By James Kobielus
It’s good to know that some things remain constant in the ever-changing data warehousing (DW) market. One of those constants is IBM’s continued leadership in this segment, which, as I stated in my recent IBM Big Data & Analytics (BD&A) Hub blog, is as relevant as ever in the era of big data. Even as data industry fads change with seasons, you will still need strong analytics data governance and a repository for master data, and that’s your DW.
IBM has maintained and deepened our leadership in the DW market over many years, and, as Wendy Lucas discusses in her BD&A Hub blog, an independent analyst firm continues to recognize that fact. “Regardless of your specific DW requirements,” she states, “it’s as important as ever to partner with a vendor that has the proven breadth and depth of solutions to fit each of these needs. Gartner cites IBM’s ‘broad offering and integration across products that can support all four major data warehouse use cases’ as a strength, along with our continued investment in product innovation driven by customer and market demands.”
I’d like to highlight the word “innovation” in what Wendy says. Just because the DW market is of long vintage and has many mature offerings, such as IBM PureData System for Analytics (PDA), doesn’t mean that we solution providers are slacking off on new features. Go check out an important new feature, IBM Fluid Query, which provides a query and data movement toolkit for leveraging insights from data in PDA and various Hadoop platforms, including IBM InfoSphere BigInsights.
The DW innovations don’t stop there. In Dennis Duckworth’s commentary on the Gartner study, he discusses IBM’s ongoing investments in logical DW solutions that can be deployed as hybrid clouds, or as with dashDB, as full-blown SaaS offerings. As he notes, one of the important innovations in dashDB is built-in integration with our NoSQL database-as-a-service, Cloudant.
All of these IBM investments serve to further the evolution of the logical DW as a more fluid, agile, and versatile enterprise analytics platform.
James Kobielus is IBM Senior Program Director, Product Marketing, Big Data Analytics solutions. He is an industry veteran, a popular speaker and social media participant, and a thought leader in big data, Hadoop, enterprise data warehousing, advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management, and next best action technologies. Follow James on Twitter: @