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Richard Hackathorn

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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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Bill Hewitt, president and CEO of Kalido, showed how companies can get their hands around the changes in their markets. Does IT help companies get better? Bill summarized their focus as "Information should be delivered as a service, where producers and consumers will create/consume/distribute information in near real-time." By the time that data gets to the proper people, the information is too late, too old. Managers need the context and the relevance for their business.

The Kalido Information Engine consists of:

+ Business Information Modeler
+ Dynamic Information Warehouse
+ Universal Information Director
+ Master Data Management

Robert Dickson, principal resales consultant, continued with a detail demonstration of augmenting a Cognos tool with enhance metadata. In particular, the field of Reseller Type was added as an attribute of Reseller so that users can query on this new field.

It is interesting that Kalido does not supply a database engine (since it uses SQL Server, DB2 and the like) or query tools (since it uses Cognos, Business Objects, and the like). It automates the metadata management layer above database/query products so that the data warehouse is more responsive to changing business requirements.

P.S. During the break David Loshin and I discussed the Kalido presentation and felt that it was the best so far. The reason is that the CEO came and give the value proposition, all in 20 minutes. Then, a knowledgeable technical person gave a detailed demo with real product, all in 30 minutes. And, the demo actually worked!

Posted July 2, 2008 11:33 AM
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