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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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IOD-Gold%20logo.jpgThere is a old adage about IBM. Their product strategy is to throw 'it' on the wall and see what sticks. For years I have cautioned IBM against such a strategy because it puts the burden back on the customer to figure out what does what and what works with what.

This week I am getting a glimpse inside the new social mechanisms driving global technology evolution. All of this is scary, especially for the old-line control-oriented IT managers. I think that, for IBM and other leading IT vendors, we are moving from a strategy of stick-to-the-wall to a full food fight! In the video, is IBM like Robin Williams?

Yesterday I heard a talk on the Mashup Center by Guylaine Cantin. My one criticism is that there are several other mashup products (from Lotus and WebSphere) from IBM. Further, if you add up all the various country initiatives, professional services engagements, and research projects, there are probably 20 mashup efforts within IBM. How is a poor customer to know which mashup direction to go? You certainly do not want to get smash with mashups in your enterprise architecture! (sorry, had to write that!)

Late in the afternoon I heard about the Data Champion program and the XML Challenge. That challenge is either the smartest or dumbest program. Now, I am leaning toward smart. What a way (at a low low cost) to marshal 47,000 young professionals in India to learn XML. . .the IBM way!

Smart is what smart does. An innovative and viable company in our turbulent global economy has to discard lots of old paradigms. Like Robin Williams, maybe IBM is finding its inner Peter Pan.

[Blog stream from IBM IOD/Gold October 2008 is here]

Posted October 27, 2008 7:24 AM
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