Great Data Minds

How Covid-Inspired Cycling Changed My View of the Data World

June 16, 2022

During the Covid lock down, many people were inspired to use their free time to try new things. Steve Neat, the GM of Alation in EMEA was no exception; he took up cycling. Though of course he was intimately familiar with the strong benefits that the Alation data catalog offers, he had never really experienced these benefits for himself in such a clear-cut way. Listen is as he shares his unique story.



A software industry executive and sales leader with over 30 years of experience helping leading global enterprises to maximize the business value of their IT investments and data assets.

Successfully assisted high-growth companies like Oracle and Siebel to establish their UK sales operations, transformed the commercial sales organisations at SAP and SAS, and successfully scaled early-stage, VC-backed start-ups like Roambi and Collibra in the EMEA market.

Experienced in building and managing direct (enterprise and inside) and indirect sales teams by attracting, motivating and leading some of the best talent in the industry. Operating internationally across all vertical industry sectors, and accomplished in SaaS, Cloud, ERP, CRM, BI, analytics, mobile and data intelligence propositions.



Alation is the leader in enterprise data intelligence solutions including data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and digital transformation. Alation’s initial offering dominates the data catalog market. Thanks to its powerful Behavioral Analysis Engine, inbuilt collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation combines machine learning with human insight to successfully tackle even the most demanding challenges in data and metadata management. More than 330 enterprises drive data culture, improve decision making, and realize business outcomes with Alation including AbbVie, American Family Insurance, Cisco, Exelon, Fifth Third Bank, Finnair, Munich Re, NASDAQ, New Balance, Parexel, Pfizer, US Foods, and Vistaprint. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation was named to Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces list and is backed by leading venture capitalists including Blackstone, Costanoa, Data Collective, Dell Technologies, Icon, ISAI Cap, Riverwood, Salesforce, Sanabil, Sapphire, and Snowflake Ventures. For more information, visit

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