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Nick Heudecker
Research Director
4 years at Gartner
18 years IT Industry

Nick Heudecker is an Analyst in Gartner's Research and Advisory Data Management group. Read Full Bio

Research Retrospective for 2015

by Nick Heudecker  |  December 16, 2015

With another year coming to a close and the focus on 2016, it’s always interesting to look back at the research I was able to publish this year with my outstanding colleagues. I have to thank my frequent collaborators/conspirators Merv Adrian, Mark Beyer, Roxane Edjlali, Ted Friedman and Lisa Kart. (This research is for Gartner […]

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Gold Coast Symposium Recap

by Nick Heudecker  |  October 30, 2015

Gartner’s CIO and IT Leader Symposium in Gold Coast is (probably) the third largest Symposium behind Orlando and Barcelona. This means I had fewer 1:1s with attendees, but they were no less intensive. And unlike Andrew, I didn’t have to give away any silver bullets. I had a total of 19 1:1s over the course […]

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Apache Flink Offers a Challenge to Spark

by Nick Heudecker  |  September 13, 2015

While Apache Spark has been hogging most of the data processing and analytics (DPA) spotlight over the last year, Apache Flink has managed to turn a few heads for real-time use cases. If you’re unfamiliar with Flink, it’s a memory-centric stream processing engine that can also do batch processing. Spark, on the other hand, is […]

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Big Data Isn’t Obsolete. It’s Normal. 

by Nick Heudecker  |  August 20, 2015

Each July and August sees the publication of the Gartner Hype Cycles. Hype Cycles offer an overview of the relative maturity of technologies, services and business disciplines in a certain domain. They provide not only a scorecard to separate hype from reality, but also a model that helps enterprises decide when they should adopt a […]

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Big Data Tells Us What We Want to Hear

by Nick Heudecker  |  March 20, 2015

This is a guest post from Mark Beyer. In the era of Big data, the theory goes that with more data, more inputs and more information, we can learn more, discover more and develop new insights. What if that is wrong? A “theory of everything” is a complex physical theory that all things in the […]

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Uncle Sam Wants You (Data Scientists)!

by Nick Heudecker  |  February 27, 2015

This is a guest post from Gartner analyst Jim Hare. Each Strata + Hadoop World conference has its own personality and this one was no different. The buzz at the San Jose venue was the fact that President Barack Obama had attended the event. Well, sort of: he delivered the opening keynote presentation via taped […]

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Hadoop Webinar Q&A

by Nick Heudecker  |  February 25, 2015

This is a joint post authored with Merv Adrian 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, […]

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Who Asked for an Open Data Platform?

by Nick Heudecker  |  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 short, it’s got some Hadoopers, some […]

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Research Retrospective for 2014

by Nick Heudecker  |  December 26, 2014

2014 was my first full calendar year working for Gartner. Between events and travel, I kept busy collaborating on a variety of research. In Choosing Your SQL Access Strategy for Hadoop, Merv Adrian and I explored the different approaches vendors are taking with SQL and Hadoop. This was a hot topic in the vendor space […]

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Hadoop’s Achilles Heel in 2015

by Nick Heudecker  |  December 26, 2014

Recently my colleague Merv Adrian and I spoke with a top four financial services firm about its upcoming Hadoop deployment. After several months of testing, the ten-node pilot was moving to production in a few weeks. We asked if any consulting firms or systems integrators helped with the project and the response was that Hadoop […]

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