Metadata Management tools

List of metadata management tools

Metadata management tool is a solution that supplements the data stored by the enterprise environment with useful information. Proper metadata management is a crucial factor to make information searchable, easy to locate and understand. Such tools add meaningful context to raw data, making it convenient to discover even by non-IT members of an organization.

Informatica Metadata Management

Informatica’s metadata management approach is designed to help enterprises fully harness the value of all their data with active metadata. It scans the metadata from all of the enterprise’s data systems including databases and filesystems, integration tools and processes, and analytics and data science tools. It discovers, classifies, and documents key data elements and provides detailed metadata and lineage to bridge technical and business context for data governance.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: Yes
Reference data: No
Support for workflow: No

Dataedo

Dataedo allows companies to catalog their data (relational and noSQL) in central metadata repository in a matter of minutes, annotate each data asset, extract and document table relationships, build Business Glossary and map it to Data Dictionary, classify sensitive data, visualize data models with ER Diagrams and share documentation with data community in interactive web portal or HTML exports.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: -
Data Profiling: -
On premises/cloud: On premises
Rating of assets: -
Reference data: -
Support for workflow: -
Database Web Table Diagram
Database Web Data Lineage
Dataedo Web Table Columns

Io-Tahoe

Io-Tahoe is an enterprise smart data discovery and AI-driven data catalog product that enables enterprises to accelerate to next-generation data management practices, radically improving data governance and regulatory compliance. It automatically discover data relationships across the enterprise and identifies changes and trends within a data source over a period of time, leveraging Io-Tahoe’s smart data discovery capability to assess changes to metadata.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: On premises
Rating of assets: Yes
Reference data: No
Support for workflow: Yes

erwin Data Catalog

erwin Data Catalog (erwin DC) is metadata management software that helps organizations learn what data they have and where it’s located, including data at rest and in motion. It tells you the data and metadata available for a certain topic so those particular sources and assets can be found quickly for analysis and decision-making.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: On premises
Rating of assets: No
Reference data: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes

Ataccama Metadata Management & Data Catalog

Ataccama Metadata Management & Data Catalog is an AI-powered metadata management module. It’s a central storage for all of your metadata—imported from other sources, crowdsourced, or automatically captured in continuous data discovery processes.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: On premises
Rating of assets: No
Reference data: No
Support for workflow: No

MetaCenter

MetaCenter is an enterprise metadata management and data governance platform. MetaCenter enables business and technology teams to catalog and classify an organization's information assets. Users can self-service questions about their data assets and how data flows through the business and classify how it should be used.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: No
Reference data: No
Support for workflow: Yes

Alteryx Connect

Alteryx provides metadata management that natively extracts and refreshes field names, schemas, and more to speed integration and flex with change. It automatically loads field names, types, objects, schemas, and relationships from common sources to speed analytics and cataloging. 

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: Yes
Reference data: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes

IBM Watson Knowledge Catalog

IBM Watson® Knowledge Catalog is an open and intelligent data catalog for managing enterprise data and AI model governance, quality and collaboration. It provides unique capabilities that include automated data discovery and metadata generation, ML-extracted business glossary from most common regulatory terms, and many more.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: Yes
Reference data: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes

Google Cloud Data Catalog

Google Cloud Data catalog is a fully managed and highly scalable data discovery and metadata management service that empowers organizations to quickly discover, manage, and understand all their data in Google Cloud. It offers a simple and easy-to-use search interface for data discovery, a flexible and powerful cataloging system for capturing both technical and business metadata.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: No
Data Classification: Yes
Data Lineage: No
Data Profiling: No
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: No
Reference data: No
Support for workflow: No

Alation

Alation increases the value of your metadata with machine learning, automation, and human knowledge. Hundreds of organizations use Alation to power metadata solutions, such as analytics, data governance, privacy, risk & compliance, and cloud migration.

Business Glossary: Yes
Change history: Yes
Data Classification: No
Data Lineage: Yes
Data Profiling: Yes
On premises/cloud: Cloud
Rating of assets: Yes
Reference data: Yes
Support for workflow: Yes

Metadata management tools are usually multifunctional programs that provide a wide spectrum of usability. They include functionalities such as:
• Data catalog,
• compatibility with multiple connectors, making the tool a single source of truth about the data from different repositories,
• Business glossary,
• Data lineage,
• Data profiling,
• Impact analysis,
• Metadata ingestion and translation.

From the organization's point of view, the ability to export the created documentation into user-friendly formats is also important. What is more, some of the tools offer a community module, which facilitates the information flow.

Metadata management solutions oversee data across its entire lifecycle. This typically covers four primary areas: data analysis, data value, data governance, risk and compliance.

 Proper metadata management implementation allows for standardized metadata definitions, management, and maintenance of information across the organization for greater business efficiency. 

 Today, as data becomes increasingly important to the growth of company performance, choosing the right way to manage it is equally essential.

To help you find the right tool for your organization, we have put together this list of best metadata management solutions.