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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.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Richard's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

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Shawn Rogers blogged about Wordle.net and gave a word cloud of his blogs. This is what I got when I submitted my collection of blogs. So, if you want to know what the Independent Analysts Platform did this last week, just ponder the following illustration.

Posted July 4, 2008 2:45 PM
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That was quite an experience! Doing 20 blogs in 3 days about the one-hour presentations delivered by 18 BI/DW vendors. The 'real-time' blogging has the advantage of focusing your attention, but it has the disadvantage of reducing your ability to reflect on and analyze the content. The result is that the blogs often had a 'vendor hype' tint to them. Perhaps I can do better next time...

What stood out? The presentations where the CTO (or equivalent) cuts out the marketing pitch and clearly tells what was happening internally, who was pushing the limits, and where there were gaps. Several vendors displayed this candor. Most unfortunately did not. Some notable highlights were:

+ Composite Software with their Discovery Appliance. David Besemer gave an insighful demo.
+ Progress Software with their latest SOA offerings. Hub Vandervoort and his pipes and side-pipes.
+ Kalido with their metadata mgt. Bill Hewitt and Robert Dickson did well with a tough concept to motivate and demonstrate.
+ HP with Neoview. The one-liners from Greg Battas cut to the chase.
+ Dataupia with Satori Server. John O'Brien sliced and diced thru the architecture.

Rick van der Lans did a super job herding us cats and bringing all the logistics together. For a glimpse at the cast of characters, view our homemade video that congratulated Rick on the event.

My blogs about IAP are collected here.

There was definitely synergism flowing among this group of 'independent' analysts. If you are an analyst with similar interests, please contact us. The analysts attending are:

Peter Aiken, VCU & Data Blueprint
Barry Devlin, 9sight Consulting
Jos van Dongen, Tholis Consulting
Clive Finkelstein, Information Engineering Services
Mike Ferguson, Intelligent Business Strategies
Beth Gold-Bernstein, ebizQ
Richard Hackathorn, Bolder Technology
Jan Henderychx, Brainware
Claudia Imhoff, Intelligent Solutions
Bill Inmon, Inmon Data Systems
Krish Krishnan, Sixth Sense
John Ladley, IMCue Solutions
Rick van der Lans, R20 Consultancy
Stan Locke, Zachman Framework Associates
David Loshin , Knowledge Integrity
Mark Madsen, Third Nature
David McGovern, Alternative Technologies
William McKnight, Conversion Services International
Shawn Rogers, Powell Media
Alec Sharp, Clariteq Systems Consulting
Gwen Thomas, Data Governance Institute
Nancy Williams, DecisionPath Consulting
Lyndsay Wise, WiseAnalytics
John Zachman, Zachman International

Posted July 3, 2008 4:14 PM
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Mike Boyarski, Director of Product Mgt of Ingres, talked on Appliance-Based Computing for BI. He has working at Oracle for eleven years and then to On-Demand.

Mike mentioned the long history of Ingres. However, the current goal is to be the enterprise-class open source database. A number of companies are contributing to the open-source base, such as DATAllegro contributing hash key encoding, sort performance and partitioned indexing. The academic institutions are doing significant database research on the code base.

He remarked that the market fits better with the mid-market companies. When compared with MySQL, Mike inserts that Ingres is better in performance.

Companies that are basing products on the Ingres codebase are: Pentaho/JasperSoft, Business Objects, DATAllegro, GoldenGate. Ingres tends to be a good technology alternative for the SaaS market. The rapid innovation of open-source software has become a problem for most data centers that require more stability.

Mike defined Appliance-Based Computing as a "complete pre-integrated and standardized BI software stack". He asserts that hardware is not part of the appliance, despite the sensitivity of a BI system to processor/network balance.

The Ingress Icebreaker BI Appliance consists of the following stack: Jasper, Apache/Tomcat, Java, Ingres 2006, Linux. Mike characterizes that this system results in a capability similar to Business Objects two years ago.

Posted July 2, 2008 6:34 PM
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John O'Brien, CTO and co-founder of Dataupia, and Samantha Stone, VP of Marketing, remarked that their tag line is to 'free your data' to provide open access to data for everyone. The goal is unlocking the power of data for business users. Dataupia has just experienced the one-year birthday from their first product shipment.

Their product is the Satori Server, which John asserts is a true DW appliance, since it is shipped as a hardware/software integrated product. He said that their product is non-disruptive because their product brings the power of a MMP database to Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, and IBM DB2 (called OMI as a shorthand for the three database engines). It works with the customer's existing applications and existing databases.

Pushing toward core IT processing, John said that their target market is the data warehouse mainstream that consists of:

+ long term data archiving
+ routine BI using massive data sets

John gave the example of the Dataupia architecture as being the backend to OMI to provide the parallelism to existing applications without changes. Their storage is custom designed based on records, rather than blocks. It is record-oriented data store. John asserts that their record-orient database has the same performance levels as column-oriented databases. They are not using compression at the data item level, but do utilize it for aggregations, which often result in 80% compression.

John outlined the requirements of several current customers, such as Subex, Sendio, Tektronix (network traffic ) and Focus (teleco).

The main advantage of Dataupia seems to be their transparency at the application level by being a backend to OMI database engines. They have extended their SQL functionality to correspond to the uniqueness of the front-end.

Posted July 2, 2008 5:41 PM
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Dave Schrader, director of Strategy and Marketing at Teradata, returned for a second hour and give an overview of what is new at Teradata. He quickly focused on what was new with Teradata, which he was divided into the following seven areas:

1) Data mart consolidation: emphasized the value of cross function data, so combining data marts has great value potential than separate ones.

2) New Platforms: quick overview of the product family: 550, 2500, and 5550 (A side remark was that Teradata now has three customers that have over a petabyte of data.)

3) Database Improvements: moving more functionality into the parallel database,

4) Master Data Management: i2 capability was folded into the MDM product.

5) Application Extensions:

+ Teradata Relationship Manager added AssetLink to support Market Resource Mgt (where are the dollars going), extended campaign mgt with an arbitrary number of steps, and support of mobile marketing/sales.

+ Financial and Performance Management partnered with Hyperion for more metrics, integrated with SAP,

6) Partnerships: The big 3 for Teradata are SAS, Microsoft, and SAP. SAS partnership focused on consolidation of their data sources and embedded SAS analytical processing into the Teradata database. SAP partnership focused on keeping the SAP interface but using Teradata for the larger cube creation and other analytics. Microsoft partnership focused on using Microsoft analytical services on top of Teradata, to provide high end solutions.

7) Education and Services: reaching out to various groups more.

Posted July 2, 2008 3:21 PM
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