Now that we've published my Forrester Wave for Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms, you'd think I can breathe easier. Far from it. No matter how carefully one words a report, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. I'm already seeing some of that surrounding the notion of what, exactly, constitutes an EDW "niche vendor."

For starters, that term--"niche vendor"--is not in my vocabulary, and not in my Wave. In the Wave, I used the standard Forrester methodology, which, based on transparent criteria and evaluation scores, distinguishes among "Leaders," "Strong Performers," "Contenders," and "Risky Bets." Rest assured that all seven of the vendors I evaluated--Teradata, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Netezza, and Sybase, are either "Leaders" or "Strong Performers."

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