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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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Tony Rodriguez, Chairman and CTO of x88 Software, gave Jos van Dongen of Tholis Consulting and Mark Madsen of Third Nature, and me a demo of their new Panorama value-oriented database engine and Pandora data discovery/profiling tool.

Impressive demo! This product takes slicing and dicing of massive amounts of data to a new level. It has nice features for surfacing the formats or templates of data values, like street addresses, zip codes, etc. It also can search phonetically and probabilistically, so you can find 'loose' matches on a search phrase. And so on...

I wonder, however, about who would buy this product... A data modeling or data quality specialist would find this tool very useful. It certainly fits the requirements for an exploratory data warehouse. But, duplicating the terabytes from an enterprise data warehouse into this engine would not be feasible. If you target smaller companies as the platform for their primary data warehouse, will these companies have the sophistication to realize the business value inherent in this tool?

Take a look. What is your opinion?

Posted December 4, 2008 10:54 AM
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