Noel Yuhanna

Principal Analyst serving Enterprise Architecture PROFESSIONALS

Noel covers big data, data warehouses, Hadoop, in-memory, databases, NoSQL, data integration, data virtualization, data archiving, cloud, ETL, information fabric, big data integration, data management, data tools, and data security for Enterprise Architecture Professionals. His current focus is on Forrester Wave™ evaluations, customer experience, industry trends, new and emerging markets, and architecture.

Previous Work Experience

Noel has more than 25 years of experience in IT and has held various technical and management positions. He came to Forrester through its acquisition of Giga Information Group in 2003. Prior to joining Giga, Noel spent several years at Exodus Communications and led a group responsible for planning and implementing mission-critical enterprise applications including ERP, CRM, and other internal apps. Prior to Exodus, he served as a principal consultant, benchmark specialist, and data architect for Amdahl Corporation. He worked on several very large database applications and deployed high-availability and high-scalability solutions for Fortune 100 companies. He was responsible for running the world’s fastest TPC-B benchmark on Informix at Amdahl in 1994 and built the first commercial terabyte-sized database on Oracle in the early 1990s. He worked on nCube MPP Database in the early '90s and helped enterprises scale their mission-critical applications. At his first job at Eicher Goodearth Corporation in the mid-1980s, he started working with COBOL programs and later expanded his knowledge toward data modeling, programming, and administration using RDBMS technologies.

Noel has spoken at numerous industry conferences around the globe and is quoted frequently in industry publications such as CNET News, Computerworld, eWeek, InfoWorld, InformationWeek, Forbes,, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has taught several technical and management workshops on big data, data management, data integration, building scalable apps, in-memory platforms, and data virtualization.


Noel holds a bachelor's degree in business and a postgraduate degree in business administration. He is the author of an Oracle book published by Manning Publications in 1999.

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  • Noel Yuhanna
  • Application Development
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012

    Four Leaders And Four Strong Performers Compete For A Share Of The Enterprise Cloud Database Market

    Cloud database offerings represent a new space within the broader data management platform market, providing enterprises with an abstracted option to support Agile development and new social, mobile,...

    • Downloads: 977
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Craft Your Future State BI Reference Architecture

    Road Map: The Business Intelligence Playbook

    In the face of rising data volume and complexity and increased need for self-service, enterprises need an effective business intelligence (BI) reference architecture to utilize BI as a key corporate...

    • Downloads: 1878
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise ETL, Q1 2012

    Informatica, IBM, Oracle, SAP, SAS, Ab Initio, And Talend Lead, With Pervasive, Microsoft, And iWay Close Behind

    In Forrester's 60-criteria evaluation of enterprise extract, transform, and load (ETL) vendors, we found that Informatica, IBM, Oracle, and SAP maintain leadership positions thanks to their ability...

    • Downloads: 2009
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Trends In ETL Adoption

    This data chart examines ETL adoption trends based on a survey of 173 professionals who have purchased ETL software at their organizations.

    • Downloads: 62
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Why Test Data Privacy Has Become Critical To All Enterprises

    This presentation discusses database security trends and drivers; current database security challenges; why nonproduction environments such as test, development, Q&A, and staging are equally...

    • Downloads: 73
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:NoSQL Offers New Options To Application Developers

    Overcoming RDBMS Limitations Enables New Application Patterns

    Business growth and speed are driving new application and data requirements that demand different approaches to data management. Although relational databases are great for most business...

    • Downloads: 758
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Seven Top Integration Trends For 2011 To 2012

    The Need For Speed, Services, And SaaS Is Shaping The Integration Future

    Integration remains a high priority for enterprises in 2011 to 2012, leading Forrester to mine client inquiries and interview industry experts for insight into the latest integration trends....

    • Downloads: 1845
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture

    Align Data Management Roles To Create Stronger Business Value

    The continuing explosion in data volume, increasing numbers of business users, growing data complexity, compliance requirements, need to support global operations, and growing need for real-time...

    • Downloads: 3094
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Stay Alert To Database Technology Innovation

    Specialized Data Management Options Abound — Are Any Right For Your Apps?

    Growth in the volume and pace of business is driving new application and data requirements that are often well beyond the design limits of existing relational database technologies. These include...

    • Downloads: 1207
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Case Study: HealthNow Implements A Data Services Layer Using Informatica 9 Platform

    Today, most organizations face growing data integration challenges due to increased data volume, complex data types, and an increased business need for real-time data. Information-as-a-service (IaaS)...

