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Wow! the day just blew by and I didn't manage to get anything online so brace for a string of news updates because the information flowing from Oracle OpenWorld is streaming at high speed.  Lots of great announcements. I have four interviews scheduled for the morning so look for coverage there as well.

I have to say my favorite announcement this week was the $10 Million Dollar Challenge issued by Oracle to IBM. Here's the deal:

Your Company Could Win $10 Million!

If your Oracle database application doesn't run at least twice as fast on SUN hardware as on IBM's fastest computer, your company could win $10 million from Oracle. Even IBM is welcome to enter the $10 Million Challenge!

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My favorite part is the where they say IBM can enter too. Larry Ellison gets knocked around a lot for being aggressive and ultra competitive but I have to admit I am really liking it. I'm tired of the same old tired CEO speak littered with phrases like "we have our heads down and are riding out the tough economy" or giving guidance to Wall Street on expected soft performance etc. Ellison has the attitude of GAME ON!! lets be competitive and do battle, the heck with the economy I'm buying Sun and GoldenGate and I'm getting in to the hardware business too. Leadership like this is what makes winners and Mr. Ellison doesn't like to lose.

I think the attitude is well timed, and has added a level of energy to an event like OpenWorld that can only come from a charismatic CEO. It will be entertaining to see what the responses are from Oracle competitors especially IBM.

Posted October 14, 2009 5:28 AM
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I have been watching the real-time space quite a bit over the last couple years. Pervasive business intelligence and performance management are both putting new stresses and strains on existing infrastructures. IDC recently released survey data that showed 70% of respondents are already using real-time data integration or plan to in the coming 12 months. The demand for real-time data integration is growing faster than many solution providers can address. Companies who embrace real-time are challenged by many hurdles including cost overruns and more often than not time overruns.

Several companies are making inroads in this market including Informatica, Goldengate, Oracle, Pervasive, Talend and Sybase. Sybase announced new real-time features of their product at TDWI New Orleans this past week. In October I was briefed by Sami Akbay Vice President of Product Management and Marketing of GoldenGate prior to the launch of their newest solution GoldenGate 10.0. GoldenGate has in many respects become the segment leader a sort of Switzerland of real-time. The company was founded in 1995, has over 500 clients and 4000+ implementations in 35 countries. I mentioned Switzerland because they have positioned them selves as a neutral solution powering real-time solutions with partners like Oracle, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Teradata and others.

Version 10.0 expands support for heterogeneous databases, improves performance and manageability, and introduces new data integration functionality with Java Message Service (JMS) integration to support event-driven architectures (EDA) and service oriented architectures (SOA). This version extends the deep reach already included in the platform and adds a better level of control for the end users.

GoldenGate is also expanding how they empower companies with real-time by finding innovative ways to solve business challenges. While attending Oracle World this year I got to hear an interesting panel discussion on how they helped Home Shopping Network migrate to a new version of Siebel Analytics while maintaining two identical version of the application and its data so the company could migrate and train employees in a phased approach. The end result was an 18 month project with zero downtime enabled by real-time data integration. If you want to read the details on this project here is the white paper (307kb PDF). GoldenGate version 10.0 will be available in December 2008 for more details read the press release on the next page.

Issues such as data governance, pervasive BI, performance management are all contributing factors as to why you will need real-time in your enterprise to innovate and to differentiate your company from your competition. If your in the minority 30% of those surveyed by IDC you better get your head out of the sand.

Tags: Business Intelligence, Real-time, data integration, GoldenGate, Sami Akbay

GoldenGate Software Announces the Availability of GoldenGate® Version 10.0 to Enable Real-time Business Operations

New Version Delivers Wider Support for Leading Database Platforms, JMS Integration, Usability and Performance Enhancements

SAN FRANCISCO – November 10, 2008 – GoldenGate Software Inc., a leading provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions, today announced the availability of GoldenGate® version 10.0, a transactional data management platform which enables real-time business operations. With today’s release, GoldenGate expands support for heterogeneous databases, provides improved performance and manageability, and introduces new data integration functionality with Java Message Service (JMS) integration to support event-driven architectures (EDA) and service oriented architectures (SOA).

