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Ron Powell

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 is an independent analyst, consultant and editorial expert with extensive knowledge and experience in business intelligence, big data, analytics and data warehousing. Currently president of Powell Interactive Media, which specializes in consulting and podcast services, he is also Executive Producer of The World Transformed Fast Forward series. In 2004, 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). He maintains an expert channel and blog on the BeyeNETWORK and may be contacted by email at rpowell@powellinteractivemedia.com. 

More articles and Ron's blog can be found in his BeyeNETWORK expert channel.

I have spoken with many of the experts and analysts in business intelligence and analytics about the recent consolidation in the analytic appliance market. Many cannot believe that companies like Greenplum and Sybase have agreed to be acquired as this market is just starting to pick up steam. The recent acquisitions make sense for both SAP and EMC. Many of the other appliance vendors are facing tough financing options, finding it difficult to get the next round of financing and I will bet that many of them will be closing their doors or selling out.

But the big question is WHY - I believe that we will know the answer in October and it will be Microsoft - stay tuned!


Posted July 27, 2010 12:34 PM
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