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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!



March 2007 Archives

Ok, I know its Gadget Friday and last week I got a couple of "where's the gadget emails" But I need to do a little news coverage this morning. The world of data warehouse appliances is buzzing today with the announcement of Netezza's intention to go for an IPO. As I'm sure you know Netezza was the first to market in this space and has been the pioneer. My initial take on this is that its exciting and good news for the entire sector. As I've said in the past the DW Appliance space is nothing short of fascinating. Congratulations to Netezza. I know many people on the team there and couldn't be happier to see good things happen to good people.

Posted March 23, 2007 11:38 AM
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Nope its not a Seinfeld episode. I was sitting in a meeting this morning and someone used the word "yotta" to refer to data size. I have to admit its a first for me. I have lived in the world of Megabytes and gigabytes, and even terabytes. A few articles this past year have referred to the future data issues of the Petabyte and once or twice I've heard talk about Exabytes but did you know its been defined even higher?

Check this out straight from Wikipedia

yottaQuadrillion1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000
zettaSextillion1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000
exaQuintillion1 000 000 000 000 000 000
petaQuadrillion1 000 000 000 000 000
teraTrillion1 000 000 000 000
gigaBillion1 000 000 000
megaMillion1 000 000
kiloThousand1 000

I stole the title for my post from Claudia....she's smarter than me. :)

Posted March 23, 2007 10:40 AM
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I had a great time last week at the Gartner event. I got to see some of my friends, I stayed at the Big Bar wayyyyy tooooo late on Monday night with people who will remain nameless (you know who you are) and perhaps the best part was the rumors. It felt like I was back in high school!

Here are a couple of my favorites:

1. Oracle tried to buy Business Objects too....but couldn't
2. IBM and Oracle were in a bidding war for Hyperion
3. Microsoft is buying Business Objects
4. IBM is buying Cognos
5. Howard Dressner is leaving Hyperion to start his own consulting company or software company or restaurant....I'm not real sure.
6. Red is the new black....I'm not too sure about that either
7. SAP to purchase Pilot Software....oops old news
8. United Airlines continues to under-serve and generally makes me mad.....perhaps the only true item on the list.

I know I touched on some of this prior to attending the event but I wanted to make sure I got it in my blog so I could claim to be prophetic if any of this happened. Plus it gave me a spot to take a shot at United.

The bottom line is, consolidation will happen, the Oracle / Hyperion deal looks to be a good fit. Business Intelligence is evolving fast and is coming to an SMB near you.

Legal disclaimer: all rumors listed above are fictitious, are not based in fact in any way unless of course any of them come true then I am simply BRILLIANT!!!

Technorati Tags:Business Intelligence, Oracle, Hyperion, Cognos, Business Objects, Microsoft, IBM

Posted March 21, 2007 6:57 AM
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I spotted a great article over at Baseline magazine today titled Top 10 Technology Projects in '07 its an interesting run down of what CIO's have on their to-do list for this year. I'm happy to see that Business Intelligence is in the top five.

Project #1: Business Process Management / Improvement
Project #2: Customer Relationship Management
Project #3: Business Analytics / Business Intelligence

See the other 7 here

Technorati Tags: business intelligence, CIO, business process management, CRM, business analytics

Posted March 20, 2007 11:45 AM
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What if you could address your data quality software needs in a pay-per-use format? AMB Dataminers has just launched an on-demand software service that provides data profiling, cleansing and quality service over the internet. Check out PayAsYouGoDataQuality.com where you can set up a client controlled environment thats secure and keeps your data private. I've known AMB Dataminers CEO for a little over a year and I have to admit that his view of the market is nothing short of passionate. He's found an affordable and interesting way for any company to address the data quality issues they have without a huge price tag.

“There’s a huge market that needs sophisticated data cleansing capability to be competitive,” said Steven Meister, CEO of AMB Dataminers. “Large corporations unnecessarily invest millions of dollars for antiquated data profiling/quality products that don’t deliver. We’re offering companies the opportunity to get what they need, the way they need it, the way they want to pay for it.”

PayAsYouGoDataQuality.com pricing starts as low as $200.00 and offers a variety of features including:

  • deployable in multiple operating modes
  • easy to use and intuitive
  • capable of working at both field and intra-record levels
  • able to handle a wide variety of data sources
  • capable of integrating with data-quality software
  • executable in both batch processing and real-time

Its exciting to see so many new models and solutions hitting the market. This type of innovation is worth looking into.

Tags: Data Quality, SaaS, Data Integration, Profiling, Cleansing, business Intelligence

Posted March 8, 2007 2:45 PM
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