All posts by Alan Cooke

Alan is a researcher at TrustRadius who specializes on the IT and Business Intelligence software domains.
Streaming Analytics: How To Understand A Crowded Marketplace

Streaming Analytics: How to Understand a Crowded Marketplace

First things first: A Definition Streaming analytics is an emerging software space that has gained considerable prominence due to the increasing importance of big data, and specifically the Internet of Things (IoT). But what is it? Streaming analytics software makes it possible to analyze data in real time, as it happens, by plunging into the stream of live data and analyzing it in flux. This is profoundly different from analyzing data at rest. The entire business intelligence space has been working on the data at rest analysis problem for decades and the possible approaches are well understood. But the techniques…

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What Is A Data Science Platform, And Do I Need One?

What is a Data Science Platform, and Do I Need One?

What is Data Science? The best starting point is to clarify what a data science platform is and what it can be used for. There is so much buzz around data science and its close analogs machine learning, deep learning and AI, that what is actually meant by these terms continues to perplex. Data science is a technical discipline that is all about using code and data to build complex models that can make predictions in the world. Data science as a discipline uses machine learning and deep learning are techniques for building data science models. What kinds of things…

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Announcing The Top Rated Predictive Analytics Software For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Predictive Analytics Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Predictive Analytics Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right predictive analytics software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Alteryx Analytics SAS Advanced Analytics Anaconda MATLAB RStudio Top Rated by Enterprises Alteryx Analytics SAS Advanced Analytics IBM SPSS Anaconda MATLAB RapidMiner Studio RStudio…

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Announcing The Top Rated Functional Testing Tools For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Functional Testing Tools for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Functional Testing Tools. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right functional testing software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Selenium TestComplete Sauce Labs Top Rated by Enterprises Selenium TestComplete Sauce Labs Top Rated by Mid-Sized Companies Selenium HP UFT TestComplete Top Rated by…

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Announcing The Top Rated Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Rapid Application Development / Low Code Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right rapid application development software based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Appian OutSystems Nintex Workflow Platform Mendix Oracle Application Express KiSSFLOW Top Rated by Enterprises Quick Base Nintex Workflow Platform…

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Announcing The Top Rated NoSQL Databases For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated NoSQL Databases for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for NoSQL Databases. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right NoSQL database based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Cassandra Redis MongoDB Amazon DynamoDB Top Rated by Enterprises Cassandra Redis Amazon DynamoDB Couchbase Data Platform Top Rated by Mid-Sized Companies Cassandra Redis Couchbase Data Platform…

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Announcing The Top Rated Relational Databases For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Relational Databases for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Relational Databases. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. Here are the winners in each segment, listed in order of research frequency on TrustRadius. We have also provided insights on how to pick the right relational databases based on your needs and current industry trends. Overall Top Rated Microsoft SQL Server Oracle Database Oracle Database 12c DB2 Sequel Pro Top Rated by Enterprises Microsoft SQL Server Oracle Database Oracle Database 12c DB2 Top Rated…

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Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

Artificial Intelligence: Separating Hype From Reality

What do vendors actually mean when they say their products are “AI-driven", or “contain built-in machine learning capabilities?” (if they mean anything at all). Certainly, technology buyers have become pretty cynical about the use of these terms to sell a product. A recent Resulticks survey, reported in Adweek, found that: 47% of marketers consider AI to be overhyped 20% of marketers think vendors don’t know what they are talking about 40% of marketers surveyed say that the expression “artificial intelligence” makes them feel skeptical, and 12% feel exhausted   Let’s take a closer look at these technologies and what they…

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What Are Containers And Why Do You Need Them?

What are Containers and Why Do You Need Them?

