By Aileen Agricola | January 9, 2013
InfoWorld Test Center picks the best hardware, software, development tools, and cloud services of the year with Neo4j amongst the winners.
“Many years ago we called these our ‘Product of the Year Awards.’ But ‘product’ just isn’t the right word,” said Doug Dineley, executive editor of InfoWorld’s Test Center. “Our Technology of the Year Awards are not merely the best ‘products’ in their class. These are the tools at the leading edge of technology innovation — the ones that are shaping the way we work and do business.”
When you think of NoSQL, you may think of a nontransactional, nonrelational database. Graph databases like Neo4j are a bit of an odd man out in this category. When your data is structured but the relationships among the data are as important as the data itself, you may be better served by a graph database.
Neo4j makes connections between data elements intrinsic to each element. For many types of systems, such as recommendation engines, social, scientific, and “friend of a friend” calculations, Neo4j is the right fit. If you’re self-joining tables and walking down row by row, this is probably the answer you’ve been looking for.