New Collibra and Snowflake integration improves data governance

Collibra has launched Collibra Protect for Snowflake, a new tool designed to empower business users to control access to data and protect sensitive information while ensuring they can work quickly and efficiently to make data-driven decisions.

The data governance tool, which is still in beta, was unveiled on June 15 at Snowflake Summit 2022, the cloud data platform provider’s user conference.

Collibra, founded in 2008 and based in New York, is a cloud-based data management provider whose Data Intelligence Cloud is a comprehensive data management platform that enables customers to automate their data preparation process. Key features of its toolkit are data scoring, which measures data quality, and data governance capabilities that enable users to comply with regulations.

Peers include fellow data management vendors Alation and Informatica, among others.

Snowflake, meanwhile, was founded in 2012 and is based in Bozeman, Mt. Its cloud data warehouse allows customers to access and use their data.

Competitors include cloud computing giants such as AWS, Google and Microsoft. Snowflake’s 2020 initial public offering set the record for the most profitable IPO ever by a technology provider.

In January 2022, Snowflake Ventures, the venture capital division of Snowflake, invested in Collibra. The release of Collibra Protect for Snowflake marks the first tool the two vendors have developed together as a result of the investment.

New Abilities

According to a PwC reportmore than 90% of consumers want companies to be more proactive in protecting their personal data.

Collibra Protect for Snowflake is designed for this, while enabling self-service users to work confidently with data. With Collibra Protect, joint customers of both vendors will be able to use Collibra’s no-code interface to create policies that hide their organization’s sensitive data, then apply those policies to ensure the data is protected in Snowflake.

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Additionally, with the new tool, Collibra will provide organizations with insights into their data so that those organizations can know what bespoke policies need to be put in place to protect personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data.

One of the main problems that has arisen when organizations have migrated their data to the cloud is identifying their PII and giving access to that data only to certain people, while allowing others to access the data they need to do their jobs, according to Laura Sellers, product manager at Collibra.

That’s Collibra Protect’s intent for Snowflake, she noted.

“If you think about the history of cloud migration, organizations need to have policies in place,” Sellers said. “Today, that requires developers and engineers – and what Collibra brings to the table allows the business user to quickly enter, categorize PII, and set policies through an easy-to-use interface, then upload them to Snowflake for enforcement.”

Vendors added that by allowing business users to easily set policies, data can be used to inform decisions faster than when organizations have to wait for data engineers to prepare data and set policies.

“People want to be able to get data into the hands of users quickly, and without the ability to easily set policies on data to ensure people are getting what they should be getting access to, that makes data obsolete because there’s too much development effort,” she said. “It’s about the access speed to get the data that’s been migrated to Snowflake.”

This is an intriguing integration and partnership as it connects Collibra to Snowflake’s very vibrant user base and market potential.

Donald FarmerFounder and Director, TreeHive Strategy

Collibra Protect for Snowflake is important to customers of both vendors, according to Donald Farmer, founder and director of TreeHive Strategy.

He noted, however, that Snowflake’s ever-evolving platform lacks some of the sophisticated security features of more established cloud data warehouses, such as Microsoft’s Azure Synapse and Oracle’s Autonomous Data Warehouse.

“This is an intriguing integration and partnership as it connects Collibra to Snowflake’s very vibrant user base and market potential,” Farmer said. “But it also shows…that it’s difficult to protect sensitive data in Snowflake, because in terms of fine-grained security, the platform still lags behind more established data warehouses.”

By using the new tool, Snowflake customers will be able to get that extra — and desired — security, Farmer continued.

“Now users can apply necessary governance features downstream in a catalog,” he said. “It makes better governance a practical reality for Snowflake customers.”

Still, Farmer noted that data privacy and security measures taken by self-service business users with a no-code tool are never as robust as when done by database administrators and architects. of data.


The plan is to make Collibra Protect for Snowflake generally available in November, according to vendors. And once integration with Snowflake becomes generally available, Collibra plans to add similar data governance integrations with cloud providers AWS, Databricks, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure, all slated for release in 2023.

Vendors noted that Collibra is already active in the Azure ecosystem and has strong partnerships with Databricks, AWS, and Google Cloud.

“We’re definitely targeting cloud providers and not looking at legacy providers,” she said.

Beyond Collibra Protect, the vendor plans to improve its user experience and is working to make it easier for data consumers to find the data they need, according to the vendors.

Meanwhile, as the focus shifts to self-service analytics and data governance frameworks become essential to ensure both organizations remain compliant with government regulations and enable business users to work in confident with the data, Collibra is in a strong position, according to Farmer.

“Governance is still a top concern for many leaders and indeed governance issues are still a significant impediment to the adoption of analytics and data sharing in many enterprises,” he said. declared. “Collibra is knocking on this door.”

Additionally, through integrations with growing vendors like Snowflake and Databricks that expose its capabilities to new audiences, Collibra has the opportunity to expand its user base, Farmer continued.

“These integrations are gradually expanding their user base and increasingly making them a core part of the business,” he said.