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        Matt Aslett's Analyst Perspectives

        I have previously written about the impact of intelligent operational applications on the requirements for data platforms. Intelligent applications are used to run the business but also deliver personalization, recommendations and other features generated by machine learning and artificial intelligence. As such, they require a combination of operational and analytic processing functionality. The emergence of these intelligent applications does not eradicate the need for separate analysis of...

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        Topics: Analytics, Artificial intelligence, AI & Machine Learning, data platforms, Analytics & Data, Generative AI

        The phrase ‘big data’ may have largely gone out of fashion, but the concept of storing and processing all relevant data continues to be important for enterprises seeking to be more data-driven. Doing so requires analytic data platforms capable of storing and processing data in multiple formats and data models. This will be an important focus for the forthcoming Data Platforms Buyer’s Guide 2024. 

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, data operations, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data

        I recently discussed how fashion has a surprisingly significant role to play in the data market as various architectural approaches to data storage and processing take turns enjoying a phase in the limelight. Pendulum swing is a theory of fashion that describes the periodic movement of trends between two extremes, such as short and long hemlines or skinny and baggy/flared trousers. Pendulum swing theory is similarly a factor in data technology trends, with an example being the oscillation...

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        Topics: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, data operations, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data

        I previously described how Oracle had positioned its database portfolio to address any and all data platform requirements. The caveat to that statement at the time was that any organization wanting to take advantage of the company’s flagship Oracle Autonomous Database could only do so using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) cloud computing service, their own datacenter or a hybrid cloud environment. The widespread popularity of Oracle Database and the advanced automation capabilities delivered...

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data, analytic data platforms, Operational Data Platforms

        I previously wrote about the challenge facing distributed SQL database providers to avoid becoming pigeonholed as only being suitable for a niche set of requirements. Factors including performance, reliability, security and scalability provide a focal point for new vendors to differentiate from established providers and get a foot in the door with customer accounts. Expanding and retaining those accounts is not necessarily easy, however, especially as general-purpose data platform providers...

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        Topics: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data, Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data, Streaming Data & Events, analytic data platforms

        I previously discussed the trust and accuracy limitations of large language models, suggesting that data and analytics vendors provide guidance about potentially inaccurate results and the risks of creating a misplaced level of trust. In the months that have followed, we are seeing some clarity from these vendors about the approaches organizations can take to increase trust and accuracy when developing applications that incorporate generative AI, including fine-tuning and prompt engineering. It...

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data, Digital Technology, natural language processing, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data, analytic data platforms, Operational Data Platforms

        I previously described how Databricks had positioned its Lakehouse Platform as the basis for data engineering, data science and data warehousing. The lakehouse design pattern provides a flexible environment for storing and processing data from multiple enterprise applications and workloads for multiple use cases. I assert that by 2025, 8 in 10 current data lake adopters will invest in data lakehouse architecture to improve the business value generated from the accumulated data.

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Governance, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data, analytic data platforms

        Despite a focus on being data-driven, many organizations find that data and analytics projects fail to deliver on expectations. These initiatives can underwhelm for many reasons, because success requires a delicate balance of people, processes, information and technology. Small deviations from perfection in any of those factors can send projects off the rails.

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, data operations, AI & Machine Learning

        I have written before about the rising popularity of the data fabric approach for managing and governing data spread across distributed environments comprised of multiple data centers, systems and applications. I assert that by 2025, more than 6 in 10 organizations will adopt data fabric technologies to facilitate the management and processing of data across multiple data platforms and cloud environments. The data fabric approach is also proving attractive to vendors, including Microsoft, as a...

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        Topics: business intelligence, Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data Governance, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, AI & Machine Learning, Analytics & Data, analytic data platforms

        I recently wrote about the various technologies used by organizations to process and analyze data in real time. I explained that while the terms streaming data and events and streaming analytics are often used interchangeably, they are separate disciplines that make use of common underlying concepts and technologies such as events, event brokers and event-driven architecture. Confluent’s acquisition of Immerok earlier this year provided a reminder of this fact. Confluent is one of the most...

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        Topics: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data Governance, Data, Digital Technology, Streaming Analytics, Streaming Data & Events
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