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Merv Adrian

VP Analyst

Merv Adrian is an Analyst on the Data Management team following operational DBMS, Apache Hadoop, Spark, nonrelational DBMS and adjacent technologies. Mr. Adrian also tracks the increasing impact of open source on data management software and monitors the changing requirements for data security in information platforms.

Roles and responsibility



IT architect

Data administration

Previous experience

Mr. Adrian most recently headed IT Market Strategy, which he founded to provide professional services to information technology strategy and marketing professionals. Earlier, he ran technology research for Forrester, following its acquisition of Giga Information Group. He spent a decade in the software industry after several years as a Programmer on Wall Street.

Professional background

IT Market Strategy

Principal and Founder

Forrester Research

Senior Vice President

Giga Information Group

Vice President

Areas of coverage

Data and Analytics Leaders

Data Management Solutions

Data Center Infrastructure

Information Security Management Program (retired)

Data and Analytics Programs and Practices


B.A., Business (Finance), Baruch College, CUNY

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Top Issues That I Help Clients Address

1How is the Apache Hadoop stack evolving, and how do I implement it?

2How are leading operational DBMS vendors evolving?

3What is NoSQL, and should I care?

4How is data management changing in the face of big data and NoSQL?

5What is the state of data security, especially for big data?