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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 ( You can follow them on Twitter at #BBBT

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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.


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Posted December 13, 2006 2:45 PM
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Claudia - one of my colleagues came across the b-eye-network and your blog today. Due to your apparent expertise in this area, I'm writing to seek your possible assistance on a retained search we're conducting. I am a Principal with a retained search firm based in Dallas. We have a new client in the healthplan space who has engaged us to find for them a CIO & VP for BI (one position). This is a small company formed and funded by 18 separate regional healthplans covering the US to develop and deliver data warehouse analytical tools to the sales teams to assist in their development of national accounts for the supporting healthplan organizations. The data warehouse will contain information on over 90,000,000 health claims, and the analytical tools that will be created to massage the data will be used by the supporting healthplans in the creation of new national accounts to be serviced across the integrated regional healthplans. The person in this newly created position will have high visibility to the CIO's and CEO's of the multiple healthplans. Because of this high visibility and the growth opportunities within the healthcare industry itself, people we would be interested in meeting will not necessarily be those who are actively looking for a new opportunity, but those for whom this position may represent more challenge and a better opportunity for future growth than where they may currently be employed. I would appreciate the benefit of your insight regarding talented analytics people who may at least have an interest in learning of this opportunity.

Tom Dillon, Principal
R. Gaines Baty Associates, Inc.
12750 Merit Dr., Suite 990
Dallas TX 75251
(972) 386-7900, x231
(972) 998-5221 (cell)

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