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        Matt Aslett

        Matt leads the expertise in Digital Technology covering applications and technology that improve the readiness and resilience of business and IT operations. His focus areas of expertise and market coverage include: analytics and data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, blockchain, cloud computing, collaborative and conversational computing, extended reality, Internet of Things mobile computing and robotic automation. Matt’s specialization is in operational and analytical use of data and how businesses can modernize their approaches to business to accelerate the value realization of technology investments in support of hybrid and multi-cloud architecture. Matt has been an industry analyst for more than a decade and has pioneered the coverage of emerging data platforms including NoSQL and NewSQL databases, data lakes and cloud-based data processing. He is a graduate of Bournemouth University.


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        I previously described how Oracle had positioned its database portfolio to address any and all data platform requirements. The caveat to that statement at the time was that any organization wanting to take advantage of the company’s flagship Oracle Autonomous Database could only do so using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) cloud computing service, their own datacenter or a hybrid cloud environment. The widespread popularity of Oracle Database and the advanced automation capabilities delivered...

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, operational data platforms, Analytic Data Platforms, AI and Machine Learning

        I recently articulated some of the reasons why IT teams can fail to deliver on the business requirements for data and analytics projects. This is an age-old and multifaceted problem that is not easily solved. Organizations have a role to play in alleviating the issue by ensuring that their business processes and project planning support a collaborative approach in which business and IT professionals work together. Data and analytics product vendors can also help by delivering products that are...

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        Topics: Cloud Computing, Data Governance, Data Management, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, AI and Machine Learning

        I previously wrote about how document-database providers have added support for ACID transactions and the SQL query language, making their products increasingly suitable for use as replacements for applications that previously depended on relational databases. Adoption of non-relational NoSQL databases is by no means reliant on displacing incumbent relational databases, and initial adoption is often driven by differentiating capabilities, such as developer agility and application flexibility....

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        Topics: Data, operational data platforms

        I have previously written about the functional evolution and emerging use cases for NoSQL databases, a category of non-relational databases that first emerged 15 or so years ago and are now well established as potential alternatives to relational databases. NoSQL is a term used to describe a variety of databases that fall into four primary functional categories: key-value stores, wide-column stores, document-oriented databases and graph databases. Each is worthy of further exploration, which is...

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        Topics: Cloud Computing, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, operational data platforms

        I previously wrote about the challenge facing distributed SQL database providers to avoid becoming pigeonholed as only being suitable for a niche set of requirements. Factors including performance, reliability, security and scalability provide a focal point for new vendors to differentiate from established providers and get a foot in the door with customer accounts. Expanding and retaining those accounts is not necessarily easy, however, especially as general-purpose data platform providers...

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        Topics: Analytics, Cloud Computing, Data, Digital Technology, Analytics & Data, Streaming Data & Events, Analytic Data Platforms, AI and Machine Learning

        I previously discussed the trust and accuracy limitations of large language models, suggesting that data and analytics vendors provide guidance about potentially inaccurate results and the risks of creating a misplaced level of trust. In the months that have followed, we are seeing some clarity from these vendors about the approaches organizations can take to increase trust and accuracy when developing applications that incorporate generative AI, including fine-tuning and prompt engineering. It...

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        Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data, Digital Technology, natural language processing, Analytics & Data, operational data platforms, Analytic Data Platforms, AI and Machine Learning

        I am happy to share insights gleaned from our latest Buyers Guide, an assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. TheVentana Research 2023 Data Observability Buyers Guide is the distillation of a year of market and product research by Ventana Research. Drawing on our Benchmark Research, we apply a structured methodology built on evaluation categories that reflect the real-world criteria incorporated in a request for proposal to data vendors supporting the spectrum of...

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        Topics: Data, data operations, Data Observability

        The 2023 Ventana Research Buyers Guide for Data Observability research enables me to provide observations about how the market has advanced. 

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        Topics: Data, data operations, Data Observability

        I am happy to share insights gleaned from our latest Buyers Guide, an assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research 2023 Data Orchestration Buyers Guide is the distillation of a year of market and product research by Ventana Research. Drawing on our Benchmark Research, we apply a structured methodology built on evaluation categories that reflect the real-world criteria incorporated in a request for proposal to data vendors supporting the spectrum of...

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        Topics: Data, data operations, Data Orchestration

        The 2023 Ventana Research Buyers Guide for Data Orchestration research enables me to provide observations about how the market has advanced. 

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        Topics: Data, data operations, Data Orchestration
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