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Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from solutions capable of indexing said data autonomously. In fact, according to Gartner, companies that adopt a curated data catalog will realize roughly twice the business value from their analytics investments in the next year compared to those that don’t. That’s why firms like Alation aren’t wanting for attention these days. The Redw... Full story

18 January