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Andrew Brust

Andrew Brust, the principal of Blue Badge Insights, is a veteran and market intelligence expert in the database and BI/analytics field, having worked as a practitioner since the late 1980s, a consulting executive through the 1990s and 2000s, and a journalist and analyst in the Big Data/BI world (for ZDNet since 2011 and GigaOm since 2013). Brust has worked on the vendor side as well, as Senior Director, Market Strategy and Intelligence, at Datameer – a Big Data ISV – from early 2015 to August, 2017. Brust has an excellent sense of customer needs and pain points in the data analytics, BI and data warehouse space, having been involved in the business intelligence market for over 20 years. He is also a cloud analytics expert: his recognition as a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and RD has provided him many years of insight and expertise with data services on the Azure cloud, including early beta testing of what is now Azure HDInsight and early involvement with what became Power BI and Azure Synapse Analytics. He has experience on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) side as well, having authored two Pluralsight courses on that cloud’s Big Data stack. Brust is a skilled writer, and has written for technical audiences for 25 years. Brust also presents on topics like Databricks, HDInsight, SQL Server and Power BI at technology conferences including Visual Studio Live!, SQL Server Live! and Artificial Intelligence Live!, all of which he co-chairs. In May 2019, Brust co-presented a breakout session with a member of the Azure Synapse Analytics team at Microsoft’s Build developer conference. He also presented on data governance and data catalogs at the prestigious Strata Data conference in New York, in both 2018 and 2019. Brust’s technical background, industry knowledge, and his prolific work as an author and presenter combine to make him a versatile strategist, advisor, industry analyst and “connector” to vendors, experts and resources in the analytics and data science worlds.

STORIES BY Andrew Brust
Sundeck Launches Query Engineering Platform for Snowflake
Alteryx Announces AiDIN for AI-Powered Features
Microsoft Fabric Defragments Analytics, Enters Public Preview
Tableau, Informatica, ThoughtSpot Tout Generative AI
Bobsled Offers Platform-Neutral Data Sharing Service
Multiple Vendors Make Data and Analytics Ubiquitous
Starburst’s CEO Decries Big Data Lies; Touts Data Truths
Data, Analytics and AI: What Will Happen in 2023
Google Makes Postgres-Compatible AlloyDB Generally Available
MongoDB Partners with Databricks for App-Driven Analytics
Neo4j 5 Hits GA with Major Performance, Scalability Improvements
Snowflake Delivers Bevy of Developer Goodies
TigerGraph Supports Graph Query Langauge openCypher
Microsoft Announces PostgreSQL Option for Cosmos DB
Nvidia Intros Large Language Model Customization, Services
With VantageCloud, Teradata Makes a Bigger Dent
CDP One Takes Cloudera into the SaaS Analytics League
Nvidia Shaves up to 30% off Large Language Model Training Times
StarRocks Launches Beta of Cloud Service for Its Analytics Engine
Starburst’s Varada Move Consolidates the Lakehouse Race
Snowflake Builds out Its Data Cloud
Cube Dev Puts PostgreSQL Interface on Its Headless BI Platform
StreamNative Integrates Kafka into Apache Pulsar-Based Cloud
Microsoft Power BI Gets Low-Code Datamart Feature
Databricks Hits Amazon Marketplace on PAYGO Basis
Ocient Makes the Case for Coupling Storage and Compute
Datafold Integrates with dbt, Automates SQL-Based Data Testing
Ahana’s Presto Platform Simplifies Data Lake Security