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Claudia Imhoff

Welcome to my blog.

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.

So...check it out every week to see what is new and exciting in our ever changing BI world.

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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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I'm back from the holidays, somewhat refreshed, probably a couple pounds heavier (gotta get back to the exercise regiment), and looking forward to what 2006 will bring. Hopefully you also had a good holiday.

But before I completely leave 2005 to the history books, I thought it would be interesting to take one last look at what happened -- maybe even learn a thing or two from it. So -- here is my rendition of "That was the year that was"...

I could not list everything that happened last year -- there was just too much -- so here is a sampling. See how many of these you remember:

New acronyms:


Words of importance:

Katrina, Rita, service-oriented BI, next-gen BI suites, in-sourcing, performance management

New Product launches galore (just a sample here -- what a year of innovation!):

SQL Server 2005, Business Objects XI, Cognos 8.0, MicroStrategy 8, Hyperion 9, IBI's WebFOCUS 7, Informatica PowerCenter 8, Actuate 8 update, SPSS 14, SAS' revamped Enterprise Miner and Text Miner, HyperRoll 4.2, DataMirror Dynamic ODS, KALIDO 8 R2, Microsoft Maestro

And where was Oracle's long- awaited Warehouse Builder 10?

Acquisitions like crazy:

The prize for most spectacular purchase has to be a tie between Oracle and IBM. Oracle went on a rampage last year, snapping up first PeopleSoft which closed in June. Then Seibel's purchase was announced in September. In addition to these big ticket items, Oracle also acquired Retek, TimesTen, and ProfitLogic, and others.

IBM capped its voracious appetite with its $1.1 billion purchase of Ascential but still continued to buy like there was no tomorrow. For example, DWL and Bowstreet were bought to further round out IBM's BI and data integration offerings. IBM has definitely put a stake in the ground when it comes to BI and the integration of data.

Let's not forget that Business Objects (Infommersion, Medience, and SRC Software), Teradata (Decision POint Software), Hyperion (Razza), Cognos (Optima Analytical Solutions), Similarity Systems (Evoke), Embarcadero (Ambeo), and others added acquired IP to their tool belts.

And then there was the acquisition that wasn't -- Pitney Bowes' attempt at buying FirstLogic. Still scratching my head over that one.

New and sometimes confusing partnerships:

Microsoft with SAP (Mendicino), Business Objects with MySQL, Informatica with Composite, IBM with Google, Netezza with SPSS, Teradata with Seibel, IBM with SAS, Cognos Inc., SPSS Inc, and others, Informatica with Trillium (and a revamped partnership with FirstLogic), Unisys with Hyperion, Business Objects with Ipedo and Edgar Online, Teradata with i2, Cognos with Composite

Finally, technologies that had a big impact on our BI industry:

And the winners are: Data warehouse appliances. Yes, I have to say, I think these technologies have had a profound effect on BI. They have certainly shaken up the big boys in terms of their pricing, flexibility, performance, and the in-roads they made last year into the Fortune 500 customer space. Two years ago, no one had heard of Netezza or DATAllegro. Now, even they have competitors (think Calpont and Green Plum). Congratulations to these companies for truly impacting the BI space.

Unfortunately I don't have time to discuss the impact of open source on BI, the significant executive (CEOs on down) changes in many of our favorite BI vendors, the push toward a real time BI environment. Maybe other blogs this year...

Well, that's my take on 2005. It was a year of great upheaval, innovation, and changes. All leading to the conclusion that BI is undergoing a profound change. I look forward to 2006 with great anticipation -- Who will buy whom? What new acronyms will pop up? How will new technology change BI? I hope that 2006 leverages the innovation and interest that 2005 started. If it does, we will have a wild ride ahead of us.

Yours in BI success.


Posted January 6, 2006 9:57 AM
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