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Noel Yuhanna

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Noel covers big data, data warehouses, data fabric, data integration, data virtualization, Hadoop, Spark, in-memory, translytical, NoSQL, cloud, ETL, big data integration, data management, data tools, and data security for enterprise architecture professionals. His current focus is on new and emerging markets, modern data architectures, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.

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.

Noel covers big data, data warehouses, data fabric, data integration, data virtualization, Hadoop, Spark, in-memory, translytical, NoSQL, cloud, ETL, big data integration, data management, data tools, and data security for enterprise architecture professionals. His current focus is on new and emerging markets, modern data architectures, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.

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.

Noel Yuhanna's Most Recent Research

Research

The Forrester Wave™: Multimodel Data Platforms, Q3 2021

The 15 Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
July 15th, 2021 | Noel Yuhanna

In our 26-criterion evaluation of multimodel data platform providers, we identified the 15 most significant ones — ArangoDB, Couchbase, DataStax, EDB...

20 min read
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The Forrester Wave™: Dynamic Data Masking Solutions, Q3 2021

The Eight Providers That Matter Most And How They Stack Up
July 8th, 2021 | Heidi Shey , Noel Yuhanna

In our 25-criterion evaluation of dynamic data masking providers, we identified the eight most significant ones — DataSunrise, IBM, Informatica, Mentis...

12 min read
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Three IDEA Principles That Shape Edge Intelligence

July 7th, 2021 | Michele Goetz , Noel Yuhanna

Intelligent data edge architecture (IDEA) comprises processes, technology, and services that enable it to deliver cutting-edge and innovative approaches...

6 min read
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Architecting Data For The Intelligent Edge

Introducing Intelligent Data Edge Architecture (IDEA)
July 7th, 2021 | Michele Goetz , Noel Yuhanna

Modern edge applications are demanding an intelligent architecture to deliver an optimized connected experience at scale. Traditional data and AI architectures...

9 min read
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Now Tech: Data Masking, Q1 2021

Forrester's Overview Of 18 Data Masking Providers
March 29th, 2021 | Heidi Shey , Noel Yuhanna

You can use data masking to protect sensitive data by obfuscation, become significantly more productive, and support various compliance mandates. But to...

5 min read