Data governance tools can organize the entire data of an organization into an easy-to-use catalog to navigate. Anyone with the proper rights can view and collaborate within minutes. They automatize certain tasks that improve productivity and allows teams working on data to focus their time on more difficult issues. They improve the level of understanding and data literacy throughout the organization by offering the ability to access self-service quality, reliable data.

Hevo’s Data Governance Tool offers a extensive set of data management features, such as metadata management, a data catalogue management, and data lineage. It also provides the ability to define the standard business glossary, data assets, PII and other information standards that can be automatically managed using sophisticated algorithms. It is a cloud-based and on-prem option that supports a federated governance framework where a single system regulates the main master data attributes, while application-specific attributes are managed by separate governance systems within departments and business units.

Alation is another vendor that offers a comprehensive set of data governance features in its data catalog. Its core technology is able to scan databases, data lakes and data warehouses for metadata and makes use of automated analysis to determine and categorize different types of data. Its data stewardship software allows users to create policies, assign roles and has an analytics engine which can reveal patterns in the use of data. Alation has a broad range of clients including GlaxoSmithKline and the Singapore Tourism Board, Air France, NASDAQ and Autozone.

Erwin is a different option, that combines data management and other functions into an integrated software suite. It connects physical metadata with specific business terms, allowing users to find relevant information and collect it. It also permits them to assess the lineage and audit the data sets to ensure the data is in compliance. It also enables organizations to apply version control to data quality standards and governance rules and keep track of changes to metadata using its Data Jumpstart service.