DBTA 100 2016 - The Companies That Matter Most in Data

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The IT landscape is always shifting and being contoured by external market forces and internal industry initiatives.

New requirements for data management and analysis emerge and, in turn, fresh approaches and technologies are developed. Vendors grow and mature and sometimes outstrip others, while new startups take root.

Against this changing backdrop, each year, DBTA presents a list of 100 companies that matter in data, compelling us to pause and reflect on the market changes taking place.

For example, with Hadoop marking its 10th anniversary in 2016, it is now clear that while it is still in early stages of adoption, it is a technology that is here to stay and is also evolving beyond its initial role as a platform for batch processing to include a large network of interwined open source projects.

Despite its name, it is also apparent that NoSQL database vendors recognize the value in SQL as a bridge from the RDBMSs that have reigned in the IT world for decades. And, all the while, relational and MultiValue database systems—upon which many critical applications have been built—continue to adapt and grow.

With a growing variety of platforms to store and leverage data, there is related movement to overcome data silos with integration and data quality initiatives to enable accurate data to be shared more rapidly among a greater swath of users for better decision making.

Supporting that goal, cloud platforms are emerging to work alongside on-premise approaches, giving companies the leeway to focus more on their market-differentiating characteristics rather than IT.

And, in the wake of this expanded data movement and user access, more sophisticated security techniques are also being advanced to address new threats to enterprise data security and governance.

In all, a lot is changing. This fourth annual DBTA 100 list encompasses a wide array of companies that in myriad ways are addressing market demands with hardware, software, and services.

Some are longstanding companies with well-established offerings that have evolved over time, while others have sprouted up more recently with new approaches as the combined forces of big data, security, cloud, and analytics have made an impact.

In addition, in this issue, we include “View From the Top” articles penned by company executives explaining how their organizations uniquely approach today’s data challenges.

We encourage you to learn more about these companies by visiting their websites. And, to stay on top of the latest news, IT trends, and research, go to

Company NameExecutive Commentary 
  Actian Corp. 
  Aerospike, Inc.
  AgilData View from the Top
  Alpine Data Labs, Inc. 
  Attunity Ltd. View from the Top
  BackOffice Associates View from the Top
  Basho Technologies, Inc. 
  Birst, Inc. 
  BMC Software, Inc. 
  CA Technologies 
  ClearStory Data 
  Cloudera, Inc. View from the Top
  Compuware Corp. View from the Top
  Couchbase, Inc. View from the Top
  Data Intensity 
  Datavail View from the Top
  DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.) View from the Top
  Dell Inc. 
  Denodo Technologies View from the Top
  Driven, Inc., formerly Concurrent 
  Empolis Information Management GmbH View from the Top
  EnterpriseDB Corp. 
  Entrinsik, Inc. 
  ERwin, Inc. View from the Top
  GridGain View from the Top
  Hortonworks, Inc. 
  HPE (Hewlett Packard Enterprise) 
  IBM (International Business Machines Corp.) 
  Idera, Inc. View from the Top
  Informatica Corp. 
  Innovative Routines International (IRI), The CoSort Co.   
  Jinfonet Software 
  Kore Technologies View from the Top
  MapR Technologies, Inc. 
  MarkLogic Corp. 
  McAfee, now part of Intel Security 
  Melissa Data Corp. 
  MemSQL, Inc. 
  Microsoft Corp. 
  MicroStrategy, Inc. 
  MongoDB, Inc. 
  Neo Technology, Inc. 
  Ntirety, a Division of HOSTING View from the Top
  NuoDB, Inc. 
  Objectivity, Inc. 
  OpenText Actuate Analytics 
  Oracle Corp. 
  Cisco ParStream 
  Percona, LLC 
  Pick Cloud, Inc. 
  Predixion Software 
  Progress Software Corp. 
  Pythian View from the Top
  Redgate Software Ltd. 
  Red Hat 
  RedPoint Global View from the Top
  Reltio View from the Top
  Revelation Software 
  Rocket Software, Inc. 
  SAS Institute, Inc. 
  Search Technologies 
  SnapLogic, Inc. 
  Snowflake Computing, Inc. 
  Software AG 
  Splice Machine 
  Splunk, Inc. 
  SQLstream, Inc. 
  SQL Sentry 
  Syncsort, Inc. 
  Tableau Software, Inc. 
  Teradata Corp. 
  TIBCO Software, Inc. 
  Trillium Software, a Harte Hanks Company 
  Violin Memory 
  Yellowfin International 

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