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Not All Cloud Data Warehouses Are Created The Same: A Podcast with Actian

On this edition of the earlyadopter.com podcast, Early Adopter’s Dan Woods dove into the topic of what cloud data warehouse best fits your needs. Joining him for the conversation were Raghu Chakravarthi, Actian’s chief product officer, and Bill Westfall, Actian’s VP of customer success and professional services. Early Adopter recently completed two papers with Actian, […]

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The More You Know: A Podcast on the Benefits of Observability with Grafana Labs’ Raj Dutt

On the latest edition of the Designing Enterprise Platforms Podcast from Early Adopter Research (EAR), EAR’s Dan Woods spoke with Raj Dutt, CEO of Grafana, about observability. It’s a concept that Woods has been studying since learning of what Etsy did to make the development process faster. Etsy created huge amounts of observability so they […]

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Oracle Customers Should Understand the Power of a Perpetual License

In recent years, software vendors increasingly have shifted the model for purchasing software from a perpetual license followed by a stream of maintenance to a subscription model in which software is sold as a subscription renewable on an intermittent basis. There are advantages for both vendors and customers with each model. With a subscription model, […]

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Charting Your Future With Oracle

As we’ve documented through the Escape Hatch from Oracle research mission, using and working with Oracle has both advantages and drawbacks. Oracle offers an array of high-quality products that are vital to many enterprises across industries. Companies have come to depend on using Oracle software to run mission-critical operations. But the way Oracle antagonizes its […]

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When It Comes to Negotiating With Oracle, Go First

The world of Oracle is often like the seemingly bucolic suburban town depicted in Stranger Things: often, things are not what they seem and what’s right might be unusual in another context. Recently, I had another conversation with Craig Guarente, CEO and Founder of Palisade Compliance, who I’ve interviewed frequently in the past for our […]

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Escape Hatch Key Question: Is Oracle Increasingly Unpopular with IT Buyers?

 The Escape Hatch from Oracle Research Mission takes a close look at the state of Oracle in the market. As stated in our Research Mission Declaration, one impetus for this mission is to inspire Oracle to pull back from some of its aggressive tactics, especially regarding audits. Our position is that Oracle has damaged its […]

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How Did Software Maintenance Become Such A Bad Deal? Oracle and the Fall of the Traditional Model

As part of the Escape Hatch from Oracle Research Mission, we must examine basic assumptions, the central dogmas that define the market and govern most behavior.  Here are some basic questions about software maintenance that are crucial to understanding the rationale for sending vendors so much money every year. What was the promise of software […]

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SD-WAN Shows How Security-Driven Networking Can Fix the Internet

SD-WAN technology is interesting for a variety of reasons. First, it is a next-generation cybersecurity technology. Second, it allows a company to route traffic in complex ways based on a variety of aspects of the traffic. The result is a superior experience that enables new networking paradigms without the need for complex configuration. But there […]

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