Databricks acquires Okera

Databricks has agreed to acquire Okera, an AI-centric data governance platform that solves data privacy and governance challenges across the spectrum of data and AI.

The platform simplifies data visibility and transparency, helping organisations understand their data, which is essential in the age of large language models (LLMs) and to address concerns about their biases.

With the acquisition, Databricks will be able to provide its customers with a comprehensive data governance solution that can be seamlessly integrated into their existing workflows. This will enable any organisation to leverage the power of AI and LLMs while ensuring that their data is secure, compliant and transparent.

The acquisition involves not only the company itself, but also the addition of Okera co-founder and CEO Nong Li to its team.

“As data continues to grow in volume, velocity, and variety across different applications, CIOs, CDOs, and CEOs across the board have to balance those two often conflicting initiatives — not to mention that historically, managing access policies across multiple clouds has been painful and time-consuming. Many organisations don’t have enough technical talent to manage access policies at scale, especially with the explosion of LLMs. What they need is a modern, AI-centric governance solution,” said Nong Li, Co-founder and CEO of Okera.

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