Can You Trust The Survey?
Practice Lead – Big Data and Analytics
8 May 2017
We have all seen this type report -Forrester Wave™: Big Data Search And Knowledge Discovery Solutions, Q3 ’15.
Even the report heading can be a challenge to the outcome. If you are looking for a comparison of Big Data platforms and related tools then you will be sadly disappointed. A quick look at the systems being compared show what is generally accepted as Cognitive Analytics solutions. The IBM product being Watson Explorer.
However, where is Microsoft? It appears a glaring omission but the small print comes to Forrester rescue. Only vendors with platform and appliance solutions have been selected. Since the Microsoft solution only consists of API’s (the usual “bag of spanners” approach) it has not been selected.
A quick look at the scoring system provides little more information. I am a big fan of the Watson Explorer product and happy to see it in the top quadrant but not necessarily for the ratings provided.