List of data governance tools

Data governance is a strategy of handling data within an organization. It is a set of rules, policies, standards, practices etc. which main purpose is to ensure data has a high quality and integrity, is safely stored and there are no ambiguities in meaning of common terms. Applying this strategy is a long process, engaging whole organization, especially IT and data consuming departments. There are certain data governance tools which helps applying these theoretical plans in real life.

Dataedo

Dataedo allows you to easily discover, catalog, and document your data assets through tools such as Data Dictionary, Business Glossary, Data Discovery and Classification. It also features a community module, that allows everyone to share their observations in one place through comments, ratings, questions, to-dos, and warnings.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: No
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: No
Web Access: Yes
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Alation Data Catalog

Alation’s Active data governance is a people-first approach that focuses on business needs, delivering trusted data, and driving adoption by embedding governance in the users’ day-to-day activities — effectively facilitating compliance and managing risks. By inventorying, classifying, and curating data and knowledge, Alation provides unparalleled visibility into enterprise data assets. It combines machine learning and crowdsourcing to automate and accelerate data stewardship, data classification, business glossary, and data quality documentation.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Mapping: No
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

Commvault Activate

Commvault Activate is an integrated toolset that includes file storage optimization, sensitive data governance, and compliance search and eDiscovery. It lets efficiently define, find, manage, and secure files containing sensitive data, across both live and backup data.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: No
Change history: No
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: No
Data Classification: No
Data Lineage: No
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: No
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

OvalEdge

OvalEdge is a data governance tool that can be used for building business glossary, data classification, data quality monitoring and control, data valuation, reward and attribution, metadata change management, data access request & control, and managing roles & responsibilities.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Commenting/Community: No
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

erwin EDGE

The erwin EDGE is an integrated and automated platform that combines enterprise modeling and data intelligence software to deliver an enterprise data governance experience. The main benefits of the erwin EDGE include governance of any data from anywhere with end-to-end lineage, intelligence & automation, dynamic impact analysis, an integrated ecosystem with visibility and data linkage across domains, accurate & real-time data pipeline for holistic decision-making, etc.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: No
Web Access: Yes

Egnyte

Egynte provides one unified platform to manage, secure, and govern your most valuable data type (content) across any cloud, any device, anywhere. It empowers you to locate valuable and sensitive data buried in the company content, control risks and automate compliance, protect your business from internal and external security threats, etc.

Access control: Yes
Business Glossary: No
Change history: Yes
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: No
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: No
Data Mapping: No
Data Profiling: No
Data Quality Management: No
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

SAP Master Data Governance

SAP Master Data Governance is a master data management solution that empowers you to improve the quality and consistency of information across your organization by consolidating and centrally governing the master data lifecycle. It allows you to define, validate, and monitor established business rules to confirm master data readiness and analyze master data management performance.

Access control: No
Business Glossary: No
Change history: No
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: No
Data Classification: No
Data Lineage: No
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

TopBraid EDG

TopBraid EDG provides a comprehensive data governance solution for enterprises with a smart approach to meaningfully bridging enterprise metadata silos by cataloging and connecting any kind of data, capturing and preserving meaning, and supporting the business value of data.

Access control: No
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: Yes

Truedat

Truedat is an open-source data governance business solution tool that lets you organize & enrich information through configurable workflows, data quality controls & execution, business glossary, semantic mapping, data Catalog & profiling, lineage & impact analysis, and similar other functionalities.

Access control: No
Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Commenting/Community: Yes
Data Catalog: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Mapping: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
Data Quality Management: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes
Web Access: No

Data governance software is a broad category of solutions which main purpose is to:

• Develop and maintain common data language,
• Ensure compliance with law regulations,
• Track data lineage,
• Assign roles and responsibilities,
• Improve data quality.

As data governance is more of a framework which should be adjusted to each organization separately, there is no one tool that suits all companies. Some may require business glossary or data catalog, while others will benefit more from advanced data lineage. Although there are vendors that provide all-in-one data governance tools platform, in some cases it may be better to select more specialized software that will cover only part of the mentioned requirements. Some examples of such tools are:

• Data dictionaries,
• Data modelers,
• Business glossaries,
• Data policies managers,
• Sensitive data discovery tools,
• Law compliance software,
• Data quality tools.

Implementing data governance framework is not an easy process yet benefits coming from it make it good investment. Common data understanding is one of the greatest outcomes which improves clear communication between departments and leads to precise analytics. It is not uncommon for IT data teams to not understand what they are working on, what KPIs are or what some terms mean. With data governance software, business users can easily share their knowledge with engineering teams.

Better data quality and assigned responsibilities for each piece of information is another game-changer for many organizations – any data discrepancy can be quickly identified and reported to the right person. From the formal point of view, data governance tools will help complying with law regulations such as European GDPR or Indian PDPB.

In the end, an outstanding example of poor data governance. In 1998/99 NASA launched Mars Climate Orbiter worth $125 million. Sadly, when approaching Mars orbit, team on the Earth lost contact with the satellite. The reason was dull - one team used metric system, while another used imperial system of inches, feet and pounds what led to wrong calculations of satellite trajectory. Although most of organizations will not send a robot to Mars it is still very important to ensure that common practices and terminology are followed within an organization in what listed data governance software can help.