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HP has created a lot of buzz in the past couple months. So how come I am still getting asked whether they are serious about business intelligence? Why are so many people who cover this space hesitant to acknowledge that HP is a real player? Is the only way to get our attention to buy another BI company? (I think Informatica would be a good guess more on that in another post) I am the first to admit that the advertising, marketing and PR machine that so many large companies are able to spin up have caused many of us to be cautious.

But with that said lets look at a couple facts:

Acquisitions:

  • HP purchased Knightsbridge Solutions with over 700 consultants specializing in data integration, Business intelligence and data warehousing.

  • They acquired TTP in EMEA 300 consultants specializing in data integration, Business intelligence and data warehousing.

Personnel:

  • Recent key technology hires

    1. Dan Holley who designed TAP at Teradata for integrating applications with the DW

    2. Ali El Khardobi who designed Oracle Warehouse Builder (not sure how to spell the name)

    3. Goetz Graf who did optimizer research at U of WI which is used in Teradata and Neoview optimizers

  • 3,000 employees working on BI products and services
  • I almost forgot to mention that the guy running HP (Mark Hurd) has just a little experience in this space. specific to business intelligence and data warehousing

Products:

  • HP Launched Neoview an integrated hardware/software platform for enterprise data warehousing designed to support 100’s of terabytes. A preconfigured solution that can be rapidly deployed, easily managed, and is compatible with existing BI applications and systems. Designed to bridge the gap from appliance to EDW.
  • What’s that silly sales phrase? “They eat their own dog food”
    Neoview is a key component in HP's own IT consolidation project. They are presently consolidating 762 data marts into a DS running on Neoview which will be

    1. Recognized as the authoritative source for all BI needs across HP,

    2. A scalable global information source for employees, customers, suppliers, and partners, and

    3. A sourcing mechanisms to obtain information from internal and external data sources on an ongoing basis

Research:

  • HP labs - They are working on advanced business intelligence projects that support Neoview in the areas of supporting emerging applications w/ rich data types, complexity management, further optimization of parallel processing, semantic technologies.
  • And the list goes on, A huge BI/DW sales staff, solid partner strategy and formation of a Business Information Optimization organization focused on information lifecycle management and BI.

So, I might be wrong but it seems clear to me that HP is serious about business intelligence. What do you think? Drop me an email or comment here in the blog.


Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, HP, Hewlett Packard, Neoview


Posted May 7, 2007 7:38 AM
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HP purchasing BusinessObjects. Now *that* would get our attention. :-)

IBM has Ascential and DB2. Oracle has, well, everyone else. The only pure-play left with a complete suite (including a serious ETL tool) is BusinessObjects.

Shawn,

I've heard from birdies inside that HP is *not* eating their own dog-food, they are trying, but to date have had trouble getting it to work properly, I've also heard that they were forcing "source systems" to prepare the data before delivering it in a completely 100% flattened format, this is why they had to pull NeoView back off the shelves recently, and re-launch. I've also heard that their idea is to build their own ETL engine, instead of using or acquiring best-of-breed in the market...

But then again, this is all just what a little birdie told me - conjecture and hot air? You decide.

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