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Krish Krishnan

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein.

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

I would like to use this blog to have constructive communication and exchanges of ideas in the business intelligence community on topics from data warehousing to SOA to governance, and all the topics in the umbrella of these subjects.

To maximize this blog's value, it must be an interactive venue. This means your input is vital to the blog's success. All that I ask from this audience is to treat everybody in this blog community and the blog itself with respect.

So let's start blogging and share our ideas, opinions, perspectives and keep the creative juices flowing!

About the author >

Krish Krishnan is a worldwide-recognized expert in the strategy, architecture, and implementation of high-performance data warehousing solutions and big data. He is a visionary data warehouse thought leader and is ranked as one of the top data warehouse consultants in the world. As an independent analyst, Krish regularly speaks at leading industry conferences and user groups. He has written prolifically in trade publications and eBooks, contributing over 150 articles, viewpoints, and case studies on big data, business intelligence, data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, and high-performance architectures. He co-authored Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse with Bill Inmon in 2011, and Morgan Kaufmann will publish his first independent writing project, Data Warehousing in the Age of Big Data, in August 2013.

With over 21 years of professional experience, Krish has solved complex solution architecture problems for global Fortune 1000 clients, and has designed and tuned some of the world’s largest data warehouses and business intelligence platforms. He is currently promoting the next generation of data warehousing, focusing on big data, semantic technologies, crowdsourcing, analytics, and platform engineering.

Krish is the president of Sixth Sense Advisors Inc., a Chicago-based company providing independent analyst, management consulting, strategy and innovation advisory and technology consulting services in big data, data warehousing, and business intelligence. He serves as a technology advisor to several companies, and is actively sought after by investors to assess startup companies in data management and associated emerging technology areas. He publishes with the BeyeNETWORK.com where he leads the Data Warehouse Appliances and Architecture Expert Channel.

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

November 2007 Archives

Consolidation is the buzzword in the industry this year. We have seen vendors merging or being acquired etc. You all would have read and heard about this topic in the past few months. In this blog I share my thoughts on the consolidation and where I believe this is leading all of us to.

In the BI industry we have seen the consolidation of two leaders Business Objects and Cognos into SAP and IBM. Whenever there is consolidation and mergers happening there is speculation on how it will change your landscape and what the future holds.

Although there are promises from both SAP and IBM about their acquired technologies, it does leave the end users a little perplexed. For example if you are running your database on Oracle, with DataStage as your ETL tool and Business Objects as your BI tool, your procurement team now deals with three big vendors and will probably have to look at pricing and legal when time is due. Apart from this compliance and integration between vendors becomes your headache. As we look at all these issues, the end user might feel a little left out in the cold.

But on the brighter side of things these acquisitions are what will lead to a next wave of technology innovations. Maybe we will see more adoption to Open Source. Whatever the case, the user community will be rewarded with more choices and options in the future. We might even actually see the adoption of SOA technologies into BI solutions and have the entire reporting and analytical solutions as services.

Another potential option in the waiting is integration of Data Warehouse Appliances and BI solutions as bundled low cost options. Cognos was on-course for this with their Celequest acquisition, which may be another offering from IBM in the future.

As we look at all these different options that will be coming around, it does make sense to think that this cycle of consolidations is required to bring out a new cycle of innovations.

As a parting shot we do have a few lone rangers in the original BI players like Informatica, MicroStrategy, Information Builders and Teradata. We will all be anxiously watching on what the future holds for these innovations in the coming months ahead./

Posted November 13, 2007 10:48 AM
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We have been seeing a buzz of activity in the Data Warehouse Appliance space. New vendor announcements, awards, analyst reviews, blogs and the list goes on. One key perspective to ponder about is whether this technology is your friend or foe?.

In my perspective the Data Warehouse Appliance is your "friend". Not just that they are inexpensive compared to traditional solutions, not that they make your CFO happy when talking budgets for infrastructure. The entire solution offering from any of the vendors focus on providing holistic solutions, not just a technology stack. How to use them and leverage them is another subject area, but the efforts by these vendors to build a cool stack of integrated technologies that can me managed from one platform and are highly effective and scalable, are key factors that motivate the categorization of the Appliance as your "friend".

When you implement the Appliance, there will be initial learning curves, pain points and frustations. But the key difference is all of the vendors will be eager to partner with you to provide the support to help the pain seem tolerable. You cannot get that attention from the traditional vendors until you are a big name company or you are in a multi year and multi million dollar deal in services with them and/or their partners. This is another key aspect that definitely scores big for the Appliance.

Another key aspect of the Appliance is its flexibility, while primarily geared as a Data Warehouse solution, this can be a platform for high speed applications and there are companies out there that have adopted this platform for that very purpose.

In conclusion, I can assure you that the Data Warehouse Appliance definitely is your friend.

Posted November 6, 2007 4:01 PM
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