Data gets all the headlines as it is collected and compiled, recorded and reorganized, and assessed for business value. But it’s the associated metadata that breathes life and utility into data with context and meaning. That’s why enterprises invest in metadata management strategies—a market that is expected to reach a massive $9.34 billion USD by 2023

Helping to guide its clients, Gartner just released its 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Metadata Management Solutions, which features data.world’s cloud data catalog and virtualization platform. For us, this inclusion is even sweeter knowing that one of the key criteria is customer feedback. (See Gartner Peer Insights to read the reviews.)

According to Gartner, “metadata supports understanding of an organization’s data assets, how those data assets are used, and their business value. Metadata management initiatives deliver business benefits such as improved compliance and corporate governance, better risk management, better shareability and reuse, and better assessments of the impact of change within an enterprise, while creating opportunities and guarding against threats.”

Get the report

You can download the full Gartner report at this link. And we encourage Gartner clients to use the dynamic Magic Quadrant tool to customize the output based on your actual business needs. In particular, notice how the dots move on the interactive MQ when you focus on product innovation, services, and business model. 

“Data catalogs should be central to your data and metadata strategy,” says Doug Laney, author of the best-seller, Infonomics, and Principal Data Strategist with Caserta. “Just as a retailer needs an inventory of what’s on its shelves, and a CFO needs a chart of accounts, organizations that want to thrive in the Information Age need a robust inventory of their data assets.”

In the Magic Quadrant report, Gartner cites three areas of strength for data.world, including ease-of-use, SaaS delivery, and knowledge graphs. Below is a bit more detail on these areas. 

Ease of use and collaboration

If you want people to do something, make it easy. And that’s exactly what we did. Our unique user interface, which resembles a social app, makes it simple for anyone to discover relevant data or search and query data across multiple sources including cloud data warehouses, object stores, even CSV files. The accessibility and familiarity of the application often creates a network effect that results in data sharing and collaboration across teams and organizations within an enterprise. We’ve proven this consumer-driven experience at scale with our open community data catalog and in many of our largest customers.

Cloud-native platform

Speaking of easy, data.world is a true multi-tenant SaaS platform. That means no lengthy software installs or painful upgrades. No hardware constraints. Just login and work on data anywhere it lives—cloud, on-prem, or hybrid—and scale up to thousands of users in no time.   

Knowledge graphs and semantics

Most metadata management solutions are powered by a relational database. data.world presents its catalog via a knowledge graph. Knowledge graphs trace the connections and relationships across your data, teams, and processes providing your entire organization with consistent definitions and formats. And the more you and your teams interact with the graph technology, the smarter the catalog gets. 

For more information on choosing the right data catalog, please check out our blog on augmented data catalogs.