    • Downloads: 357
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:For iPhone Launch, Razorfish Uses An Elastic Application Platform

    The breakneck adoption of the Apple iPhone posed big challenges for Razorfish, the firm that developed the iPhone activation application for the UK. To support the activation of 12,000 iPhones per...

    • Downloads: 241
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    Report:Take Advantage Of New Ways To Save Money On Database Costs

    Today, databases and related infrastructure have grown to become a significant part of most IT budgets, and continued growth in the volume of data and the number of database applications threatens to...

    • Downloads: 886
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Information-As-A-Service, Q1 2010

    IBM, Informatica, Composite Software, And Denodo Technologies Lead, With Microsoft And Red Hat Close Behind

    In Forrester's 123-criteria evaluation of information-as-a-service (IaaS) — also known as data services — vendors, we found that IBM, Informatica, Composite Software, and Denodo...

    • Downloads: 2577
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    Report:Forrester TechRadar™: Enterprise Data Integration, Q1 2010

    Data Integration Technologies Evolve To Address New Challenges

    Today, enterprises face increasing data integration challenges, largely because of growing data volumes, data protection issues, data migration complexities, the need for real-time information,...

    • Downloads: 2830
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    Report:2010 Update: Evaluating Integration Alternatives

    Enterprises Face A Growing Need For A Unified Integration Competency Center

    Just as in 2009, technical innovation and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity have continued to have a significant impact on the integration space. The most common trend has been the expansion of...

    • Downloads: 1890
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    Report:Test Data Privacy Is Critical To Meet Compliances

    Data Masking Can Help Protect Test Data

    Using customer, employee, or other confidential data straight from production for testing or developing applications violates data privacy laws and regulations and makes that data a soft target for...

    • Downloads: 966
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:JAVA Under Oracle: Seven Things You Need To Know

    Java Standards Will Narrow; MySQL, ADF, And JDeveloper Will Expand

    Oracle's proposed purchase of Sun Microsystems (ticker symbol: JAVA) will give it control over two of the most widely used application development technologies in the industry: the Java platform and...

    • Downloads: 867
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    Report:Base Your Oracle "Red Stack" Negotiations Strategy On Your Oracle Adoption Strategy

    Preparation And Product Expertise Are Key To Winning

    Amidst worsening economic conditions and a rapidly consolidating vendor landscape, applications professionals will have the opportunity to consolidate their own landscapes by committing to...

    • Downloads: 847
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:2009 Update: Evaluating Integration Alternatives

    Scenario-Based Guidance For Choosing Products That Provide Application, Process, And Data Integration Features

    Technical innovation and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity continue to drive the evolution of the integration marketplace, leading to a market with a significantly different array of features...

    • Downloads: 2379
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    Report:App Dev's Role In Securing Next-Generation Information Architectures

    Tightly coupling data sources with applications has been a common approach for applications that need to access enterprise data, but with increasing data volume and data complexity along with the...

    • Downloads: 470
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:Securing Next-Generation Information Architectures

    The Promise Of Improved Security Or The Risk Of New Attack Vectors

    Next-generation information architectures such as data federation and information services are gaining increased adoption, so security professionals must ensure their protection from all relevant...

    • Downloads: 946
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Market Update: Open Source Databases

    Open Source Databases Remain A Viable Choice For Business Applications

    Open source databases continue to grow in adoption, offering enterprises a reliable and low-cost alternate solution for supporting small to moderately sized applications. Although the rip-and-replace...

    • Downloads: 797
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    Report:Information-As-A-Service: Delivering Real-Time Information Drives Market Toward The Mainstream

    Increasing business demand for near-real-time delivery of high-quality information in context is driving enterprise architects and application developers toward new service-oriented ways of accessing...

    • Downloads: 1564
  • For Security & Risk Professionals

    Report:A New Role Is Emerging Within IT: Database Security Analyst (DSA)

    As enterprises take stronger measures around database security to meet compliance requirements and defend against attacks, the need for security support and administration becomes critical. But who...

    • Downloads: 470
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    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Information-As-A-Service, Q1 2008

    BEA Systems Leads, With IBM, Oracle, And Red Hat Following Closely

    Forrester evaluated leading enterprise information-as-a-service (IaaS) vendors across 94 criteria and found that BEA Systems, IBM, Oracle, and Red Hat have established leadership positions, thanks to...

    • Downloads: 1645