451 Research - Biography

Matt Aslett
Research Director

As Research Director Matt has overall responsibility for the data platforms and analytics research coverage, which includes operational and analytic databases, Hadoop, grid/cache, stream processing, search-based data platforms, data integration, data quality, data management, analytics, and advanced analytics. Matt?s own primary area of focus includes data management, reporting and analytics, and exploring how the various data platforms and analytics technology sectors are converging in the form of next-generation data platforms.

Prior to joining 451 Research in 2007, Matt was Deputy Editor of monthly magazine Computer Business Review and ComputerWire's daily news service. Matt started in IT journalism in 1997 as a staff writer with monthly magazine Unix and NT News, where he became editor in 2000. Matt holds a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Bournemouth University in the UK.



Reports by this Analyst

H2O lets off a little Steam, advances Spark integration for machine learning
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
Machine-learning specialist H2O has updated Sparkling Water and has begun beta testing Steam, its platform for operationalizing and automating machine-learning model development, training and deployment.
Workday takes analytics for SaaS apps to the next level with Platfora pickup
TDM Deal Analysis - July, 2016
The SaaS-based enterprise applications specialist has snapped up data discovery and visualization firm Platfora to help provide more insight on data inside Workday applications, as well as from external sources.
Trifacta integrates with Apache Atlas for metadata-driven data wrangling on Hortonworks
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
Integration with the Apache Atlas project provides for data governance and metadata management on the Hortonworks Data Platform as a complement to the vendor's self-service data-wrangling software.
Self-service data-preparation pioneer Paxata continues on-premises push
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
Paxata launched with a multi-tenant cloud approach to self-service data preparation, but 75% of its customer base is now on-premises. The latest update adds IT-focused governance and security controls designed to meet requirements for more strategic adoption.
Play it as it lies: the separation of compute and storage drives analytics in the cloud
MIS Spotlight - July, 2016
Database and analytic workloads might be slow to move to the cloud, but analytics in the cloud is still growing as an increasing volume of data is generated in the cloud and is unlikely to ever be moved on-premises.
Reltio celebrates flagship IMS Health alliance, touts MDM-driven PaaS growth
MIS Impact Report - July, 2016
The cloud-based master data management and data-driven applications platform provider is hoping the IMS Health relationship will serve as a blueprint for further industry expansion.
Data management specialist Talend files for an initial public offering
TDM Debut IQ - June, 2016
Bucking the recent trend of data-integration providers going private, the European data-integration company has set its sights on a US listing. Should Talend make it to the public markets, it would become the second venture-backed tech IPO of the year.
Global IDs continues expansion driven by enterprise-wide information management
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Given the current focus on managing data in Hadoop-based data lakes, it is easy to forget that companies like Global IDs have been offering products to manage data across the entire data estate for many years.
Xplenty outlines cloud data-integration positioning, seeks further funding
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Having tweaked its focus since our last update, the company seems to have found the right fit with its data-integration-as-a-service positioning, and reports growing customer traction as enterprises seek to integrate and analyze cloud data.
Tableau hints at wider analytics role as version 10 enters beta testing
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Some data integration and advanced analytics capabilities are coming to the next version of Tableau's visualization software, although the company will maintain its focus on mass-market self-service analysis.
Veristorm expands focus from mainframe to cloud data integration
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
Best known as a purveyor of mainframe data integration and migration software, Veristorm has expanded its capabilities and is shifting its focus to databases running in the cloud.
Total Data market expected to reach $132bn by 2020
MIS Spotlight - June, 2016
The Total Data market, consisting of data platforms and analytics, will nearly double in size between the end of 2015 and 2020, according to a new market-sizing and -forecasting service from 451 Research.
Hadoop at 10: the expansion, convergence and divergence of the Hadoop ecosystem
MIS Spotlight - June, 2016
The Apache Hadoop ecosystem has expanded rapidly in recent years to incorporate multiple approaches to data storage and processing. As different vendors support different projects, the ecosystem is both converging and diverging.
SnapLogic adds support for Kafka and HDInsight to Elastic Integration Platform
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
In the spring 2016 release of its Elastic Integration Platform, SnapLogic has added support for the Apache Kafka messaging system for streaming data, as well as furthered its integration with Microsoft Azure.
SAP refreshes cloud analytics and Roambi amid BusinessObjects branding revival
MIS Impact Report - June, 2016
The company has refreshed its on-premises business intelligence, cloud analytics, mobile BI and predictive analytics portfolio, and is now branding them all as part of the BusinessObjects family.
Pachyderm's 'Git for data,' a containerized alternative to Hadoop, reaches version 1.0
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The company combines containers with version control and data pipelines to create an alternative approach to large-scale distributed data processing and analytics.
Cambridge Semantics positions Anzo as a platform for multi-structured data lakes
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
Having acquired MPP graph analytics capabilities in 2016 to add to its own semantic web-based data management platform, Cambridge Semantics is now targeting multi-structured data lakes.
Tesora highlights the value of Trove DBaaS, seeks OpenStack adoption maturity
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
Having committed itself to driving the expansion and adoption of the Trove database-as-a-service OpenStack project, the company is now noting increased adoption and its first paying customers.
Podium Data seeks place on winners' rostrum in 'data lake' management
