Our Top Picks

Synercon’s contender in the space is a.k.a., an application available as an on-premises Windows installation or a cloud subscription. The company has more than 20 years of experience and has designed this tool to be flexible and adaptable.

a.k.a’s coverage of the recommended features is extensive, and it also offers data discovery and data mapping capabilities. Integrations can be completed via APIs, but data can also be exported as XML, RDF, CSV, or TXT files.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
Founded in 2012, Alation’s data governance solution, the Enterprise Data Catalog, is built on a blend of machine learning and human analysis.

The cloud-based program supports SQL queries as well as natural language searches, allowing a broader base of users to access data. Simultaneously, access control and policy management modules can limit usage to appropriate users and purposes. Pre-built connections include Tableau, Google Big Query, and Power BI, and additional ones can be completed using Alation’s Open Connector SDK.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    No
  • Deletion Management
    No
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Alfresco Content Services
Alfresco operates globally with an open-source software model. Its Content Services solution provides content management functionality and services for not only data governance but also document management, collaboration, and intelligence and analytics.

The program can be deployed locally or in the cloud and offers mobile apps for iOS and Android devices. The application is one of only a handful on the list that has a Mac installation option. Coverage of must-have features is robust, and assistance is available 24/7.

Summary

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Alfresco Content Services
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    No
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Cloudera Navigator
Cloudera’s business focuses on digital transformations for large enterprises. Its Navigator tool is designed specifically to work with Apache Hadoop and can be accessed via the cloud.

The software covers the bases with critical elements such as access control and policy management but also includes extras like metadata management and continuous data optimization. Integration partners include Cask, Precisely, and Trifacta. Customer support options include online resources like tutorials and a user community, as well as 24/7 live reps.

Summary

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Cloudera Navigator
  • Starting Price
    • CDP Public Cloud
    • Machine Learning: $0.17/CCU/Hour
    • Data Warehouse: $0.09/CCU/Hour
    • Data Engineering: $0.07/CCU/Hour
    • Data Hub: $0.06/CCU/Hour
    • CDP Private Cloud
    • Base Edition: $10,000/node + variable1/Annual
    • Plus Edition: $400/CCU + $25/TB/Annual
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Does not offer a Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Collibra
Founded in 2008, Collibra creates data intelligence software that helps companies make sense of their data so it can be used in the most strategically effective ways. The firm’s Data Governance product targets data quality, collaboration, and management.

The application makes a strong showing in terms of essential components and includes additional functionality like data mapping. Clients can opt for cloud deployment or on-premises Mac or Windows installation.

Summary

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Collibra
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
With more than 10 years of experience, Egnyte is a private company offering a single platform content management solution. The program is deployed in the cloud, but users can also work on their desktops off-line (Mac or Windows) or their smartphones (Android or iOS).

The tool includes key pieces, including access control, deletion management, and policy management. Integration possibilities are wide-ranging and include pre-built integrations with Microsoft 365, G Suite, and Salesforce, while APIs are available for additional connections.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Team: $10/month/employee
    • Business: $20/month/employee
    • Enterprise: Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    15-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    No
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
ERStudio
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ER/Studio Data Architect, developed by IDERA, focuses on the design and management of data models that impact the effectiveness of a company’s systems network as well as its data-related activities.

The product has most of the recommended components and also offers reporting. The software is only available as an on-premises Windows installation, and support is accessible by phone during business hours or via self-help resources online.

Summary

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ER/Studio
  • Starting Price
    • Per User:
    • $1,470.40
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    No
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No
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IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer
A well-known name in the IT space with a storied history, IBM’s entrant, InfoSphere Information Analyzer, examines data for weaknesses or inconsistencies from a quality and/or structural standpoint. This allows for proactive fixes, preventing data issues from arising in downstream systems.

Capabilities include essential functions, such as access control, policy management, and deletion management. Data discovery and data-mapping are bonus elements, and analysts can leverage detailed reporting to help them identify potential data management issues.

Summary

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IBM InfoSphere Information Analyzer
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Informatica Cloud Data Quality
Informatica has been supporting enterprises since 1993 with its data management applications. As its name suggests, the firm’s Cloud Data Quality product is centered around data quality and uses automation and pre-built rules to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the quality management process.

The tool is available in the cloud and is outfitted with a comprehensive selection of features. Support resources include facilitated training as well as self-directed a la carte classes.

Summary

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Informatica Cloud Data Quality
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Information Value Management
Information Value Management is a software tool from Infogix that provides data governance, cataloging, and metadata management functionality. One of the distinguishing features of this platform is its data scoring function, which correlates data to business goals.

The application performs well in terms of capabilities and also offers reporting and data discovery. Both Mac and Windows installations are available, as is a cloud deployment. Customers can contact the company by phone for assistance during business hours.

Summary

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Information Value Management
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Magnitude Kalido MDM
Magnitude aims to create software that leverages data to enhance business intelligence and strategy. Kalido MDM is the firm’s data management software solution. It’s designed to improve enterprise-wide data integration and increase business user participation throughout the data life cycle.

Data discovery and data mapping components are offered, as is reporting. Integrations with partner tools can be completed using the firm’s API toolkit. Support for users of the cloud-based application is available by phone during business hours and online.

