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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Syncsort survey shows cloud adoption still tactical

Syncsort survey shows cloud adoption still tactical

A survey conducted by data integration provider Syncsort provides a window on the readiness and expectations of customers for moving to the cloud. Most consider the expected benefits worth the trouble, but are not far enough along to have any coherent strategy.

November 7, 2018 by

Oracle's next chapter: The Autonomous Database and the DBA

Oracle's next chapter: The Autonomous Database and the DBA

The autonomous database was the central theme of this year's Oracle OpenWorld event that wrapped up last week. With the product now generally available, Oracle showcased several production Autonomous Data Warehouse references. The next steps are showing real business impacts and educating customers on why DBAs remain relevant.

October 31, 2018 by

Software and beer: What open source and craft brewing have in common

Software and beer: What open source and craft brewing have in common

There's a common thread to IBM's and Microsoft pending respective acquisitions of Red Hat and GitHub: both are pillars of the open source world, and neither wants to destroy their open source credibility. There's a good precedent for where IBM and Microsoft might take their cues: the craft brewing world, where the big guys don't want to destroy the identities of the independent brands they've bought.

October 30, 2018 by

Is Teradata's march to cloud and commodity its destiny?

Is Teradata's march to cloud and commodity its destiny?

Last week's annual Teradata Universe annual conference was light on product announcements, and heavy on getting the message through on its rebranding. Beneath the surface, there are important moves toward cloud and commodity infrastructure that could redefine the Teradata platform down the road.

October 22, 2018 by