Ventana Research Launches Big Data Integration Benchmark Research
Research will investigate the broadening scope of integration technology used to automate and improve use of big data

SAN RAMON, CA, November 1st, 2013 - Ventana Research today launched its newest benchmark research, an in-depth examination of Big Data Integration in businesses. The research focuses on the benefits of accessing and transforming big data to improve business processes and performance, approaches to choosing technologies and tools to facilitate these efforts and the issues associated with them.

This research, the latest in Ventana Research’s 10-year history of benchmark research into business and IT technologies and issues, will examine how organizations use or are planning to use big data integration across industries and lines of business. It will investigate technologies and systems that can handle big data regardless of where it resides in the enterprise or across the Internet. The research is designed to examine approaches for big data integration that work with a range of underlying architectures and data technologies including data appliances, flat files, Hadoop and in-memory computing as well as conventional database technologies like RDBMS and the nonrelational structures of content and text.

This benchmark research will examine the range of integration techniques and tools that organizations have applied or are investigating to meet their pressing needs to take charge of big data. Through application of the Ventana Research Maturity Model® it will determine the maturity distribution of organizations in the use of big data integration by size and industry; applying the buyer-oriented Ventana Research Value Index as well, the research will provide insight into the requirements and how well the market currently satisfies them. One major concern driving the design of this research was to provide a better understanding of organizations’ needs and thus improve their ability to formulate a successful internal business case.

"The onslaught of data from across applications, systems, machine data and the Internet has created new challenges for IT to efficiently manage data processes to enable integration of all forms of information to support big data environments," said Mark Smith, CEO and chief research officer at Ventana Research. "The potential of big data to significantly improve organizations’ performance is leading to a need to manage and utilize big data through integration technologies. This research will provide a fact-based examination of what organizations are doing today with data integration and what they have planned in the future that will help maximize the time-to-value metric of big data investments."

Those interested in learning more about or participating in this benchmark research can do so at http://www.ventanaresearch.com/BigDataIntegration. The research is being sponsored by IBM and Pentaho. Ventana Research, a leading business technology research and advisory services firm, provides qualified research participants with an incentive, complementary report valued at $995 as well as access to a free educational webinar on best practices from the benchmark research.

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