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Readers' Choice Awards 2014

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With the opportunities and obstacles presented by developments such as big data, cloud, and mobility, the challenges of managing and extracting value from data have never been greater. At the same time, the array of technology options for storing, protecting, integrating, enhancing and analyzing data has exploded. To help add perspective and acknowledge the products and services that have been deemed to provide unique value to customers, DBTA created this new competition. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards.

NoSQL, NewSQL, in-memory databases, and cloud database—or database as a service approaches—are increasingly coming to the fore to address a dizzying array of new requirements posed by the massive influx of unstructured,the Internet of Things, and the new demands posed by e-commerce and mobile applications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database (Overall).

Critical to the success of any data management system is the ecosystem surrounding the technology. Because of its longevity, the relational database has a rich, multi-layered and highly evolved support network of applications for security, business intelligence and analytics, data integration, master data management and data quality, from which customers can choose. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Relational Database.

A new class of databases called NewSQL has emerged, leveraging the best of NoSQL and SQL. With the ability to ingest large amounts of data quickly and scale to meet growing demand, NewSQL data systems support rapid analytics and decision making, helping organizations leverage their data for business advantage. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NewSQL Database.

Cloud computing, especially cloud databases, provides an approach for organizations increasingly drowning in data to more effectively deal with demands for more access and capabilities while also keeping control of cost. Built on shared resources, cloud approaches facilitate the sharing of cost across business divisions as in the case of private clouds or across companies as is the case with public clouds. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Database.

There is a young upstart in the world of data management these days, eager to take on the establishment and show how things can be done differently—NoSQL. Why are NoSQL database approaches gaining ground? Because the pressure is strong to compete on analytics and leverage big data, using all the information available to make better decisions faster to take advantage of new business opportunities and better understand customer sentiment as well as detect problems ahead and spot anomalies. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best NoSQL Database

MultiValue database technology has maintained a strong following of loyal supporters. The technology is rooted in many industry verticals, including retail, travel industry, oil & gas, healthcare, government, banking, and education. Over the years, these systems have become highly customized to support specific business requirements, and so are deeply entrenched in organizations. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best MultiValue Database.

With new and varied sources of data, including unstructured human-generated data from sources such as social media and weblogs, to IoT data coming from sensors, machines and user devices, a radical shift is taking place in the world of business and analytics. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Analytical Platform (Overall).

In-memory is gaining traction within enterprise data environments and leading enterprise vendors are including it in their new releases with the goal of finally making the real-time enterprise a reality. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best In-Memory Database.

To succeed today, organizations need to become analytics-focused enterprises. Like the emerging category of in in-memory database technologies, columnar databases are deployed in market segments where speed of data analysis is paramount, such as financial services, retail, healthcare, and telecommunications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Columnar Database.

With modular designs that allow companies to start small and add capacity as needed, the database appliance approach, contend its advocates, allows organizations to bypass the usual hardware upgrade headaches. Along with the often mentioned advantages of fast deployment and the proverbial "one throat to choke" if a problem occurs, database appliances seek to give organizations something they desperately need today: simplicity. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Appliance.

The staggering variety of data—with much of it unstructured, including business documents, presentations, emails, log files and social media data—means that this data does not fit neatly into the rows and columns of relational database management systems. But Hadoop, which is an open source technology for storing and processing data that runs on industry-standard hardware, embraces this mixed bag of data types and enables companies to store and analyze data sets with no limits in size. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Hadoop Solution.

Today, organizations are looking for database administration solutions that can provide assistance with both managing routine day-to-day operations as well as provide alerts and insight when something has gone drastically wrong with mission-critical database applications. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Administration Solution.

Database development solutions provide the necessary support to help database development teams achieve success by avoiding the risks posed by a range of potential problems—from software bugs, to geographically dispersed development teams, to varied code standards and skill sets. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Development Solution.

According to a recent survey of 315 data managers and professionals, SLAs are getting more demanding and application owners are struggling to keep pace. Close to one-fourth of the survey respondents have SLAs of four nines of availability or greater, meaning they require less than 52 minutes of downtime per year. Unfortunately, unplanned downtime does occur for many reasons. That's when a trusted backup solution can come to the rescue. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Backup Solution.

