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
  • Security Operations & Program Governance
  • 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: 76
  • 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: 939
  • 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: 54
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    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: 1015
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    Report:Your Enterprise Database Security Strategy 2010

    Stronger Measures Have Become Essential To Defend Against Growing Attacks

    With increasingly sophisticated attacks and rising internal data theft, database security merits a stronger focus that goes beyond traditional authentication, authorization, and access control (AAA)....

    • Downloads: 934
  • For Application Development & Delivery Professionals

    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: 480
  • 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: 959
  • 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: 479