Big Data Meets Trough Of Disillusionment: Gartner
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User Rank: Apprentice
2/2/2014 | 3:03:04 PM
Data Strategy is the Answer
You're absolutely right about Big Data being in the "trough of disillusionment". It is, and for good reason: people have been burned by the solutions they've tried.

What's been lacking up to this point is a cohesive data strategy. There needs to be a plan for asking questions, getting answers from the data, and then empowering executives to make data-driven decisions based on that.

I wrote an entire blog post detailing the data strategy that I've seen be successful, you can find it here:

I'm fairly confident that once organizations put a strategy into place to use data effectively that Big Data will be lifted out of the trough once again.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/19/2013 | 11:16:49 AM
Dear Dough Henschen:

I truly enjoyed reading your article on the growing awareness of In-Memory databases. The growth of In-Memory computing and the associated news is music to Altibase's ears! 

Altibase has been perfecting the science of In-Memory databases for nearly 15 years with over 500 enterprise clients and thousands of mission critical deployments.  

Altibase is a major player in the In-Memory DB space as indicated in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Operational DBMSs 2013.

Please take a look at (see its case studies at as well as comparison docs at Moreover Garter accurately indicated that Altibase's products have  "Broad use case applicability" and "Maturity" in its Magic Quadrant for Operational Database Management Systems.

Please take a look and reach out to me with any quesitons. And I would love to see Altibase included in your upcoming news.


Jung Nahm


User Rank: Apprentice
11/18/2013 | 1:24:55 PM
Good News?!?
Great blog, I had the same feeling in January, maybe I was wrong/early at the time, but, here are some of my fears :

D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
11/18/2013 | 10:30:23 AM
SAP: Time to emphasize real-world in-memory gains
SAP is the self-proclaimed leader on in-memory technology, but it has to show it's leading out there in the real world. Let's start hearing more concrete customer success stories and less hype about unspecified "never-before-possible applications" unmeasured "dramatically faster performance" and unverifiable "transformation without disruption." I'm talking to customers and hearing lots of good things, but there are realities (like the cost of new servers) and tradeoffs (like rework required to change apps and analytics) that SAP doesn't acknowledge.

Customers need to know they will get to that "plateau of productivity." Hype will deepen the dissolusionment while real-world case examples will help establish realistic expectations.

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