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Donald Feinberg

Donald Feinberg

Vice President and Distinguished Analyst

Donald Feinberg is a member of the Global Content Team tasked with developing the content for Gartner Data & Analytics Summit series globally.

Donald Feinberg is a Gartner Research Vice President and Distinguished Analyst in the Gartner ITL Data and Analytics group. Mr. Feinberg is responsible for Gartner’s research on database management systems and data warehousing infrastructure and big data.


Years of Experience:

  • 27 years in total with Gartner
  • 52 years in IT industry
  • 5 years in Banking, Finance and Insurance industry
  • 5 years in Healthcare industry
  • 5 years in Retail industry
  • 6 years in Energy & Utilities industry

Top 5 Issues I Help Clients Address:

  • Selecting DBMS platform and infrastructure
  • Choosing DBMS platforms for applications
  • Building an information management strategy, including big data
  • Modernizing and consolidating DBMS platforms
  • Understanding new trends in DBMS platforms

Roles That Need My Research:

  • DBA
  • CTO
  • CIO
  • Infrastructure team
  • Data center management
  • Technical management
  • Application development management

Top Key Initiatives I Cover:

  • Data Management Strategies
  • Data and Analytics Programs
  • Data and Analytics Leaders
  • Marketing Technology and Emerging Trends

Emerging Research in My Area

  • Multimodel DBMS
  • Nonrelational (NoSQL) DBMS
  • Hadoop & Spark
  • dbPaaS
  • IMDBMS
Monday, March 5, 2018 / 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

The Ever-Changing DBMS Landscape for Digital Business: How the Changes Affect You

Database management systems are rapidly evolving, complicating platform decisions. Open source, in-memory, cloud, multimodel, data virtualization and more are becoming pervasive and mature while the use cases, such as HTAP, big data and IoT are driving complexity.

Additionally, appliances are dying and new hardware platforms are emerging in support of DBMSs. We will examine all these trends and the technology necessary to support them.

• What are the use cases driving DBMS platform decisions?
• What is the future DBMS architecture?
• What are the vendors doing to support DBMS architectures?

Monday, March 5, 2018 / 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Roundtable: SAP HANA Best Practices

SAP HANA Platform is growing in numbers and the hype in the market is peaking. Hundreds of Gartner clients have purchased SAP HANA and are implementing it in their organizations. This Roundtable will discuss SAP HANA from the basics to implementation of best practices to the pitfalls and various issues with it.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 / 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Roundtable: Choosing the Right DBMS Landscape For the Organization

With so many choices of DBMS today, most organizations struggle with creating a clear plan for retiring older technologies and making room for new, innovative products. In this roundtable, we will discuss how you make these decisions today and what must change in the process to support a digital business.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 / 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Ask the Analyst: Negotiating with Oracle and SAP

As megavendors, Oracle and SAP have large portfolios of products. Negotiating with them can be scary, complex and difficult, there are many tactics that can be used to minimize the difficulty. In the session, we will answer your questions about Oracle and SAP negotiation tactics ranging from understanding the products they want to sell the most to what competitors give leverage in negotiations.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 / 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Workshop: How to Negotiate With the Megavendors (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) to Optimize Costs and Mitigate Risk

This session will cover overall trends, leverage points and issues associated with negotiations with the four major megavendors: IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP. Major topics addressed will be negotiation, cost containment and contracting.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 / 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Ask the Analyst: Choosing the Right DBMS for Your Project

There are literally hundreds of choices for a DBMS — Relational, nonrelational, open source, multimodel, dbPaaS. The confusion in the market grows daily about how to choose a DBMS, what is available, should I use open source and how to decide between relational and nonrelational. We will answer your questions on these topics and best practices for making a DBMS decision.

Thursday, March 8, 2018 / 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Who Killed the Database (and Most Other Data Management Conventional Wisdom)?

In 2005 at Gartner Symposium, three Gartner analysts presented "The Death Of the Database", a look into the data management crystal ball. Fast forward almost 13 years and much has changed, except the three authors who are back to have a go again. Open source, cloud, AI & ML, autonomous, SaaS, virtualization, converging markets, and self service bring disruptive potential. How will all this affect your future and the future of data management?

Meet the analysts face to face.