DBTA 100: The Companies That Matter Most in Data

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Database Trends and Applications introduces the inaugural “DBTA 100,” a list of the companies that matter most in data. The past several years have transformed enterprise information management, creating challenges and opportunities for companies seeking to extract value from a sea of data assets. In response to this, established IT vendors as well as legions of newer solution providers have rushed to create the tools to do just that.

Regulatory mandates that specify the way information is captured and protected and how long it must be retained have caused companies to amass data at levels thought unimaginable in the past. Compounding this trend is the data pouring from machines, the web, and social media.

The extent to which data is growing was underscored by a 2011 survey conducted by Unisphere Research and sponsored by Oracle among 611 members of the Independent Oracle Users Group. The survey found that for close to 1 out of 10 respondents, the total amount of online (disk-resident) data they manage—taking into account all clones, snapshots, replicas, and backups—topped a petabyte. The same study found that more than one-third of respondents’ companies are storing data in their systems for more than 7 years due to either their company’s own policies or external compliance mandates, and 12% say they just hold on to their data … indefinitely.

The phenomenon that has resulted from the ensuing variety, velocity, and volume of information is called “big data.” And while that term is overused, it is only because it is such a ubiquitous force. 

Business leaders want to do more than simply store all that data for compliance purposes. They seek to derive value and insight from it for competitive advantage. As a result, rampant data growth and the need for solutions to handle it have provided an impetus for IT innovation.

Would there be Hadoop and MapReduce without the need to analyze data stores too vast and varied for a standard data warehouse? Would NoSQL databases (Key/Value, Graph, Document, and Column) have become a force without the need to organize and exploit unstructured data in myriad forms? Would cloud and software as a service have evolved without the pressure to scale elastically, deploy quickly, and provide anywhere, anytime access to information?

Yet, as new technologies have emerged, proven data management approaches have also held their ground. NoSQL and NewSQL technologies are supplementing, not replacing, relational database management systems. Data integration is becoming more important than ever along with business intelligence solutions that can handle both structured and unstructured data. Companies that have based their businesses on tried and true MultiValue technology (sometimes referred to as the fifth NoSQL database) continue to do so while also integrating their data with relational data stores. And what value would any of this information hold without solutions to cleanse and deduplicate it, and the ability to keep it secure from outside hackers and internal privileged users?

Against this swirling backdrop, the staff of DBTA set out to create a list of 100 companies that matter in data. DBTA decided to focus strictly on companies that provide a product or service related to data management. Some of the companies have been around longer than any of us can remember. They provide technologies and services that have been on the market for many years and do so exceptionally well. Others are new on the scene or have game-changing approaches that are not yet widely embraced.

Here, and on the following web pages is the DBTA list of 100 companies that matter most in data. We encourage you to learn more about why these vendors were selected by visiting their websites. In addition, DBTA View From the Top articles from sponsors provide special messages from executives themselves on what makes their companies unique.

