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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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MStrat logo.pngMicroStrategy briefed analysts today about their decision to distribute free their rich-function enterprise-level Reporting Suite, limited only by a maximum of 100 user seats. Their motivation is for increased revenue coming from larger user bases, enhanced reporting functionality, and support options. There has been pressure from the open-source BI reporting competitors, like JasperSoft, which probably also motivates this offer.

When asked about the cost to MicroStrategy for the distribution and support of this 'free' software, especially since it is a complex product not for the faint-hearted tech-challenged users. The answer was that the majority of those costs are embedded in existing facilities to support their current customers. Also, these costs are in the range of "100's of thousands", which are very reasonable marketing costs for a $360M company to get increased market exposure.

A tech-savvy IT shop could receive good business value by adopting MicroStrategy's offer. But, they should realize that there are real costs to them for installation and maintenance of any enterprise software and for integration into their infrastructure. So, there is nothing that really is free with enterprise systems.

Posted October 8, 2009 9:32 AM
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