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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, 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

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Colony American Finance was able to increase profitability by taking their business intelligence (BI) to the cloud. The importance of empowering business users was critical, and my interview with Matthew March, CIO at Colony American Finance, highlights how efficiently he was able to work with his executive team to create an effective BI platform in just two months.

Over the years I have been discussing several keys to effective BI. These include time to market, integration with operational business processes and timely acquisition of data. In my interview with Matthew, which includes several use cases, he shares how he was able to effectively address all of these key areas by creating a BI infrastructure that encompasses the cloud. He can now provide his business users with safe and secure access to 27 different data sources so they can do their own ad hoc analysis without involving IT.

This is one of the best BI implementations I have seen, and it clearly shows how this company has reached the goal that every BI implementation hopes to achieve.  By eliminating stovepipe BI and enabling business users to effectively do ad hoc analysis themselves, Colony American Finance has realized the promise of BI -- to empower users and do it with minimal IT involvement.

Posted November 14, 2016 8:15 AM
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I recently interviewed Michael Howard of C9 and we discussed how C9 is solving one of the most difficult problems facing large organizations today, which is in predicting revenue. By integrating both operational and big data sources within an application, most CFOs and financial organizations can more accurately predict future revenue numbers and mitigate earnings surprises that hamper many private and public companies today. The application is currently being utilized by some of the biggest companies today for predictive analytics - they include Google, Pandora and LinkedIn. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted January 8, 2014 10:00 AM
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I recently conducted an interview with Rich Ghiossi, VP of marketing for Treasure Data, and Suzanne Hoffman, Head of Analyst Relations for Tableau. We focused on their joint approach to simplifying and transforming the way companies derive value from big data. This approach allows the business executive to analyze big data by utilizing managed services, reducing the burden on IT departments that are focused on operational needs. In this podcast, they share their insights regarding some of their joint customers who are effectively addressing key initiatives around big data. Click here to listen to this podcast now or read it here.

Posted January 3, 2014 7:00 AM
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I see this as a big plus for Teradata as it continues to extend its technology lead in analytics and data warehousing.

Teradata Corporation today announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Aster Data Systems, Inc., a market leader and pioneer in advanced analytics and the management of a variety of diverse data that is not structured. The combination of Teradata and Aster Data technologies will enable businesses to unlock the new intelligence hidden within the ever-growing volume of big data.

Posted March 3, 2011 9:16 AM
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Most of you know that I have been involved in covering the data warehousing market since the early '90s. I've watched as companies realized the benefits they could obtain by implementing a data warehouse. I've seen the price tag for data warehousing drop to a level that makes it a technology that isn't just for the "big guys," and I've witnessed how business intelligence, analytics, cloud computing, virtualization and the deluge of data impact all organizations today. The technology changes have been phenomenal, far surpassing what anyone dreamed of in the early days of data warehousing.

That's why I'm excited about the recent news that EMC will acquire Greenplum. Greenplum was developed for sophisticated, high-performance data analytics. According to the press release announcing the acquisition, "Greenplum is capable of delivering 10 to 100 times the performance of traditional database software at a dramatically lower cost." Greenplum uses a "shared-nothing" massively parallel processing (MPP) architecture, using virtualized x86 architecture. This is particularly important for data warehousing today because of the ever-growing volumes of data that require sophisticated analysis. 

We are now seeing the consolidation within the data warehouse and appliance market accelerating. First SAP acquired Sybase IQ and now the big news this week that EMC is acquiring Greenplum. This is great news for both EMC and Greenplum. EMC continues to make acquisitions for processing large amounts of data as we see data volumes increasing exponentially. This also adds to their software portfolio, which has much higher margins than the hardware and storage markets.

For Greenplum, it gives them the capital to expand and access to the largest customers in the world. Greenplum currently has 138 customers and this should help them grow by at least a factor of 3 in the years ahead. EMC has worked with many of the appliance vendors in the space, I believe that they chose Greenplum's "Chorus Technology" for many of the following reasons:

  1. Greenplum has played a major role within the implementation of private clouds for large customers, which provides for greater virtualization and a better way to manage storage.
  2. MPP architecture which is critical for scalability.
  3. This combination will provide an "open alternative" to customers who do not want to be locked into a specific stack provided by a single vendor like Oracle, etc. By going with EMC, Greenplum, VM Ware and Cisco, they can get the best of all worlds.
  4. Gartner had positioned Greenplum as a breakaway visionary compared to other appliance vendors.
  5. EMC has been working with Greenplum at many customer sites as direct attached storage and now they will be able to use SAN to reprovision storage "on the fly."
In my opinion, this is a great move for EMC and I am always a fan of  "strategic acquisitions" as the benefits far outweigh the cost. This is also going to add more pressure to the other data warehousing appliance vendors like Netezza and ParAccel who are going to find it more difficult to remain as separate entities.

According to Ben Werther, Director of Product Management at Greenplum, "The combination of Greenplum technology and EMC's virtualized private cloud infrastructure is a great match. Together we'll provide technology and tools to help customers extract value from their rapidly growing volumes of data and be ready for whatever 'big data' challenges lay ahead."

This news makes the data warehousing, analytics and BI even more exciting for us to watch and, of course, for you to use!

Posted July 8, 2010 2:22 PM
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