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Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK blog! Please join me often to share your thoughts and observations on new analytic platforms, BI and data management. I maintain a vendor-focused practice that uses primary research, briefings, case studies, events and other activities that stimulate ideas as a source for commentary on strategy and execution in the marketplace. I believe the emergence of a new class of analytic platforms, and emerging data management and advanced tools herald a next step in the maturity of information technology, and I'm excited to be present for its emergence. I hope my blog entries will stimulate ideas that will serve both the vendors creating these new solutions and the companies that will improve their business prospects as a result of applying them. Please share your thoughts and input on the topics.



February 2010 Archives

Mark Cunningham has reunited some of the team that built Crystal Reports (now part of SAP Business Objects) and launched Indicee, a SaaS-based BI reporting play that is pointed squarely at the continuing difficulty of extending BI beyond its seemingly permanent minority usage model.

It's commonly understood that users continue to fend for themselves manually, moving data to spreadsheets for analytic manipulation because IT is unable to respond quickly enough to their needs. Indicee tackles this by re-using existing report and spreadsheet content (not surprisingly, Crystal reports lead the source list), moving it to the cloud for data mart-based interaction, and innovating a different approach to user interaction. It's worth a look, and a free download for trial use sweetens the deal.


Posted February 17, 2010 10:01 AM
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IBM chose a regular meeting of its Data Governance Council to launch a series of now-renamed Information Governance services and products and announce a definitive agreement to acquire Initiate Systems. A privately held software vendor based in Chicago, Illinois, Initiate stands as IBM's 30th acquisition in the information and analytics sector. Initiate's data integrity software for information sharing is designed to help health care clients work more intelligently and efficiently by supporting timely access to patient and clinical data. It also enables governments to share client information across multiple agencies to better serve citizens.

This post was co-authored by Merv Adrian and Charles King of PUND-IT. It's a little more narrative than my usual posts (and longer), and is reproduced here in the form it appeared in the PUND-IT newsletter. 


Posted February 12, 2010 12:00 PM
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This is a new kind of blog post for me - it's specifically designed to elicit ideas, suggestions and examples for my Big Data Summit (click to register) kickoff on Feb 18th. Consider it an experiment in crowdsourcing from a very smart community (my readers.) No, I'm not a shameless suckup - you know who you are, and you're all pretty darn smart.

We have some great speakers - Amazon, Mobclix and Aster Data - and added sponsors like Informatica, Dell and impetus. So there will be plenty to talk about, including storage, analytics, programming paradigms, etc.

Here's my dilemma: I imagine we'll have newbies as well as more advanced attendees. So I cannot skip the basics like:

  • Store it yourself? Host it elsewhere? Move it and process, then return it?
  • DB or not DB? (subcategory: SQL or NoSQL?) and, a corollary:
  • Where should analytics be done? Inside or outside a DBMS?
  • Where are the resources to learn more?
  • Who are the providers of key technologies?

This may take my 30 minutes and I'd hardly scratch the surface. But maybe I can blast through it fast and get to some other issues. What would you want to hear if you were there? Or if you're involved in projects and have learned some lessons you think the world should know, what would they be? I'd be grateful for any input my readers have to offer. Feel free to send me links, experiences, interesting use cases you've seen or participated in. Put them in the comments below.

Posted February 1, 2010 12:04 PM
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