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

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.
Hitachi Data Systems integrates Pentaho with hyperconverged data platform
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
The company has updated its HSP hyperconverged platform for running Hadoop and scale-out databases with the addition of native integration with its own Pentaho integration technology.
Trifacta raises $35m, spurred on by widespread Wrangler adoption
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Data wrangling and preparation vendor Trifacta has raised a $35m growth-stage round of funding to drive international expansion and build on widespread adoption of the free version of its Wrangler tool.
Flatlined: Investment funding for Hadoop and NoSQL in 2015
TDM Sector IQ - February, 2016
The champagne corks were popping in 2014 to celebrate record investment in NoSQL- and Hadoop-related startups. The hangover came last year.
Attunity relaunches Compose for automating the creation of BI-ready data warehouses
MIS Impact Report - February, 2016
Just over a year after its acquisition of the data warehouse automation assets of BIReady, Attunity has relaunched Compose – effectively a new offering for data loading and modeling.
2016 M&A Outlook - Software, part 1
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
2016 M&A Outlook - Software, part 2
TDM Others - February, 2016
As part of our end-of-year series of M&A analysis, we look at the deals that mattered in 2015 and assess the prospects for the next 12 months in the software sector. Where will we see acquisitions, and who might be involved?
Experian Data Quality targets expansion via cross-selling and as-a-service opportunities
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
The company is best known for its credit services, but its Experian Data Quality business has established a sizeable customer base for its various data management software assets.
Could Teradata acquire its way back to data and analytics growth?
TDM Acquirer IQ - January, 2016
The company has decided to divest its marketing applications business and focus its attention back on its core data and analytics products – but does it need to acquire to spur a return to growth?
The drivers and challenges of database as a service
MIS Spotlight - January, 2016
The latest TBI report from 451 Research's Data Platforms and Analytics channel takes a close look at the drivers and challenges associated with database as a service.
Dato details machine-learning mission to drive intelligent applications
MIS Impact Report - January, 2016
A year after it changed its name and expanded its focus, the company formerly known as GraphLab continues to expand the market for machine-learning-driven intelligent applications.
Toward a converged data platform, part three: streaming and containerization
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
The data-platforms sector has been through a period of extreme growth in recent years. In this third of a three-part series of Spotlight reports, we explore the key areas driving data-platform convergence.
SnapLogic raises $37.5m to fuel big-data-integration push
MIS Impact Report - December, 2015
Microsoft and Silver Lake lead the latest funding round for the company best known these days for its cloud integration service and big-data-integration offering.
Toward a converged data platform, part two: Hadoop and beyond
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
The data-platforms sector has been through a period of extreme growth in recent years. In this second of a three-part series of Spotlight reports, we explore the key areas driving platform convergence.
Toward a converged data platform, part one: SQL, NoSQL databases and data grid/cache
MIS Spotlight - December, 2015
The data-platforms sector has been through a period of extreme growth in recent years. In this first of a three-part series of Spotlight reports, we explore the key areas driving data-platform convergence.
H2O.ai raises $20m series B to capitalize on rapid open source machine-learning growth
MIS Impact Report - November, 2015
Adoption of the vendor's open source machine-learning software is growing rapidly. H2O.ai recently announced a $20m series B funding round to help it scale up to meet demand.