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Claudia Imhoff

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This is another means for me to communicate, educate and participate within the Business Intelligence industry. It is a perfect forum for airing opinions, thoughts, vendor and client updates, problems and questions. To maximize the blog's value, it must be a participative venue. This means I will look forward to hearing from you often, since your input is vital to the blog's success. All I ask is that you treat me, the blog, and everyone who uses it with respect.

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A thought leader, visionary, and practitioner, Claudia Imhoff, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized expert on analytics, business intelligence, and the architectures to support these initiatives. Dr. Imhoff has co-authored five books on these subjects and writes articles (totaling more than 150) for technical and business magazines.

She is also the Founder of the Boulder BI Brain Trust, a consortium of independent analysts and consultants (www.BBBT.us). You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT

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On July 21, I got a surprising email from Stephanie Clark - IBM's Analyst Relations person. In it, she states that IBM and Hyperion are ending their OEM agreement and each company will go its merry way. Read on -- it gets even stranger.

Bottom line from the email? IBM will no longer offer new sales of DB2 OLAP Server (IBM's version of Hyperion's Essbase) to its customers. Current DB2 OLAP Server customers have the opportunity to migrate to Hyperion's version of Essbase as of July 21st.

And, in a strange twist, Hyperion just announced that it and IBM will work together to deliver new industry and technology solutions and services. The two companies will focus on joint solutions that integrate Hyperion’s financial applications and Business Intelligence software with IBM’s infrastructure software products and Business Consulting Services. A direct quote from IBM: "By working more closely together, Hyperion and IBM will offer clients flexible and more powerful methods to optimize business performance,” said Nancy Thomas, partner in IBM’s Business Consulting Services.

My, my -- Maybe Hyperion did not get the message or perhaps IBM is trying to figure out how to play nice with newly minted competitors given it now owns AlphaBlox. Hard to say...

I welcome your input on this conundrum.

Yours in BI Success,


Posted July 26, 2005 7:57 PM
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For IBM iSeries servers - SPSS, Inc. provides Essbase under license from Hyperion.

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