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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Have we reached Peak Hadoop?

Have we reached Peak Hadoop?

The fact that IBM is not using Hadoop for its new Watson Data Platform cloud service provides a fresh reminder that the Hadoop vs. Spark debate isn't dead. But don't count Hadoop out. Its data management capabilities are not yet being matched by Spark or other fit-for-purpose big data cloud services.

October 31, 2016 by

SQL on Hadoop benchmarks get serious

SQL on Hadoop benchmarks get serious

Benchmarks often blow smoke. But where's there's smoke, there's fire, and the recent publishing of competing benchmarks by Cloudera and Hortonworks are proof positive that SQL remains the gateway drug to Hadoop.

October 14, 2016 by

Teradata (re)embarks on a solutions journey

Teradata (re)embarks on a solutions journey

Teradata is not the first platform company to aim higher up the value chain towards a solutions business. The journey will be a balancing act for avoiding conflict with the analytics software partners that have been pillars of its ecosystem.

September 23, 2016 by

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