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TDWI Research Report Helps Organizations Understand Hadoop Products, Technologies, and Best Practices

Report explores trends in Hadoop adoption and use and provides real-world use cases

SEATTLE, WA, April 2, 2015—TDWI Research announced the release of its newest Best Practices Report, Hadoop for the Enterprise: Making Data Management Massively Scalable, Agile, Feature-Rich, and Cost-Effective. This original, survey-based research focuses on helping business users understand the many new products, technologies, and best practices that have emerged. It also helps readers map newly available options to real-world use cases, with a focus on mainstream enterprise uses while respecting tried-and-true IT practices and delivering maximum business value.

"Hadoop proved its worth as a highly scalable data platform for reporting and analytics in Internet firms and other digital organizations," notes Philip Russom, author of the report. In today's enterprises, he points out, Hadoop must prove its worth by satisfying stringent requirements that IT and business users demand, including handling exploding data volumes and getting BI value from non-structured data, among other drivers.

The report examines how Hadoop adoption is accelerating, and predicts that by 2016, 60 percent of respondents will have Hadoop in production, which it calls a "giant step forward" in Hadoop use. 

Russom introduces readers to the variety of Hadoop drivers, including how Hadoop extends the life of other platforms while wringing value from big data. User stories illustrate Hadoop's benefits, including enabling modern data archive practices, and how Hadoop and other platforms can coexist in modern hybrid data architectures. Real-world users explain why Hadoop is important in their environments.

Report Highlights
This comprehensive report discusses:

  • Use of Hadoop, from extending data warehouses and managing data archives to enhancing data exploration and discovery
  • Hadoop's benefits (including data scalability and advanced analytics) and barriers (such as security concerns and a lack of skilled staff)
  • How ownership of Hadoop is increasingly in the hands of central IT
  • Job titles of those working with Hadoop, plus the multiple staffing strategies enterprises are combining to support the technology
  • The types of tools available for Hadoop development
  • Best practices for addressing Hadoop security, data quality, and data architecture issues
  • Technical issues, such as a close examination of HDFS clusters and nodes
  • Using YARN to make Hadoop enterprise grade
Russom explores modern trends in Hadoop implementations, as well as the top 10 priorities for making Hadoop enterprise grade, including comments about why these priorities are important.

This research was sponsored by Actian Corporation, Cloudera, EXASOL, IBM, MapR Technologies, MarkLogic, Pentaho, SAS, Talend, and Trillium Software.

About the Author
Philip Russom is a well-known figure in data warehousing and business intelligence, having published more than 500 research reports, magazine articles, opinion columns, speeches, Webinars, and more. Today, he's the TDWI Research director for data management, where he oversees many of the company's research-oriented publications, services, and events. Before joining TDWI in 2005, Russom was an industry analyst covering BI at Forrester Research and Giga Information Group. He also ran his own business as an independent industry analyst and BI consultant and was a contributing editor with leading IT magazines. Before that, Russom worked in technical and marketing positions for various database vendors. You can reach him at @prussom on Twitter and on LinkedIn at

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