December 31, 2009

Research agenda for 2010

As you may have noticed, I’ve been posting less research/analysis in November and December than during some other periods. In no particular order, reasons have included:

But of course I plan to speed up the research/analysis/writing soon. Here, FYI, are a few things I have on my plate.

For a couple of years now, the center of what I’ve written about has been high-performance analytic data processing. You can expect me to keep pursuing that in all its aspects. But there are two specific areas I’ve identified in which I want to redouble my efforts.

First, almost every BI vendor has an effort in “in-memory analytics” and/or “interactive data exploration.” I suspect there’s a lot of difference in underlying technologies, but I’m having trouble getting details. QlikTech (the worst foot-dragger of the three), Microstrategy, and Jaspersoft all owe me follow-up conversations with the people who know what’s going on well enough to explain it. Tableau keeps promising me a briefing and then not delivering. 🙂 And I’m even further behind with the behemoth companies — Oracle, Microsoft, IBM/Cognos (arguably) et al.

Second, solid-state memory is coming to data warehousing. The obvious reasons are that it’s obviously close, and Moore’s Law still applies to bring it closer. More specific reasons for believing in solid-state include:

I’m spending quite a few cycles thinking about this area.

I’d also like to look further at analytic applications and advanced analytic functionality. I foreshadowed some of that in my Aster webinars. There’s some good stuff to talk about at Teradata I should try to write up soon. I need to have a follow-up conversation with fascinating anti-fraud guy I met at Netezza’s London event. But that’s all just scratching the surface.

Both the MySQL and PostgreSQL communities are in some disarray. Other non-behemoth OLTP/general-purpose DBMS seem to be, at best, thriving niche products. (I see little in the way of innovative new use for, say, Progress, Cache’, Ingres, or anything multivalue.) But it feels as if there’s more opportunity out there than is being met. And at a minimum, I’d like to learn more than the almost nothing I know about OLTP NoSQL alternatives.

I’ve already said that I expect to give an industry-overview talk at MIT on January 28. I also have an overviewy press article and overviewy white paper under discussion. If those come to fruition, I’ll of course let you know. 🙂

Besides the above, I of course have a number of specific posts that I need to get around to researching and writing at some point, often on topics I’ve already written about before.  Three subjects fairly high on the priority list are scientific data management, machine-generated data, and Oracle Exadata.

And finally, I have some subjects queued up for a couple of my other blogs as well. If you don’t already take our multi-blog integrated feed, this might be a good time to switch over.


2 Responses to “Research agenda for 2010”

  1. Bob Zurek on January 4th, 2010 4:23 pm

    Not that you have a great deal of time. But might I recommend a good book? You might enjoy John Grogans book called
    The Longest Trip Home. Of course, only if that type of book interests you. I just finished reading it recently and found it not only fun but also could relate to the experiences of John while growing up.

    Enjoy 2010 Curt and look forward to your views on the industry.

    Bob Z.

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