Leveraging Unity Catalog for Data Governance for Grab’s Use Case


TYPELightning Talk
TRACKData Governance
INDUSTRYEnterprise Technology, Retail and CPG - Food
TECHNOLOGIESDelta Lake, Developer Experience, Governance
SKILL LEVELIntermediate

Grab has been looking for a tool that provides data access to over 2000 users to support our daily operations. This tool should provide granular access control and easily scale to over thousands of users and tables, with data governance and security in mind. With Unity Catalog, we managed to:


  • Build a custom solution allowing users to seamlessly access data with UC.
  • Easily interface and integrate into existing Grab’s in-house entitlement system to translate access requirements, unifying the end-to-end user experience for requesting data access permission.
  • Extend UC’s capability by leveraging existing UC APIs and Databricks Workflows to automate administrative tasks easily. For example, we have fully automated the creation of RLS and DDM views on the fly.
  • Provide out-of-the-box, comprehensive auditing capabilities easily. We managed to achieve this in a short period of time to support over 2000 users to achieve governance and cost savings with an ROI of about 2.7x.


Jun Rong Lau

/Data Analyst
GrabTaxi Holding Pte Ltd