Open Source Software is Free, Like a Puppy

Open source software has a long and inspiring history. In the very early days of software itself, academic collaboration was the norm. But in the late 70’s and early 80’s, manufacturers increasingly copyrighted their technologies, protected their source code, and required licensed use of software. The era of commercial software was born. Freedom! Richard Stallman […]

Only the Strongest and Boldest Data-Driven Companies Will Survive

One of my favorite analyst quotes comes from Ray Wang at Constellation Research. It’s simple, it’s direct, and it’s scary – “Digital Darwinism is unkind to those who wait.” I have quoted it many times as a proof point for why traditional companies must evolve and adapt if they are to survive. The fundamentals of […]

It’s Time for Time Series

Recently, as I always do, I was reading about some emerging trends in our industry and a headline popped out at me — did you know that time series databases are one of the fastest growing specialty database platforms? That was a surprise to me, so I did a little more research. Time After Time, […]

Take Vertica and Call Me in the Morning

Last night, at 1:37 am, I found myself awake and thinking about Vertica. To anyone who knows me, this should come as no surprise. I was thinking about how different Vertica is from so many other players in the market and I realized that we have for years proudly described Vertica as a full ANSI […]

I Love DIY Projects

I love DIY projects. I love watching the YouTube videos, scouring the web for advice from others, and learning new skills. The innovation and creativity that’s out there is amazing! Plus, DIY projects save money, sometimes a lot of money! This past month, we decided to build our own stone patio in the backyard … […]