Summary

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Magnitude Kalido MDM
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    No
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No
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Netwrix Auditor
Since 2006, Netwrix’s core business has been providing software to enhance data protection and security practices. The Netwrix Auditor platform is focused on IT auditing practices and processes as well as identifying gaps and risks within these areas.

Administrators can create alerts with automated follow-up actions to address flagged issues. The solution’s reporting includes documents structured to align with specific industry and compliance regulations, such as GDPR and HIPAA.

Summary

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Netwrix Auditor
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    No
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No
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SAP Master Data Governance
SAP has a significant footprint in the IT industry and offers a suite of products that stretches across a variety of technology domains. The company’s Master Data Governance application supplies users with a single interaction point for managing master data.

The tool achieves top marks for functionality, covering the key criteria listed above. SAP has also included out-of-the-box components, such as data models and workflows, that allow customers to get up and running in a shorter amount of time. Online resources include a help portal, training, and community Q&As.

Summary

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SAP Master Data Governance
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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SAS Visual Analytics
With more than 40 years in the analytics space, SAS offers a broad array of software focused on analytics. The Visual Analytics product provides a flexible and visually compelling user experience with a number of self-service items, as well as interactive analytics and business intelligence features.

The product comes well-equipped with core elements, and reporting is augmented with advanced visualization methods and guided analysis. Its customer support runs the gamut from online resources to 24/7 assistance. A mobile app is available on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 platforms.

Summary

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SAS Visual Analytics
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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StealthAUDIT Platform
The StealthAUDIT Management Platform comes from Stealthbits Technologies, a cybersecurity software specialist. Its products are designed to be flexible while providing top-tier protection.

Functionality includes all the critical pieces highlighted above as well as automated processes for data collection and analysis. Connections to partner tools include SQL, VMware, Tableau, and Power BI. StealthAUDIT is available in the cloud, and clients needing help can reach out to the company by phone during business hours or take advantage of online resources.

Summary

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StealthAUDIT Platform
  • Starting Price
    • $10.00/one-time-payment/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Symantec Data Loss Prevention
In 2019, Broadcom acquired Symantec. They’ve been in the IT infrastructure business for more than 50 years. As the name of the product suggests, the focus of the tool is securing a company’s data.

The package includes functionalities to minimize the chances of inappropriate data access, such as real-time blocking and alerts. Automated actions to quickly and efficiently counter data loss are also incorporated, as are other important features such as access control and integrations.

Summary

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Symantec Data Loss Prevention
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    No
  • Deletion Management
    No
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Talend Data Fabric
Founded in 2005, Talend created its Data Fabric tool to provide users with a single entry point to learn about the quality, uses, and governance of their firm’s data.

The Talend Trust Score is a distinctive component and was introduced to give customers immediate insight into the health of their data. APIs and microservices can be used to connect to partner programs. Live rep support is available 24/7, and deployment can be done via the cloud or a local Mac or Windows installation.

Summary

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Talend Data Fabric
  • Starting Price
    • Free Version Available
    • Stitch Data Loader: $100-$1,000/month/user
    • Talend Cloud Data: $1,170/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    Yes
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Triniti Master Data Management
Triniti Corporation is a consulting firm that works mainly with Oracle’s E-Business Suite clients. In addition to data management, Triniti offers software products for use in application testing, project management, and business intelligence.

Master Data Management has been designed with Oracle E-Business Suite and Salesforce partner products in mind but can be used to model data for other software systems as well. The tool offers access control, data mapping, and integrations. Users can also create workflows and approval processes specific to their needs.

Summary

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Triniti Master Data Management
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No
Developed by InfraSight Labs, vScope is designed to help firms manage their IT assets. The platform consists of three products: Inventory and Reporting, Service Mapping, and Billing and Chargeback.

vScope pulls together data from the various applications used across a business. Existing integrations include Adobe, MySQL, Docker, Microsoft 365, and Google Workspace. Support options are extensive, and deployment can be done via the cloud or on-premises Windows installation.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Access Control
    Yes
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No
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WebAssurance
ObservePoint, the creator of WebAssurance, is focused on the analytics testing and governance aspects of data collected via websites. WebAssurance verifies that the tools used on websites to compile visitor or customer data work properly.

Users can set up alerts to flag data collection issues and automate audits of commonly used website pathways or customer journeys. Other features include data mapping, integrations, and reporting. Support is available by phone during business hours, and the application is available in the cloud.

Summary

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WebAssurance
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
  • Access Control
    No
  • Data Discovery
    Yes
  • Data Mapping
    Yes
  • Deletion Management
    No

How We Chose the Best Data Governance Software

Digital data is easily exchanged, often with just the click of a mouse. How do organizations make the most of the information they collect while also keeping it secure? Data governance software helps businesses better manage, monitor, and leverage the inputs received.

While many options exist, each with its own areas of specialization, we looked at three key components when compiling this top 20 list: features, integrations, and reports. 

Features

The best data governance solutions should have a good selection of features. Access control, for example, allows management to restrict who can access what data. Other valuable functions include policy management and deletion management. 

Integrations

Whenever we have data, one of the most important considerations is how it can best be put to use. The efficient transfer of data between systems can save significant time and money, so pre-built integrations with popular partner applications are always a big plus. 

Reports

First-rate governance models are never static. Instead, they should be consistently reviewed, reassessed, and/or updated. The availability of detailed reporting can support users in their efforts to improve data governance practices.