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, Search.com, 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.

Education

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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