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Critical Capabilities for Metadata Management Solutions

Published: 23 November 2020


The metadata management market made a dramatic shift beginning in 2020, and its primary focus is now active metadata. This research helps data and analytics leaders to evaluate the capabilities of 17 vendors’ products across four use cases.

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  • Critical Capabilities Use-Case Graphics
  • Vendors
    • Adaptive
    • Alation
    • Alex Solutions
    • ASG
    • Collibra
    • Data Advantage Group
    • erwin
    • IBM
    • Infogix
    • Informatica
    • Oracle
    • SAP
    • Semantic Web Company
    • Smartlogic
    • Solidatus
    • Syniti
  • Context
  • Product/Service Class Definition
  • Critical Capabilities Definition
    • User Experience
    • Data Inventory
    • Data Enrichment
    • Data Lineage and Impact Analysis
    • Business Semantics
    • Business Rules
    • Workflow Management
    • Metadata Exchange
    • Applied Data Valuation
    • Support for Security and Privacy
    • Complex Deployments
    • Active Metadata Management
  • Use Cases
    • Data Governance
    • Data Risk and Compliance
    • Data Analysis
    • Data Value
  • Enhancements to This Evaluation
  • Critical Capabilities Rating


Key Findings
  • The market is being disrupted by demand for significantly higher levels of AI and machine learning in data management, active metadata discovery and analysis.

  • The demand for a significantly broader spectrum of metadata is challenging market delivery. The old approach of utilizing static or “passive” metadata in reports, lists of data assets and impact analysis is considered a minimum.

  • A small number of metadata management solutions have begun to adapt to data integration and data management across hybrid cloud, multicloud and intercloud — and some newer vendors are also emerging.

  • Metadata integration and federation are being pursued as a distributed solution.

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Critical Capabilities: A deeper look into provider offerings

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As a companion to the Magic Quadrant™, a Critical Capabilities report scores competing products and services against a set of meaningful differentiators. It reveals which options are the best fit in various use cases to help you focus on the vendors best suited to your needs.

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