“Database and platform heterogeneity is a fact of life for today’s global enterprise, regardless of industry sector. Because of this, GoldenGate has fully aligned with our leading database and platform partners to provide our customers with optimal functionality and support so they can easily decide on which environment to deploy their most critical systems and seamlessly migrate with minimal business impact,” said Sami Akbay, vice president of product management and marketing for GoldenGate. “In addition to heterogeneous platform support, performance and ease-of-use are always a high priority for our customers when managing mission critical applications. With GoldenGate v10.0, we continue to stay 100% focused on delivering the highest performance, broadest database support, real-time infrastructure solution to the market.”

GoldenGate v10.0 delivers greater support and flexibility for heterogeneous environments, including:
• Oracle 11g support in addition to archive-log only GoldenGate capture for RAC in 11g, 10g and 9i which allows deployment on a separate server and zero impact on the source system database.
• DB2 v9.5 LUW and DB2 v9.1 zOS – Log-based capture for latest versions of DB2.
• Ingres v9.0 and 9.1 – Log-based capture from Ingres source systems to enable high availability and zero-downtime upgrades and migrations.
• Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Expanded support for tables without primary keys such as with numerous packaged and custom applications.

Additionally, with GoldenGate v10.0, customers now enjoy greater flexibility for data integration with the ability to provide a JMS feed from heterogeneous source systems. GoldenGate can publish events from production systems to messaging systems in real-time enabling multiple subscribers of those events to receive the event message without delay. Using this capability, GoldenGate users can deploy event-driven architecture and send notifications or trigger automated business processes to react to a business event in a timely manner.

To realize the full potential of SOA, applications should be able to access business data in a consistent and accurate manner, regardless of the source system and its format. The GoldenGate JMS capability allows subscriber systems to consume the transactional data when they need it, and in the format that they need it in, to more effectively participate in business processes.

“SOA and EDA architecture deployments are on the rise and organizations can gain tremendous benefits in terms of scalability and faster time to market,” said Carl Olofson, research vice president of Information Management and Data Integration Software Research, IDC. “GoldenGate’s approach, which involves the application of dynamic data movement technology to move data in real-time from OLTP systems with Java Message Service integration, should support these architectures and provide the critical data component that end-user subscribers need. GoldenGate v10.0’s stated ability to collect data in real-time from such a wide range of databases would offer a significant additional benefit and deserves priority consideration for organizations choosing a data infrastructure solution provider.”

Additional GoldenGate v10.0 capabilities include specific performance and manageability enhancements to the core platform, which are available across all database platforms. Highlights include the Event Marker Infrastructure, which allows a customer to act upon a specific operation or transaction in the GoldenGate trail file. Specific use-cases include automatic switchover to a secondary system in the event of a planned outage during a migration or upgrade. With this new feature, the target system knows exactly where to pick up transactions and will catch-up from where the event marker was placed on the source system. Customers gain better manageability and control during their ongoing maintenance operations. Other use-cases of the Event Marker Infrastructure include the ability to automatically synchronize batch processing taking place on both a source and target system so that they are consistent after this operation. Customers can also find and track specific transactions that are of interest including the ones that do not have primary keys or transaction record numbers. With this capability users can identify abnormal events and trigger specific business processes to evaluate or take action on.

GoldenGate v10.0 also offers a unique feature known as Delayed Apply, which allows the target database to be updated with a user-defined delay, and keeps the secondary system at an earlier point in time than the primary system. A configuration such as this would provide enhanced data protection by avoiding replication of erroneous or malicious operations to the secondary system, as well as the ability to take snapshots or data reports at specific points in time.

GoldenGate solutions support the world’s most popular databases including Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 z/OS, DB2 LUW, HP NSK SQL/MP, HP NSK SQL/MX, Teradata, Enscribe, Ingres and MySQL, and major enterprise applications from ACI Worldwide, Amdocs, Cerner Corporation, GE Healthcare and Oracle.

Product Availability
GoldenGate v10.0 is scheduled to be generally available in December 2008. For more information and pricing, please contact info@goldengate.com.

About GoldenGate Software
GoldenGate Software Inc. is a leading provider of high availability and real-time data integration solutions for improving the availability, accessibility and performance of critical data across heterogeneous enterprise IT environments. More than 500 enterprises use GoldenGate ® solutions worldwide, including Visa, Bank of America, US Bank, UBS, Sabre Holdings, DIRECTV, Comcast, Federated Investors, Mayo Foundation and Overstock.com, to standardize on GoldenGate solutions for real-time access to real-time information. The company broadens its global market reach through relationships with ACI Worldwide, Amdocs, Cerner, GE Healthcare, HP, IBM, Ingres, Teradata Corporation and others. GoldenGate is an Oracle Certified Partner and a Microsoft Certified Partner. For more information, visit http://www.goldengate.com.

