Nik Rouda

Nik Rouda

Nik is a senior analyst covering big data, business intelligence, analytics, visualization, and other technologies that help people understand what is happening in their business. He enjoys working with early stage investors in validating both products and business models. He has a broad IT background spanning both infrastructure and applications, a customer-focused perspective, and extensive experience in marketing and technical sales worldwide.

Recent Posts by Nik Rouda:

ESG Brief: Strategies for Enhancing Database Performance

Abstract:

For most use cases, database performance is an important quality. For decades, both vendors and customers have been implementing measures to help them optimize speed of transaction processing and analytics. This has traditionally entailed tuning software and/or buying faster hardware. Today, two newer trends are becoming increasingly popular: in-memory and GPU-based database operations, both of which can drastically improve the performance profile of databases.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Database Purchase Criteria

Abstract:

Literally hundreds of databases are available on the market today, each with its own unique blend of capabilities and limitations. Some are deeply optimized for specific requirements, while others are more general in nature. Some are proprietary, and some are varying shades of open source software. When selecting the best database for specific needs, it might be helpful to understand how others are evaluating their options.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: Market Disruption: Next-generation Databases

Abstract:

The database market continues to be dominated by a handful of traditional, commercial, relational databases from a few major vendors. Or does it? ESG research shows increasing business adoption of next-generation database options, perhaps not always as direct replacements for old school choices, but definitely for more than just niche corner-case applications. Further, once new databases land a seed in new accounts, they tend to flourish and grow rapidly. The widespread adoption of NoSQL and NewSQL databases will have a profound impact and should be properly understood by buyers and vendors alike.

Topics: Storage Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: The Database Market: Radical Shift to the Cloud

Abstract:

The database market continues to evolve rapidly, no longer dominated by just a handful of traditional approaches. One of the biggest impacts has been the availability—and increasing popularity—of public cloud options. Businesses are finding new opportunities in cloud-based databases, and not only for dev/test or transient workloads. Yet incumbent vendors are keeping pace with these shifts in preferences, requiring upstarts to work even harder for meaningful differentiation.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: 2017 Data Analytics Spending Trends

Abstract:

IT spending for business intelligence (BI), analytics, and big data technology solutions will continue to accelerate in 2017. While more technology-savvy buyers are more focused on big data initiatives, most organizations continue to invest heavily in traditional BI tools, databases, data warehouses, and data preparation needs.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Big Data Cybersecurity Considerations

Abstract:

As big data initiatives continue to gain traction, serious concerns about the safety of all that data persist. ESG research confirms that organizations increasingly have an eye toward security when kicking off big data and analytics projects in terms of both the personnel and technology solutions supporting these efforts.

Topics: Cybersecurity Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Research Report: Enterprise Big Data, Business Intelligence, and Analytics Trends: Redux

Abstract:

There is still confusion in the market about the current state of data initiatives, especially when it comes to the potential impact of big data on traditional business intelligence and analytics practices. Customers and vendors alike are working to build robust solutions even as new approaches, technologies, and best practices continue to evolve rapidly. Still, few can accurately assess the motivations, impacts, and implications of the shifts. ESG undertook a broad study to establish a baseline on various data initiatives and their relative maturity.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Brief: SQL Server 2016: Continuous Innovation

Abstract:

Even as many new databases are entering the market and seeking to meet unfulfilled needs, vendors with long established offerings continue to innovate and defend their territory from the upstarts. The challenge is to ensure that the old dogs learn new tricks to continue to support the ever-changing demands of the enterprise, without sacrificing the fundamental operational qualities that have matured over years of development.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Research Report: Big Data Trends: A Midmarket Perspective

Abstract:

There is still confusion in the market about the current state of data initiatives, especially when it comes to the potential impact of big data on traditional business intelligence and analytics practices. Customers and vendors alike are working to build robust solutions even as new approaches, technologies, and best practices continue to evolve rapidly. Still few can accurately assess the motivations, impacts, and implications of the shifts. ESG undertook a broad study to establish a baseline on various data initiatives and their relative maturity.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI