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CANAL+ uses DataGalaxy to optimize data management, improve team efficiency, and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

We chose DataGalaxy for several reasons. Firstly, it’s easy to use and implement – It was the solution that came out number one with our users. Secondly, it’s a full SaaS solution.

Marc Di Vietri
CANAL+ Team Leader for Data (France and International)

DNDi Case Study

customer overview


CANAL+ is an international media group founded in 1984. Present in 50 countries, CANAL+ provides content to more than 25 million subscribers.

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Key info:

  • CANAL+ was facing difficulties with under-utilized or poorly exploited data and the collection of a large volume of customer data
  • They chose DataGalaxy for our ease of use, and their users preferred using DataGalaxy over other options
  • After implementing DataGalaxy, CANAL+ noted time savings, improved team onboarding, and the ability to localize sensitive data to ensure regulatory compliance

Industry: Media

Headquarters: France

Workforce: 8,000 employees

Financials:  €5.87 billion (2022)

Pascal Carpentier DNDI

We chose DataGalaxy to provide us with a common repository that will enable us to better understand data, to know where it comes from, how it is transformed, how it is made available, and all this through a collaborative platform that will enable us to create, share and ensure that we have a common vocabulary across the company’s data.

Bruno Dahyot
Data Analyst

Project context & strategic challenges

Faced with increasingly stringent regulations such as GDPR and CNIL and under-exploited data, CANAL+ was looking for a streamlined data catalog tool.

One of their main objectives was to remove data silos among their various teams. They wanted to have a common repository to better understand data, its source, transformation, and how it is used throughout the company.

CANAL+ chose DataGalaxy for several reasons:

  • It’s a simple, user-friendly solution that’s easy to implement
  • It was the no.1 choice among their users
  • It’s a 100% SaaS solution with rapid implementation 

The CANAL+ Data Knowledge Catalog

Canal+ adopted a proof of concept(POC) project approach to plan interviews and gather all the needs of the company’s various potential contributors and stakeholders. The CANAL+ POC was then divided into four phases:

  1. Retrieving metadata from their database to feed their Data Dictionary
  2. A set of scripts was written to feed the processing module
  3. Data retrieval using a Power BI connector to feed the usage module
  4. Populating the Business Glossary using an internal team approach 

The DataGalaxy solution


Time saved for business teams

CANAL+’s teams can find exactly the information they need when they need it


Time saved for data teams

DataGalaxy is directly connected to CANAL+’s data stack and provides automatic metadata retrieval, so their data is always reliable and up-to-date


Team onboarding

Faced with a high turnover of data analysts and developers, having a complete catalog of data makes it easier to onboard teams and increase their skills on all CANAL+ data


Storage of sensitive data

DataGalaxy enables CANAL+ users to pinpoint the precise location of sensitive data such as usage data or the personal data of authorized contacts

Why Canal+ loves DataGalaxy

  • DataGalaxy provides a framework for better and more efficient data and metadata management
  • DataGalaxy is a full SaaS solution that’s easy to deploy: CANAL+’s first use case was implemented in less than three months
  • DataGalaxy is extremely user-friendly for business teams, facilitating internal adoption

Marc Di Vietri
CANAL+ Team Leader – Data (France and International)

“My advice for a successful approach is to involve business users throughout the project – At the selection stage, when the DataGalaxy solution is chosen, and throughout the project process right up to the deployment of the solution.”

CANAL+’s technology stack

Together, DataGalaxy’s Data Knowledge Catalog and Snowflake help easily import your existing data sets to receive intuitive insights with our powerful, all-in-one data management platform


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