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GigaOm Radar for Data Governance Solutions v1.0

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Key Criteria Comparison
  3. GigaOm Radar
  4. Vendor Insights
  5. Analyst’s Take
  6. About Andrew Brust

Summary

In the era of digital transformation, organizations employ analytics to gain and maintain a competitive edge by constantly improving the value of the insights they derive from data. To achieve this strategic objective, it’s not enough to simply implement high-powered analytics software. IT leadership must “evangelize” data throughout the organization, transforming their institutional culture into one that is data-driven. In such an organization, data informs decision-making—and becomes a familiar, trusted concept—for personnel at all levels of the company.

At the same time, organizations find themselves striving for another strategic objective: establishing an effective framework for protecting their data. Pressure to do so has been brought on by the passing of global privacy regulations such as GDPR and CCPA, the additional scrutiny of and heightened awareness around the management of user data stemming from recent high-profile data breaches, and the sudden proliferation of online transactions resulting from the pandemic and the spike in user data generated by them.

Data governance has catapulted to prominence as the key for organizations trying to balance these two seemingly contradictory strategic objectives. Many platforms and solutions have been developed to assist organizations with modernizing their approach to data governance.

As data governance platforms rise in importance within an organization’s data management strategy, the act of selecting one requires careful deliberation. It can be difficult to wade through the sea of options, as many products describing themselves as “data governance” solutions do not necessarily provide the core functionalities described here. At the same time, other platforms that do provide robust data governance features are not marketed as such. This report can help you navigate these murky waters, informing you in the process and guiding you to the platform that best suits your needs.

This GigaOm Radar report builds on insight provided in the Key Criteria Report for Data Governance Solutions. That report establishes a decision framework for IT leaders assessing governance solutions, describing the decision criteria for evaluating the different vendor offerings: the table stakes common to virtually all the offerings in the report, the key criteria that differentiate offerings in the space, and the evaluation metrics that describe high-level characteristics that determine the impact a particular solution can have on your organization. We round out the decision criteria description with a discussion of the technologies emerging in the landscape, which represent a preview of where the industry will likely be headed in the future.

In this Radar report, we apply informed, technical insight to these criteria to assess and score the value that available solutions can have to the organization.

How to Read this Report

This GigaOm report is one of a series of documents that helps IT organizations assess competing solutions in the context of well-defined features and criteria. For a fuller understanding consider reviewing the following reports:

Key Criteria report: A detailed market sector analysis that assesses the impact that key product features and criteria have on top-line solution characteristics—such as scalability, performance, and TCO—that drive purchase decisions.

GigaOm Radar report: A forward-looking analysis that plots the relative value and progression of vendor solutions along multiple axes based on strategy and execution. The Radar report includes a breakdown of each vendor’s offering in the sector.

Solution Profile: An in-depth vendor analysis that builds on the framework developed in the Key Criteria and Radar reports to assess a company’s engagement within a technology sector. This analysis includes forward-looking guidance around both strategy and product.

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