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Big Data Analytics: Profiling the Use of Analytical Platforms in User Organizations

by Wayne Eckerson


Published: September 28, 2011

This research report, written By Wayne Eckerson, Director of Research, Business Applications and Architecture Group at TechTarget, profiles the use of analytical platforms in user organizations. It discusses 4 deployment options: analytical database (software only); analytical appliance (hardware-software comb; analytical service; and file-based analytical system (e.g., Hadoop and NoSQL).

Executive Summary

This report examines the rise of “big data” and the use of analytics to mine that data. Companies have been storing and analyzing large volumes of data since the advent of the data warehousing movement in the early 1990s. While terabytes used to be synonymous with big data warehouses, now it’s petabytes, and the rate of growth in data volumes continues to escalate as organizations seek to store and analyze greater levels of transaction details, as well as Web- and...

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About the Author

Wayne Eckerson - Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group, a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.