Data Governance With Alation And Snowflake

This pattern provides guidance on how to enable data governance using Alation and a Snowflake data warehouse.

Alation automatically crawls Snowflake databases and catalogs all technical metadata as well as query logs. It then uses machine learning to produce behavioral analytics such as classifications, popularity scores, top users, data profiling, and glossary terms. In addition, it allows users to crowd-source business descriptions, naming and other descriptive attributes. In addition to cataloging Snowflake, Alation also catalogs BI reports and dashboards

that are dependent on Snowflake. Governance policies such as security, sensitivity, privacy, and access are maintained in a policy management repository and are associated by stewards to Snowflake cataloged assets in order to inform and enforce how the data is used. Alation also supports data quality scores and certifications.

Data Governance With Alation And Snowflake