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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!



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It seems that everyone is taking notice of the SMB market. New offering abound that are targeted to bring business intelligence to a wider group of users. Its no secret that I am a big fan of solutions that help spread BI to more people so I'm sure you won't be surprised that I am happy to see Business Objects has launched Crystal Decisions, Standard Edition its the first solution from a suite of products targeted at the specific business intelligence needs of mid-size companies. Standard Edition introduces companies to intelligent reporting, query, analysis, and dashboards.

Previously, Business Objects launched crystalreports.com, an on-demand report sharing platform. The service now has 10,000 subscribers in the first nine months of availability.

I'm glad to see that BO is continuing its drive into the SMB market.

Posted February 7, 2007 8:10 AM
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I thought I'd do a bit of a recap on the event so far. Its my first visit to London so everything here is a bit new. I can saw however that there is a certain element of comfort in that I have gotten to see many of my friends at the event. The attendance is great over 600+ and the content is reasonably solid as well. I say reasonably only because they are forced to span the advanced to the elementary in many of the talks so its difficult to keep all of us happy all the time.

Andreas Bitterer kicked things off yesterday and shared his latest research: Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence Platforms, 1Q07. The leaders quadrant continues to contain Business Objects, Cognos, Hyperion, Oracle and SAS. New comer to the report is Spotfire who was included due to it's "innovative analysis capabilities and positioning".


Microsoft's Alex Payne spoke in a session yesterday to a standing room only audience as he presented the importance of pervasive business intelligence. An interesting point was discussed during the session concerning pricing. The bottom line being that low cost or "cheap pricing" doesn't always mean that a product isn't enterprise quality or feature rich. Alex drove the point home by unveiling the new pricing options available and it caused a few gasps in the room. In short, enterprise ready business intelligence at extremely aggressive pricing has officially arrived.

Several people left the room in a rush after the slide went up, its possible not everyone in the space is pleased with the new pricing?

I hope to have more on the Microsoft piece today.

Posted January 31, 2007 6:51 AM
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In an all cash transaction ($40 Million) Business Objects will acquire Infommersion. The San Diego based company specializes in information visualization. I have used the solution and I think its a great addition to the BO line-up. Its easy to use, fast and great for small to midsize companies. I'm not sure of the install base at Infommersion but looking at the unit price of the solution and the price paid by Business Objects I'll bet they will have a great conduit into a bunch of new prospect companies.

Posted October 4, 2005 11:21 AM
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