Data Management & Analytics

  • research reports
    Jun 25, 2015

    Threat Intelligence and Its Role Within Enterprise Cybersecurity Practices

    In order to assess how enterprise organizations are collecting, processing, analyzing, and operationalizing their threat intelligence programs, ESG surveyed 304 IT and information security professionals representing enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were involved in the planning, implementation, and/or daily operations of their organization’s threat intelligence program, processes, or technologies.

  • blogs
    Jun 19, 2015

    A More Focused Hadoop Summit

    Last week 4,000 fine people gathered in San Jose for the Hadoop Summit. Hosted by Hortonworks, but largely non-denominational, the event showcased the broader ecosystem of Hadoop, big data, and analytics. Despite the wide variety of approaches, the attendees were clearly focused on finding the value and learning practical techniques to be successful. Less hype, more tech.

  • blogs
    Jun 15, 2015

    IBM, Databricks, and the Spark Movement

    Many people consider "Hadoop" and "big data" to be synonyms, and certainly there is significant overlap between them. Yet in my mind, Hadoop is an ecosytem of data management tools, and big data is an approach to understanding complex situations. So the one can be used for the other, but surely isn't the only way to go.

  • esg tech truths
    Jun 9, 2015

    ESG TechTruth: No One Deployment Approach to Support ‘Big Data’ Initiatives is Yet Dominant

    There is a healthy diversity of existing—and emerging—choices when it comes to BI/analytics deployment strategies, and ESG’s research reveals that no one approach is yet dominant. Specifically, when asked how net-new environments will be set up, more than two-thirds (69%) of organizations expect their strategy to involve an on-premises approach. However, even among theserespondents, only 7% said that they would notuse cloud-based BI/analytics services in any capacity, leaving the door ajar for these solutions to gain market traction over time.

  • blogs
    Jun 8, 2015

    DAAC to the Future!--Dell Annual Analyst Conference

    30 years ago, Back to the Future changed the history of the world as we know it, at least for impressionable movie buffs. This year, the Dell Annual Analyst Conference (DAAC) showed what could be coming next, no DeLorean required. Dell is obviously a big company with many different lines of business to consider, but I'd like to focus here on one breakout session in particular, entitled "Helping Customers Cut through the Big Data Hype to Make Better, Faster Decisions." Snappy, eh?

  • blogs
    Jun 8, 2015

    Teradata Broadens the Base

    In recent years, many were thinking that Teradata was losing its edge in the greater analytics marketplace. Long a favorite for large enterprise customers seeking to do world-class data warehouses, the company realized the market was rapidly shifting around it. Two major trends seem to have the biggest impact here: big data and cloud. While Teradata's core install base isn't at significant risk of going away, they may be looking at complementary alternatives. For the company to remain a dominant player, some new approaches would be required. The recent Teradata third party influencers event in Del Mar, California, showcased just how far their efforts at transformation have progressed.

  • Object Storage

    If there is one universal truth when it comes to information technology over the past decade, it is that data growth is inevitable and unstoppable. The sharp rise in digital assets has been a consequence of multiple cultural shifts over recent years. Whether driven by personal or professional motives, individuals are simply creating more digital assets than ever before. Regardless of the industry, the success of corporate operations depends on the ability to utilize digital assets. Whether it’s media and entertainment leveraging higher resolution video or developing more realistic digital effects, energy exploration firms capturing detailed 3D or 4D seismic data, security systems capturing higher resolution security footage, or online content distribution, the creation and the efficient utilization of digital assets is critical to staying competitive across nearly every line of business.

  • blogs
    May 27, 2015

    State of the Hadoop Market

    In this ESG Video Blog, I discuss the current and future state of the Hadoop market.

  • esg tech truths
    May 26, 2015

    ESG TechTruth: Retailers Most Likely to Give Precedence to 'Big Data' Spending in 2015

    In addition to being the vertical with the healthiest overall IT spending change outlook for 2015, retail organizations are more likely than their industry counterparts to prioritize investments in key technology areas, including “big data.” Indeed, ESG’s research reveals that 89% of retailers will increase their spending on BI/analytics solutions relative to 2014 compared with only 57% of the organizations in all other industries.  


  • lab reports
    May 15, 2015

    ESG Lab Review: End-to-end Big Data Discovery with Platfora

    This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Platfora Big Data Discovery Platform. Testing focused on the simplicity, flexibility, efficiency, and feasibility of deploying Platfora’s modern Hadoop-based big data discovery platform to empower all big data analytics personnel to gain more valuable insights faster.

