David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Why Your Data Lake Needs Bad Data

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Everyone talks about data quality, as they should. Our research shows that improving the quality of information is the top benefit of data preparation activities. Data quality efforts are focused on clean data. Yes, clean data is important. but so is bad data.

Snowflake Builds on Its Success

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Traditional on-premises data processing solutions have led to a hugely complex and expensive set of data silos where IT spends more time managing the infrastructure than extracting value from the data.

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Incorta Streamlines Analytics with Direct Data Access

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

The amount of data flowing into organizations is growing exponentially, creating a need to process more data more quickly than ever before.

Informatica Continues to Evolve Data Management Platform

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations are accelerating their digital transformation and looking for innovative ways to engage with customers in this new digital era of data management.

The Unexpected Cost of Data Copies

This paper will discuss why organizations frequently end up with multiple data copies and how a secure "no-copy" data strategy enabled by the Dremio data lake service can help reduce complexity, boost efficiency, and dramatically reduce costs.

DataRobot Automates and Simplifies AI/ML

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Machine learning is valuable for organizations, but it can be hard to deploy. Our Machine Learning Dynamic Insights research identifies that not having enough skilled resources and difficulty building and maintaining ML systems are pressing challenges organizations face in applying ML.

Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing for Data and Analytics

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations are increasingly using data as a strategic asset, which makes data services critical. Huge volumes of data need to be stored, managed, discovered and analyzed.

The Value Index for Analytics and Data Classifies and Rates Vendors

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

I am happy to share insights gleaned from our latest Value Index research, an assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research Value Index: Analytics and Data 2021 is the distillation of a year of market and product research by Ventana Research.

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The 2021 Market Agenda for Analytics: Converting Data Into Insights

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research recently announced its 2021 market agenda for Analytics , continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations derive optimal value from technology investments to improve business outcomes.

Dataiku Streamlines AI/ML

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations are becoming more and more data-driven and are looking for ways to accelerate the usage of artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML).

Diving Deeper into the Data Lake

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

A data lake is a centralized repository designed to house big data in structured, semi-structured and unstructured form. I have been covering the data lake topic for several years and encourage you to check out an earlier perspective called Data Lakes: Safe Way to Swim in Big Data? for background.

4 Approaches to Data Analytics

As the analytics landscape continues to evolve, application teams who need to embed dashboards, reports, and other analytics capabilities in their applications can choose from dozens of solutions. How do you differentiate one solution from the next?

Process Mining: Improve Execution and Operations with Analytics

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Process-mining software isn’t exactly new, but it’s also not widely known in the software technology market.

DataOps: Managing the Process and Technology

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

For decades, data integration was a rigid process. Data was processed in batches once a month, once a week or once a day. Organizations needed to make sure those processes were completed successfully—and reliably—so they had the data necessary to make informed business decisions.

2021 Analytics and Data Value Index: Market Observations and Perspective

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Having just completed the 2021 Ventana Research Value Index for Analytics and Data, I want to share some of my observations about how the market has advanced since our assessment two years ago.

Introducing Precisely for Data Integrity

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Data is becoming more valuable and more important to organizations. At the same time, organizations have become more disciplined about the data on which they rely to ensure it is robust, accurate and governed properly.

Cloudera Consolidates Its Data Platform

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations are dealing with exponentially increasing data that ranges broadly from customer-generated information, financial transactions, edge-generated data and even operational IT server logs. A combination of complex data lake and data warehouse capabilities are required to leverage this data.

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11 Email Deliverability Strategies to Reach the Inbox

With nearly 1 in 5 emails from U.S. senders failing to reach the inbox, deliverability challenges still plague senders and prevent email campaign success. Check out this deliverability guide for actionable strategies and real-world examples of companies applying smart inboxing tactics.

Data in 2021: Ventana Research Market Agenda

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research recently announced its 2021 Market Agenda for data, continuing the guidance we have offered for nearly two decades to help organizations derive optimal value and improve business outcomes.

Tableau and Salesforce bring New Look to Business Analytics

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Businesses are transforming their organizations, building a data culture and deploying sophisticated analytics more broadly than ever. However, the process of using data and analytics is not always easy.

Emerging Data Platforms Tackle Big Challenges

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations are always looking to improve their ability to use data and AI to gain meaningful and actionable insights into their operations, services and customer needs.

Data Lakes Meet Data Warehouses

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

In this analyst perspective, Dave Menninger takes a look at data lakes. He explains the term “data lake,” describes common use cases and shares his views on some of the latest market trends.

Use It, Save It, Or Lose It: Spring Cleaning for Information Governance

Speaker: Speakers Michelle Kirk of Georgia Pacific, Darla White of Sanofi, & Scott McVeigh of Onna

As an organization’s most valuable asset, data should be cared for and integrated, managed, archived, and deleted as appropriate. Join Onna, Georgia Pacific, and Sanofi for this on-demand webinar as they discuss proactive, practical steps for kicking off your organization's own digital cleanup.

Five Modern Data Architecture Trends

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

I was recently asked to identify key modern data architecture trends. Data architectures have changed significantly to accommodate larger volumes of data as well as new types of data such as streaming and unstructured data. Here are some of the trends I see continuing to impact data architectures.

