Matt Aslett's Analyst Perspectives

Alation’s Data Governance Accelerates Data Intelligence

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 29, 2023 3:00:00 AM

As data continues to grow and evolve, organizations seek better tools and technologies to employ data faster and more efficiently. Finding and managing data remains a perennial challenge for most organizations, and is exacerbated by increasing volumes of data and an expanding array of data formats. At the same time, organizations must comply with a growing list of national and regional rules and regulations, such as General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act. While these regulations protect consumers, they increase complexity for governing and providing access to data.

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Topics: Data Governance, Data Management, Data, data operations

Streaming Databases Enable Continuous Analysis and Data Persistence

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 23, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Success with streaming data and events requires a more holistic approach to managing and governing data in motion and data at rest. The use of streaming data and event processing has been part of the data landscape for many decades. For much of that time, data streaming was a niche activity, however, with standalone data streaming and event-processing projects run in parallel with existing batch-processing initiatives, utilizing operational and analytic data platforms. I noted that there has been an increased focus on unified approaches that enable the holistic management and governance of data in motion alongside data at rest. One example is the recent emergence of streaming databases designed to combine the incremental processing capabilities of stream-processing engines with the SQL-based analysis and persistence capabilities of traditional databases.

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Topics: Analytics, Data, Digital Technology, Streaming Analytics, Analytics & Data, Streaming Data & Events, analytic data platforms, Operational Data Platforms

AWS Enables Data Democratization with Amazon DataZone

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 21, 2023 3:00:00 AM

I have previously written about the importance of data democratization as a key element of a data-driven agenda. Removing barriers that prevent or delay users from gaining access to data enables it to be treated as a product that is generated and consumed, either internally by employees or externally by partners and customers. This is particularly important for organizations adopting the data mesh approach to data ownership, access and governance. Data mesh is an organizational and cultural approach to data, rather than a technology platform. Nevertheless, multiple vendors are increasingly focused on providing products that facilitate adoption of data mesh and promote data democratization. Amazon Web Services is one such vendor, thanks to the recent launch of Amazon DataZone, one of the figurehead analytics and data announcements made during the company’s recent re:Invent customer event.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Data Governance, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, data operations, Analytics & Data

Cockroach Labs Promotes Developer Efficiency for Distributed Databases

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 15, 2023 3:00:00 AM

I recently wrote about the potential use cases for distributed SQL databases as well as techniques being employed by vendors to accelerate adoption. Distributed SQL is a term that is used by several vendors to describe operational data platform products that combine the benefits of the relational database model and native support for distributed cloud architecture, including resilience that spans multiple data centers and/or cloud regions. I noted that compatibility with existing database tools and skills was a key factor for these vendors as they lower barriers to developer adoption. A prime example is Cockroach Labs, which highlighted the importance of compatibility and developer efficiency with the recent launch of CockroachDB 22.2.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, Operational Data Platforms

Exasol Accelerates Analytics With an In-Memory Database

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 7, 2023 3:00:00 AM

Organizations require faster analytics to continuously improve business operations and stay competitive in today’s market. However, many struggle with slow analytics due to a variety of factors such as slow databases, insufficient data storage capacity, poor data quality, lack of proper data cleansing and inadequate IT infrastructure. Challenges such as data silos can also decrease operational efficiency. And as the data grows, performing complex data modelling becomes challenging for users as they spend more time managing data rather than identifying insights.

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Topics: Data Management, Data, analytic data platforms

Explore Graph Databases for Better Relationships

Posted by Matt Aslett on Mar 1, 2023 3:00:00 AM

I have previously written about the functional evolution and emerging use cases for NoSQL databases, a category of non-relational databases that first emerged 15 or so years ago and are now well established as potential alternatives to relational databases. NoSQL is a term that is used to describe a variety of databases that fall into four primary functional categories: key-value stores, wide column stores, document-oriented databases and graph databases. Each is worthy of further exploration, which is why I am examining them over a series of analyst perspectives, starting with graph databases.

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Topics: Data, Operational Data Platforms

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