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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.jpgAfter lunch, the next session was on the IBM Mashup Center - Update and Directions by Guylaine Cantin, Senior Development Manager, Infosphere Mashup Hub. She started with a YouTube video that was an excellent introduction to mashups from a corporate perspective. There are a dozen other videos available from ItsMashtastic.

The next section involved the IBM Maskup Center v1.0, supporting the functions of: create, unlock, develop, discover, transform. It is a joint product from Lotus and InfoSphere. She launched into a demo. She tripped up at a couple of spots, which highlighted the issue of usability among normal business people. Finished with planned features in future releases and possible directions.

Further information at the Mix-and-Mash site.

My take on this. . . Excellent informative talk on a difficult cultural-changing topic for traditional IT. Good use cases to motivate the business justification for mashups. Demo was refreshing. Need to consolidate all the various mashup efforts within IBM to minimize customer confusion and to concentrate resources. Need to focus on usability to make it an effective tool for normal folks.

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

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