Your evaluation guide to navigating
the top data catalogs
As modern data stacks become more complex, managing data has become progressively challenging. The existence of numerous disconnected data sources makes it difficult for data teams to maintain data lineage, metadata, and other significant information. However, data catalogs are traditionally cumbersome resulting in poor adoption. Modern data teams need more than what a traditional data catalog can do in order to address these challenges. The movement towards data enablement is the solution by offering an automated and centralized repository for data discovery, documentation, and governance.
Secoda is the only data enablement platform to have a version controlled, publishing system as well as AI powered semantic search to truly make data discovery as easy as using Google search.
We’ll compare Secoda to Collibra against six key criteria that modern data teams should be considering during their data catalog evaluation process:
Data discovery and documentation can be time-consuming tasks that can slow down your workflow. This is why having an efficient data catalog that automates documentation and lineage is essential to streamline these processes.
Secoda helps you reduce the amount of time spent on data discovery and documentation. It automatically visualizes data lineage from all data sources in your data stack, providing a clear and concise view of how your data flows. The automatic visualization of lineage, customizable interface, and granular view of data connectivity make it a fit for any high performing data team.
With Secoda, you also have the flexibility to add manual lineage nodes through a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. This allows you to customize your data lineage views and ensure that your data documentation is accurate and up-to-date. Secoda's lineage feature works on both column and table levels, providing a granular view of how your data is interconnected. This can be especially helpful for troubleshooting and identifying data quality issues.
Secoda also provides notifications for changes to owners downstream via Slack. This ensures that all stakeholders are informed of any updates or changes to the data lineage, allowing for better collaboration and communication among teams.
Collibra is a legacy enterprise data catalog. Founded in 2008, it was built to support on-premise data stacks and is not optimized for the modern data stack. This is largely visible in the lack of automation that modern data teams come to expect. Especially with the lack of automatic metadata ingestion, Collibra requires a significant amount of manual updating which negatively affects the likelihood of adoption.
The effectiveness of a data catalog in resolving the challenge of locating data hinges on its search capability. Secoda sets itself apart from Collibra by leveraging its powerful semantic search feature, powered by LLM, to provide more precise and relevant search results. This advanced search functionality enables users to ask any question related to their data and receive a contextual answer that accurately addresses their query.
For instance, if a user searches for "What resources are used to calculate revenue", Secoda's semantic search engine can provide relevant resources that address such ambiguous queries. This robust search feature makes it easier for users to locate the exact data they need, increasing efficiency and productivity.
Collibra was designed to be used only by data engineers and requires technical expertise to deploy, configure, and maintain. It was not designed for non-technical users in mind which can be overwhelming for stakeholders and even other members of the data team.
As a data enablement platform, Secoda was built for data teams but designed to be used by anyone across the organization.
Secoda is the only solution with a reviewer process and version control to maintain governance over documentation. It integrates with git so data teams can benefit from the same efficiencies as modern software development teams.
Secoda also allows data teams automatically identify and tag PII to streamline data governance workflows and save countless hours of time.
Collibra lacks automation as well as the ability to create granular role based permissions. Collibra also lacks version control.
Secoda is built on modern infrastructure and integrates with both modern and legacy data stacks. New features are released on a weekly basis and are supported with on-demand training if required. Secoda employs an open feedback structure where we listen closely to the needs and requests of our customers. This is a product built for data professionals so they can enable teams across their organizations with data.
It is crucial to consider software maintenance and innovation when selecting a modern data catalog. Legacy software may require higher maintenance costs and have a slower release cycle compared to modern data catalogs.
Secoda has weekly feature releases to continuously improve the platform and utilizes modern technology stacks, making more it flexible and easier to integrate with other tools and services.
Data catalog adoption, as well as data products in general, heavily relies on their customizability. If a data catalog is incompatible with existing workflows, it will likely be refused. The ideal data catalog should complement workflows instead of disrupting them.
Secoda provides a high level of customizability, such as allowing granular user permissions and enabling the use of the API to create customized integrations. Additionally, Secoda allows data teams to create personalized alerts, notifying stakeholders whenever a change affects downstream assets. This flexibility makes Secoda an optimal choice for data teams seeking to integrate a data catalog that accommodates their unique needs and workflows.
Although Collibra allows organizations to create customizable workflows, this requires a high amount of engineering time and resources.
Collibra is an expensive enterprise solution which can make it too expensive and not suited for teams looking to move quickly. It is magnitudes more expensive than Secoda for less functionality.
