Gartner: Data Warehousing at an Inflection Point

A few weeks ago at Informatica‘s annual industry analyst summit, one my favorite tweets was: “Who would have thought that 10 years later data warehousing would still be interesting?”

Well, today Gartner put out the following press release:  Gartner Says Data Warehousing Reaching Its Most Significant Inflection Point Since Its Inception. While there was surprisingly no mention of the impact of cloud computing, the release does make an important point about the shift in the balance of power from database management vendors to data integration vendors:

“Analysts maintain that there is a real opportunity for data integration tools vendors to challenge the database management system (DBMS) vendors as the primary data management architecture, and the DBMS vendors should not underestimate this potential competition.”

Additional information is available in the Gartner report “The State of Data Warehousing in 2011.” The report is available on Gartner’s website at

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