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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    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: 2886
  • 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: 2598
  • 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: 2397
  • 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: 2197
  • 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: 2071
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Database Management Systems, Q2 2009

    Oracle, IBM, And Microsoft Lead, With Sybase Following Closely; Ingres Tops Open Source Databases In Current Offering

    In Forrester's 153-criteria evaluation of enterprise open source and closed source database management systems (DBMSes), we found that Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, and Sybase lead the pack because each...

    • Downloads: 1933
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    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: 1912
  • 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: 1870
  • 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: 1836
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Database-As-A-Service Explodes On The Scene

    DaaS Delivers An Easy-To-Use, Low-Cost Alternative Database Resource

    Enterprises must support hundreds or even thousands of applications to meet growing business demands, but this growth is dramatically driving up the cost of running and managing the databases under...

    • Downloads: 1543
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Your Enterprise Data Archiving Strategy

    Data Archiving Is A Flexible Technology That Delivers Many Use Cases

    With growing data volume, increasing data security breaches, and complex application-performance issues, most enterprises today face significant data management challenges. Keeping inactive data...

    • Downloads: 1435
  • 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: 1061
  • 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: 943
  • 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: 877
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    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: 859
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    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: 901
  • 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: 938
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:DBMS Selection: Look Beyond Basic Functions

    Advanced Features, Application Requirements, And Cost Play A Larger Role

    Application development and information and knowledge management professionals evaluating database management systems (DBMSes) will find that comparing basic features and functionality is unlikely to...

    • Downloads: 667
  • 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: 808
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    Report:Database Tools Fill Gaps In Vendors' Bundled Tools

    DBAs Gain Advanced Yet Usable Features For Heterogeneous DBMS

    Vendors continue adding new and improved database administration features to their database management systems (DBMS) to automate more functions, yet enterprises with large and complex environments...

    • Downloads: 486
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:SQL Azure Raises The Bar On Cloud Databases

    Ease Of Use, Integration, Reliability, And Low Cost Make It A Compelling Solution

    Over the past six months, Forrester interviewed 26 companies using Microsoft SQL Azure to find out about their implementations. Most customers stated that SQL Azure delivers a reliable cloud database...

    • Downloads: 553
  • For Enterprise Architecture Professionals

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

    New Business Initiatives Drive The Need For On-Demand, Self-Service Databases

    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 technical...

    • Downloads: 420
  • 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: 372
  • 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: 321
  • For CIO Professionals

    Report:Quick Take: CIOs Must Respond To Amazon's Disruptive Cloud

    Amazon's Relentless Pace Continues At re:Invent With Nine New Services

    The Amazon Web Services (AWS) re:Invent 2014 conference is something of an understatement as far as names go. This year's AWS conference was bigger than ever, with more than 13,500 attendees from 63...

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