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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.pngNice lunch. Getting into the rhythm of these briefings. Looking forward to the analyst dinner tonight to meet several old friends.

ibm-ILT arch.pngIBM InfoSphere Servers by Sriram Padmanabhan, IBM Distinguished Engineer, Architect for InfoSphere. Sriram started with the layered architecture for the Information-Lead Transformation theme. He then went into five major components that comprises the InfoSphere Server. The rest of the briefing was under NDA.

IBM InfoSphere Master Information Hub by Mandy Chessell, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for InfoSphere Tools. The Master Info Hub (MIH) focuses on spots in the enterprise data model for critical entities where data glitches cause major problems for the business. The MIH synchronizes the various copies of master data (for instance, about customer, product and so on). In their press release, IBM is positioning MIH to go beyond pre-packaged entities in traditional MDM products. My interpretation is the MIH is an 'active' MDM service. The rest of the briefing was under NDA.

ibm-InfoSphereTools.pngIBM InfoSphere Foundation Tools and Info Mgt Metadata by Dan Wolfson, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect for Info Platform Solutions. Dan started with a good introduction to the problems and value of master data as 'authoritative information'. He weaved us through the various tools for understand-design-govern used by various roles on various systems across various generations of legacy IT. The overall diagram of the project lifecycle is shown at the right; click to enlarge. I have heard this story for many years. Each year the story goes deeper and broader across enterprise IT development/execution requirements. Progress is being made


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