Data. It’s what businesses gather and consume to stay alive. Some databases reside behind the organization’s firewall, and some reside in clouds. Some are caches that hold data outside the database, and some hold unstructured data of varying types: Word files, images, tweets and more. The key for a developer is to build the integrations that let applications access this data, and this category recognizes the companies and projects that just plain get it when it comes to databases, and how to connect them to ever-expanding, ever-changing endpoints.