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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Taking the pulse of machine learning adoption

Taking the pulse of machine learning adoption

Despite the hype, ML really is in its infancy according to a just-published survey from O'Reilly. The good news is that those who are furthest along with ML are getting quite cognizant of moral and regulatory hazards, like bias and privacy. The survey results drop hints of drastic changes in store as adoption grows more broad-based.

August 8, 2018 by

Apache Cassandra turns 10

Apache Cassandra turns 10

Born during the post-Y2K backlash that gave rise to innovations that are now the cornerstones of big data implementations, Cassandra has firmly entrenched itself as one of the most popular databases. As Cassandra enters adolescence, DataStax -- the company closely associated with it -- is embarking on a classic open core strategy that uses the database as its starting point.

July 24, 2018 by

Kafka is establishing its toehold

Kafka is establishing its toehold

Data pipelines were the headline from the third annual survey of Apache Kafka use. Behind anecdotal evidence of a growing user base, Kafka is still at the early adopter stage and skills remain hard to find.

July 13, 2018 by

Will Databricks' support for R Studio open the door?

Will Databricks' support for R Studio open the door?

While Databricks' built its success on open source, until now, the primary path to its analytics platform has been through its own executable notebook. Will the new integration with RStudio start cracking the door open to other tools favored by data scientists?

July 9, 2018 by

MongoDB 4.0 aims for cloud-friendliness

MongoDB 4.0 aims for cloud-friendliness

While it has become fashionable for operational databases to become multi-model, MongoDB has stuck to its knitting with the document model. But in the 4.0 release, it addresses some checkboxes on widely different sides of the database spectrum.

June 27, 2018 by

Hortonworks plays balancing act in the cloud

Hortonworks plays balancing act in the cloud

Among the big elephant platform providers, Hortonworks remains just about the last one not shy of having Hadoop associated with its name. But after this week's DataWorks Summit, it's apparent that Hortonworks and data warehousing providers are aiming to play the same Switzerland of analytics in an increasingly cloud-centric world.

June 21, 2018 by

Teradata's bet on subscriptions is paying off

Teradata's bet on subscriptions is paying off

It's been a while since Teradata could brag about share prices, but the fast ramp-up to subscriptions is clearly driving the love from Wall St. Beneath the transition are changes to its pricing and platform that are greasing the skids.

June 18, 2018 by

SAP launches HANA Data Management Suite

SAP launches HANA Data Management Suite

Announced in a company blog several months ago, at SAPPHIRE this week, SAP is officially taking the wraps off a new suite of tools aimed at governing and integrating data across highly federated environments.

June 5, 2018 by