Company NameTop ExecutiveExecutive Commentary
1010data, Inc.Sandy Steier, CEO & Co-Founder 
10gen, Inc.Dwight Merriman, Chairman & Co-Founder 
Actian Corp. (Formerly Ingres Corp.)Steve Shine, CEO & President 
Actuate Corp.Nicolas C. Nierenberg, Chairman of the Board & Chief Architect 
AddressDoctor—An Informatica CompanySteffen Niehues, General ManagerView From the Top
Aerospike, Inc. (Formerly Citrusleaf)Brian Bulkowski, Founder & CTO 
Alteryx, Inc. (Formerly SRC)Dean Stoecker, Chairman & CEO, Inc.Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO 
Appfluent TechnologyFrank Gelbart, President & CEO 
Application Security, Inc. Jack Hembrough, President & CEO 
AttachmateKathleen Owens, President & General Manager—Attachmate Business Unit of The Attachmate GroupView From the Top
Attivio, Inc.Ali I. Riaz, CEO 
Attunity Ltd.Shimon Alon, Chairman & CEO 
Basho Technologies, Inc.Greg Collins, President & CEOView From the Top
Birst, Inc.Brad Peters, CEO & Co-Founder 
BMC Software, Inc.Robert E. Beauchamp, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO 
CA TechnologiesMichael P. Gregoire, CEOView From the Top
CloudantAlan Hoffman, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer 
Cloudera, Inc.Mike Olson, CEO 
Clustrix, Inc.Robin Purohit, President & CEOView From the Top
CodeFutures Corp.Cory Isaacson, CEO 
Composite Software, Inc.Jim Green, Chairman & CEOView From the Top
Compuware Corp.Joseph Angileri, President & COOView From the Top
Confio SoftwareMatt Larson, CEOView From the Top
Continuent, Inc.Robert Hodges, CEOView From the Top
Couchbase, Inc.Bob Wiederhold, President & CEO 
Datameer, Inc.Stefan Groschupf, CEO 
DataStaxBilly Bosworth, CEO 
DBI (Database-Brothers, Inc.)Scott Hayes, President & CEOView From the Top
Dell, Inc.Michael S. Dell, Chairman of the Board & CEO 
DelphixJedidiah Yueh, President & CEOView From the Top
Denodo TechnologiesAngel Viña, CEO & Founder 
Domo, Inc.Josh James, Founder, CEO & Chairman of the Board 
Embarcadero Technologies, Inc.Wayne D. Williams, CEOView From the Top
EMC Corp.Joseph M. Tucci, Chairman & CEO 
EnterpriseDB Corp.Ed Boyajian, President & CEOView From the Top
Entrinsik, Inc.Doug Leupen, President & CEO 
Fusion-io, Inc.David A. Flynn, Co-Founder, CEO & President 
Gazzang, Inc.Larry Warnock, President & CEO 
GenieDB, Inc.Cary Breese, CEO 
Google, Inc.Larry Page, CEO 
HadaptJustin Borgman, CEO & Co-Founder 
HiT Software, Inc., a BackOffice Associates, LLC CompanyGiacomo Lorenzin, Managing DirectorView From the Top
Hortonworks, Inc.Rob Bearden, CEO 
HP (Hewlett-Packard Company)Meg Whitman, CEO & President 
IBM (International Business Machines Corp.)Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, Chairman, President and CEO 
Idera, Inc.Randy Jacops, CEO 
Index Engines, Inc.Tim Williams, Founder & CEO 
InfobrightDon DeLoach, President & CEOView From the Top
InfochimpsJim Kaskade, Chairman & CEO 
Informatica Corp.Sohaib Abbasi, Chairman & CEO 
JackBe Corp.Ken Krieg, Executive Chairman 
Kalido, Inc.Bill Hewitt, CEO, President & Director 
Karmasphere, Inc.Gail Ennis, CEO 
Kore TechnologiesKen Dickinson & Mark Dobransky, Co-Founders & Managing PartnersView From the Top
KXENJohn Ball, CEO 
Lavastorm AnalyticsDrew Rockwell, CEO 
LexisNexis, A Member of Reed ElsevierMike Walsh, CEO, Global Legal; Mark Kelsey, CEO, Risk Solutions 
Logi Analytics (Formerly LogiXML)Brett Jackson, President & CEO 
LucidWorksPaul Doscher, President & CEO 
MapR Technologies, Inc. John Schroeder, CEO & Co-Founder 
MarkLogic Corp.Gary Bloom, CEO & PresidentView From the Top
McAfeean Intel CompanyMichael DeCesare, President 
Melissa Data Corp.Raymond F. Melissa, President & Founder 
MemSQL, Inc.Eric Frenkiel, CEO & Co-Founder 
Microsoft Corp.Steve Ballmer, CEO 
MicroStrategy, Inc.Michael Saylor, Chairman & CEO 
Mpower1 InternationalPete Loveless, Director 
Neo Technology, Inc.Emil Eifrem, CEO 
Ntirety, Inc.Michael Corey, Founder & CEOView From the Top
NuoDB, Inc.Barry Morris, Founder & CEO 
Objectivity, Inc.David Caplan, ChairmanView From the Top
Oracle Corp.Lawrence J. Ellison, CEO 
Pentaho Corp.Quentin Gallivan, Chairman & CEO 
Percona, LLCPeter Zaitsev, Founder & CEOView From the Top
Pick Cloud, Inc.Mark Pick, President & CEO 
Platfora, Inc.Ben Werther, Founder & CEO 
Progress Software Corp.Phil Pead, President & CEO 
RackspaceGraham Weston, Chairman & Co-Founder 
RainStor, Inc.John Bantleman, CEO 
Red Gate Software Ltd.Neil Davidson & Simon Galbraith, Co-Founders 
Revelation Software, a Division of Revelation TechnologiesMike Ruane, President & CEO 
Revolution AnalyticsDave Rich, CEOView From the Top
Rocket Software, Inc.Andy Youniss, President & CEOView From the Top
SAP AGBill McDermott & Jim Hagemann Snabe, Co-CEOs 
SAS Institute, Inc.Jim Goodnight, CEO 
Security Innovation, Inc.Ed Adams, President & CEO 
SiSenseAmit Bendov, CEO & Board Member 
SnapLogic, Inc.Gaurav Dhillon, Chairman & CEOView From the Top
Splunk, Inc.Godfrey R. Sullivan, President, CEO & Chairman 
SQLstream, Inc.Damian Black, CEOView From the Top
Syncsort, Inc.Flavio Santoni, CEOView From the Top
Tableau Software, Inc.Christian Chabot, CEO & Co-Founder 
TalendJim Foy, CEO & Executive Chairman 
Teradata Corp.Michael Koehler, President & CEO 
Terracotta, Inc., Subsidiary of Software AGRobin Gilthorpe, CEOView From the Top
TIBCO Software, Inc.Vivek Ranadivé, Chairman & CEO 
TransLattice, Inc.Frank Huerta, CEO & Co-Founder 
VoltDBBruce Reading, President & CEO 
Yellowfin International Pty Ltd.Glen Rabie, CEO & Co-FounderView From the Top

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