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February 2007 Archives

In my ongoing quest to insure that everyone I know continues to classify me as a geek I am blogging about the new Google Valentines day graphic.

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Is it me or is the "L" missing? Check it out for yourself at Google.com


Posted February 14, 2007 3:53 PM
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I caught up with Alex Payne of Microsoft to get more details on the announcment they made at the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in the UK. As I mentioned in my previous post the briefing was standing room only and centered around Performance Point Server.

The thousand foot view is pretty simple. Performance Point allows Microsoft to service both ends of the market. They can provide the power user with the features they need and on the same platform can provide pervasive business intelligence services across the enterprise.

I think the most notable aspect of the announcement is how simple the licensing agreement is. Usually they read like stereo instructions, that isn't the case here.


  • Performance Point Server - 20K per server, no per processor or seat pricing
  • Client Access License - start at $195 per seat and can even go lower if you qualify for Microsoft Volume Pricing. (so most of you probably can get them for less)
  • External Connectors- 30k optional and allows you to set up an extranet for customers and partners.

No matter how you do the math this model is a far cry from the $250,000 server and $1,500 seat licenses that has been the norm for a long time.

The software gives users broad access to 3 important business intelligence sets of functionality, Monitoring, Analysing, and Planning (more on the features here). The ability to customize these sets of features for a flat price will really make it easy for companies to adopt the program.

I'm sure that not everyone in the space is pleased that Microsoft has lowered the pricing hurdle to this level but isn't it the missing link of truly pervasive business intelligence? This is a very disruptive and powerful play by Microsoft into the space.

So what are your thoughts? Is this what is needed to fuel the growth of business intelligence? I look forward to hearing from you on this one.

Nicely done Microsoft.

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Performance Point, Microsoft, Alex Payne, Pervasive Business Intelligence, Gartner


Posted February 12, 2007 3:54 PM
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I get to attend a bunch of really fun conferences and shows during the year. We just finished the 2007 travel schedule and I have 23 trips already planned. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know I have a passion for technology and Web 2.0. Later this year I am attending the best of these shows the O'REILLY MEDIA'S WEB 2.0 EXPO This morning they announced the keynote speakers for their event and I have to admit the geek in my is really looking forward to attending.

Announced this morning are Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com; Eric Schmidt, Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer of Google, Inc.; and Jeff Weiner, Senior Vice President Yahoo! Search.

The show is at the Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco
on April 15-18, 2007. Registration is now open at www.web2expo.com

Technorati Tags: Web 2.0, Amazon, Google, Yahoo, Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Jeff Weiner


Posted February 12, 2007 10:44 AM
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I'm not sure if this qualifies as a gadget but it will come in handy for all of you who are looking to kill a few minutes today. Also, if your stuck in a crappy job you will like this a lot.

Have fun!

Try Age-O-Matic the site that helps you graphically display how your job is sucking the life out of you.


Posted February 9, 2007 11:20 AM
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It seems that everyone is taking notice of the SMB market. New offering abound that are targeted to bring business intelligence to a wider group of users. Its no secret that I am a big fan of solutions that help spread BI to more people so I'm sure you won't be surprised that I am happy to see Business Objects has launched Crystal Decisions, Standard Edition its the first solution from a suite of products targeted at the specific business intelligence needs of mid-size companies. Standard Edition introduces companies to intelligent reporting, query, analysis, and dashboards.

Previously, Business Objects launched crystalreports.com, an on-demand report sharing platform. The service now has 10,000 subscribers in the first nine months of availability.

I'm glad to see that BO is continuing its drive into the SMB market.


Posted February 7, 2007 8:10 AM
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