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October 2006 Archives

IBM likes to get the most out of the day and started early this morning with an 8:00 AM keynote. I managed to get down to the conference in time for a quick breakfast but failed to find the coffee. Under normal circumstances that would be a bad, bad, bad thing. But that was before Wayne Brady walked out on stage. I have to admit he did one of the best hosting jobs I've seen in a real long time. He and his 7 piece band really rocked the house with high energy music and Wayne's trademark impromptu comedy. In between bits that included rapping to technical business terms and singing Prince's Purple Rain to the lyrics selected by the audience. We got to see some impressive real world case studies, got insight into the technology and culture of Harley Davidson from Jim Haney VP and CIO and heard from IBM executives.

The biggest announcement of the day is the roll-out of the IBM Information Server. The platform delivers an architecture designed to access information from disparate data sources, cleanse data to provide quality, and to transform data so it can leveraged by most any SOA enabled application.

The new platform is ideally designed for business intelligence applications and is a key part of the ongoing strategy outlined by Karen Parrish head of IBM's business intelligence practice.

Posted October 16, 2006 6:04 PM
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I'm in Anaheim California attending the inaugral IBM Information on Demand show. It kicked of this morning with a fantastic keynote, more on that in my next post. Last eveing I got the opportunity to sit an event at the Anabella Hotel hosted by Stratavia. For those of you dealing with over worked DBA's they have a unique solution you shoulld check into. I managed to get Stratavia CEO Thor Culverhouse to sit down for a quick podcast on the company, the software, the upcoming new release and more. Give it a listen.

Posted October 16, 2006 4:11 PM
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IBM is off to a great start with the On Demand Conference. Here is General Manager of IBM Information Management Software Ambuj Gayal at this mornings keynote. 5000+ attendees, huge customer participation and a kind of old home week attitude as many IBM'ers fill the halls seeing old friends and virtual team mates.


Posted October 16, 2006 3:39 PM
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Celequest continues to innovate in the world of dashboards and business intelligence. They blazed a trail 8 months ago by launching the first Dashboard Appliance a bundled hardware/software solution designed to put business intelligence in the hands of more users. Apparently it worked! because this morning they announced several new solutions a managed solution that places the LAVA appliance behind your firewall connected to your data along with remote administration and management from the Celequest team as well as a hosted solution that places the appliance in a data center operated by Celequest a perfect fit for midsize companies with limited IT resources.


The second announcement is an alliance with Salesforce.com that will allow users of the popular hosted CRM tool to integrate the Celequest dashboards directly and easily with SalesForce data. Celequest will join the growing list of enterprise solutions offered through the AppExchange service at SalesForce.com

Posted October 9, 2006 7:00 AM
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The first big move came when Hyperion hired long time industry analyst Howard Dressner away from Gartner. Howard has since been very active in his new role from a business development standpoint as well as being an executive who can clearly communicate Hyperion's vision to the public.

Today Business Objects followed suit by announcing the hiring of Keith Gile as a senior advisor within the Strategy Office. In this position, Gile will help define the ongoing Business Objects vision and strategy. He will report to Bernard Liautaud, founder, chairman of the board, and chief strategy officer at Business Objects.

I think this is an interesting strategy and I can't help but wonder how prospects and customers see these types of executive hires? Is it important to a prospect that Howard or Keith have chosen to be part of these teams? How do previous clients of Gartner and Forrester feel about it?

And, perhaps the biggest question.....Who is Cognos going to hire?

Posted October 3, 2006 3:13 PM
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