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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!



August 2007 Archives

It’s a DBMS, It’s an appliance, It’s an accelerator! Yes, it ParAccel!

That’s a fun way to start a blog post. I got to hang out with the folks from ParAccel this past week at TDWI and it's interesting to see how they are positioning themselves in the market. While everybody and their mother is fast claiming to be an appliance Kim Stanick Vice President of Marketing isn't focusing on fitting into a category she has ParAccel focused on solving problems. I was impressed with the flexibility of the solution and its technical abilities that open the door for numerous ways to use the solution.

The core product is the Celerian Query Engine a column oriented SQL engine optimized for Business Intelligence workloads ParAccel utilizes the columnar logic, compression and the ability to do the work in-memory to save its clients a lot of time and money.

They have great success stories in the International Telco space, E-commerce, logistics management, information services and restaurants chains. The Telco reference is a great one, ParAccel took a report that previously took 60 hours to run down to 2.5 minutes.

As I mentioned above the solution comes in many flavors to fit your specific headaches, "Maverick Mode" is a standalone implementation that works much like a DW or ODS, "Amigo Mode" puts the solutions alongside the database of record (SQL Server today, Oracle coming in 2008), and allows you to direct the "ugly" queries to ParAccel instead of the production environment and the variations go on from there.

David Ehrlich CEO of ParAccel podcasted with us this week so you can listen here if you'd like. I recommend you take a look at the solution.

Tags: Business Intelligence, ParAccel, DBMS, Appliance, Accelerator, Kim Stanick, David Ehrlich

Posted August 29, 2007 7:18 AM
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If you read my blog regularly you may have seen a post I did back in Dec 06 on ETI. I really liked the approach they were taking to the market plus it was clear the new CEO Ron Baker had a clear vision for the company and its road to success. Good news continues to come from ETI this week with the general availability of ETI Solution® Version 6. Improvements to 6 include stronger data access, international data integration initiatives, integration competency centers, project specification automation and advanced data quality.

I will include the laundry list of features below but I think above and beyond the roll out of 6 the biggest news is the traction ETI continues to gain in the market, a recent press release highlighted a win at American National Property and Casualty and Ron shared several others with me last week at TDWI.

I'm glad to see ETI doing so well they seem to have found the missing link with Baker and the new DI-SaaS direction.

Additional ETI Solution V6 functionality includes:
• A sleek, easy-to-use localized interface
• Integrates heterogeneous multibyte character formats
• Controls and manages multibyte metadata
• Facilitates improved Master Data Management (MDM)
• Issue tracking for increased developer productivity
• Data change and impact analysis (CDC)
• Support for data governance and federated data management requirements
• Visualization
• New and advanced support for Java/File System, Java/XML, COBOL/File System, COBOL/DB2, C/Oracle and
• New OS support for Windows Vista
• 64-bit platform support
• Universal data access to any data source or target, including mainframe, unstructured data, flat files.

Tags: SaaS, Data integration, Ron Baker, ETI, Don Julio 1942

Posted August 27, 2007 6:00 AM
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I don't have my normal Friday Funny today so those of you who are looking for a laugh please review the post from last week where I dance with Paris Hilton to disco music.

Its been a busy week here with the roll out of the French and German partnerships at TDWI plus podcasting all day Tuesday at the show as well as participating in the TDWI Best Practices Award presentation. It was really nice of our partners at TDWI to include Ron and I in the event. We got to take a few minutes and highlight the BI-BestPractices.com the collaborative site we built with TDWI. If you haven't already visited please check it out and join the conversation.


The site has expert blogs, discussion forums and content that addresses business intelligence best practices.

Tags: Business Intelligence, Best Practices, BI-BestPractices, Friday Funny,

Posted August 24, 2007 12:28 PM
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Here is a great link to see all of our partner sites. BeyeNETWORK.com/global

Tag: Business Intelligence, BeyeNETWORK, Global

Posted August 20, 2007 5:04 PM
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As I mentioned in my previous post today its a big day here at the Network! In addition to announcing our German language site we also announced our entry in to the French language market. We are fortunate to be partnering with BNTP, Inc., owned and operated by Philippe Nieuwbourg, adding nine French language websites to our global network. Philippe is widely recognized as the leading independent business intelligence and data warehousing analyst in France.

Nieuwbourg’s community of sites cover the industry from all angles, with sites that are specific to business intelligence, CRM and ERP, as well as community sites designed to support the vendor community.

The websites serve 1.9 million page impressions every month to an estimated 100,000 unique business intelligence and data warehousing executives.

The domains include:


Tags: Business Intelligence, Philippe Nieuwbourg, decideo.fr, ERP, CRM, data warehouse

Posted August 20, 2007 4:40 PM
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