Report identifies Exasol as a leader for vendor credibility and customer experience within the ADI market; Needs and priorities of the market in 2018 include:
- Performance and security top priorities for analytical data infrastructure as data analytics becomes mission critical and with GDPR around the corner
- On-premise deployments of analytical infrastructure lead, with hybrid implementations gaining ground. Exasol is the only vendor to cater to all needs
- Scale up/scale out capabilities (clustering, load balancing, availability and data lifecycle management
- Use of R, machine learning, MapReduce analytical features all available with Exasol
- Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services says: “This is the first year Exasol has been included in our ADI ratings and we are incredibly impressed with their ability to deliver on all real-world needs of the market.”
London / Nuremberg – 16 January 2018 – Exasol, the provider of the fastest analytic database that sits at the heart of the data eco-system, today announced that the 2018 Dresner Advisory Services Analytical Data Infrastructure* report, part of the Wisdom of Crowds® series, positioned it as a leader in both vendor credibility and customer experience. Exasol’s pure database design and passionate people continue to deliver an exceptional customer experience, allowing them to focus on the decisions and outcomes that really matter to the business.
Howard Dresner, founder and chief research officer at Dresner Advisory Services and the person credited with coining the term Business Intelligence said: “As we move into 2018, Analytical Data Infrastructure is becoming a significant topic in business intelligence and analytics. It is an area of growing importance to businesses of all sizes across the globe as they seek to turn data to value. Our annual ADI report captures the most important and current market trends and takes a deep look at the vendors providing real-world solutions to business. Exasol scored significantly above the overall sample, leading in both Customer Experience and Vendor Credibility models. It is best in class for overall value, product customisation and extensibility, and integrity. It has a perfect recommend score.”
The annual report, conducted with Exasol for the first time this year, examined user perceptions, intentions, and realities associated with ADI. Topics ranging from deployment to loading priorities, data preparation, modelling and management of data associated with Analytical Data Infrastructure were examined.
IT and business decision makers across the globe and across industries were interviewed and it was found that for 2018, performance and security are the top two selection priorities for ADI platforms, with price being the least important. Transactional data was the primary data type priority for ADI systems, ahead of metadata and logs, reflecting the detail and value such volume information can reveal, if used correctly.
Specifically, performance was cited as the top priority for BI and IT functions, with adaptability as the leading focus for sales and marketing. Security was the top priority for finance respondents, with usability ranked highest among those in executive management roles. Analytic features is considered most important by those with a R&D focus.
Aaron Auld, CEO, Exasol said: “With GDPR coming into force in May 2018, it is not surprising that security was the biggest priority for those in finance. The financial implications of future data breaches will be keeping business leaders awake not just for the next four months, but for years to come. Without the right tools and expertise supporting a business, undoing bad data habits and implementing best practice can be a slow, expensive and disruptive process with a very real risk of business-altering punitive fines.
“At Exasol, we challenge ourselves every day to deliver the absolute best to our customers, both from a product and a customer experience perspective. We are often credited for our performance and speed, beating the market in this area. The Dresner report considers the real-world experience of customers working with ADI products and we are truly delighted to have gained such recognition in the prestigious Global Dresner ADI report.”
The report also revealed that on-premise deployments of ADI platforms lead in priority over cloud deployments and respondents’ priority for hybrid deployment is on the rise. However, the research found a rift between IT and business, with IT respondents prioritising on-premise, versus business leaders who were more interested in what the cloud had to offer. Additionally, scale up / scale out capabilities (clustering, load balancing, high availability, etc.) and data life cycle management (lineage, impact analysis, metadata, governance) lead respondents’ ADI development and deployment feature priorities.
Auld added: “Even in the face of substantial regulatory change, companies want to remain nimble and agile in their data practices rather than be conservative. The adoption of hybrid technologies being a prime example, letting them adapt and integrate legacy data silos, rather than forcing wholesale change such as ripping and replacing functional legacy systems in order to consolidate.”
“The report also took a deep-dive into how end-users are planning to use and invest in Analytical Data Infrastructure technology in 2018. The priorities illustrate just how interesting 2018 is going to be, as a mixture of regulatory and competitive pressures motivate organisations to really take their data approach to the next stage,” said Auld. “End-user feedback shows us that companies are set to prioritise building intelligent data strategies, working with partners and platforms that can bring together disparate sources of data that have to date, just been stored for posterity. Unlocking the value of that information by mining it will realise not only for historical insights but also enable meaningful predictions about the future.”
Notes to editor
*ADI: Analytical data infrastructure (ADI) defines a set of technology components for integrating, modeling, managing, storing, and accessing data sets. These data sets then serve as sources for analytic and business intelligence consumers, such as analytic/business applications, tools, and users.
Exasol is passionate about helping companies to run their businesses smarter and drive profit by analyzing data and information at unprecedented speeds. The company develops the world‘s fastest database for analytics and data warehousing and offers first-class know-how and expertise in data insight and analytics. The in-memory analytic database is the first database to combine in-memory, columnar compression and massively parallel processing, and is proven to be the world‘s FASTEST, topping the list in the TPC-H Benchmark tests for performance. For more information, go to www.exasol.com
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