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Richard Hackathorn

Welcome to my blog stream. I am focusing on the business value of low latency data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse (DW) appliances, use of virtual world technology, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of business intelligence. However, my blog entries may range widely depending on current industry events and personal life changes. So, readers beware!

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Dr. Richard Hackathorn is founder and president of Bolder Technology, Inc. He has more than thirty years of experience in the information technology industry as a well-known industry analyst, technology innovator and international educator. He has pioneered many innovations in database management, decision support, client-server computing, database connectivity, associative link analysis, data warehousing, and web farming. Focus areas are: business value of timely data, real-time business intelligence (BI), data warehouse appliances, ethics of business intelligence and globalization of BI.

Richard has published numerous articles in trade and academic publications, presented regularly at leading industry conferences and conducted professional seminars in eighteen countries. He writes regularly for the BeyeNETWORK.com and has a channel for his blog, articles and research studies. He is a member of the IBM Gold Consultants since its inception, the Boulder BI Brain Trust and the Independent Analyst Platform.

Dr. Hackathorn has written three professional texts, entitled Enterprise Database Connectivity, Using the Data Warehouse (with William H. Inmon), and Web Farming for the Data Warehouse.

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Several years ago, I wrote a book on Web Farming for the Data Warehouse. The focus was on the systematic refining of Web-based information resources for business intelligence, since critical information about a business was increasing created externally to the enterprise.

Today Cognos hosted a web seminar with Google to explain how the Cognos 8 Suite leverages the Google OneBox . Other vendors currently using the Google OneBox include Cisco, Employease, Netsuite, Oracle, Salesforce.com, and SAS.

Two aspects of the Google-Cognos solution were noteworthy.

First, the Google OneBox synthesized unstructured data both inside and outside the enterprise in vocabulary of the business. The little tricks that Google does for its generic users at Google.com get specialized for the business.

Second, the Google OneBox leverages the unstructured metadata about the BI implementation for a business. For instance, the report definitions to actual field values can be served up in a Google query result. So, a Cognos report can be a result item, which can be invoked directly.

My gut said... This is a future glimpse at the integration of all enterprise information across traditional technology barriers.

Posted February 15, 2007 10:21 AM
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