Evaluating Analytics and BI Software Vendors’ Capabilities

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research has been evaluating analytics and business intelligence (BI) software for a long time—almost 20 years. Our methodology for these assessments is referred to as a Value Index.

Why Collaboration Matters in Analytic Processes

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Every organization performing analytics with multiple employees needs to collaborate. They should be collaborating in the analytics process and in communicating the results of those analyses. As I continue my evaluation of analytics and data vendors , I have to admit some disappointment at the level of collaborative capabilities some analytics vendors provide.

You Can’t Plan on AI and ML

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are all the rage right now. Our Machine Learning Dynamic Insights research shows that organizations are using these techniques to achieve a competitive advantage and improve both customer experiences and their bottom line.

5 Tips to Advance Your Career as a Technical Recruiter

This step-by-step guide is designed to provide technical recruiters with tips and tricks to achieve tangible results that accelerate their recruiting efforts—and career.

Data in 2020: Ventana Research Agenda

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research recently announced its 2020 research agenda for data, continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations derive optimal value and improve business outcomes. Data volumes continue to grow while data latency requirements continue to shrink.

MicroStrategy World 2020

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

MicroStrategy recently held its annual user conference, which focused on the theme of the “Intelligent Enterprise.” HyperIntelligence, an innovative product for delivering analytics throughout organizations that they introduced a year ago, was the star of the event.

Data Management on Display at Informatica World 2019

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

This year, I attended Informatica World 2019, Informatica's annual user conference. The main focus this year was on the cloud with a heavy does of AI. Under that focus, Informatica's conference emphasized capabilities across six areas (all strong areas for Informatica): data integration, data management, data quality & governance, Master Data Management (MDM), data cataloging, and data security.

Analytics in 2020: Ventana Research Agenda

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research recently announced its 2020 research agenda for analytics , continuing the guidance we’ve offered for nearly two decades to help organizations derive optimal value from their technology investments and improve business outcomes.

How to Foster Data Culture (with Data Intelligence Technology!)

Speaker: Aaron Kalb, Co-Founder and CDAO at Alation

Watch Aaron Kalb, co-founder and CDAO at Alation, dive into the role of technology in shaping culture and show how a modern data catalog is helping innovative enterprises create thriving data cultures. Register for the webinar today!

Historical Databases: Becoming a Thing of the Past?

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Organizations’ use of data and information is evolving as the amount of data and the frequency with which that data is collected increase. Data now streams into organizations from myriad sources, among them social media feeds and internet-of-things devices. These seemingly ever-increasing volumes of devices and data streams offer both challenges and opportunities to capture information about a business and improve its operations.

Analytics and Business Intelligence for a Data-Driven World

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Ventana Research provides unique insight into the analytics and business intelligence (BI) industry. This is important, as its processes and technology play an instrumental role in enabling an organization’s business units and IT to utilize its data in both tactical and strategic ways to perform optimally. To accomplish this, organizations must provide technology that can access the data, generate and apply insights from analytics, communicate the results and support collaboration as needed.

How Do Analytics and Business Intelligence Vendors Stack Up?

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

I am happy to share some insights gleaned from our latest Value Index research, which provides an analytic representation of our assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research Value Index: Analytics and Business Intelligence 2019 is the distillation of a year of market and product research efforts by Ventana Research.

SAP Consolidates Its Analytics Efforts in The Cloud

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

I am happy to offer some insights on SAP drawn from our latest Value Index research, which provides an analytic representation of our assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research Value Index: Analytics and Business Intelligence 2019 is the distillation of a year of market and product research efforts by Ventana Research.

Realizing the Benefits of Automated Machine Learning

How are organizations using machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to derive business value? Renowned author and professor Tom Davenport explains the rise of automated machine learning, its benefits, and success stories from businesses that are already using it.

Uncovering Trends in Data Governance

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Effectively managing data privacy and security is a high-stakes matter. When an organization doesn’t get it right, it often becomes front-page news and occasionally becomes a subject of litigation.

Embedded Analytics Provide Meaningful Insights

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Analytics and business intelligence (BI) play an instrumental role in enabling an organization’s business units and IT to utilize its data in both tactical and strategic ways to perform optimally. To accomplish this, organizations must not only access the data, generate and apply insights from analytics, and communicate the results, they also must ensure that the analytics are presented in a way that leads to action.

Qlik's shift to SaaS at Qonnections 2019

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Qonnections 2019 is Qlik's annual user conference. Key news from this year's conference centered on acquisitions of Podium Data and Attunity, along with an expansion of certifications on Google Cloud Platform, AWS, and Azure, with the ability to support Red Hat OpenShift. Many of these announcements were centered on a key theme of a cloud and SaaS-first approach. Big Data Analytics Cloud Computing Data Integration Data Management Information Management Qlik Qlik Qonnections

Microsoft Races to Catch Up in Analytics and BI Market

David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

I am happy to offer some insights on Microsoft drawn from our latest Value Index research, which provides an analytic representation of our assessment of how well vendors’ offerings meet buyers’ requirements. The Ventana Research Value Index: Analytics and Business Intelligence 2019 is the distillation of a year of market and product research efforts by Ventana Research.

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.