Data governance tools organize all the data in an organization into an organized catalog that is easy to navigate. Anyone with the right rights can access and collaborate in minutes. They also automatize certain tasks which can increase productivity and free up time of data teams to focus on more complex issues. They increase data literacy and understanding throughout the organization by providing users with access to trusted quality, reliable data.

Hevo’s Data Governance Tool offers a complete set of data management features, including metadata, a catalog of data, management, and data lineage. It also provides a platform to define the business glossary standard, data assets, PII as well as other information standards that can be automated organized using advanced algorithms. The product is a cloud-based and on-prem option that supports an federated governance system in which one central system governs core master data attributes and application-specific attributes are handled by distinct governance systems in business units and departments.

Alation is another vendor that offers a comprehensive set of data governance features in its data catalog. Its core technology is able to scan databases, data lakes and data warehouses for metadata, and employs automated analysis to detect and classify different types of data. Its data stewardship software lets users create policies that assign roles, and includes an analytics engine which can provide trends in data usage. Alation has a variety of customers which include GlaxoSmithKline as well as the Singapore Tourism Board, Air France, NASDAQ and Autozone.

Another alternative is erwin, which is a data governance tool that integrates with other functions in a unified software suite. It links physical metadata with specific business terms, allowing users to locate and collect relevant data, analyze the lineage of data and audit it for compliance purposes. It also lets organizations apply version controls to data quality standards and governance rules and monitor changes to metadata via its Data Jumpstart service.