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
  • Information Management
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report:Brief: In-Memory Data Platform Is No Longer An Option — It's A Necessity!

    Enterprises are on the cusp of a major opportunity to advance their business efficacy and capability. New paradigms, such as the intersection of big data and real-time analytics, offer rewards to the...

    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Customer Data Should Be The Lifeblood Of Your Enterprise

      Some say that data is the new oil — but we think that comparing data to oil is too limiting. Data is the new sun: it's limitless and touches everything firms do. Customer data is the most...

      • Downloads: 723
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Hadoop Solutions, Q1 2014

      Tsssss! That's the sound of Hadoop. It's today's sizzling-hot data management platform because it: 1) offers lower-cost storage than traditional systems, 2) has open source innovation, 3) can scale...

      • Downloads: 1339
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:TechRadar™: Enterprise DBMS, Q1 2014

      In-Memory, NoSQL, And DBaaS Forge Ahead; Relational And Data Warehouses Focus On Innovation; And Market Starts Consolidating

      Today, enterprises face increasing data management challenges, largely because of growing data volumes, data security issues, the need for real-time information, integration of structured with...

      • Downloads: 414
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report:Brief: Database Archiving Offers New Use Cases That Go Beyond Compliance And Performance

      Focus On An Enterprisewide Archiving Strategy

      Enterprise architecture (EA) professionals often pay little attention to database archiving compared with other data management functions, largely because organizations focus only on compliance and...

      • Downloads: 145
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Warehouse, Q4 2013

      Although enterprise data warehouse (EDW) is a mature technology, vendors continue to innovate and enhance its real-time analytics, distributed in-memory, advanced compression, and scalable appliance...

      • Downloads: 878
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Case Study: Maple Leaf Foods Relies On SAP HANA To Enable Faster Business Analytics

      With in-memory technologies gaining maturity, application development and delivery professionals should consider making it part of their data management platform to support faster analytics,...

      • Downloads: 228
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Information Fabric 3.0

      Forrester's Reference Architecture For Enterprise Data Virtualization

      Enterprises face growing challenges in bridging disparate sources of data to fuel analytics, predictive analytics, real-time insights, and applications. The data explosion is also exacerbating...

      • Downloads: 1005
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Steadily Growing Database Market Is Increasing Enterprises' Choices

      An Overview Of The Enterprise Database Management System Market In 2013

      Business demand for more applications, larger databases, and new analytics initiatives is driving innovation and growth in the database market, with new options for cloud, in-memory, mobility,...

      • Downloads: 768
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Future Of Customer Data Management

      Live Or Die By Your Customer Data Management Strategy

      Customer data is the lifeblood of the contemporary enterprise. It's used in virtually every function of the business, including product research, design, and development; advertising and marketing...

      • Downloads: 1556
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      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: 1879
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Advanced Data Visualization (ADV) Platforms, Q3 2012

      Seven Leaders, Six Strong Performers, And Two Contenders Compete For Share Of The ADV Market

      Enterprises find advanced data visualization (ADV) platforms to be essential tools that enable them to monitor business, find patterns, and take action to avoid threats and snatch opportunities. In...

      • Downloads: 1796
    • 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:The Forrester Wave™: Data Virtualization, Q1 2012

      Informatica, IBM, Composite Software, And Denodo Technologies Lead, With SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, Stone Bond, And Red Hat Close Behind

      In Forrester's 53-criteria evaluation of data virtualization — also known as information-as-a-service (IaaS) — vendors, we found that Informatica, IBM, Composite Software, and Denodo...

      • Downloads: 1984
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Market Overview: Database Security, 2011

      Database Security Solutions Mature While The Market Consolidates

      Enterprise databases continue to experience growing attacks despite enhanced security processes and increasing database security approaches. Security gaps in solutions persist in intelligent...

      • Downloads: 897
    • 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:Why Enterprise Database Security Strategy Has Become Critical

      This presentation discusses database security trends and drivers, current database security challenges, why enterprises should focus on an enterprisewide database security strategy, the three pillars...

      • Downloads: 53
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:Oracle Exadata Raises The Bar On Database Appliances

      Improves Online Transaction Processing And Data Warehouse Performance And Delivers A Consolidation Platform

      Forrester recently interviewed 16 Oracle customers who use Oracle Exadata to find out about their implementations. Most customers stated that Oracle Exadata exceeded performance and high-availability...

      • Downloads: 736
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report:The Forrester Wave™: Database Auditing And Real-Time Protection, Q2 2011

      IBM, Imperva, And Sentrigo Lead, With Application Security, Oracle, And Fortinet Close Behind

      In Forrester's 147-criteria evaluation of database auditing and real-time protection vendors, we found that the market is rife with mature products. IBM, Imperva, and Sentrigo lead the pack because...

      • Downloads: 885
    • 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:Simpler Database Migrations Have Arrived!

      IBM, ANTs Software, And EnterpriseDB Offer Innovative New Options

      Database migrations have always been complex, time-consuming, and costly due to proprietary data structures and data types, SQL extensions, and procedural languages. It can take up to several months...

      • Downloads: 310
    • 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