Containers exist because they solve an important problem: how to make sure that software runs correctly when it is moved from one computing environment to another. In an agile, DevOps world, this has become more critical than ever. Agile methodologies are based on frequent and incremental changes in the code versions, such that frequent testing and deployment are required. The DevOps engineer has to manage the IT infrastructure as per the requirement of supported software code that is dedicated in a hybrid multi-tenant environment. There is a need to have the required resources for provisioning and getting the appropriate deployment…

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Announcing The Top Rated Business Intelligence Tools For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Business Intelligence Tools for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Business Intelligence Tools. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. They are not influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s company size, popularity, site traffic, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Business Intelligence emerged with the development in the 1980’s and 1990’s of data warehouses and OLAP processing that enabled extraction and viewing of data from multiple points of view. Business Intelligence has developed rapidly since then, and the importance of “big data” in gaining…

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Announcing The Top Rated Accounting, Tax And Budgeting Software For 2018

Announcing the Top Rated Accounting, Tax and Budgeting Software for 2018

Today, we awarded the 2018 TrustRadius Top Rated badges for Accounting, Tax and Budgeting Software. The TrustRadius Top Rated awards are unique in that they are an unbiased reflection of customer sentiment, based solely on user satisfaction scores. They are not influenced by analyst opinion, the vendor’s company size, popularity, site traffic, or status as a TrustRadius customer. Financial accounting and budgeting is a methodology for recording and classifying a firm's financial transactions, including reporting and analysis of these transactions. Accounting transactions are encompassed by the general ledger, which is a complete record of financial transactions over the life of…

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From Business Intelligence To Data Science: An Explainer

From Business Intelligence to Data Science: An Explainer

Business Intelligence is Just One Flavor of Analytics Business Intelligence (BI) is a critical tool for understanding what is happening in a business, even if recently it has been somewhat eclipsed by emerging technologies that extend the promise of BI-type analytics far beyond its roots in business reporting and dashboards. Both BI and more recent technologies like data science platforms are predicated on gaining business insight based on data analysis. The primary function of BI tools is to explore past trends in a business’s historical data and compare data across time, or evaluate the impact of certain events on the…

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A Conversation With Five IT Executives: User Reviews As A New Strategic Intelligence Tool

A Conversation with Five IT Executives: User Reviews as a New Strategic Intelligence Tool

Traditionally, industry analysts like Gartner and Forrester have played a central role in informing IT purchasing decisions. However, they tend to focus on larger, better known vendors and have very limited coverage of emerging or open source solutions. Moreover, the primary data sources for researchers are conversations with vendors, augmented by customer surveys and calls (the audience is often directed by vendors) and occasionally lab tests. Few analysts have hands-on experience with every product, nor do they work with the products on an ongoing basis to experience customer support, upgrades, test integrations, etc., so coverage can lack usage details highly…

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BI Tools Increasingly Focused On Business User Needs, Says Updated TrustRadius Guide To Business Intelligence Software

BI Tools Increasingly Focused on Business User Needs, Says Updated TrustRadius Guide to Business Intelligence Software

TrustRadius has just published the 2016 Buyer’s Guide to Business Intelligence Software, based on 2,250+ end-user ratings and reviews across 22 BI software products. This is an update to the original guide published in 2014, and is a significant revision containing brand new TrustMapsTM that compare products in the category based on end-user satisfaction ratings and research frequency by prospective buyers on TrustRadius. The guide also contains individual profiles for each of the main vendors and products in the category, advice on how to buy a BI solution, and a discussion of recent trends in the BI market, identifying several trends…

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Cohesity Shakes Up Secondary Storage: Interview With Tiffany To, Head Of Marketing

Cohesity Shakes Up Secondary Storage: Interview With Tiffany To, Head of Marketing

The primary storage market was profoundly altered by the emergence of hyper-converged infrastructure. The CTO of Nutanix, Mohit Aron, was at the forefront of that evolution, and has now taken on the larger problem of secondary storage convergence with his new venture Cohesity. Tiffany To, Head of Marketing at Cohesity, talked to TrustRadius about the new company. Although it has only three customers so far, Cohesity has already raised about $70M and has generated a lot of buzz. Introduction to Cohesity Tell us about how Cohesity got started. We actually had our GA release about four or five weeks ago. However,…

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TrustRadius User Insights On Workload Automation: A Very Early Look

TrustRadius User Insights on Workload Automation: A Very Early Look

The almost moribund category of job scheduling and workload automation has been invigorated by the emergence of a number of open-source, DevOps-oriented tools that have quickly become hot commodities. This is an increasingly visible and quickly developing category. What follows is an overview of the space and an early summary of the key products, based on initial reviews. Summary of Findings Tools like Chef, Puppet Ansible and SaltStack allow IT administrators to automate the configuration of cloud services, in addition to internal data centers. These upstart tools have also completely moved away from any kind of batch processing, to be event-based configuration…

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Rougher Sledding Ahead For Cloud Accounting Vendors?

