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Databricks Named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: AI Foundation Models for Language, Q2 2024

Naveen Rao
Prem Prakash
Sonya Vargas
Oliver Chiu
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We are excited to announce that Forrester has recognized Databricks as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: AI Foundation Models for Language, Q2 2024. A leader is a model provider that has both a strong product offering and strategy. Forrester looked at a 21-criterion evaluation of AI foundation models providers to make their assessment and final results.  They concluded that enterprise buyers must look beyond incremental improvements to model benchmarks, but to focus on Foundation Model Language providers that have a clearly articulated roadmap fine-tuned to enterprise needs, the ability to configure and govern models to reduce hallucinations and align with company branding, respect IP rights and the IP rights of others, and can scale with low latency and never go down.

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Forrester Wave

Figure 1: The Forrester Wave™: AI Foundation Models for Language, Q2 2024

We believe one of the reasons that contributed to our placement in the Forrester Wave is Databricks’ focus on providing a complete GenAI solution that helps customers deploy production-quality applications.  Databricks Mosaic AI includes DBRX, our leading open source foundation model, and unified tooling to build, deploy, govern, and monitor AI and ML solutions. Built on the Databricks Data Intelligence Platform, Mosaic AI enables organizations to securely and cost-effectively integrate their enterprise data into the AI lifecycle. Mosaic AI includes:

  • Foundation Model for language: DBRX is Databricks' Foundation Model that originally set standards for quality and efficiency for open source foundation models. It was 2x faster and trained more cost-effectively than other popular open source models at the time of announcement. DBRX demonstrated an architecture that can help customers to build their own custom LLMs cost-effectively.
  • Ability to build your own custom LLM: Databricks lets enterprises fine-tune an open source LLM or build custom LLMs trained on their data from scratch. Custom models built with Mosaic AI are faster, produce higher quality results that are more domain-specific, and are up to 10x lower costs than proprietary LLMs. Custom models are differentiated and tailored to the context of an enterprise's business and domain. DBRX was built using Mosaic AI .
  • Ability to deploy an entire AI system that focuses on production-quality: Mosaic AI helps customers deploy production-quality GenAI applications that are safe, accurate, and governed. It has built-in access controls, and governance capabilities ensuring no user will be able to access data they do not have the rights to. There are built-in guardrails to identify unsafe content and prevent responses to such requests. All output can be carefully monitored, including for toxic and unsafe content as well as to diagnose errors. With native governance powered by Unity Catalog, you can govern and track lineage across all data and AI assets.

What's next

We believe our recognition as a Leader is a testament to Databricks’ success and our ability to bring together data and AI teams and enable them to create the next generation of GenAI applications with quality, speed, and agility. We believe the uniqueness of our achievement is not only providing a leading foundation model for language, but also the tools available for any enterprise to augment LLMs with their enterprise data, from RAG deployments to fine-tuning or building their own custom GenAI model cost-effectively. We are excited about all that our customers and partners are building with Mosaic AI and thank them for being on this journey with us.

Learn more

To learn more about Mosaic AI, visit our website and follow @Databricks for the latest news and updates. You can also join us at the Data + AI Summit 2024 and view the GenAI breakout sessions where we have more to announce around GenAI. 

Read the Forrester Wave™: AI Foundation Models for Language, Q2 2024.


The Forrester Wave™ is copyrighted by Forrester Research, Inc. Forrester and Forrester Wave™ are trademarks of Forrester Research, Inc. The Forrester Wave™ is a graphical representation of Forrester’s call on a market and is plotted using a detailed spreadsheet with exposed scores, weightings, and comments. Forrester does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in the Forrester Wave™. Information is based on the best available resources. Opinions reflect judgment at the time and are subject to change.


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