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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!



February 2008 Archives


I am headed to the TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas today. I have heard that attendance is expected to be high 900+ so it should make for a fun week. We will be podcasting from the event and have a full full full schedule. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at the show.

A couple highlights for the Network at this week's show will be:

1. Mary Jo Nott our new Executive Editor will be joining us at the show. If you're interested in connecting with Mary Jo at the event pop her a note at mnott@b-eye-network.com

2. Claudia Imhoff, David Loshin, Jill Dyche and myself will be hosting 20 different podcast interviews - look for them to arrive on the home page of the site starting midday Tuesday.

3, The Network is hosting it 4th Annual Poker Party at Caesars Poker Room on Tuesday night after the TDWI receptions are completed. If you want to participate send a note to Kym Wootton at Kwootton@b-eye-network.com to reserve a spot. Seating is limited and we are almost full so act fast.

See you in Las Vegas!

Tags: Podcast, business intelligence, Imhoff, loshin, Dyche, TDWI

Posted February 18, 2008 5:54 AM
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I've been approached by a couple different people this past week all asking what I think about MySQL as a Business Intelligence solution. I am not sure that MySQL is in a position to take on the database world presently owned by Oracle, DB2, Sybase and others. But with that said I do think there is a role for MySQL in the business intelligence arena. I believe it can find great traction as an embedded solution and under the right circumstances it can power applications, reporting systems and other segments within the space.

Companies like Infobright have found solid value in MySQL to build what they define as an analytics data warehouse. MySQL is the worlds most popular open source database. With Sun Microsystems recent purchase of the database I can't help but wonder if that will spur on its growth and generate greater enterprise level interest or if it will slow things down.

I'm off to TDWI this week and will be sure to get more information on its future from the folks at Sun .

Tags: MySQL, Business Intelligence, Infobright, Sun, TDWI

Posted February 17, 2008 7:27 AM
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For my last post on my trip to Europe last week I am going to spout off like a spoiled American. Can anyone explain to me why the large American hotel chains don't maintain their quality standards at their European properties? I stayed at the Hyde Park Hilton (on Bayswater) in London this past week and paid 159 pounds or $310 USD for a one night stay.

My room featured the following:

  • No Early Check in for Gold VIP Members
  • A spring mattress with wood slat supports, sagging to the middle
  • Chipped, scratched and broken furniture
  • Moldy shower/tub walls
  • Carpet that left your bare feet black if you walked around on it.
  • Pay movie channel that didn't work

Frankly the Hilton resembled an above average youth hostel. The Hilton corporation needs to get a clue. The front desk staff at the hotel were generally unhelpful and seemed to take a certain pride in their inability to run a real hotel. The only employee to demonstrate "Hilton like" service was the doorman/valet. I arrived at the hotel at 9AM and requested to be checked in as soon as possible we were given our rooms at 2:55 PM after waiting all day as the staff checked in dozens and dozens of other guests in front of us. The valet finally got involved and went upstairs to redirect the efforts of the cleaning crews so we could get into our room.

Just to be certain my message gets across in this post AVOID THE HILTON on Bayswater at ALL COSTS. Save your money and get a room at the local youth hostel it will be a better value.

Has anyone had similar issues? Whats your favorite London hotel?

Tags: Hilton, Hostel

Posted February 15, 2008 4:34 AM
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I visited Amsterdam and London this past week and my education continues on the differences between the US and the rest of the world. I think all Americans should be required to visit Europe it would surely make the world a better place if we could all get a glimpse into each others worlds.

It was very interesting for me to watch the Super Tuesday election results through the eyes of the European press as well as the residents of both Amsterdam and London. A friend in London mentioned that when the US has the sniffles the UK sneezes, issues such as mortgage rates, recession and the war in Iraq all have great importance here in the US as well as abroad. I will say that while most Brits I spoke with don't much like President Bush they do respect our processes and how we go about selecting our leaders. The local favorite for this election seems to be Barack Obama.

On a different note I stayed up till 3:30 AM London time to watch the Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Cafe. The Giants were by far the local favorites. For me the best part was watching the game from the British perspective. The commentary was provided by local experts not Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. It was interesting hear how they analyzed our national sport from the British perspective. The crowd was as loud as any I have encountered back home with lots of yelling and screaming at the TV. The favorite chant of the evening was repeated more times than I could count. "The referee is a @&*#&!" (UPDATE:02/19/08 naughty worded edited by Shawn)

As defined at Urban Dictionary the phrase means : Someone who makes as little effort as they can possibly get away with.

UPDATE:02/18/08 - I have been notified by a few of my UK friends that there are other definitions for this word. I just wanted to point out that I am aware of those but this is a G Rated Blog.

The only bad thing about seeing the game in London is that they don't run the commercials....isn't that why most of us watch??

Posted February 13, 2008 5:16 AM
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No its not an encrypted password just the jumble of acronyms running around in my head after attending the Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Amsterdam this past week. The event was well worth attending a full of great sessions. Over 900 business intelligence professionals from around the globe attended.

The dominant theme from my perspective seemed to be "the next wave of business intelligence" and thats where all these letters come from.

  • CPM - Corporate Performance Management
  • BPM - Business Performance Management
  • EPM - Enterprise Performance Management
  • FPM - Financial Performance Management
  • PM - Performance Management

In the end as this sector matures I think PM - Performance Management will be the term that wins out as the general identifier for these technologies. But in the end if these buzzwords aren't already present in your thinking for your business intelligence plans you are officially behind the times.

A couple of sessions that stood out for me included John Santaferraro, Director of Marketing, Business Intelligence Portfolio at HP covering Operational Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management. HP is positioned for great things in 08, I believe they are the sleeping giant of the BI space and are going to be making a lot of noise this year. Powered by last years acquisition of Knightsbridge, the NeoView solution, and Mark Hurd at the helm things should be interesting as they grab greater market share this year.

I also enjoyed the panel on BI and Performance Management at the Core of Business. It included executives from Business Objects, Cognos, HP and IBM Global Consulting.

During the event I got to spend some quality time with the team from Tagetik. Tagetik serves over 300 clients across the world and is now focusing their attention on the US market having just opened a UK and Ireland operation. As I have mentioned in previous posts you can expect to see emerging companies take advantage of the aftermath of the mergers and acquisitions of 2007. Tagetik brings a proven track record and deep industry knowledge into the market and is poised to be a power player in the CPM space.

Tags: Business Intelligence, Performance Management, HP, Tagetik

Posted February 11, 2008 5:14 AM
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