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Thank you for visiting my blog. I am a Cofounder & Technical Advisor here at the BeyeNETWORK. Having covered the business intelligence and data warehousing industry for more than 15 years, I'm looking forward to a more interactive form of communication with all of you. Please share your comments and thoughts!



October 2006 Archives

OracleWorld.jpgA couple quick news items from the show:

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Posted October 24, 2006 4:46 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgAnother cool customer story from Oracle Open World. R.L. Polk has been working with Oracle to solve a bunch of challenges including the ability to enhance customer facing applications as well as enterprise wide application delivery. They have Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g as a central system management and monitoring solution for its Oracle Grid Computing environment including databases, application servers, hosts and storage.

I spoke with Doug Miller, Database Director at R.L. Polk, he's a very passionate customer of Oracle's and has done some great things with the technology. The company has been delivering automotive market information to the industry for over 75 years so they have seen it all from a technology growth standpoint. While business needs drove Polk to find new ways to solve problems they were able to do the project partially because of the aggressive ways Oracle is now addressing licencing and product bundling. In short they needed to spread 5 terabytes across a grid to provide support for customer facing delivery and other applications and have found a whole new level of flexibility that now allows their systems to run at much faster speeds and provided them a platform to support an SOA architecture

Doug was a blast to chat with and I highly recommend reading the case study linked here.

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Posted October 24, 2006 3:41 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgMark Hurd Chairman, CEO and President of Hewlett Packard kicked off this mornings sessions with a solid keynote. He drew more than a few parallels between the challenges he sees at HP and those of his customers. I did find it interesting that he talked about Single Source of Truth and the impact it has on information inside the walls at HP. They have over 600 data marts in the organization and he is on a quest to kill them all and bring all data under the control of an enterprise data warehouse. He poked a little fun at Dell and the battery problems his competitor is presently battling and also touched on his recent press exposure brought on by the privacy and board of director scandals of the past weeks.


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Posted October 24, 2006 3:16 PM
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I had a great chat with William Duffy, Data Warehouse Project Manager at Pitney Bowes yesterday and it was the start of a recurring theme. Single source of truth and business intelligence for more people. Pitney has many of the same headaches and challenges that most companies face. Several years ago they began a company wide initiative to deliver analytics to more of their global team. They are effecting change across the board to 1,500 sales people, 1,500 call center employees and a service organization of over 1,500 people. Gaining a single source of the truth is mission critical for the companies success and the success of the business intelligence adoption. In March 2002 the company had 2 users that had access to business intelligence tools today they are serving over 900. They have delivered quicker reporting, KPI driven dashboards and faster access to information using Oracle. The approach they have taken really gives them a great foundation for growth not just in users but in application support and the ability to go wider within the organization. A case study is available on the Oracle website if you'd like to see more about this project.

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Posted October 24, 2006 1:16 PM
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OracleWorld.jpgI'm not really sure where to start. This thing is huge!! The show seems to have San Francisco bursting at its seems. Every hotel for 30 miles is booked and the 40,000 attendees seem to be everywhere you look in the city. I have to admit the energy level is very engaging and makes the day go very quick. Just like I did last year I will attempt to give you a little insight into the show and highlight the important business intelligence news that is coming out of the show.

The San Francisco Chronicle ran the following on it's first page this morning:
Expected economic impact from the show 60 million
16,000 Hotel rooms booked for Oracle conventioneers.
275 Buses rented by Oracle to shuttle people around San Francisco to venues and hotels.
100 People who work full time, year-round on the annual convention.
124 Miles of cable for computer hookups.
1 America's Cup yacht owned by Larry Ellison on display at Moscone North.

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Posted October 24, 2006 10:00 AM
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