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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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Regarding #8: At the 2006 DAMA/Meta Data Conference, I happened to glance at an attendee's badge and noticed that he worked for United Airlines. I asked whether United had a customer relatinship management program, and he said yes. I then asked him whehter anyone was actually using it there, which (of course) generated a few laughs. But the joke spontaneously erupted into a litany of complaints from half the room about United's lack of customer service. It turns out the poor guy had only started working there a few weeks earlier.

So here is a question: presuming you have a choice of airlines, why would you select one that has chronically poor service? I think I know the answer, but maybe I'll make that the focus on one of my own blog entries.

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