Posted November 10, 2008 10:55 AM
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An Interview with marketing and business guru Regis Mckenna.

Spending time with GoldenGate each year is a great experience. It allows me to hear from technology users,, meet readers of the network and spend time with friends. Last year Sami Akbay Vice President, Marketing and Product Management for GoldenGate introduced me to Regis. And over the course of sharing a cigar we have become friends.

Listen to the Podcast

Download the interview here:

Here is a quick list of the books Regis has written:

1) The Regis Touch-New Marketing Strategies for Uncertain Times,

2) Real Time, Preparing For the Age Of The Never Satisfied Customer

3) Relationship Marketing,

4) Total Access, Giving customers What They Want in an Anytime, Anywhere World,

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Real Time, GoldenGate Software, Real Time Business Intelligence, Regis McKenna

Posted June 11, 2007 10:59 AM
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I am in Las Vegas at my favorite hotel, The Four Seasons. It has to be the best place on the strip to stay. The nicest part is no casino, no bells, no noise but because its on the Mandalay property you can still get to the typical Las Vegas fun when you want to. I attended this event last year and had a great time. Look for Podcast content and other coverage over the next day or so.

Here is a peek into a few of the featured sessions:

Keeping it Real-Time
Speaker: Ali Kutay, President & CEO – GoldenGate Software, Inc.

CIO Panel - Real-Time Business: What are the possibilities?
An expert panel of IT executives will discuss the business value of keeping systems continuously available, as well as leveraging real-time data for competitive advantage.

GoldenGate Product Strategy & Update
Speakers: Alok Pareek, VP of Technology - GoldenGate Software, Inc.; Chris McAllister, Senior Director of Product Management, GoldenGate Software, Inc.

Create Real Business Value by Optimizing Real-time Information in the Data Warehouse
Speaker: Ron Swift, VP of Cross Industry Solutions – Teradata, a division of NCR

Radical Innovation & Industry Leadership: A New Perspective on ‘Real-Time’ Larry DeBoever, President and Chief Research Officer – Infonomics Research Inc.

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Real Time, GoldenGate Software, Real Time Business Intelligence

Posted June 4, 2007 7:45 AM
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It seems that everyday I hear the phrase real-time, a couple years ago it wasn't even mentioned during the briefings and interviews we do here at the Network. At first I felt it was just another buzzword but now it seems clear its a functionality of business intelligence thats here to stay and it may very well be a required functionality in most BI solutions going forward.

GoldenGate Software is ahead of the curve and without a doubt saw that it was coming. I had my first contact with GoldenGate about two years ago and since then have attended their annual user group, talked to board members, executives, customers and partners. Two weeks ago I attended the IBM conference in Anaheim and bumped into Sami Akbay Vice President of Marketing for Goldengate where they announced real-time integration support for the new IBM Information Server a few days later at Oracle World I saw Sami again as Goldengate announced Siebel validation to provide real-time reporting and application migration. Additionally, that week GoldenGate announced a reseller deal with Eclipsys a leader in the health care industry who will offer GoldenGate's Transactional Data Management Solutions.

Sami and I sat down for a chat at Oracle World and discussed whats driving real-time. GoldenGate believes that business intelligence is becoming more operational in focus and this type of information is quickly being adopted by more users within the enterprise. The combination of operational based decision making and users in the 100s or 1000s has created a perfect niche for GoldenGate. They provide solutions to both ends of the problem, high availability and real-time delivery. They have become an enabler of real-time for everyone they work with. The other key contributor to their success is that traditionally the operational systems that people want information from were not designed to support the type of analysis these newly impowered users are demanding. With the switch from a few power users doing large strategic analysis to the new model of lots of users doing real-time analysis and making multiple course directions GoldenGate is situated right where the critical mass is taking place.

Check out the Real-Time study the Business Intelligence Network recently published.

Technorati Tags: Business Intelligence, Real-Time, GoldenGate, Sami Akbay, high availability

Posted November 2, 2006 9:26 AM
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