2023 is all about analytics

This post was originally published on Info World

Data by itself isn’t very useful. Data only becomes useful as it’s understood and as it infuses application experiences. This desire to put data to work has driven a boom in cloud-based analytics. Though a relatively small amount of IT spending currently goes to cloud—roughly 6% according to IDC in 2020—all of the momentum is away from on-premises, legacy business intelligence tools toward more modern, cloud-native options like Google BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, Databricks, or Snowflake. The popularity of bringing data and cloud together shows up in Snowflake’s rocketing rise up the DB-Engines database popularity rankings, from number 170 back in November 2016 to number 11 in January 2023. Some of Snowflake’s success absolutely comes down to performance, scalability, the separation of storage and compute, and other benefits.

But arguably an even bigger benefit is simply cloud. Snowflake was born in the cloud and offers a natural path for enterprises looking to move to the cloud. Yes, that same cloud keeps propelling new databases forward against legacy alternatives. That same cloud promises to continue to upend the world of data in 2023.

All cloud, all the time?

While I don’t agree fully with my InfoWorld colleague David Linthicum that “2023 could be the year of

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