Our top 3 takeaways from Data+AI Summit

Learn why 85% of AI projects have NOT made it to production and how to empower data teams to overcome barriers to democratization of data access.

June 20, 2024
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Abhishek Das

We had an amazing time last week at the Databricks Summit.  Collectively, our team attended over three dozen sessions ranging from new governance capabilities in Unity Catalog, to frameworks that streamline AI development, particularly RAG architectures and Lakehouse Federation. Plus, we spoke with over 500 data leaders at the Acante booth about how to make data access governance easy for data teams.  

Thought we’d share our top take-aways from the show.

I. Governance of the Entire Data Estate is Hard

Security and privacy are under pressure - a top headline Databricks CEO, Ali Ghodsi, pointed out in his keynote. He highlighted how the data estate is increasingly fragmented. We couldn’t agree more. Customers are bringing in ever-increasing amounts of data from dozens of sources, transforming it, and sharing it. Streamlining access governance for this dynamic data from the standpoints of compliance & privacy, data security, and orchestration is key to unblocking data platform & AI initiatives. 

II. Unity Catalog will soon support Attribute-based Access Controls adding long missing control primitives

Expressing fine-grained access controls using low-level GRANT statements and User-Defined Functions (UDFs) for column/row-level masking is painful, to say the least! By introducing ABAC primitives (in Private Preview) into the lexicon, Databricks has filled a feature gap vs. Snowflake allowing use of dynamic tags to define data assets. This opens the door to 10x fewer policies and global masking controls. However, managing these ABAC policies consistently on each metastore, and then across the multiple platforms in your data estate will remain a challenge. And keeping track of the effective access granted in one place will become more critical than ever. 

III. Data Intelligence is your edge with AI

Data Intelligence is about leveraging your proprietary data in your AI applications. Databricks made a slew of announcements including an agent framework, a vector search offering, and RAG architectures that will make it easier for you to use your organization’s data to build your competitive AI edge. 

At the same time, in his keynote, Ali revealed that 85% of GenAI projects have not made it to production and cited security and privacy as a top reason for that. Platforms that can address this need will become key to enterprise AI adoption. 

Where Acante Comes In

Acante empowers data teams to overcome barriers to democratization of data access and accelerate their Data+AI projects. Acante has built a comprehensive multi-platform data & AI access governance solution for modern data stacks built around Databricks, Snowflake, S3, Redshift, ADLS, Kafka, Tableau, PowerBI, etc. 

Acante centralizes the necessary data context to provide a simpler and faster way to discover, track, right-size, protect and provision access to their most sensitive data. Modern orchestration workflows and automated insights empower data teams to deliver frictionless access to data while meeting security and compliance mandates.

Unveiling the Challenge

As our digital footprint expands, so do the challenges of securing our data assets. Acante.ai recognizes the exponential proliferation and constant change in data access patterns, creating blind spots for traditional security approaches.

The Acante.ai Difference

At Acante.ai, our approach to data security marks a paradigm shift in the industry. Unlike traditional security models that often succumb to the static nature of data threats, Acante.ai thrives on dynamism. We believe that true security evolves with the challenges, and that's precisely what sets us apart. The Acante.ai difference lies in our commitment to providing security teams with more than just a shield; we offer a strategic ally that anticipates, adapts, and fortifies against the unpredictable proliferation of data access patterns. Our solution doesn't just keep pace with the digital transformation journey; it propels it forward. But what truly defines the Acante.ai difference goes beyond technology; it's ingrained in our culture. We are a collective of thoughtful, compassionate, and collaborative individuals on a shared mission to disrupt the security industry. With deep expertise from major brands and startups, we've collectively built over 10 startups, resulting in category-creating businesses, acquisitions, and IPOs. Our success is a testament to the collaborative spirit within our team, where every member contributes to shaping our culture and the future of data security. Join Acante.ai, and experience the difference that drives us to redefine the limits of protection in the digital age.

Dynamic Data Security

Explore the cutting-edge realm of dynamic data security with Acante.ai. In an era where the digital landscape is in a perpetual state of flux, Acante.ai's comprehensive approach to data security becomes not just a solution but a strategic imperative. Imagine a security system that not only reacts to the ever-changing data access patterns but anticipates and adapts in real-time. This level of sophistication is what sets Acante.ai apart. Our solution not only seamlessly integrates with the native controls of your data lakes and warehouse ecosystems but also evolves with them. It's not just about protecting your data; it's about empowering it. Acante.ai's dynamic data security solution is not confined by static parameters; it's a living, breathing shield that moves in harmony with the pulse of your data. As businesses navigate the complexities of the modern data landscape, Acante.ai provides not just a safeguard but a strategic ally, ensuring that security is not a hindrance but an enabler of progress.

Conclusion

In a world where data is both a valuable asset and a potential liability, Acante.ai emerges as a beacon of innovation. Join us on this exploration of the future of data security and discover how Acante.ai is empowering organizations to navigate the evolving landscape with confidence.
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