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        Matt Aslett's Analyst Perspectives

        The data platforms market has traditionally been divided between products specifically designed to support operational or analytic workloads, with other market segments having emerged in recent years for data platforms targeted specifically at data science and machine learning (ML), as well as real-time analytics. More recently, we have seen vendor strategies evolving to provide a more consolidated approach, with data platforms designed to address a combination of analytics and data science, as...

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

        The recent publication of our Value Index research highlights the impact of intelligent applications on the operational data platforms sector. While we continue to believe that, for most use cases, there is a clear, functional requirement for either analytic or operational data platforms, recent growth in the development of intelligent applications infused with the results of analytic processes, such as personalization and artificial intelligence (AI)-driven recommendations, has increasing...

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

        As engagement with customers, suppliers and partners is increasingly conducted through digital channels, ensuring that infrastructure and applications are performing as expected is not just important but mission critical. My colleague, David Menninger, recently explained the increasing importance of observability to enable organizations to ensure that their systems and applications are operating efficiently. Observability has previously been the domain of the IT department but is increasingly...

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        Topics: Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data

        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...

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

        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...

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

        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...

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

        Data observability was a hot topic in 2022 and looks likely to be a continued area of focus for innovation in 2023 and beyond. As I have previously described, data observability software is designed to automate the monitoring of data platforms and data pipelines, as well as the detection and remediation of data quality and data reliability issues. There has been a Cambrian explosion of data observability software vendors in recent years, and while they have fundamental capabilities in common,...

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

        I have written about the increased demand for data-intensive operational applications infused with the results of analytic processes, such as personalization and artificial intelligence-driven recommendations. I previously described the use of hybrid data processing to enable analytics on application data within operational data platforms. As is often the case in the data platforms sector, however, there is more than one way to peel an orange. Recent years have also seen the emergence of...

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

        Despite the emphasis on organizations being more data-driven and making an increasing proportion of business decisions based on data and analytics, it remains the case that some of the most fundamental questions about an organization are difficult to answer using data and analytics. Ostensibly simple questions such as, “how many customers does the organization have?” can be fiendishly difficult to answer, especially for organizations with multiple business entities, regions, departments and...

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

        I am happy to share insights from our latest Ventana Research Value Index research, which assesses how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The 2023 Analytic Data Platforms Value Index is the distillation of a year of market and product research by Ventana Research. Drawing on our Benchmark Research, we apply a structured methodology built on evaluation categories that reflect real-world criteria incorporated in a request for proposal to data platform vendors supporting the...

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        Topics: Cloud Computing, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, analytic data platforms
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