Welcome to my Expert Channel on Analytic Platforms for the BeyeNETWORK. The old assumptions about analytics being performed with tools that talk to RDBMSs are being upended by a new series of data stores optimized for analytics, the use of non-database analytic programs such as MapReduce, and streaming or event processing engines that perform analysis on data even before it is persisted – if indeed it ever is – in any form that data warehouse or database professionals would consider an appropriate format.
The entire space is in upheaval. Software companies are converging on new analytic platforms – some are traditional BI vendors; some are emerging startups with a new storage engine, new analytic techniques or even new hardware assists. Packaged business applications players like SAP and Oracle have purchased leading business intelligence (BI) firms in order to add analytics to their business applications. BI tool vendors like SAS, who sell "horizontal" BI tools to companies in many industries, have added business process applications within specific industries to their portfolios. "Software platform" vendors such as IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, who provide additional software components on which BI solutions are built, such as databases, ETL tools and portals, are adding BI tools, process models, industry models and services into the mix to deliver packaged offerings of their own. Some are in the hardware business; others, like Oracle, have recently moved there, and are building “full stack” offerings with the intent to monopolize “share of wallet” within their customer base. Even storage vendors like EMC are seeking ways to get into the perennially hottest market in IT.
In this channel, I will track the emergence of these new solutions, document case studies of their implementation and success, highlight emerging trends and best practices, and describe the industries and business processes that are among the early targets for these vendors.Please contact me at email@example.com to share your thoughts.
Merv, now a Vice President at Gartner, was Principal at IT Market Strategy when this was written. He has spent 3 decades in the information technology industry. As Senior Vice President at Forrester Research, he was responsible for all of Forrester’s
technology research for several years, before returning to his roots as an analyst covering the software industry and launching Forrester’s well-regarded practice in Analyst Relations. Prior to
his Forrester role, Merv was Vice President and Research Manager with responsibility for the West Coast staff at Giga Information Group. Merv focused on facilitating collaborative research among
analysts, and served as executive editor of the monthly Research Digest and weekly GigaFlash. He chaired the GigaWorld conference (and later Forrester IT Forum) for several years, and led the jam
band, a popular part of those events, as a guitarist and singer. Prior to becoming a technology analyst, Merv was Senior Director, Strategic Marketing at Sybase, where he also worked as director of marketing for data warehousing and director of analyst relations.
Prior to Sybase, Merv served as a marketing manager at Information Builders, where he founded and edited a technical journal and a marketing quarterly, subsequently becoming involved in corporate and
product marketing and launching a formal AR role. Before entering the IT industry, Merv spent a decade building systems in the securities, banking and transportation industries in New York, including several years as a manager of end user computing
at Shearson Lehman Brothers and a stint as a statistical analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. His early analysis of the micro-to-mainframe market and its impact on decision support,The Workstation Data Link, was published by McGraw-Hill in 1988. Merv was a member of the Advisory Board of the International Data Warehouse Association in its formative years, and served as editor of the NY PC User Group Newsletter in the mid-‘80s. He holds
a B.S. in business administration (finance) from CUNY’s Baruch College.
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