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The company is seeking a substantial series A investment round to fund the expansion of its business providing data lake management software.
Cazena expands managed big-data service options, adding Greenplum and Azure
MIS Impact Report - May, 2016
The company's managed big-data service – covering both Hadoop and analytics database functionality – is now available on Microsoft Azure, as well as Amazon Web Services, as Cazena refines its use-case positioning.
Switch to customer support focus looks like a wise move for Wise.io
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
Focusing its machine learning capabilities as the basis for customer support applications has given Wise.io some differentiation and has laid the foundations for market expansion.
Living in a box: container persistence for data platforms and analytics
MIS Spotlight - April, 2016
Containers and Docker are all the rage, with an initial focus having been placed on stateless Web applications. Various plans are afoot to make containers more suitable for deploying data workloads that require persistence.
Release 16 casts OpenText's product line into integrated information management suites
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
The Canadian software giant recently announced the digital transformation of its product offerings, distinguished by managing information, not content, per se. Are the company's new information products sufficiently compelling to gain market acceptance?
Hadoop at 10: The past, present and future of commercial Hadoop distributions
MIS Spotlight - April, 2016
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Hadoop distributed processing framework. In this report we review the history of commercial Hadoop distributions and the likely future directions.
Google highlights data and analytics services to help it ride cloud's 'third wave'
MIS Impact Report - April, 2016
In its bid to encourage enterprises to adopt Google Cloud Platform, the company is highlighting its expertise with regard to data processing and analytics, including a new machine learning service.
Syncsort goes native for Hadoop and Spark mainframe data integration
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Under new management, the mainframe and big-data integration specialist now enables administrators to work with mainframe data in Hadoop and Spark in its native format.
Informatica highlights its depth and breadth with Big Data Management update
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Enterprises now face a disparate array of emerging data management vendors. With its 10.1 update, Informatica is focusing on the benefits of running a single, cohesive Big Data Management suite.
BigML has big plans to democratize machine learning for developers
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Machine learning might be a hot topic for data scientists and analysts today, but the company is playing the long game with its strategy of lowering the complexity of next-generation enterprise applications for developers, which differentiates it despite growing competition.
Tamr expands procurement focus for catalog-based data preparation platform
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company has doubled-down on procurement as a core vertical for its catalog-based data preparation platform as it sharpens its focus on business analysts rather than data scientists.
UNIFi Software outlines catalog-based approach to data integration
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The vendor offers a catalog-based approach to self-service preparation and integration of data stored in relational databases and Hadoop built on its automated parsing functionality, which creates a search-based catalog of enterprise data.
Under new ownership, Infogix looks to expand Enterprise Data Analysis Platform adoption
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Now owned by Thoma Bravo, Infogix is looking to grow its profile with its combination of data quality, transaction monitoring, reconciliation, identity management and advanced analytics.
Yottamine offers an exceptional approach to machine learning on Hadoop
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
Having started out with a machine-learning cloud service, Yottamine Analytics made its software available on Hadoop in 2015, and is looking to differentiate itself with a focus on predicting rare and high-value business events.
Hortonworks highlights stability with updates to Connected Data Platforms
MIS Impact Report - March, 2016
The company expanded beyond Hadoop in 2015 with the acquisition of Onyara and launch of Hortonworks DataFlow for handling data in motion. It is now further emphasizing its dual product strategy.
Sink or swim? Governance and preparation are key to a functional 'data lake'
MIS Spotlight - March, 2016
It may be an oversimplification, but the term 'data lake' is here to stay. Data governance and self-service preparation are the foundations that will will turn the data lake from concept to reality.
With its free desktop tool, Talend joins the party in self-service data preparation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company has launched a free desktop tool to add data preparation to its data management portfolio and has outlined plans for multiple releases to expand the reach of Talend Data Preparation to Hadoop and the cloud in the coming quarters.
Salesforce adds machine-learning expertise with acquisition of PredictionIO
TDM Deal Analysis - February, 2016
Salesforce agreed to acquire machine-learning specialist PredictionIO in a move that could help the software company and its customers take advantage of embedded machine-learning functionality.
From beginning to end: examining approaches to the analytic workflow
MIS Spotlight - February, 2016
A workflow can be seen as a process through which a piece of analysis passes from initiation to completion. New styles and forms of analysis have made a workflow more vital to effective BI than ever. But what are some of the key emerging and existing approaches?
Buoyed by early data-inventory adoption, Waterline Data raises $16m series B
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Waterline Data, which offers software to provide automated inventory of data in Hadoop, has added Partech Ventures and Infosys as backers with its latest funding round.
TimeXtender outlines ambitious growth plans for data-warehouse automation
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The Danish specialist in data-warehouse automation is aiming to grow its revenue to $100m in 2020 based on growing demand for more agile data-warehousing environments that support self-service analytics.
Alation spreads its wings, citing customer momentum for search-based Data Catalog
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The young company has enjoyed a successful few months since it emerged from stealth with a differentiated take on the problem of accessing and preparing data for analysis via its search-based Data Catalog.