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Merv Adrian
Research VP
4 years with Gartner
37 years in IT industry

Merv Adrian is an analyst following database and adjacent technologies as extreme data transforms assumptions about what to persist as well as when, where and how. He also watches the way the software/hardware boundary… Read Full Bio

Microsoft in MQs – June is Bustin’ Out

by Merv Adrian  |  June 18, 2015

Following December 2014’s Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, and March’s Microsoft in MQs – March On,  this post updates my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. As Microsoft nears the end of its fiscal year (and undergoes management shifts I’ll discuss in a future post) their MQ progress continues through […]

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Perspectives on Hadoop Part Two: Pausing Plans

by Merv Adrian  |  June 4, 2015

By Merv Adrian and Nick Heudecker In the first post in this series , I looked at the size of revenue streams for RDBMS software and maintenance/support and noted that they amount to $33B, pointing out that pure play Hadoop vendors had a high hill to climb. (I didn’t say so specifically, but in 2014, Gartner […]

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Perspectives on Hadoop: Procurement, Plans, and Positioning

by Merv Adrian  |  June 1, 2015

I have the privilege of working for the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company, covering information management with a strong focus for the past few years on an emerging software stack called Hadoop. In the early part of 2015, that particular technology is moving from early adopter status to early majority in its marketplace […]

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Microsoft in MQs – March On

by Merv Adrian  |  March 29, 2015

In December 2014, I posted Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress, updating my quarterly map of the several dozen Gartner Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. Welcome to the New Year. The progress I identified then has continued through Q1, as another product improved its position in a refresh (Advanced Analytic Platforms), and another (Enterprise Integration Platform as […]

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Hadoop Questions from Recent Webinar Span Spectrum

by Merv Adrian  |  February 25, 2015

This is a joint post authored with Nick Heudecker There were many questions asked after the last quarterly Hadoop webinar, and Nick and I have picked a few that were asked several times to respond to here. Just to be clear, we don’t generally give deep advice in blog posts – our blogs are descriptive, not […]

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Which SQL on Hadoop? Poll Still Says “Whatever” But DBMS Providers Gain

by Merv Adrian  |  February 22, 2015

Since Nick Heudecker and I began our quarterly Hadoop webinars, we have asked our audiences what they expected to do about SQL several times, first in January 2014. With 164 respondents in that survey, 32% said “we’ll use what our existing BI tool provider gives us,” reflecting the fact that most adopters seem not to want […]

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Who Asked for an Open Data Platform?

by Merv Adrian  |  February 18, 2015

This is a joint blog post between Nick Heudecker and Merv Adrian. It’s Strata week here in San Jose, and with that comes a flood of new announcements on products, partners and funding. Today’s big announcement came in the form of the Open Data Platform (ODP). A number of companies have signed on, but in […]

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Hadoop Adoption? Moving, But Not Necessarily Forward

by Merv Adrian  |  February 18, 2015

Gartner’s quarterly Hadoop webinar in February 2015 showed that adoption of Hadoop is not rising quite as dramatically as some might believe. It’s flat compared to Q42014. Of nearly 1200 attendees, 465 shared their thinking with us via the usual polling, and the Deployed percentage was the same. Not that surprising for only 3 months between […]

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Oracle Hardware – No, The News is Not Good. (Yet.)

by Merv Adrian  |  December 31, 2014

As an information management software analyst, I don’t spend a great deal of time looking at hardware, but when I look for a more holistic view, I occasionally check in with Gartner colleagues. Recently I had a few questions about Oracle’s hardware mix during inquiries, so I decided to check in with my colleague Errol […]

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Prediction Is Hard – Especially About the Future

by Merv Adrian  |  December 30, 2014

OK, I admit it – I stole the title from a much smarter man. I thought that man was Yogi Berra, but maybe not – more about that at the end of this post. Every year, Gartner issues a series of Predicts documents. This year I had the pleasure of doing one for my team […]

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