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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!



June 2009 Archives

Truly great moments in business come around very seldom. If your present when one occurs its something you remember. I was there when my business partner Ron Powell returned from a trip after meeting Bill Inmon and it changed the course of our magazine's coverage leading us down a very successful path. I can't help but wonder if the same is true of the bad ideas do we really take notice? Or do they happen so often that they have become common place?

Can you imagine being in the meeting when someone suggested the following:

I have a new way to increase profitability lets lie to our customers and tell them we'll deliver our service (insert hotel room or seat on a plane here) lets reinforce the lie by issuing a confirmation number that we know in the end has no real meaning. But in the background we'll actually sell more of the rooms or seats than we actually have. We can call it "over booking" this way it will have an official sounding term and the customers will just except it as policy. We can insure our plane/hotel is full and we'll increase profitability. Now I realize we'll probably screw up client business trips and family vacations but heck we'll all get rich so who cares!

At some point this conversation took place at companies like Frontier Airlines (who minutes ago informed me that my flight was over booked and Hilton hotels who simply didn't have a room for my family this past weekend after booking well in advance and calling to confirm from the road the same day as the reservation. The conversation wasn't as satirical as my version but bottom line these polices exist so why didn't some MBA educated professional jump up during this meeting and scream ARE YOU KIDDING ME THIS IS THE DUMBEST THING I'VE EVER HEARD! Because some companies are driven by greed not service.

I take a simple stance on how I run my business. I try to deliver what we promise, we don't lie to our clients and we do most of our business based on relationships. We've been successful and by most accounts we are respected by our peers so it makes me wonder how policies like the one above even make it into a meeting let alone are actually acted upon.

Overbooked....its a good thing.....if your a hotel chain or an airline.

Posted June 29, 2009 1:32 PM
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Here is one for all my friends in the software sales, business development and marketing departments. I feel your pain!!!

Posted June 12, 2009 5:27 AM
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I caught up with Sharam Sasson CEO and Ilan Sehayek CTO of Jitterbit the other day and they walked me through their strategy for taking the Jitterbit solution into the enterprise space. The launch today of Jitterbit 3.0 is designed to address large-scale enterprise integrations, they have added support for high volume transactions, expanded connectivity options and new enterprise management tools and features for multi-user environments.

The solution has done well in the mid-market space and has been adopted at more than 5,000 organizations, they count  NASA, Continental Airlines among their clients.

As you probably know Jitterbit is open source technology so I find it exciting that they are now aiming to grow into the enterprise. As most open source vendors they find their way in at department level projects and because of the low TCO they have a tendency of going viral once behind the walls of an organization. Companies like Informatica, Oracle Warehouse Builder and Pervasive are on Jitterbit's radar once they add integrated data quality functionality to the solution the big boys are going to really take notice. The 3.0 enhancements also add more competition in the open source ETL space with companies like Pentaho who use open source Kettle to power their ETL and Talend.

A few of the new features included in 3.O are:

Team/user management - Multi-user environments, allowing multiple users to download and work on a project simultaneously.

Project management - Ability to view and manage all projects from a single, screen interface, and features new backup and restore functionality.

Customization management - Enhanced library of "auto-complete" global variables, plug-in management and a script debugger, supporting complex multi-step operations and scripts.

Upgrades and new connectivity - Real-time support for any type of data via HTTP endpoints, full JDBC support and performance gains for faster processing and transaction times.

Jitterbit now offers Community, Enterprise, and Enterprise MX editions. Jitterbit 3.0 Community Beta and a 30-day free trial of Jitterbit Enterprise MX Beta are available for download immediately from www.Jitterbit.com/download. Jitterbit 3.0 will be generally available this summer.

Posted June 8, 2009 12:05 AM
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Funny Mr Bill spoof taking a stab at the so called On-Premise Monolithic Business Intelligence Solutions. Could that be a new business acronym OPMBIS?

I think perhaps that a SaaS vendor may be behind this one.... PivotLink do you know anything about this? Thanks for the link guys.

Video is here -


Posted June 5, 2009 5:37 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 May.

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These articles were read nearly 44,000 times in May. Did you read them?

  1. Evolution and Technology: Data Warehouse Infrastructure
  2. Data Degradation
  3. Inmon's Hierarchy of Needs for Information Technology, Part 1
  4. Different Kinds of Data Warehouses
  5. Inmon's Hierarchy of Needs for Information Technology, Part 2
  6. Closed-Loop Business Intelligence: Reality or Simply Another Buzzword?
  7. Pay as You Go: SaaS Business Intelligence and Data Management
  8. The Flaws of the Classic Data Warehouse Architecture, Part 3
  9. Leading Change in Business Intelligence
  10. Trends in SAP Business Warehousing

White Papers
(Free to registered members of the Network)

  1. How to Solve Corporate Mysteries: Operational Performance Management Yields Clues
  2. BI Tool Evaluation Methodology
  3. The Applix OLAP Survey 5 Results
  4. Leveraging Microsoft Excel for Effective BPM
  5. Actionable Planning
  6. Forrester Market Overview: Open Source ETL Tools
  7. Beat the Competition with Business Analytics
  8. Data Mart Manpower Calculator
  9. Desbloquear herramientas de ERP, que utilicen datos de fuentes abiertos
  10. BPM and the 'Big Three'


  1. University at Buffalo, SUNY, Leads Data-Intensive Discovery Initiative Via an Academic, Government and Industry Collaboration
  2. QualChoice of Arkansas Selects Cognos 8 BI
  3. expressor software and BIReady Partner
  4. Oracle Introduces Oracle Loyalty Analytics
  5. Jedox Announces the Availability of Palo BI Suite 3.0
  6. MicroStrategy Developed an Information Dashboard
  7. Visual i|o Unveils the Newest Generation of its Enterprise Software
  8. Midsize Companies Select SAP Business ByDesign
  9. Sybase and MicroStrategy Enter Agreement
  10. Merced Systems Releases Merced Performance Suite 2.7

Posted June 4, 2009 5:37 AM
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