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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

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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Microsoft’s Product Positions – Positive Progress

by Merv Adrian  |  December 29, 2014

In September, I posted Microsoft’s Portfolio – a Formidable Mix, with a perspective on several dozen Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft offerings. As Gartner’s Vendor Lead, I’m a mandatory peer reviewer for those and other documents. For my own edification, I decide to map the Magic Quadrants that feature Microsoft onto a quadrant-style picture that shows where Microsoft appears in […]

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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Merv Adrian  |  December 18, 2014

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

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

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

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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