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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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ibm-iod logo.pngIt is Sunday; must be the third day of Gold briefing... It is going smoothly. Mike and Teressa are doing an excellent job of herding us cats. Last night, we had a wonderful six-course (with wine pairing) dinner at Aureole Swan Court. As shown here, the table was set full with the proper wine glasses. There are real swans, one of whom was quite friendly.

ibm-ecm logo.pngIBM Enterprise Content Mgt by Jim Reimer, IBM Distinguished Engineer. Jim started with a broad overview the entire ECM market. Lots of innovative applications that have fundamental changes in some industries, like insurance. These ECM systems are massive. Jim shared that a customer turned on full-archiving of all corporate email, resulting in several petabytes collected over a year. They estimated that they has rival Google's data sizes, given the requirement for seven years of managed history. ECM has stimulated issues...political, cultural, privacy...across the corporation and globally.

As shown in this figure, the ECM portfolio emphasizes three services: search/discovery, biz process mgt, and collaboration. Regardless of the content repositories or of the client apps, these three services form the various function delivered to the users. A critical part of this portfolio is the Business Process Mgt (BPM) service, which will be part of the new Info Mgt divisions with IBM. There are two parts to BPM, one from ECM and the other from WebSphere.

Another application area is in litigation response by filtering and organizing emails and the like. Jim then described solutions for searching and organizing external web information for use within the firewall as enterprise content. This is similar to my work on Web Farming resulting in the book Web Farming for the Data Warehouse in 1998. 

ibm-potter.pngBI and Performance Mgt by Mike Potter, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of Cognos Products. Mike stated that the objective of Cognos, now as part of IBM, is on improving the performance of the business user within an enterprise context. Using the maturity model from AMR Research, there are four steps to Performance Mgt: Reacting, Anticipating, Collaborating, and Orchestrating. As shown here, the architecture for Cognos Performance Mgt System has several layers, starting with the underlying info infrastructure and ending with various apps in finance, workforce, banking, etc. Mike then took us through the variety of Cognos products, as listed here. This list does not include various applications in financial performance. Directions are toward a simplified and consistent self-service experience by business users with Cognos products. Mike explained the TM1 OLAP engine from Aptix, which seems redundant with other IBM products.

In summary, there is a blizzard of products from Cognos. The good news is that there is maturity and depth with Cognos' functionality. The bad news is that the complexity and inconsistency of this functionality among the broader IBM portfolio is mind-bending! The Hogwarts sorting hat has a challenge here!

Time for lunch! Yea! I don't need the food but do need time to clear the mind...necessary...

Posted October 25, 2009 10:32 AM
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