Merv Adrian

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

by Merv Adrian  |  December 31, 2014  |  1 Comment

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  |  5 Comments

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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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Merv Adrian  |  December 18, 2014  |  3 Comments

Donald Feinberg (@Brazingo) & Merv Adrian (@merv) Every so often, there’s a wave of interest in the “imminent retirement” of one or more legacy database management systems (DBMS). Usually, it’s because someone with very little knowledge of the actual use and distribution of the products becomes enthusiastic about someone’s sales pitch, or an anecdote or […]

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Hadoop Deployments: Slow to Grow So Far

by Merv Adrian  |  December 5, 2014  |  3 Comments

How have Hadoop deployments grown this year? Slowly. Here’s a little anecdata for you: During 2014, my colleague Nick Heudecker and I conducted quarterly webinars on the State of Hadoop, and in the Q2, Q3 and Q4 sessions we asked our (steadily growing) audience about their deployments via online polls. These results should not be considered […]

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Hortonworks IPO – Why Now?

by Merv Adrian  |  November 17, 2014  |  9 Comments

Last week, many observers were surprised when Hortonworks’ S-1 for an initial public offering (IPO) was filed. And there are good reasons to be surprised. Why now? CEO Rob Bearden told VentureWire not long ago that he expected to exit 2014 “at a strong $100 million run rate” in preparation for a 2015 IPO. What changed? […]

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Strata Spark Tsunami – Hadoop World, Part One

by Merv Adrian  |  October 31, 2014  |  10 Comments

New York’s Javits Center is a cavernous triumph of form over function. Giant empty spaces were everywhere at this year’s empty-though-sold-out Strata/Hadoop World, but the strangely-numbered, hard to find, typically inadequately-sized rooms were packed. Some redesign will be needed next year, because the event was huge in impact and demand will only grow. A few of […]

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Hadoop Is A Recursive Acronym

by Merv Adrian  |  October 13, 2014  |  3 Comments

Hopefully, that title got your attention. A recursive acronym – the term first appeared in the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and is likely more familiar to tech folks who know Gnu – is self-referential (as in “Gnu’s not Unix.”) So how did I conclude Hadoop, whose name origin we know, fits the definition? […]

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Guest Post: Are You Pouring Pollution into the Data Lake?

by Merv Adrian  |  October 10, 2014  |  Comments Off

From my esteemed colleague Mark Beyer “Unstructured data” is a misnomer—everyone finally agrees on that much, at least. It is a term that is often applied to information assets that are not relational. Sometimes it is applied to machine data generated by operational technologies. Sometimes it is applied to content, like documents, or even less specific text […]

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Satya Nadella at Symposium – What to Look For

by Merv Adrian  |  October 2, 2014  |  Comments Off

It’s rare that one gets the chance to talk to a new megavendor CEO in his first year on the job – especially in front of 10,000 senior IT professionals. But that is the opportunity Drue Reeves and I have on Tuesday, October 7 in Gartner’s Mastermind interview. What have we got in mind? Enterprise IT […]

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Microsoft’s Portfolio – A Formidable Mix

by Merv Adrian  |  September 20, 2014  |  2 Comments

For the past few months, I’ve been Gartner’s Vendor Lead for Microsoft. For some 30 vendors, we assign a single analyst to act as a focal point for coordinating across the 1000 analysts we have when research covers that vendor. In Microsoft’s case, that has proven to be fascinating – we have some 3 dozen […]

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