Supercharge Data Governance with Matillion for Snowflake

Governance has become the cornerstone of sensitive and flexible data security policies and practices as organizations increasingly invest more resources to become data-driven, maximizing productivity and driving revenue. The data governance market is expected to grow to $7.5 billion in 2025 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.3%

Managing data governance can be a complex task, especially in large and dynamic data environments. We’ve found that customers generally face these three key challenges:

  1. Lack of context behind data leads to ill-informed decisions
  2. Poor data management across multiple teams and systems
  3. Complex data compliance laws and regulations make it challenging to manage and govern sensitive data properly

That’s why, at Matillion, we’ve focused on enhancing our data governance capabilities and integrations to help organizations improve data security, lineage, quality, collaboration, classification, compliance, and more. By combining Snowflake Object Tagging and Matillion, organizations can take their data governance efforts to the next level.

What is Matillion’s Object Tagging for Snowflake? 

Snowflake Object Tagging is now integrated into Matillion ETL. Object tagging enables users to assign tags to various components, such as organizations, warehouses, databases, schemas, or tables. This allows for efficient metadata management and effective searching, classifying, and monitoring of data sets.

Setting a tag and then querying the tag enables the discovery of many database objects and columns containing sensitive information. Tags operate like parent/child directories: if a tag is added at the table level, the columns will also be searchable through that tag. Upon discovery, you can determine how best to make that data available, such as selective filtering using row access policies or masking policies to determine whether the data is tokenized, fully masked, partially masked, or unmasked. After defining and assigning tags to Snowflake objects, tags can be queried to track usage on the objects to facilitate data governance operations, such as tracking, auditing, and reporting.   See Snowflake Object Tagging in action in this brief demonstration from Matillion’s Product Manager Joni Khattar

Snowflake Object Tagging for Matillion Boosts Data Governance Capabilities

Combining Snowflake Object Tagging with Matillion offers a wide range of benefits that can help supercharge your data governance efforts. Let’s dive deeper!

  • Fortify Your Data

Make confident decisions with fully contextualized data sets. By applying consistent metadata tags to data objects, multiple users can easily understand, share, and analyze data. This provides a greater understanding of consumption patterns, cost management practices, and uncovers areas of risk. 

  • Simplify Data Management

Reduce the complexity and time associated with data management and improve operational efficiency with a centralized way to quickly search, classify, and monitor data sets, making it easier to manage and govern. Tagging data assets with ownership allows organizations to collaborate more efficiently, enabling better communication and cooperation among team members. Ultimately, this lets organizations leverage their data assets better, making informed data-driven decisions that drive business growth.

  • Bulletproof Against Risk

Monitor data sets closely for compliance reasons. By using tags to document and track data usage, you can better comply with regulatory requirements and audit data usage for compliance and governance purposes, avoiding costly breaches, fines, and lawsuits. For instance, tagging sensitive data assets with metadata allows organizations to apply appropriate security controls, ensuring that sensitive data is only accessible to authorized personnel. The feature enables organizations to comply with data governance regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, and HIPAA.

Leverage Snowflake’s Object Tagging for Matillion for a wide variety of use cases

From resource usage to reporting and analytics, collaboration, data management, compliance, and more, Snowflake's Object Tagging for Matillion enables organizations to streamline data governance efforts, ensuring data quality, privacy, and security. This powerful feature enables organizations to simplify data management, fortify their data, and bulletproof against risk.  By supporting Snowflake Object Tagging within the Matillion ETL, organizations can better understand their data, improve collaboration and communication, and ultimately make more informed and confident data-driven decisions that drive business growth. If you’re looking to improve your data governance efforts, consider leveraging Snowflake Object Tagging for Matillion and take your data governance to the next level. 

Andreu Pintado
Andreu Pintado