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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!



September 2008 Archives

I get asked often about Social Networking and the fast growing crowd of sites that that are trying to find a home in the space. I thought I'd share one of my favorites here. Its called Yelp and if you haven't heard of it you will soon. Its the fastest growing site for community reviewing of services, restaurants, coffee shops etc. The power of Yelp is based on the Wisdom of Crowds basically allowing the world to have a voice.

This past week my wife and I were in Napa Valley and decided to forgo the normal big name restaurants like Thomas Keller's Buchon or The Farm at The Carneros Inn instead I got on Yelp, entered our location and typed in pizza, with in a few seconds I had access to dozens of top ranked restaurants and hundreds of reviews. We ended up going to Napoli's and were very happy with the result (my review is here). Yelp also works on mobile devices like the iPhone and is really handy when your standing in a new city looking for a great lunch spot. I would enjoy hearing from you on this type of service and welcome all of you to follow my reviews here. Pop me a note if your already on the service I would enjoy following your reviews too.

Tag: Yelp, Social networking, wisdom of crowds

Posted September 29, 2008 6:31 AM
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I was visiting SAS a few weeks ago and we had to pull over and take a quick picture of the road sign on campus. Makes you wonder if SAS is taking the need for precision data just a little too far.


Posted September 26, 2008 5:17 AM
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Embarcadero Technologies has been in the market place since 1993, went public with an IPO in 2000 and went back to privately held in 2007. Along the way they have grown one of the most fiercely devoted user bases I have ever seen. The words "cult like" comes to mind and its meant with nothing but complimentary tones. In July Embarcadero acquired CodeGear a company formed by Borland adding 3.2 million predominantly non-us based users to the already strong customer base of ER/Studio, DBArtisan and other solutions. The best part is Embarcadero's new found laser focus for the market They want to help you design it with all the tools to visualize your data and code, build it with the tools need to create, optimize and deploy code and run it with the tools you need to manage live systems.

Bottom line is that you should take a good look at them they have a full head of steam and a great suite of tools that will fix your headaches.

Tags: Oracle, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, Oracle OpenWorld, Openworld08, San Francisco

Posted September 23, 2008 12:50 PM
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I had a great meeting today with Don Whitehead Director of Marketing and Tim Butchart VP - Worldwide Data Management & Storage Sales for SGI. SGI and Oracle have teamed up by introducing a scalable Oracle Optimized Warehouse. The new offering consists of a 1.25 TB building block that scales to 5TB and takes advantage of Oracle Enterprise Linux (OEL). The pre-configured and pre-built SGI® Adaptive Data Warehouse Solution integrates Oracle Database software, SGI® Altix® servers and SGI® Infinite Storage systems.

SGI is partnering with open source leader Pentaho as well as Vero Insight to broaden the solution with reporting and data mining feature sets. SGI is finding growth opportunities within large and small companies and presently has a dozen projects that are over a petabyte in size. The niche for them is in the area of helping companies grow existing data warehouse installations that are growing rapidly and supporting heavy analytic job loads.

Tags: Oracle, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, Oracle OpenWorld, Openworld08, San Francisco

Posted September 23, 2008 5:35 AM
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This news was reported late last week but for those of you who missed it Oracle's most recent earning report has the last quarter up to $1.08 billion revenue, up 28 percent from the same period last year. That is not an insignificant jump!

Its nice to see positive news in the space from a financial standpoint. Oracle has deep traction in the Financial Service and Banking space so lets hope they can keep the dogs at bay through the 4th quarter.

Tags: Oracle, Business Intelligence, Data Warehouse, Oracle OpenWorld, Openworld08, San Francisco

Posted September 22, 2008 1:35 PM
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