Rougher Sledding Ahead For Cloud Accounting Vendors?

TrustRadius recently published a Buyer’s Guide to Accounting Software in which we noted the increasing dominance of cloud software in that sector. In the guide, we said that accounting software users have been slower to switch to cloud solutions than those in other software categories, potentially because of concerns about security and change management. Indeed, many on-premise accounting products, such as QuickBooks Desktop and Sage 50 (formerly Peachtree) are widely adopted. However, a number of cloud products have emerged, both for small businesses (such as Xero and Wave), as well as for mid-market companies (such as NetSuite and Intacct). Additionally, vendors of on-premise…

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Interview With Wayne Eckerson, Principal Consultant, Eckerson Group

Interview with Wayne Eckerson, Principal Consultant, Eckerson Group

Q. What distinguishes an organization that is successful with business intelligence (BI)? A. Successful BI implementations are not just about tools, but are about people and processes. Focusing too soon on tool selection is not going to provide the best result. A BI project is not a one-shot thing, but is a journey that takes time and patience. Data is extremely valuable, but hard to manage. Companies that want to reap the value of data need to treat it as a critical asset and resource and adopt a systematic, rigorous approach to managing it. To succeed, BI projects need a strong leader…

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Interview With Barry Devlin: BI Consultant, Author & Speaker

Interview with Barry Devlin: BI Consultant, Author & Speaker

Be sure to check out our new Buyer Blog for the latest B2B blog articles & discussions! TR: What distinguishes an organization that is successful with business intelligence (BI)? BD: The important thing to remember is that it's usually not about tools, and is more likely to be about organizational maturity and the ability to get decisions made and get things done. Many organizations I encounter are somewhat internally dysfunctional and this ability to get things done is weak or even non-existent. TR: What steps should an organization take to establish a BI program or strategy? BD: I prefer to work on larger enterprise-wide programs where organizations…

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Cloud BI, Visualization, And Predictive Analytics Likely To Be Fastest Growing BI Tools In 2015

Cloud BI, Visualization, and Predictive Analytics Likely to Be Fastest Growing BI Tools in 2015

We've recently asked BI users about their Business Intelligence software usage and spend in our 2015 Business Intelligence Survey. The results indicate that BI continues to be a strategic area of focus and investment for companies of all sizes. While intent to invest is highest amongst small and mid-size companies, large companies will invest more in areas like Cloud BI, Data Discovery and Visualization, and Big Data. Most companies will continue to use multiple tools in tandem with each other rather than look to a one-size-fits-all solution; if anything the number of distinct BI tools used is likely to increase. In…

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Salesforce Wave Makes A Splash In The $14B Business Intelligence Space

Salesforce Wave Makes a Splash in the $14B Business Intelligence Space

Salesforce announced its entry into Business Intelligence (BI) software market at Dreamforce in October with the launch of Salesforce Analytics Cloud, also known as Salesforce Wave. At TrustRadius, we pride ourselves on sharing the end-user perspective. In the case of Wave, it’s been impossible to track down any beta users, so we’re offering our own perspectives and those of market participants we interviewed. What is Wave? Wave is a completely new cloud platform for Salesforce—joining the Sales, Community, Marketing, and Service Clouds.  It is a “full-stack” cloud BI solution with strong discovery/visualization capabilities aimed at business users, and designed so that operational staff…

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Business Intelligence For Small Business

Business Intelligence for Small Business

InsightSquared raises $13.5m Series C Round to further develop SMB Business Intelligence offering InsightSquared provides business intelligence software to SMBs, with a particular strength in dashboards and pipeline analysis for the Salesforce platform. Hot on the heels of the Salesforce Analytics Cloud announcement last month, and following funding announcements by a number of new BI entrants like Domo, ThoughtSpot, Tidemark, and Looker earlier this year, this funding provides further evidence that the BI market is red hot. This new infusion of cash brings the total raised by InsightSquared over its four-year lifespan to $27m. The company has been growing quickly, doubling…

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