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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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August 2008 Archives

One of the traditions of the Boulder BI Brain Trust is to serve coffee in mugs labeled by companies who are no longer. If you have a mug sitting around gathering dust and if the mug logo has historic IT value, please send it to Claudia Imhoff at Intelligent Solutions, PO Box 4587, Boulder, CO 80306.

We will forever be indebted to you!
...as we sip our coffee and contemplate the future of yet another IT company.


Posted August 22, 2008 12:38 PM
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At the Boulder BI Brain Trust, we heard a presentation from i-lluminate Solutions about their company background, product offering, and future directions. They have an exploratory data analysis tool using a value-based database structure.

See the complete blog item here.


Posted August 22, 2008 12:31 PM
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IBM is announcing enhancements of the products within the InfoSphere family, along with sharpening the branding of InfoSphere, which will definitely alleviate customer confusion about their product offerings.

Enhancements falls into four categories:

- Global support: new languages (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese) and multi-cultural names/addresses

- Administration tools: deployment, QualityStage, business glossary, FastTrack for managing corporate naming standards

- SOA/Grid: added JMS, REST, RSS bindings, Oracle as data provider, managing the deployment and execution across grids

- Mainframe Data: access to non-relational data sources, PL/1 metadata, JDBC connectivity, native VSAM-VSAM replication


Posted August 14, 2008 9:15 AM
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In an outstanding research article, Jure Leskovec of Carnegie-Mellon and Eric Horvitz of Microsoft Research analyzed 30 billion IM conversations among 240 million people during the month of June 2006. This resulted in a network graph with 180 million nodes (a person who sent a message during that month) and 1.3 billion undirected edges (two persons exchanged messages) - by far the largest data set for social networking. In fact, the authors described their investigation as being 'planetary-scale'!

A key result was the confirmation of Stanley Milgram's popularized hypothesis that any two persons in the world are, on the average, separated by six degrees. That is, only four other persons are needed to form a path between those two persons. Leskovec and Horvitz found that the average degree of separation was 6.6 with a median of 6. The longest paths had lengths of under 30, which is still amazing. In contrast, if one person wanted to find another person among a group of 180 million, you would expect to search through half of that group. Right? Correct if you were searching randomly for that person.

This is called the Small World phenomenon where the interconnections of a social network are much more strong than one would expect based on random networks. In other words, we as social beings have a strong affinity for selectively connecting to others, even using Microsoft Messager.

The above result about six degrees was only one of dozens. The results of the research article go on and on! The reader is forewarned that the article is slow reading, but only 10 pages.

I wrote an article entitled The Link is the Thing in August of 2003, in which I applied the Small World phenomenon to enterprise data warehouses. We may have small worlds lurking in our EDW! I encourage you to apply network analysis techniques to EDW as I suggested. I obviously would be very interested in what you find.


Posted August 5, 2008 1:17 PM
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At TechWave, Sybase reannounced today the Sybase Analytic Appliance, which is their packaging of Sybase IQ with the IBM Power platform, along with a 10-user license for MicroStrategy tools. The appliance is sold and supported by systems integrator mLogica.

Sybase is offerings various configuration ranging from 3 TB with 40 users to 48 TB with 160 users. The average cost per terabyte is around $27,000, although specific pricing on these configurations was not given.

With the Microsoft acquisition of DATAllegro, the DWA market has become a interesting place to watch! I wonder whether Sybase's new offering will have the MPP-power to compete.


Posted August 5, 2008 1:04 PM
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