Merv Adrian

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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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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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Hadoop Investments Continue: Teradata, HP Jockey For Position

by Merv Adrian  |  July 24, 2014  |  5 Comments

Interest from the leading players continues to drive investment in the Hadoop marketplace. This week Teradata made two acquisitions – Revelytix and Hadapt – that enrich its already sophisticated big data portfolio, while HP made a $50M investment in, and joined the board of, Hortonworks. These moves continue the ongoing effort by leading players. 4 of […]

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Microsoft Turns the ‘Scope on SaaS

by Merv Adrian  |  July 16, 2014  |  4 Comments

One of the more interesting conversations I had at the Microsoft Worldwide Partners Conference this week concerned an initiative they have launched to help IT understand – and get under control – proliferating ungoverned SaaS applications. Brad Anderson, Corporate VP for Cloud and Mobility, told the 16,000 attendees that enterprises need help.  “We ask them […]

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Microsoft’s New CEO – What’s Next for Microsoft?

by Merv Adrian  |  February 19, 2014  |  3 Comments

In the most profound change of leadership in Microsoft’s history, Satya Nadella, who was head of the Cloud and Enterprise division,  has taken the helm, succeeding Steve Ballmer. Nadella’s “insider” understanding of Microsoft’s culture and his effectiveness in cross-team communication and collaboration could help him reshape Microsoft for the digital era — which will be […]

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BYOH – Hadoop’s a Platform. Get Used To It.

by Merv Adrian  |  October 9, 2013  |  9 Comments

When is a technology offering a platform? Arguably, when people build products assuming it will be there. Or extend their existing products to support it, or add versions designed to run on it. Hadoop is there. The age of Bring Your Own Hadoop (BYOH) is clearly upon us.  Specific support for components such as Pig […]

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Hadoop Summit Recap Part Two – SELECT FROM hdfs WHERE bigdatavendor USING SQL

by Merv Adrian  |  July 15, 2013  |  10 Comments

Probably the most widespread, and commercially imminent, theme at the Summit was “SQL on Hadoop.” Since last year, many offerings have been touted, debated, and some have even shipped. In this post, I offer a brief look at where things stood at the Summit and how we got there. To net it out: offerings today […]

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Hadoop Distributions And Kids’ Soccer

by Merv Adrian  |  July 19, 2011  |  4 Comments

The big players are moving in for a piece of the Big Data action. IBM, EMC, and NetApp have stepped up their messaging, in part to prevent startup upstarts like Cloudera from cornering the Apache Hadoop distribution market. They are all elbowing one another to get closest to “pure Apache” while still “adding value.” Numerous […]

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