Yesterday I got a call from my friend, Jonathan Wu, a senior principal at Knightsbridge Solutions, letting me know that the company had been acquired by HP. Quite a coup for HP. All the pieces are beginning to fit together for HP to become an outstanding BI company...
Knightsbridge has long targeted the world's largest companies for its data warehousing and business intelligence services. Their client list reads like Wall Street's Who's Who. In additon, the company has 700 employees and offices across the United States and in London. If HP wants to get into the BI business (and it does in a big way), it needs this consultancy.
There is no doubt that HP is a quick study under Mark Hurd's (formerly NCR Teradata's CEO) tutelage. It has learned from some of the biggest and best in our business -- IBM and Teradata. To succeed, HP understands that it must wrap services around its software and hardware for BI to ensure that large customers are locked into their technology. By acquiring Knightsbridge, a company solely focused on BI and data warehousing, HP has put its stake in the ground -- it is going after the BI industry with a vengeance.
Next step for HP? They must package up their hardware / software and come out with a BI-specific offering. I suspect that is in the works -- perhaps some form or high end data warehouse appliance? Stay tuned to find out. And when they do, look out Teradata and IBM.
Congratulations to HP and, for Knightsbridge, a $130 million a year consultancy, woo hoo!
Yours in BI Success.
Posted December 13, 2006 2:45 PM
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