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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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Posted November 5, 2009 12:41 PM
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The SaaS space continues to roll forward at lightening speed and Birst is moving faster than most. With only a year on the market they are launching Version 4.0 and adding features to their system that will make the enterprise IT guys stand up and take notice.

SaaS BI is a great way for many companies to address analytic needs but since the beginning security, data integration, governance and control have made many tentative to embrace the technology. Birst's latest upgrade addresses all of these hurdles. The parts I liked most are Birst Live Access it allows you to access your own data from behind the firewall and include it in your SaaS based analysis. They have also built out connectors that will allow you to integrate data from other applications like SalesForce and Google Analytics and even connectivity to desktop Access DB's and Excel to bring together a federated view of your business data.Your data stays where you have it but at the same time you benefit from a SaaS hosted BI application. The other exciting feature here is if the data you own is configured in a real-time model you can leverage that performance on Birst so real-time in the cloud becomes much simpler too.

Version 4 also has added Birst Advanced ETL this upgraded feature gives you the ability to customize the ETL to meet special corporate and analytical requirements.

There are many other feature upgrades in this version including newly enhanced dashboards and administration that now includes Flash Flex providing a more rich and interactive experience with the solution. On the Dashboard front the Flex Flash provides the business user with a more discovery rich interface allowing for easier drill downs, views and even drag and drop features to make getting answers from the data easier.

SaaS continues to be a leading area of interest with our audience at the NETWORK and these types of product announcements are proof that the segment is evolving fast to meet the needs of the growing user base.

Posted November 3, 2009 4:40 AM
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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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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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The project continues to move forward at a very fast pace and I have to say much of that success is due to the team we have assembled. As I mentioned in my first post I am working with some excellent service and solution providers on this project so I thought it was about time that I let you know who they are.

Heading up the project is Steve Dine founder of Datasource Consulting here in Denver. His firm has embraced the challenge and brought a set of best practices and methodologies to the project that provide a solid scalable infrastructure but also provide the flexibility to help us evolve and grow. Datasource Consulting's expertise around lean BI, integration and cloud technologies made them the perfect project lead.

We couldn't get this job completed without the right solutions and as many of you know I am a huge supporter of open source technology. The entire platform for the Network is built on a LAMP architecture so when we sought out solutions we went to the open source community first.

Our initial challenge around this project was to identify a way to move our data off of our production environment that supports the  Network web servers to a cloud based platform. More importantly we required this ETL functionality to work easily on the Amazon Cloud and it had to be powerful enough to feed the data model and processes designed by the team at Datasource Consulting. The logical choice for us was Talend Integration Suite an open source enterprise data integration solution, designed for scalability, process complexity and multi-user development. I'd like to thank Yves de Montcheuil, Vice President of Marketing at Talend for working with us on the project. As we progress, Talend will also supply expert level assistance as we bring the data integration online.

At the front end of our project we will be using JasperSoft Business Intelligence Suite where we will be able to leverage the advanced reporting, production reporting, ad-hoc, dash board and data exploration and analysis functionalities that are delivered in the solution. JasperSoft works well with cloud based data and Nick Halsey Vice President of Marketing and Product Management has also worked with us to supply professional services to leverage the platform when it goes into production.

An additional advantage to this line up is that Datasource is a Talend certified partner and Talend and JasperSoft are also partners so the synergy between the companies is exceptional.

That's it for now, I have to prepare for my reporting scope meeting with Matt Caton of Datasource I am looking forward to exploring my options.



Posted August 12, 2009 6:00 AM
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