Tony Baer (Ovum)

Contributing Writer

Tony Baer leads Ovum's Big Data research area. Over his 25 years in the industry, he has studied issues of data integration, software and data architecture, middleware, and application development. Having tracked the emergence of BI and data warehousing back in the 1990s, Baer sees similar parallels emerging in the world of Big Data today. His coverage focuses on how Big Data must become a first-class citizen in the data center, IT organization, and the business. Baer has a multi-disciplinary background touching the different tiers of enterprise software. His expertise in data management is complemented by deep background in software development platforms and middleware. Prior to joining Ovum, he was an independent analyst whose company onStrategies delivered market assessments and messaging advisory services to vendor clients. He co-authored some of the earliest books on the Java and .NET frameworks including Understanding the .NET Framework and J2EE Technology in Practice. He has spoken at numerous industry events covering data management, and has been chronicling the industry in his blog for over 15 years. His career began as a journalist with publications including Computerworld, Application Development Trends, Computergram, Software Magazine, Information Week, and Manufacturing Business Technology.

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Teradata doubles down

Teradata doubles down

In its turn-around strategy, Teradata is making a sensible move to focus on the high-end customers who are at the core of its addressable market. But its services-heavy revenue mix prompts questions as to whether it is turning into a consulting company.

May 11, 2017 by

Has the Hadoop market turned a corner?

Has the Hadoop market turned a corner?

The recent numbers from Cloudera and Hortonworks show positive signs toward the path to profitability. But as they aim for the black, they are finding themselves in a much broader Big Data market where ease and accessibility will determine whether they sink or swim.

May 8, 2017 by

SAP and Google Cloud: They actually need each other

SAP and Google Cloud: They actually need each other

Both SAP and Google Cloud are too proud to admit it. SAP is Google Cloud's first major enterprise software partner, while SAP needs distance itself from Oracle, which has a more unified enterprise applications SaaS offering. It's all too obvious: SAP and Google Cloud could do a lot more together.

April 27, 2017 by

Kafka channels the big data firehose

Kafka channels the big data firehose

Kafka has emerged as the open source pillar of choice for managing huge torrents of events. The challenge is refining the tooling and raising the game on security beyond basic authentication.

April 20, 2017 by

Snowflake spreads its footprint

Snowflake spreads its footprint

Snowflake has literally just doubled down with a recent $100 million funding round that will expand its global footprint. Its challenge should sound familiar: Why go with best of breed when your cloud provider offers a data warehouse that's "good enough?"

April 17, 2017 by

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