The business value of an enterprise data catalog is well understood. And in this environment, you need to take swift, decisive action to keep your data strategy on track and stay ahead of the competition. Other catalog vendors talk about the virtues of metadata management and governance, but a data catalog should offer more than inventory, tagging, and visibility. The best data catalogs are core to a company’s growth strategy as well. This is where the data.world cloud data catalog sets the pace.

Why choose a cloud data catalog?

Ease of Evaluation

Your employees are remote, and every minute your company isn’t collecting, prepping, analyzing, discussing, and sharing data and analysis costs you revenue. You don’t have time to wait on multi-week or even multi-month evaluations. Unfortunately, that’s the norm in the data catalog space. 

data.world simplifies this process with the only free trial of an enterprise data catalog. Just sign in, create an org, connect to a data source, and start cataloging in mere minutes. And we don’t hide our pricing plans either. You can find detailed pricing information on our site to help you make an informed decision about OPEX without painful and lengthy negotiations.

In a Gartner report, titled, “Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak: Short- and Long-Term Actions for CIOs,” the research firm recommends that data leaders find vendors and test solutions quickly, with preference being paid to SaaS offerings and priority given to solutions that are easy to implement.

Consider how much it will cost to run a months-long evaluation followed by an onsite install and protracted catalog rollout. In this environment, that could mean millions in lost productivity. Meanwhile, your competition is adapting its business model to the new normal mode of operations.

Time-to-Value

data.world is the only SaaS cloud-native catalog. That means we’re far faster to deploy and easier to maintain than competing offerings. One of our clients literally set up their data catalog and rolled it out in under ten minutes. Our agile development process allows us to quickly respond to customer needs and push out updates, often multiple times a day. 

Traditional on-premises software, however, can take several months to provision, install, and deploy. It may require engineers to make onsite visits which is a non-starter during this pandemic. And maintenance and upgrades can force you to take the catalog completely offline. When your business relies on fast access to data and analysis, any downtime is unacceptable. 

Our data virtualization and federation technologies are unique to data catalogs. Only data.world allows people to access and query data from multiple sources—on-prem or in the cloud—without copying or moving data. This opens up a world of opportunity for analysts and data scientists to ask questions and solve complex problems using multiple sources—all from one platform.  

“It could take a week or more to get the information I needed, but now I just load data directly into data.world, perform the needed analysis, and export my reports without needing to worry about workarounds to get things done quickly.”
-Erin Defossé, Chief Strategy Officer, Aceable

The only data catalog for business users

data.world is for everyone— not just the “data people.” But you can’t get anyone to rally behind data they can’t access or don’t understand with a platform that’s difficult to use. One customer remarked that “data.world is the only catalog I can put in front of business users.”

Think of the tools you use every day to communicate, shop, and find things online. That ease and familiarity is a critical part of our platform. For example, you can collaborate with colleagues over data and analysis in the same way you use Slack for business conversations. You can find and request access to datasets in a similar way to how you shop on Amazon. And our platform incorporates Google-like natural language search that—like Google—is powered by a knowledge graph

We recognize that not everyone in your company is a data steward or SQL jockey, but our platform is designed to ensure anyone can be data empowered. And the stronger your internal data community is today, the better off your company will be when the recovery begins.