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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

Hadoop Helpers – Projects Without Commercial Support

by Merv Adrian  |  August 11, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation has over 350 projects underway, and others are being developed in the open source community for use with (and without)  the Hadoop stack. In recent posts Now, What is Hadoop? And What’s Supported? and Hadoop Projects Supported by Only One Distribution, I mapped those supported by commercial distributors. But there’s another […]

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Hadoop Projects Supported By Only One Distribution

by Merv Adrian  |  August 9, 2015

The Apache Software Foundation has succeeded admirably in becoming a place where new software ideas are developed: today there are over 350 projects underway. The challenges for the Hadoop user are twofold: trying to decide which projects might be useful in big data-related cases, and determining which are supported by commercial distributors. In Now, What is Hadoop? And What’s Supported? I list 10 […]

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How Vendors Can Maximize Gartner Magic Quadrant Briefing Effectiveness

by Merv Adrian  |  July 28, 2015

By Adam Ronthal and Merv Adrian The Gartner Magic Quadrant is, perhaps, the most well known piece of research we publish each year.  Vendors appearing on the Magic Quadrant often issue press releases, purchase reprint rights, and generally make some well-deserved noise when included in the final research note. And quite rightly so.  The Magic Quadrants […]

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Now, What Is Hadoop? And What’s Supported?

by Merv Adrian  |  July 2, 2015

Updated August 11, 2015 This perennial question resurfaced recently in a thoughtful blog post by Andreas Neumann, Chief Architect of Cask, called What is Hadoop, anyway?. Ultimately, after a careful deconstruction of the terms in the question, Andreas concludes with “Does it really matter to agree on the answer to that question? In the end, everybody who […]

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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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