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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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SAP's road to cloud-native data platforms in a hybrid world

SAP's road to cloud-native data platforms in a hybrid world

While SAP's data portfolio has been available in the cloud for some time, it is now making serious moves to make SAP HANA, data integration, and analytic platforms cloud native. The question is how SAP will harmonize the experiences of on premise and cloud for a customer base that will keep their feet planted in both worlds.

October 8, 2018 by

Microsoft Ignite postmortem: The underlying hybrid convergence

Microsoft Ignite postmortem: The underlying hybrid convergence

While Intelligent Cloud, Intelligent Edge, and AI grabbed the headlines at this year's Ignite conference, there is a hybrid cloud/on-premises message lurking in the background. As Microsoft's competitive landscape gets increasingly driven by Amazon and Google Cloud, its hybrid on-premise/cloud strategy could become its prime differentiator -- and databases could be exhibit one.

September 27, 2018 by

AI: The view from the Chief Data Science Office

AI: The view from the Chief Data Science Office

It's challenging to get data scientists where you need them. And if you're managing an AI project, better be prepared for handling moving targets. These are some of the results of a survey of chief data scientists and analytics officers that we recently concluded.

September 21, 2018 by

Apache Flink takes ACID

Apache Flink takes ACID

With some of its financial services clients demanding real-time risk management capabilities, Data Artisans has brought ACID transactions to Flink. While it certainly won't replace relational databases, adding ACID at the distributed streaming tier will shift some of the transaction burdens for applications processing real-time data from multiple sources.

September 4, 2018 by

Hortonworks ups its Kafka Game

Hortonworks ups its Kafka Game

Ahead of the Strata conference next month, Hortonworks is focusing on streaming data as it introduces a new Kafka management tool and adds some refinements to its DataFlow product.

August 23, 2018 by