Everyone gets delusions of grandeur!” That’s what Han Solo said after being frozen in carbonite. I’ve been solving data problems for customers the last year and a half and am now getting back in graph DBMSs. We took a nice look at Titan last week, can’t wait to play with that some more. I’m going to give a bit of the same to Neo4j. All of this as prep for my talk at GraphDay 2016 in Austin, TX.
Turning from the open-source Titan to the commercial AllegroGraph was like stepping out of my 1998 4Runner and taking a spin my boss’s BMW. It was fast. It was sleek. It had all of the modern thingamajiggies that come with new, well-engineered solutions built by companies with the resources to do it well.
We talk about data, and how several data concepts such as “Big Data” and “NoSQL” are currently in the vogue. But just as all politics is local, all data is ultimately specific to its own subject domain. Data is not all the same, and so we shouldn’t expect that the general data tools will be the best tools when working with any particular set of data. Choose the right tools with the best fit for your data and you’ll spend more time in analysis and realizing the value of your data, and less time working around the restrictions of your tools.