With Strata, IBM IOD, and Teradata Partners conferences all occurring this
week, it’s not surprising that this is a big week for Hadoop-related
announcements. The common thread of announcements is essentially, “We know
that Hadoop is not known for performance, but we’re getting better at it,
and we’re going to make it look more like SQL.” In essence, Hadoop and
SQL worlds are converging, and you’re going to be able to perform
interactive BI analytics on it.
The opportunity and challenge of Big Data from new platforms such as Hadoop
is that it opens a new range of analytics. On one hand, Big Data analytics
have updated and revived programmatic access to data, which happened to be
the norm prior to the advent of SQL. There are plenty of scenarios where
taking programmatic approaches are far more efficient, such as dealing with
time series data or graph analysis to ma... (more)
Of the 3 "V’s” of Big Data – volume, variety, velocity (we’d add
"Value” as the 4th V) – velocity has been the unsung ‘V.’ With the
spotlight on Hadoop, the popular image of Big Data is large petabyte data
stores of unstructured data (which are the first two V’s). While Big Data
has been thought of as large stores of data at rest, it can also be about
data in motion.
"Fast Data” refers to processes that require lower latencies than would
otherwise be possible with optimized disk-based storage. Fast Data is not a
single technology, but a spectrum of approaches that process data t... (more)
This guest post comes courtesy of Tony Baer's OnStrategies blog. Tony is
senior analyst at Ovum.
By Tony Baer
It was never a question of whether SAP would bring it flagship product,
Business Suite to HANA, but when. And when I saw this while parking the car
at my physical therapist over the holidays, I should’ve suspected that
something was up: SAP at long last was about to announce … this.
From the start, SAP has made clear that its vision for HANA was not a
technical curiosity, positioned as some high-end niche product or sideshow.
In the long run, SAP was going to take HANA ... (more)
At this point, probably at least 90 percent or more of analytic systems/data
warehouses are easily contained within the SQL-based technologies that are
commercially available today. We’ll take that argument a step further: Most
enterprise data warehouses are less than 5 terabytes. So why then all the
excitement about big data, and why are acquisitions in this field becoming
almost a biweekly thing?
To refresh the memory, barely a couple weeks back, HP announced its intention
to buy Vertica. And this morning came the news that Teradata is buying the
other 89 percent of Aster Data ... (more)
Is it more than coincidence that IT acquisitions tend to come in waves? Just
weeks after IBM's announcement to snap up Lombardi, Progress Software today
responds with an agreement to put Savvion out of its misery? In such a small
space that is undergoing active consolidation, it is hard not to know who's
Nonetheless, Progress's acquisition confirms that Business Process Management
(BPM)'s pure play days are numbered, if you expect executable BPM.
The traditional appeal of BPM was that it was a business stakeholder-friendly
approach to developing solutions that didn't rely... (more)