This second post of our two-part series provides an overview of the data governance market, vendors, and tools.  In part one, we provided an overview of the practice of data governance.

List and Online Reviews of Data Governance Vendors and Tools

The variety of vendors in the data governance market is quite wide. The list below narrows the selection down to some of the leading products on the market, recognized by industry experts such as the Forrester analyst group, the Gartner analyst group and Information Management magazine.

According to the report The Forrester Wave™: Data Governance Stewardship And Discovery Providers, Q2 2017, the main objectives of these solutions are to:

  • Manage data policies and rules centrally. Data stewards, including business and tech management stakeholders, use these tools to improve the quality, uniqueness, security, privacy, and life cycles of their data. Better data governance and reporting help improve process efficiency, reduce tech management and business risk, enforce compliance, and improve trust.
  • Discover and document data sources. Data stewards must do this for all internal and external data sources — both to meet regulatory requirements and to support the new usage of data within systems of insight.
  • Manage compliance with evolving regulations. New data projects must determine which policies and rules will affect them and how to manage these requirements.
  • Industrialize privacy management. This includes broader regulations like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which affects many roles across the enterprise.

According to Forrester’s description above, privacy management plays a key role in successful enterprise data governance programs. This aligns with our own survey which revealed that 47% of mid and large US enterprises say that data governance has an impact on decisions related to their company’s data privacy decisions.

Data Governance and Data Privacy

Gartner calls this market Metadata Management Solutions, citing data governance as one use case of those solutions. Gartner published a Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions in August 2018, and we’ve included the solutions from that report in the list of tools below.

Here, then, in alphabetical order (i.e., not ranked order) are some of the leading data governance/metadata management vendors with products on the market today.

Adaptive logoAdaptive Inc.

Adaptive Metadata Manager

Founded in 2002, Adaptive is a global company headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California. The company has fewer than 100 employees.

Adaptive offers standards-based solutions that help organizations better align their valuable information by supporting specific management challenges including Data Governance, Data Quality, Metadata Management, Enterprise Architecture Management and IT Portfolio Management while ensuring Knowledge is retained as systems evolve. Adaptive is positioned in the Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

The Adaptive Metadata Manager product comprises a number of highly configurable software components that provide an organization with the eight core capabilities required to govern and improve virtually any data-driven business capability. These capabilities are: Data Lineage, Data Quality, Impact Analysis, Business Terminology, Business to Technical Traceability, Version Management, Change Approval Workflow, Stewardship, and Automated Harvesting & Stitching.

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Alation logoAlation Inc.

Alation Data Catalog

Alation is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, USA with major offices in London and India. The company was founded in late 2012 and is currently in late-stage venture funding with 10 investors. Alation has between 100 and 250 employees. Alation falls into the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

Alation offers a metadata catalog focused on supporting analytics. Its product features customizable dashboards and alerts for data stewards and non-technical business. “We believe that enterprise data catalogs are core to building a data culture. Data catalogs will fundamentally change the way data consumers, data creators, and decision-makers find, understand and trust data.”

Use cases for this solution include collaborative analytics, governance for insight, Hadoop search and discovery, Redshift search and discovery, and Tableau data catalog.

The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

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Alex logoALEX Solutions


Alex Solutions is a start-up company based in Melbourne, Australia. It was founded in January of 2016 and has approximately 65 employees at this writing. Despite its start-up status, ALEX Solutions finds itself in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

This cloud-based data governance solution is designed to support business and technical users. Its key features are structured and unstructured data scanners, profiling, data usage tracking, and simple value and impact ratings. The solution is able to automatically classify sensitive information and determine which users can access it based on their predefined roles. The product strategy is focused on establishing an enterprise data marketplace, a collaborative platform through which enterprise data can be managed and shared with stakeholders to leverage the business value of enterprise data assets.

Use cases for this solution include privacy, governance risk and compliance, risk portfolio simplification, data risk management, data governance and strategy, and asset simplification.

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ASG technologies logoASG Technologies

Enterprise Information Management Suite

Founded in 1986, the company is headquartered in Naples, Florida. The company has more than 1,000 employees.

ASG’s Enterprise Information Management portfolio of products help customers become Information Companies in this era of digital transformation. They manage a high volume of information, create understanding and trust, and deliver this information into processes and applications that are transforming businesses. The solution suite is in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

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BackOffice Associates logoBackOffice Associates

Data Stewardship Platform

This company was founded in 1996, but a majority stake was sold to Bridge Growth Partners in 2017. It is headquartered in Hyannis, Massachusetts with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. The company has approximately 1300 employees.

BackOffice Associates is an enterprise information data governance and data stewardship solution provider that supports the data management journey from migration, archival, data quality, and analytics to data governance and master data management. It provides data scanners, data profiling, data quality, and collaboration, and a basic but useful data valuation approach. Backoffice Associates is addressing new domains for data governance, including complex privacy governance as required by GDPR.

The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

In September 2018, BackOffice Associates was named to Big Data Quarterly’s 2018 Big Data 50. The list honors forward-thinking companies that are working to expand the possibilities in collecting, storing, protecting, and deriving value from data.

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Collibra logoCollibra Inc.

