Gartner Magic Quadrant finds rising demand for data warehouse services

A look at the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems and more data management news from around the Web.

A new wave of companies are deploying data warehouse technologies for the first time, resulting in increased demand for data warehouse-related consulting services, according to a recent Magic Quadrant report from Stamford, Conn.-based IT analyst firm Gartner Inc.

The Gartner report found that well-established data warehouse users are trending toward new architectures with expanded data management capabilities. But at the same time, many new users are entering the market for the first time. Garter attributes the changing attitudes to increased interest in big data technologies and architectures that support new data types, such as XML, text, audio and video content.

"In 2012 Gartner recorded a significant increase in inquiries from organizations seeking to deploy data warehouses and analytic data stores for the first time," the report said. "This might sound incredible over 25 years into the data warehousing era, but we asked these clients several questions to confirm that they were contemplating truly 'greenfield' data warehousing initiatives."

The annual Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems ranks the major data warehousing software vendors as leaders, challengers, niche players or visionaries based on several criteria, including "completeness of vision" and "ability to execute." The report defines "data warehouse data management systems" as database management systems (DBMS) that can serve as the foundation for data warehouse deployments.

Vendors named as data warehouse DBMS leaders in this year's report include: Teradata, Oracle, IBM, SAP, Microsoft and EMC. The only player named as a challenger is 1010data. Vendors dubbed niche players include: Actian, Exasol, Infobright and Calpont, while ParAccel, HP and Kognitio are listed as visionaries.

Organizations moving forward with new data warehousing initiatives should choose data warehousing services firms carefully, while remaining wary of software vendors who try to oversell infrastructure, according to Gartner.

"History shows the periodic resurgence of discredited practices by disreputable or ignorant implementers, which have led organizations' data warehouse practices astray," the report said. "Clients should therefore be cautious and conduct [proof-of-concept] exercises that reflect their expected use case over the next three to five years [and] new adopters of data warehousing technology should carefully evaluate how their workload changes and could be managed by different solution architectures."

ParAccel unveils new analytic functions

In other data management news, ParAccel -- one of the data warehouse vendors listed as a "visionary" in the Gartner Magic Quadrant report -- recently added new capabilities to its core analytics platform.

The new functions include text analytics capabilities that provide immediate insight into social media feeds, warranty files, customer comments, insurance claims and other text-driven applications. Among other features, the company has also added a new JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) parser that quickly automates the alteration of Web application data so it can be used for analytics purposes.

The company also introduced a new analytics development initiative designed to get new capabilities into the hands of customers, according to Hannah Smalltree, ParAccel's director of product marketing.

 "ParAccel is committed to expanding our customers' ability to drive value from big data," Smalltree said in an email interview. "The new program puts more resources behind the development of new analytic functions that can make an immediate business impact."

Denodo debuts new data virtualization software

The newest version of Denodo Technologies' data virtualization software is focused on helping users access and integrate information housed in many different types of data sources, company officials said.

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Denodo Platform 5.0 enables organizations to abstract information from both commonly used and newly emerging information sources, including databases, applications and big data implementations, as well as cloud and unstructured sources. Company officials say information from those sources can be exposed as canonical business entities that are expressed as "linked data services" and relatively easy to discover, consume and govern. The new data virtualization software is available now.

"Reusable Linked Data Services are becoming critical for organizations to increase business agility and to broaden and scale their use of data virtualization," Angel Viña, Denodo Technologies' CEO, said in a press release. "In fact, leading global customers are using it today for agile and self-service business intelligence, logical data warehouses, embedded product analytics [and] big data and cloud abstraction."

Dell releases cloud MDM offering

Dell Inc. is taking master data management (MDM) to the cloud with its new Dell Boomi Master Data Management product.

The new subscription-based cloud offering boasts MDM, data integration and data quality assurance features and is aimed primarily at medium-sized businesses, company officials said. The software gives organizations a place to store important "master data" about customers, suppliers and other business entities, and feeds that information to on-premises applications as well as other cloud services.

"Given their complexity and cost, most master data management solutions are simply out of reach for midmarket customers," Chris McNabb, Dell Boomi's director of product management, said in a press release. "We're offering these customers an accessible, easy to use cloud-managed MDM solution that provides short time to value to help ensure their success."

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