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Big Blue walks the red carpet: The Forrester Wave on big data Hadoop solutions

March 4, 2014

My home office window has a direct view to the Hollywood sign. Most days it blends into the background, aside from the occasional gaze during a conference call when I allow my mind to wander to a parallel universe of red carpets, spotlights and my handprints on the walk of fame. Once a year, however, that Hollywood sign comes into full focus: awards season. Yes, awards season is in full swing. Only this year, it’s not just awards season for the Hollywood elite, it’s here for big data as well.

And the nominees are…

After the first edition two years ago, Forrester recently released its highly anticipated Big Data Hadoop Solutions Wave. IBM was one of nine nominees including Amazon Web Services, Cloudera, Hortonworks, Intel, MapR Technologies, Microsoft, Pivotal Software and Teradata. The nine companies nominated were evaluated across 32 criteria of big data Hadoop solutions.

For this Wave, Forrester evaluated InfoSphere BigInsights. IBM again was named a leader and received the highest strategy score. The strategy score takes into account the ability to execute, product roadmap and customer support. We received the leading score in strategy in the 2012 report as well, but two years later, it means even more. In a rapidly growing field of Hadoop providers, it can be hard to discern the differences between the various offerings and evolving visions. As Forrester points out in their report, there’s no shortage of momentum in the Hadoop space, and while that’s true, Hadoop is just one part of an overall big data strategy that incorporates streaming analytics, discovery and navigation, and integration and governance. Our strategy leadership position is a reflection of the enterprise integrations, advanced analytics and a long-established history of data management tools that we apply to Hadoop with InfoSphere BigInsights. It’s recognition of the fact that we’re delivering on our big data and analytics strategy. 

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I’d like to thank…

At the heart of BigInsights is open source Apache Hadoop; we wouldn’t have a Hadoop distribution without it. Those core open-source components lay the foundation for an enterprise solution. By placing value-added features on top of it, like enterprise integration and performance, advanced analytics and key usability features, we’re able to extend what you can do with Hadoop. In the report, Forrester says, “…IBM had advanced analytics tools, a global presence, and implementation services, so it can offer a complete big data solution that will be attractive to many customers.”

So what’s next? Like any good movie, there’s always a sequel in the works, or in our case, a Big SQL. What do you think of the Forrester Big Data Hadoop Solutions Wave? Do you agree that Hadoop is gaining momentum? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.

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