Collibra Data Governance Center

Collibra was founded in mid-2008 as a spin-off from STARLab at the VUB University of Brussels. It’s currently in late-stage venture funding including the Brussels Imagination, Innovation and Incubation Fund, Brustart (GIMB), and business angels. Collibra is headquartered in the greater New York City area. The company has local offices in North America and Europe, and via partners in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Collibra has between 251- and 500 employees. The solution is in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

A provider of data governance and catalog software, Collibra helps organizations across the world gain competitive advantage by maximizing the value of their data across the enterprise. The Collibra solution is purpose-built to address the gamut of data stewardship, governance, and management needs of the most complex, data-intensive industries. The flexible and configurable cloud-based or on-premises solution puts people and processes first – empowering every data citizen to find, understand and trust the data to unlock business value.

Among the many use cases are data lake management, data distribution (search/shop), and report certification. The solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

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DATUM logoDATUM LLC (an Infogix company)

DATUM Information Value Management

The company was founded in March of 2009. Its main contact office is outside Chicago, Illinois. There are between 51and 100 employees. Gartner places DATUM in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

DATUM offers a metrics-focused, SaaS-based platform for enterprise-wide “system of record” governance and digital transformation. The product integrates with existing data quality and MDM tools with data automation, workflow and metadata. It makes “data shopping” possible by making data assets findable, understandable and accessible through automated data discovery search.

Use cases include analytical insights, reporting and compliance, and operational excellence. The solution can be deployed on premise or used as a SaaS offering.

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erwin logoerwin Inc.

erwin DG

Parallax Capital did a leveraged buyout of the company in March 2016. erwin is headquartered in the greater New York City area and has between 101 and 250 employees. erwin has been named to CRN’s 2019 Big Data 100 list for Big Data management and integration, recognizing them as a ground-breaking technology supplier.

erwin DG is a SaaS product that uses a role-based UI. It provides an integrated business glossary, data dictionary and catalog. It integrates via a common metadata repository with Erwin data modeling, enterprise architecture and business processes. Among the use cases are regulatory compliance, analytics and Big Data, decision making, reputation management, and customer satisfaction.

erwin DG is a SaaS offering that is sold through a global partner network.

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Global data excellence logoGlobal Data Excellence

DEMS (Data Excellence Management System)

This privately owned company was founded in 2007. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has fewer than 50 employees.

This solution uses artificial intelligence and semantics to automate data governance, business excellence, and analytics. The company leverages advanced university research in semantic models and AI to automate numerous, currently painful manual tasks for data governance.

Global Data Excellence earned the excellence prize from the European Commission’s Horizon H2020 research and innovation Programme with the corresponding grant. DEMS scored 13.88 out of 15 whereas the excellence threshold is 13. DEMS is considered by the EU as an alternative future technology for the creation of a new society of excellence governed by value as a response to the Artificial Intelligence and governance technologies coming from the US.

The product can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

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Global IDs logoGlobal IDs

Data Governance Solution Suite (DGSS)

Founded in 2001, Global IDs is a privately funded company with between 100 and 250 employees. It is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey.

DGSS is a comprehensive suite of applications that allows organizations to govern their core data assets in a systematic way. In order to create a foundation for data governance, DGSS performs four core activities: Data Discovery, Data Profiling, Data Quality, Master Data Integration. Among the use cases are metadata governance, master data governance, reference data governance, and Big Data Governance.

Global IDs appears in the Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

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IBM Stewardship Center and Information Governance Catalog

This venerable company was founded in 1911 and is headquartered in Armonk, New York, with operations in over 170 countries. IBM has more than 366,000 employees worldwide.

This product offers a common data governance layer across standard and enterprise MDM server editions. It enables an organization to create diverse policies defined in natural business language. Stewardship Center provides data stewards, data steward managers, and data source owners with a central browser-based interface where they can collaborate on and manage data quality issues. Information Governance Catalog (IGC) is a web-based tool that enables exploring, understanding and analyzing information. This solution can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

IBM appears in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

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Informatica logoInformatica

Axon Data Governance

Informatica was founded in February 1993 and is headquartered in Redwood City, CA, with offices around the world. The company has more than 3600 employees. Informatica appears in the Leaders quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions as well as in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools.

This product is the collaboration hub for successful data governance programs. It uses the power of AI and machine learning to automate today’s most challenging data governance tasks: finding data, measuring its quality, and locating the right people to help govern it. Data stewards everywhere have access to trusted data and the ability to access it, act on it, and implement governance processes. The product can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

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TIBCO logoTIBCO Software (formerly Orchestra Networks)


Orchestra Networks was founded in 2000 and acquired by TIBCO Software in December 2018.

TIBCO/Orchestra Networks offers an integrated master data management/master data governance/reference data management product. EBX lets users manage, govern and share any and all data assets, including master data, reference data and meta data, because effective data management often requires more than a point solution. It features linkages between conceptual and physical data; has standalone data governance or can be integrated with Master Data Management. It can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud.

For the third consecutive time, Gartner has named TIBCO EBX a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management Solutions.

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SAP Master Data Governance

SAP was founded in June 1972. The company is headquartered in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, Germany with regional offices in 180 countries. It has nearly 90,000 employees worldwide.

This product offers ready-to-use governance applications integrated with SAP ERP. It has a predefined and extensible data model; prebuilt and flexible workflows; and multi-mode data replications. It is listed in the Visionaries quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions.

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Utopia Global logoUtopia Global Inc.


This privately-owned company was founded in 2003. It is headquartered in the Greater Chicago area and has approximately 400 employees.

As SAP’s worldwide software partner for master data governance, Utopia is the exclusive developer of solution extensions for SAP Master Data Governance focused on enterprise asset management, retail and fashion. The company’s solutions help organizations migrate to SAP S/4HANA® leveraging MDG as the bridge, and maintain data integrity between digital twins, across multiple systems of record.


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