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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!



April 2009 Archives

On the news of the Oracle / Sun acquisition many people questioned what would happen to the extremely popular open source database MySQL. Would it conflict with Oracle's business strategy? Where would it fit into the ever growing Oracle stack?

In the past Oracle has made advances in open source, the largest being the Unbreakable Linux operating system. I was happy to see that they added a feature to protect the customer from any open source licensing litigation. I thought this was a great move on their part because even at the time of the announcement litigation was one of the only remaining hurdles for most enterprises to look closely at Linux as an enterprise wide solution.

With that said I found it interesting that Oracle is hosting a web event on the 28th titled "Lower Total Cost of Ownership with Oracle: Comparing Oracle to MySQL"

The event blurb reads "....Learn why choosing an Oracle technology platform lowers the total cost of ownership for your company during this live, interactive one hour program. Tony Tarone, the Director of Operations at Cedar Document Technologies, will discuss how he gained a reliable, scalable, secure, and cost effective platform by moving from MySQL to Oracle. Here is the agenda for the session:

    * Oracle Database Overview
    * Cedar Document Solutions
    * The Move to Oracle for Cedar Documents
    * Oracle comparison to MySQL
    * Live Q and A with Tony Tarone, Cedar Documents Director"

This doesn't bring about a warm cuddly feeling for the future of MySQL. I realize this event was scheduled well in advance of the acquisition announcement but the fact that Oracle is still doing it may give us a little insight into the future.

Link to event

Posted April 22, 2009 8:28 AM
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It was announced this morning that Oracle will purchase Sun Microsystems for approximately $9.50 a share or 7.4 billion. This marks the end for one of the dot-com's fastest rising and falling stars. The company has been on the block for the last couple months and was earlier courted by IBM. That deal fell apart over reported reluctance on the part of IBM to fight for the acquisition if it were challenged by anti-trust litigation.

Some of the questions coming out of today's announcement are -
  • Is Oracle ready to digest another huge acquisition?
  • What is going to happen to the Open Source DB MySQL?
  • Will the Sun hardware find a home in the ExaData appliance
  • Does this mark a split in the Oracle HP partnership
  • What about Open Office will this give Oracle a new way to compete with Microsoft?
  • Where will JAVA fit into the scenario?
  • Does this make Oracle the most complete end to end BI/DW solution in the market?
I'd really like to hear your thoughts on these and any other issues I may have missed.

Posted April 20, 2009 7:21 AM
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The following is a list of the most popular business intelligence and data warehouse articles, white papers and news items as read by visitors to the BeyeNETWORK in the month of March.


These articles were read nearly 50,000 times in March. Did you read them?

  1. The Flaws of the Classic Data Warehouse Architecture, Part 1
  2. Different Data Warehouses
  3. People Say the Darndest Things About Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  4. Normalization is Impractical for Master Data
  5. Brickbats and Credibility
  6. The Elusive Virtual Data Warehouse
  7. Business Analytics for Troubled Times
  8. Can Enterprise Data Warehousing and Master Data Management Projects Survive the Recession?
  9. A Sample Graduate Business Intelligence Program
  10. A Brief Review of Indicator and Flag Columns, Part 2

White Papers
(Free to registered members of the Network)

  1. The Data Factory
  2. Leveraging Microsoft Excel for Effective BPM
  3. BPM and the 'Big Three'
  4. Six Parts to a Successful BI Marketing Plan
  5. Putting Predictive Analytics to Work
  6. Fast Analytics and Business Intelligence for Everyone
  7. Predicts 2009: Business Intelligence and Performance Management Will Deliver Greater Business Value
  8. Actionable Planning
  9. TM1 Teamed up with SAP
  10. Simplifying the Complexity of Data Warehousing


  1. ISI Telemanagement Solutions, Inc., Announces that their BI Product has been Named Best Finance Application
  2. Infobright Announces Infobright Community Edition for Windows
  3. Zyme Solutions Leverages QlikView Analysis from QlikTech and the Informatica Data Integration Platform
  4. Vertica Systems Sponsors the First Annual Special Interest Group on Management of Data Programming Contest
  5. Pentaho Provides a Smart Alternative to Expensive, Complex Business Intelligence Offerings
  6. Infobright's Open Source Data Warehouse Offers More for Less
  7. ORSAY Selects SAP AG
  8. DVL Cuts Monthly Reporting Time by 72% with QlikView
  9. Tagetik Integrates with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Business Intelligence Platform
  10. Organizations Around the Globe are Rapidly Adopting WebFOCUS Active Reports by Information Builders

Posted April 13, 2009 5:35 AM
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I was listening to my favorite podcast program today (This Week in Tech - TWIT 183) and writer, new media expert Corey Doctorow put a fine point on how media is evolving. He talked about the way that technology can force a chasm and then perhaps acceptance. And that the old media delivery systems tend to get folded into the new. The first published newspaper was the The Boston News-Letter, a weekly which debuted in 1704 I'm not sure how it performed from a financial perspective but it did spawn an industry that is now evolving away from its roots landing publications online or on devices like the Amazon Kindle and iPhone.

Perhaps the future of newspaper may in fact parallel that of other media that came before it like opera and poetry which are generally not a profitable today and in the case of Opera are often funded by the wealthy. In a future world the idea of a viable newspaper model may be something printed on a expensive cloth, ironed by the butler and delivered to the rich weirdo in the penthouse.

I think it draws an interesting parallel to what is happening in our industry. The old delivery systems are getting folded into the new. Early on reporting seemed to have significant value it didn't even need to be pretty it was just great to have. Reporting, while still valuable is giving way to Performance Management and the ability to respond verses observe this is the value many companies need from BI today. The systems of today are focusing on mass adoption, A-ha moments that allow users to deep dive and explore and added value from unstructured and semi-structured sources not previously part of the equation. What are these technologies going to fold into? Is it Real-time access, SaaS, Embedded Business Intelligence, Open Source? Which of these will force the irrefutable chasm that will spawn the next age of business intelligence?

So the question remains,  is the business intelligence system you have today best suited for rich weirdo's?

Posted April 7, 2009 4:34 AM
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