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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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Larry Ellison speaking at the Churchill Club in CA discusses the lack of competition between Oracle and MySQL.


Watch the entire interview here.

Posted October 7, 2009 5:11 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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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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On the news of the Oracle / Sun acquisition many people questioned what would happen to the extremely popular open source database MySQL. Would it conflict with Oracle's business strategy? Where would it fit into the ever growing Oracle stack?

In the past Oracle has made advances in open source, the largest being the Unbreakable Linux operating system. I was happy to see that they added a feature to protect the customer from any open source licensing litigation. I thought this was a great move on their part because even at the time of the announcement litigation was one of the only remaining hurdles for most enterprises to look closely at Linux as an enterprise wide solution.

With that said I found it interesting that Oracle is hosting a web event on the 28th titled "Lower Total Cost of Ownership with Oracle: Comparing Oracle to MySQL"

The event blurb reads "....Learn why choosing an Oracle technology platform lowers the total cost of ownership for your company during this live, interactive one hour program. Tony Tarone, the Director of Operations at Cedar Document Technologies, will discuss how he gained a reliable, scalable, secure, and cost effective platform by moving from MySQL to Oracle. Here is the agenda for the session:

    * Oracle Database Overview
    * Cedar Document Solutions
    * The Move to Oracle for Cedar Documents
    * Oracle comparison to MySQL
    * Live Q and A with Tony Tarone, Cedar Documents Director"

This doesn't bring about a warm cuddly feeling for the future of MySQL. I realize this event was scheduled well in advance of the acquisition announcement but the fact that Oracle is still doing it may give us a little insight into the future.

Link to event

Posted April 22, 2009 8:28 AM
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I was listening to my favorite podcast program today (This Week in Tech - TWIT 183) and writer, new media expert Corey Doctorow put a fine point on how media is evolving. He talked about the way that technology can force a chasm and then perhaps acceptance. And that the old media delivery systems tend to get folded into the new. The first published newspaper was the The Boston News-Letter, a weekly which debuted in 1704 I'm not sure how it performed from a financial perspective but it did spawn an industry that is now evolving away from its roots landing publications online or on devices like the Amazon Kindle and iPhone.

Perhaps the future of newspaper may in fact parallel that of other media that came before it like opera and poetry which are generally not a profitable today and in the case of Opera are often funded by the wealthy. In a future world the idea of a viable newspaper model may be something printed on a expensive cloth, ironed by the butler and delivered to the rich weirdo in the penthouse.

I think it draws an interesting parallel to what is happening in our industry. The old delivery systems are getting folded into the new. Early on reporting seemed to have significant value it didn't even need to be pretty it was just great to have. Reporting, while still valuable is giving way to Performance Management and the ability to respond verses observe this is the value many companies need from BI today. The systems of today are focusing on mass adoption, A-ha moments that allow users to deep dive and explore and added value from unstructured and semi-structured sources not previously part of the equation. What are these technologies going to fold into? Is it Real-time access, SaaS, Embedded Business Intelligence, Open Source? Which of these will force the irrefutable chasm that will spawn the next age of business intelligence?

So the question remains,  is the business intelligence system you have today best suited for rich weirdo's?

Posted April 7, 2009 4:34 AM
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