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.

Noel Yuhanna's Research

  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

    Report: The Forrester Wave™: In-Memory Database Platforms, Q3 2015

    The in-memory database platform represents a new space within the broader data management market. Enterprise architecture (EA) professionals invest in in-memory database platforms to support rea...

    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report: Market Overview: Database-As-A-Service

      Business leaders demand next-generation applications and new insights to drive more intelligent engagement and better decisions. To get there, enterprise architects need to design an agile techn...

      • Downloads: 202
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report: Critical Big Data Insight From Strata 2015

      Managers as well as data and technology professionals are all enthralled with the promise of big data and disillusioned with its complexity. Strata-Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose, California R...

      • Downloads: 298
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report: Market Overview: Graph Databases

      To support the demands of the digital business, enterprise architects must consider how best to link large volumes of complex, siloed data. Linking a few data sources is often simple, but to do ...

      • Downloads: 210
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report: The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Data Virtualization, Q1 2015

      As enterprise architects look at how to deliver a trusted, real-time, integrated, and secure data platform to support applications, they look at data virtualization. In the three years since For...

      • Downloads: 466
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

      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 Tech...

      • Downloads: 2591
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report: Forrester TechRadar™: Enterprise Data Integration, Q1 2010

      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: 2869
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

      Report: Forrester's Data Management Reference Architecture

      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: 3194
    • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

      Report: 2009 Update: Evaluating Integration Alternatives

      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 featu...

      • Downloads: 2393
    • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

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

      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 abil...

      • Downloads: 2118
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