  • research reports
    May 15, 2015

    Remote Office/Branch Office Technology Trends

    In order to determine the IT priorities and challenges when it comes to supporting the technology requirements of remote office/branch office (ROBO) locations, and how organizations plan to address those challenges, ESG recently surveyed 347 North American senior IT professionals representing midmarket (100 to 999 employees) and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations. All respondents worked at headquarters locations or other centralized corporate sites and were responsible for ROBO IT operations and/or strategy, including the delivery of IT services to these locations, authorization of expenditures, and establishment and enforcement of corporate IT policies for remote/branch offices. Respondent organizations were required to have at least two ROBO locations to qualify for the survey.

  • blogs
    May 15, 2015

    Data Analytics for Everyone at IBM Edge

    We live in an unsettling time for enterprise storage technology. It may not be too much of a stretch to say that the future of storage technology is more uncertain now than it has been in the past 10 or 15 years. Emerging technology trends such as the cloud and big data analytics, along with the storage innovations of software-defined storage (SDS) and solid-state are transforming the information technology landscape as we speak.

  • blogs
    May 14, 2015

    Microsoft Invites You to Spark IT Up

    Who builds the world’s most popular tool for analyzing data? Did you say Microsoft? Good. For most anyone in business, Microsoft Excel is where we get started around business intelligence, though we may not typically call it that. From this humble beginning, many graduate on too much more sophisticated solutions. What not everyone realizes is that Microsoft is capable of supporting you even as you go to much greater depth. At the recent Ignite event in Chicago, Microsoft made the case that day will improve worker productivity, especially around data insights and collaboration, with an extremely deep portfolio of complementary technologies.

  • blogs
    May 14, 2015

    The Great In-Memory Database Debate

    Recently the Hive hosted a panel discussion on the pros and cons of various approaches to in-memory databases. Yours truly served as moderator/referee as Oracle, MemSQL, IBM, Aerospike, and Pivotal sent their biggest brains.

  • blogs
    May 13, 2015

    When you think of Hitachi...

    When you think of Hitachi, what’s the first word that pops into your head? Was your word "manufacturing "? Me too. When you think of HDS, what’s your first word? Was it “storage”? Well maybe we need to think again.
  • blogs
    May 12, 2015

    Informatica Grows Up and Gets Organized

    What could possibly entice me to return to Las Vegas for the third time in three weeks? Informatica World 2015. Frankly, I was curious to see just what was a-goin' on with the company. We know this is a group with serious chops in the data management space, but it's also a bit of an anomaly generation-wise. Founded in 1993, Informatica doesn't have so many decades of seniority as IBM, HP, or Oracle, but it's far too old to be a precocious startup any longer.

  • blogs
    May 8, 2015

    Hitachi is Connecting Its Own Dots (Includes Video)

    At the recent HDS Connect Event there were -literally- all sorts of connections to be made. HDS had pulled its sales and partner conferences together with the analyst event, a leadership meeting, and sundry others. The first connection was to parade the huge range of mothership Hitachi's capabilities, and thereby give some tangible credibility to the vision, and even gradual manifestation, of the overall Hitachi drive for "Social Innovation."

  • research reports
    Apr 29, 2015

    Platform-as-a-service Usage and Satisfaction Study

    In order to understand organizations’ usage of or interest in platform-as-a-service solutions, ESG recently surveyed 326 IT professionals and application developers representing small (50 to 99 employees), midmarket (100 to 999 employees), and enterprise-class (1,000 employees or more) organizations in North America. All respondents were personally responsible for evaluating and/or selecting software application development and deployment tools for their organization.

  • briefs
    Apr 23, 2015

    2015 ‘Big Data’ Spending Trends

    A majority of organizations plan to increase spending on the applications, services, and infrastructure underlying big data initiatives, especially those larger in size and affiliated with the retail and health care verticals. This may be attributable to the fact that not only are many organizations that have been experimenting with big data pilot projects now moving into full-scale enterprise deployments, but also those more conservative organizations that have been waiting for more market maturity are now confident enough to proceed with their own initiatives.

  • blogs
    Apr 22, 2015

    Leaders' Perspectives on Big Data: Economic Value

    Previously in this blog series we looked at business and technology goals for big data and analytics initiatives as described by the leaders of these projects at a wide variety of businesses today. The aim is to understand the state of the market and how people seek to drive value from the data naturally occurring in their businesses. While some organizations are truly on the cutting edge, others are taking a more conservative approach or are just now implementing new solutions. Today I’d like to look at some of the ways people actually measure the value of big data and analytics to their business.

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