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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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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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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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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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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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