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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!



July 2007 Archives

I don't blog too often on Saturdays but I am having fun here at the summit. Colin White is speaking now about Business Intelligence 2.0 and Data Warehouse Appliances. He's presenting the findings from the research study he and Richard Hackathorn recently completed here at the network.

The discussion portion of his segment just started and the conversation is fantastic. I'll have Colin's introduction available on Monday so make sure you listen.

Tag: Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse Appliance, Web 2.0, Colin White, Humphrey Strategic Communications, Pacific Northwest BI Summit

Posted July 28, 2007 11:05 AM
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I'm in Oregon today at the Pacific Northwest Business Intelligence Summit hosted by Humphrey Strategic Communications. This is the most unique event I attend every year. Now in its 6th year the summit is attended by some of the highest profile experts in the space. This year Claudia Imhoff, Colin White, William McKnight and Jill Dyche are all hosting sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The event is a great mix of networking, education and socializing all centered around business intelligence. This year 11 different executives from the vendor side are attending bringing together a wide spectrum of solutions and insights.

We are doing podcast interviews with the attendees these can be found on the home page here at the network so be sure to check them out.

Tag: Business Intelligence, Humphrey Strategic Communications, Pacific Northwest BI Summit

Posted July 27, 2007 12:52 PM
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This past month I’ve been on a roll talking with different companies about solutions in the market that are designed to enable business intelligence for a wide range of users. As anyone who reads this blog knows I am a huge proponent of enabling the enterprise with business intelligence solutions that accomplish this.

Recently Teksouth and LogiXML completed a survey of 250 professionals that gives us all insight into the state of the market and the barriers that are still out there to really making business intelligence pervasive.

49.2% of the respondents felt “somewhat strongly” or “strongly” that despite their desire for easy-to-use business intelligence (BI) software that can be deployed throughout the organization, vendors have not been able to deliver products that meet their needs. Ouch!

The respondents said that price is a big big big issue. 67.9% answered yes to one of the two following statements. “We will not implement BI on a widespread basis within our organization because per-seat costs remain too high.” or “We are on the fence about implementing BI on a widespread basis within our organization; while per-seat costs are currently too high, we anticipate they will drop.”

One of my favorite questions is below, and I think it really speaks to the needs in the market. Getting reports is fine and is part of BI but what people really want is to explore, learn and use BI on demand.


Is it just me or is the answer to the our problems reasonably clear?

I was really happy to see that Teksouth and LogiXML went out of their way to make sure the survey was vendor neutral. It seems like the innovative companies are always looking to the market for direction and innovation. If you’re not familiar with these two companies you need to be. I’ve been briefed by both several times and they are making all the right moves. Teksouth cut its teeth on BI for the Department of Defense delivering a system that serves 20,000 users and allows……are you ready for this…..Ad Hoc Query Access. Isn’t that the first feature IT has to restrict or shut off in some applications? LogiXML is a leader in interactive and web based BI and presently serves 1000’s of companies worldwide and yesterday announced that they have gained an additional 70 customers this past quarter.

Follow this link to get the entire survey results.

Tags: Business Intelligence, Teksouth, Logixml, BI on Demand, Survey

Posted July 20, 2007 10:00 AM
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Cool now I know how the team on the West side of the building thinks.


Posted July 13, 2007 7:13 AM
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Oracle announced the launch of Database 11g this morning in New York. The new offering has 400 features and 36,000 person-months of development according to Oracle. The list of enhancements is huge I've listed a few below, visit the Oracle site for more details.

Real Application Testing Helps Reduce Time, Risk and Cost of Change
Increase Return On Investment for Disaster Recovery Solutions
Enhanced Information Lifecycle Management and Storage Management
Total Recall of Data Changes
Maximum Availability of Information
Oracle Fast Files
Faster XML
Transparent Encryption
Embedded OLAP Cubes
Connection Pooling and Query Result Caches
Enhanced Application Development
Enhanced Self-Management and Automation

Oracle continues its grip on the market according to Gartner they own 47.1%

Posted July 11, 2007 10:40 AM
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