David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Big Data Grows Up at Strata+Hadoop World 2016

Posted by David Menninger on Oct 25, 2016 4:20:26 AM

I recently spent time at Strata+Hadoop World 2016 in New York. I attended this event and its predecessor, Hadoop World, off and on for the past six years. This one in New York had a different feel from previous events including the most recent event in San Jose at the end of March. Perhaps because of its location in one of the financial and commercial hubs of the world, the event had much more of a business orientation. But it’s not just location. Past events have been held in New York also, and I see the business focus as a sign of the Hadoop market maturing.

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Topics: Strata+Hadoop, Big Data, Predictive Analytics

A Recipe for Cooking with the Hadoop Ecosystem

Posted by David Menninger on Aug 23, 2016 7:01:41 AM

It’s part of my job to cover the ecosystem of Hadoop, the open source big data technology, but sometimes it makes my head spin. If this is not your primary job, how can you possibly keep up? I hope that a discussion of what I’ve found to be most important will help those who don’t have the time and energy to devote to this wide-ranging topic.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, HPE, IBM, Information Management, Microsoft, ODPI, Operational Intelligence, Oracle, Teradata, Strata+Hadoop

Data Lakes: Safe Way to Swim in Big Data?

Posted by David Menninger on May 11, 2016 9:20:56 AM

It has been more than five years since James Dixon of Pentaho coined the term “data lake.” His original post suggests, “If you think of a data mart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state.” The analogy is a simple one, but in my experience talking with many end users there is still mystery surrounding the concept. In this post I’d like to clarify what a data lake is, review the reasons an organization might consider using one and the challenges they present, and outline some developments in software tools that support data lakes.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Data Lake, data science, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Management, Predictive Analytics, Social Media, Uncategorized, Strata+Hadoop

Informatica Advances Big Data Management for Data Preparation and Hadoop

Posted by David Menninger on Mar 24, 2016 11:29:15 PM

On Monday, March 21, Informatica, a vendor of information management software, announced Big Data Management version 10.1. My colleague Mark Smith covered the introduction of v. 10.0 late last year, along with Informatica’s expansion from data integration to broader data management. Informatica’s Big Data Management 10.1 release offers new capabilities, including for the hot topic of self-service data preparation for Hadoop, which Informatica is calling Intelligent Data Lake. The term “data lake” describes large collections of detailed data from across an organization, often stored in Hadoop. With this release Informatica seeks to add more enterprise capabilities to data lake implementations.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Data Preparation, Informatica, Information Applications, Information Management, Uncategorized, Strata+Hadoop

SAS Advances Big Data and Cloud Computing

Posted by David Menninger on Mar 26, 2012 11:08:46 AM

I want to share my observations from the recent annual SAS analyst briefing. SAS is a huge software company with a unique culture and a history of success. Being privately held SAS is  not required to make the same financial disclosures as publicly held organizations, it released enough information to suggest another successful year, with more than $2.7 billion in revenue and 10 percent growth in its core analytics and data management businesses. Smaller segments showed even higher growth rates. With only selective information disclosed, it’s hard to dissect the numbers to spot specific areas of weakness, but the top-line figures suggest SAS is in good health.

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Topics: Analytics, Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Predictive Analytics, SAS, Strata+Hadoop

The Big, Cloudy, Mobile and Social World of MicroStrategy

Posted by David Menninger on Jan 31, 2012 7:38:21 AM

MicroStrategy, one of the largest independent vendors of business intelligence (BI) software, recently held its annual user conference, which I attended with some of my colleagues and more than 2,000 other attendees. At this year’s event, the company emphasized four key themes: mobility, cloud computing, big data and social media. In this post, I’ll assess what MicroStrategy is doing in each of the first three areas. My colleague, Mark Smith, covered MicroStrategy’s social intelligence efforts in his blog. I’ll also share some opinions on what might be missing from the company’s vision.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, MicroStrategy, Mobile, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop, Cloud Computing

Talend 5 Unifies Information Management Platform

Posted by David Menninger on Dec 15, 2011 9:00:14 AM

Talend recently announced version 5 of its information management platform, which emphasizes unifying its various components. Through a combination of development activities, acquisitions and partnerships, Talend has been steadily building its portfolio of information management capabilities. In addition to its core data integration capabilities, it has added data quality, master data management, application integration and with this release business process management (BPM).

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Data Governance, Data Integration, Data Quality, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Applications, Information Management, Master Data Management, Talend, Strata+Hadoop, Cloud Computing

The World of Big Data Gets Even Bigger at Hadoop World

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 15, 2011 11:06:29 AM

Cloudera’s recent Hadoop World 2011 event confirmed that the world of big data is getting even bigger. As I wrote of last year’s event, Hadoop, the open source large-scale data processing technology, has gone mainstream. And while 75% of the audience attended this year for the first time and so may not have realized the breadth of Hadoop’s acceptance, statistics announced in the opening keynote show widespread use of it. Mike Olson, Cloudera CEO, reported that the event was sold out, with 1,400 attendees from 580 organizations and 27 countries. In independent confirmation, our benchmark research shows that 54% of organizations are either using or evaluating Hadoop for their big-data needs.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloudera, Customer & Contact Center, Datameer, Financial Performance, Hortonworks, Informatica HParser, Karmasphere, MapR, NetApp, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop

Informatica Parses the World of Hadoop

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 2, 2011 8:57:26 AM

Informatica recently introduced HParser, an expansion of its capabilities for working with Hadoop data sources. Beginning with Version 9.1, introduced earlier this year, Informatica’s flagship product has been able to access data stored in HDFS as either a source or a target for information management processes. However, it could not manipulate or transform the data within the Hadoop environment. With this announcement, Informatica starts to bring its data transformation capabilities to Hadoop.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Integration, Financial Performance, Information Management, MapReduce, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop

Oracle Big Data Appliance and Cloud Computing Stand on Shoulders of Giants

Posted by David Menninger on Oct 15, 2011 4:05:24 AM

Oracle made several announcements at its recent Open World event demonstrating its strengths in the business computing market but also that it is standing on the shoulders of giants. The company has developed the expertise, processes and market share to scale out the ideas and innovations of others. Don’t get me wrong: That statement is not an indictment. Large organizations often have challenges with innovation. They are not as nimble as their smaller competitors. On the other hand, small organizations often have challenges scaling out their successes. In an earlier post I characterized the software market as a sort of ecosystem, and this is how it works. Large organizations often look to imitate or acquire smaller firms for their innovations.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, NoSQL, Oracle, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop, digital technology, Cloud Computing