I have been hearing some buzz about Collibra’s data governance software over the past year or so. The chatter came from sales reps, clients and analysts. I’ve also run into the Collibra folks at different conferences. So I decided to do a bit of research on the company. They are VC-backed and based out of Belgium but with operations in the U.S. and Northern Europe. I had a couple of meetings with Stijn Christiaens, COO and Co-Founder, and Benny Verhaeghe, Director Sales & Marketing. Stijn just did a couple of demonstrations of their software.
I must say that I really like it. The software does a really nice job of what it is meant to do. It has a nice, intuitive interface and provides a workflow to manage business terms and data governance policies. It also lets an administrator set up roles within the organization such as the data governance council and data stewards. The whole area of information policy management is underserved by existing software vendors, and Collibra makes some strides in this regard.
Of course, Collibra does not try to become a full-fledged data governance platform. The tool does not yet offer support for technical metadata, data profiling, data quality or master data management. But it is a nice entry-level tool for organizations who want to get started with data governance.