Although data is increasingly being viewed as a valuable asset and progress in data security is being made, advancements are not being implemented as quickly or as vigorously as they should, according to a recent Unisphere Research survey of 322 data managers and professionals. Among the salient data points from the study are the fact that close to two-thirds of respondents indicated that the bulk of their resources go toward protecting against network intrusions although they feel a breach at the database layer would cause the greatest harm. An aggressive stance with preventive security measures, the report states, is critical. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Security Solution

Effective data modeling solutions help organizations construct high quality data models, modify existing structures as well as produce detailed documentation. And today, data modeling solutions also help companies visualize and manage business data across more platforms than ever before and extend that data to users with varying job roles and skill levels across geographies and time zones. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Modeling Solution.

Poor quality data can mean a host of problems for companies. Incorrect data can result in duplicate entries which can make it difficult for vendors to achieve a single version of the truth, increase data storage costs, impede CRM initiatives, and create data compliance and security headaches. Data quality solutions provide the necessary data integrity for critical systems including customer relationship management, master data management, and database management. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Quality Solution.

Data governance is growing in importance along with the recognition of the game-changing potential posed by big data. As more data is amassed within organizations, effective data governance enables them to have confidence in the quality of that data for a variety of tasks as well adhere to security and privacy standards. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Governance Solution.

Data integration is critical to many organizational initiatives such as business intelligence, sales and marketing, customer service, R&D, and engineering, to name a few. Whether seeking to achieve a comprehensive view of data across disparate relational database management systems, or across unstructured data repositories and the cloud, the goal for many companies is the same—to help reduce costs and drive better decision making to fuel business success. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers Choice Awards for Best Data Integration Solution (Overall).

Data replication is used as part of many different enterprise scenarios. Whether companies need to share information as part of their BI and reporting processes, support high availability and disaster recovery, or arrange a no-downtime migration, data replication can help them achieve their goals. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Replication Solution.

Moving only the data that has changed in the source systems to a target such as a data warehouse, change data capture or CDC, is a critical component of many enterprise initiatives since it maintains the timeliness of data but with minimal overhead. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Change Data Capture Solution.

Data virtualization is an approach to data integration that addresses organizations' need to achieve a comprehensive view of their data, while also helping them avoid the need to rip and replace physical systems already in place. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Virtualization Solution.

How do companies move their data quickly, efficiently and securely between clouds and on-premises systems? Cloud integration solutions offer the answer, integrating data between disparate cloud and on-premises platforms. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Integration Solution.

Big data represents an ocean of possible insight which has yet to be thoroughly leveraged. The goal today is to embed business intelligence more widely and more deeply into the enterprise so that insights from analytics can inform day-to-day business decisions. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Business Intelligence Solution.

When you need to analyze fast-developing business events as they happen in real time—with the ability to evaluate threats, risks, and opportunities—a streaming data solution is what is required to improve usability and speed time to insight. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Streaming Data Solution.

Organizations see data as a treasure trove from which they can extract valuable insights. Data mining solutions provide the tools that enable them to view those hidden gems and better address new opportunities and challenges. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Mining Solution.

The converging forces of open source, with its rapid crowd-sourced innovation, cloud, with its unlimited capacity and on-demand deployment options, and NoSQL database technologies, with their ability to handle unstructured data, are helping companies address the new challenges and opportunities presented by big data. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Big Data Solution.

Query and reporting solutions are part of a comprehensive business intelligence approach, and increasingly modern query and reporting solutions provide capabilities for self-service reports so users can get answers independently, include visualizations that support better understanding of data, and enable users to easily share insights with others. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Query and Reporting Solution.

Cloud improves organizations' flexibility and accessibility. Spanning services of all types, including software as a service, database as a service, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, cloud puts a range of technologies within users' easy reach—when they need it, where they need it, with the ability to scale elastically. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Cloud Solution.

With companies drowning in data, they are encountering storage problems that are impacting the performance of critical systems and applications. What's needed are smarter approaches. Today's storage solutions are coming to the rescue, enabling greater efficiency through data compression, information lifecycle management, and tiered storage strategies. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Data Storage Solution.

Today, there are tools that help optimize database performance by quickly identifying performance problems that might impact user experience, correlating response times with other metrics, and helping managers visualize trends and analysis of database performance over specified periods of time. Automated capabilities free up data experts from routine jobs, and allow them to focus their efforts on higher value tasks that will help transform their organizations into dynamic data-driven enterprises. Here are the winners of the 2014 DBTA Readers' Choice Awards for Best Database Performance Solution.


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