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Oracle is starting the buzz early this year for its annual Oracle World Event in San Francisco. This ad ran in the Wall Street Journal this past week. Looks like we'll being getting a good dose of performance information on October 14th.

I'll be covering the event so watch for updates and interviews in October.

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Posted September 8, 2009 5:46 AM
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IBM has announced the launch of its "streaming computing" software that delivers real-time analytics. The solution is named IBM System S. Along with the launch of the software they are also introducing the new IBM European Stream Computing Center, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland that will serve as a hub of research, customer support and advanced testing facility.

IBM has dubbed the solution as being built for "perpetual analytics" by incorporating a new architecture and improved algorithms to analyze simultaneous data streams and deliver nearly instantaneous analysis to business users.

Uppsala University and the Swedish Institute of Space Physics are using System S along with The Marine Institute of Ireland and TD Securities. The embargoed press release I received doesn't provide details on the systems that support System S so I'll try to follow up with more specific information as I receive it.

Posted May 13, 2009 2:05 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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Well I'm back at Mandalay Bay for the second time in two weeks but as usual the event is worth it. I'm at IBM Information On Demand. Its the 3rd year for this event and the good news is that its picking up speed. The turnout is solid and there is a ton of educational content. I just wrapped up a press conference with the 6 top executives from the IOD group including Steve Mills, Ambuj Goyal and Rob Ashe.

Ron Powell and I had a chance to catch up with Marc Andrews Director, Information On Demand Market Strategy. We talked about the focus IBM has on the future of BI and Performance Management and the impact of Business Intelligence on companies during the economic downturn. The theme I came away with is that BI isn't a luxury its a necessity if you want to be competitive. IBM is looking to help companies optimize beyond the simple managing of systems and automating of processes that so many companies are bogged down with so that they can become more successful. Its no surprise that real-time data, operational business intelligence and wider device delivery are all important themes here at the event.

Tags: IBM, Information On Demand, IOD2008

Posted October 27, 2008 2:12 PM
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Podcast Interview with Rob Ashe General Manager, IBM Business Intelligence and Performance Management. Rob and I caught up on the merger, industry consolidation, trends in performance management, and updates on Cognos 8 BI V3, Cognos Now and other products. We also discussed the future of business intelligence and performance management how the "Google Effect" will impact us and where business intelligence will converge with the internet, social media and other platforms.

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Tags: Cognos, Rob Ashe, Performance Management, business Intelligence, IBM

Posted May 15, 2008 12:45 PM
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