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Thanks for visiting my blog. As co-founder of the BeyeNETWORK, acquired by TechTarget in 2010, I am privileged to participate in many industry-related activities as a BeyeNETWORK expert covering business intelligence and analytics. These events provide me with a unique insider perspective into the business intelligence ecosystem, its products and the vendors that provide those products. I'll be sharing that invaluable information with you through this blog, which will also be a reflection my business philosophy. And, just to make this interesting, I'll be sure to include my personal point of view on a wide range of topics and share some of the stories of people I meet in my travels.

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Ron, an independent analyst and consultant, has an extensive technology background in business intelligence, analytics and data warehousing. In 2005, Ron founded the BeyeNETWORK, which was acquired by Tech Target in 2010. Prior to the founding of the BeyeNETWORK, Ron was cofounder, publisher and editorial director of DM Review (now Information Management). Ron also has a wealth of consulting expertise in business intelligence, business management and marketing. He may be contacted by email at rpowell@wi.rr.com.

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May 2009 Archives

US Senator Ron Wyden is urging the FCC to pass strong net neutrality rules to prevent large broadband providers from taking control of the Internet. "I think there are storm clouds ahead that could close the doors of the technology marketplace to future innovation," said Wyden, an Oregon Democrat. "The continued growth of the Net right now is being hampered by the lack of clear, enforceable standards on net neutrality. I don't think the country can afford that in these kinds of difficult economic times."

Wyden, speaking during the Computer & Communications Industry Association's (CCIA's) Washington, DC, caucus, called on the FCC to develop more definite net neutrality rules beyond the case-by-case enforcement that the agency is taking now. Wyden and other backers of net neutrality rules say there need to be stronger policies against broadband providers blocking or slowing Web content from competitors of themselves or their partners.

Wyden, a member of the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees, said net neutrality advocates need to challenge the FCC to adopt stronger rules. "We've got to make sure the 'Net is protected from the ever-present impulse of broadband companies who would like to take advantage of their position as a middleman to erect ... barriers for their own benefit," he said. "It is critical to create jobs and benefits for everybody in every nook and cranny in this country, and not just for the fortunate few."

Net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers should be required to treat all data packets transmitted over their networks with equal favor, was one of the major differences in last year's presidential election. "A key reason the Internet has been such a success is because it is the most open network in history. It needs to stay that way," Obama's tech policy states. "Barack Obama strongly supports the principle of network neutrality to preserve the benefits of open competition on the Internet."


Posted May 11, 2009 1:12 PM
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I have attended several events in the past two weeks and am simply amazed at how many enterprises - large and small - are still doing data integration manually. The number of sources and targets continually grow as more and more data sources and types are being integrated within all enterprises. Many of these new sources are unstructured or are coming from software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. I think that it is soon going to be overwhelming for any enterprise to continue to do this by themselves.

One of the conferences I recently attended was the Pervasive Metamorphosis conference in Boston. I was amazed at how simple and inexpensive they have made data integration. Their suite of products can connect almost every data source as either a source or a target. Many of the attendees at the event across many industries said they had replaced doing it themselves with Pervasive's suite of products and the products easily paid for themselves in as little as a month to several months for very large efforts.

One of the keynote speakers at the event, Bob Anderson, VP Research at Gartner, said that data integration had become the top priority for most of the enterprises he had surveyed and that data integration was only getting more difficult with the number of SaaS offerings available on the market today. 

In these tough economic times, we all need to look at automating data integration to reduce the amount of redundancy being done within IT, and the cost savings will help us get to the next economic growth cycle.

Posted May 7, 2009 1:39 PM
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