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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

About the author >

Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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March 2006 Archives

Ed Maguire of Merrill Lynch (ML) very kindly sent me his comments about the recent Gartner BI conference. In his summary he noted:

“Interest is stronger than ever, with BI ranking number (above security) in Gartner's latest CIO survey (which corresponds with ML's latest CIO software survey). Pure-play BI vendors are expected to grow slower than the expected 7.4% 5 year CAGR for software licenses as database and application vendors grow faster from lower price points and integrated capabilities.”

“The biggest takeaway from the conference was the surge of enterprise interest in Microsoft's BI capabilities, which encompass the SQL database, Business Scorecard Manager and pending integrated Excel capabilities. We sensed broad-based surprise at the pace at which Microsoft is generating interest in its offerings - and as a result the pure-play vendors must raise switching costs to protect their turf. While the pure-play BI vendors enjoy near-term tactical advantage in terms of having field sales efforts attuned to customer needs, it is only a matter of time before Microsoft's partner ecosystem becomes more broadly engaged in the market. For now, robust demand in the overall market should dampen Microsoft's impact for the near term.”

Posted March 15, 2006 3:00 PM
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The results of the latest Merrill Lynch survey into CIO spending shows a decline in spending going into 2006. The survey report states, “The percentage of CIO’s indicating an increase in IT spending declined versus our two prior surveys indicating a tone of caution going into 2006. 57% of CIO’s indicated that 2006 IT budgets are expected to be flat to down. This is the highest level of flat to down spending indicated in our five surveys going back to August 04.”

The area with the top spending priority was business intelligence and data warehousing (41% of CIOs). Second in priority was security (36% of CIOs). Other interesting points from the survey include:

* ERP, security and desktop operating systems showed a significant increase in spending priorities in 2006, while application integration, portals and supply chain management showed a decline.

* Microsoft continues to strengthen in middleware and systems management buying intentions. It was also noticeable that Microsoft received high purchase decision ratings in other areas including business intelligence, analytical applications and content management. In the database area, Microsoft is gaining ground, but Oracle is still number 1.

* There is an upward movement in Oracle and Salesforce.com application spending.

* On demand application spending intentions are up and are being led by Salesforce.com.

* Linux is gaining traction with Red Hat continuing to strengthen its number 1 position.

Thanks to Ed Maguire for sending me a copy of the report.

Posted March 15, 2006 2:57 PM
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