It’s easy to get started right away with Secoda without talking to a salesperson - something Collibra is unable to offer. The intuitive user experience is designed to quickly onboard new users and get them familiar with the platform. Our success is your success. Secoda users have access to live support and training - an expensive add-on feature that Collibra only provides at their Enterprise tier.
The choice of a data catalog tool is an important one, so it’s good to have all the right information. Secoda provides quite a few features that Collibra and other competitors don’t offer. Here are some ways Secoda sets itself apart:
As you scale up, competitors like Collibra will charge you for more users, whereas Secoda gives you unlimited users and guests from the start. Secoda can always scale with your team at no additional cost.
Secoda is easy to set up and doesn’t require coding. You can start using Secoda in minutes, allowing your workflows to remain uninterrupted while providing you with the incredible benefits of a data catalog tool.
Secoda makes it easy to collaborate and share data with third parties using customer links and invitations.
Share the data you need to make available to customers. Secoda makes it easy to send links and invitations to stakeholders, customers, and other third parties.
Secoda provides in-depth workspace analytics for your data. Help your team learn more about your data with these features.
Integrate Secoda with Git, and use version control to merge or roll back changes as needed.
Secoda makes data highly accessible, providing superior data Q&A and data request features compared to the competition. Your team will be more empowered to use company data than ever before.
Secoda is designed to be collaborative, providing flexible Notion-like docs for updates and documentation. Secoda makes sure everyone is on the same page.
hen you sign up for our Business and Enterprise platform, you can access our API and see docs, collections, lineage, dictionary, catalog, and questions.
Secoda is built to make data more accessible to business users and data teams alike. Using our platform, any member of your team can search, discover, and understand data. Best of all, they can do it all from one platform. This empowers data-driven decisions, rids your business of data silos, and increases overall data literacy in your business.
Data and knowledge are power in the modern business era. Make sure your team doesn’t have any obstacles when it comes to using that data.
We’ve designed Secoda to be a holistic platform. Using Secoda allows for collaboration, document updates, and increased data knowledge between different teams. Some platforms are more focused on the technical side of data.
While Secoda offers these features, we offer much more to make data and collaboration more intuitive and accessible for even non-technical users.Secoda also makes external collaboration simpler, allowing you to share data with customers, stakeholders, and other third parties.
Secoda makes it as simple as possible to search company data. It’s right in our name. Anyone in your company can search for data to find the answers they need, without running into errors or inconsistencies.
When data is easily searchable, this also reduces the burden on your data team, preventing them from getting bogged down with requests. This also makes other team members less dependent on the data team, allowing them to make data-driven decisions on their own.
Secoda is the easiest data catalog platform to set up out of all our competitors. You can easily sign up, connect the integrations you need, and start using Secoda in just minutes. Secoda is also ready to use out of the box, but you can tailor and customize it to better fit your workflows too.In addition to being easy to set up, Secoda’s pricing is simple too.
There’s no need to pay for extra viewers. Get unlimited viewers from the start and scale up with Secoda without having to worry about a price hike.
Here are some of the key benefits of using Secoda:Our name means “search company data,” and it’s easy to understand why when you use our tool. No tool is more intuitive for making data searchable, accessible, and easier to understand.Our platform doesn’t just focus on technical metadata. It’s a holistic platform that supports collaboration, data discovery, and much more.Secoda is easy to integrate with your other tools.Secoda is extremely easy to set up and allows for unlimited viewers.
Secoda offers many features and benefits that Collibra doesn’t. When you choose Secoda, you’ll get unlimited viewers, version control with Git, better data Q& and data requests, and much more. Here are some other ways that Secoda differs from Collibra:
Simple code, no set up - Secoda is extremely easy to set up in just minutes.Customer links and invitations - Secoda lets you easily share data with customer links.Workspace analytics - Get in-depth data analytics with Secoda.Flexible, Notion-like docs - Secoda provides flexible docs to make collaboration easy.Confluence / Jira integrations - Integrate your most important tools with Secoda.API access - Get access to the Secoda API.
Secoda is the superior data catalog platform when compared to competitors like Collibra. Secoda is more scalable, easier to set up, and has better overall data features. In short, Secoda offers more features and benefits than the alternatives
Secoda does not pull in your data. Instead, Secoda pulls in metadata about your data. For a majority of the integrations connected to Secoda, this means Secoda pulls in resource names, popularity, lineage, queries, descriptions and frequent usage. For more information about our integration, you can visit our integration docs.