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March 13, 2007

Boston area data warehousing & BI education

We just posted dates for our spring data warehousing & business intelligence courses: Fundamentals of Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing – April 23-24 Business Intelligence and […]
March 7, 2007

The Stairway Method of Industry Analysis

I have an oddball method for assessing the health and future of a company – the stairway method. I’m constantly asked to assess not only the […]
March 5, 2007

Five Q&As on the Oracle Hyperion Deal

The blogs are abuzz with analysis of Oracle’s (ORCL) acquisition of Hyperion (HYSL). My earlier post Oracle Acquires Hyperion: Another One Bites the Dust? generated a […]
March 5, 2007

The Trial-and-Error Method for Data Integration

In The Trial-and-Error Method for Data Architecture I discussed some common data architecture mistakes. In this article, I point out areas where companies tend to go wrong in […]
March 1, 2007

Oracle Acquires Hyperion: Another One Bites the Dust?

Oracle announced today that they were acquiring Hyperion Solution Corp. for approximately $3.3 billion or $52/share. Hyperion is one of the top BI pure-play companies with […]
February 20, 2007

BI & DW Market Consolidation, Part 3 – Outside-the-box players enter the fray

(This blog post is part of a series on the BI and DW market consolidation. See the first post to get caught up.) It is easy […]
February 14, 2007

Why BI Matters: Useless Information

As the Ancient Mariner said, "Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink."  How about “data, data everywhere, but not any of the right information I […]
January 31, 2007

Product Awards for Business Intelligence & Analytics

TechTarget’s recently asked me to be one of the judges for their annual products of the year competition for business intelligence and analytics products. The […]
January 18, 2007

The Trial-and-Error Method for Data Architecture

As a coach of my sons’ soccer teams, I’ve noticed something that occasionally holds back the ambitious players. Rather than focusing on basics, such as learning […]
January 17, 2007

Marketing BI Solutions to the Business

Technical people often think that delivering great solutions is the key to satisfying business users. It is not. Delivering the solution users want is the key. […]
January 16, 2007

Communication Breakdown: The Achilles’ Heel of BI Projects

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – Captain in the 1967 film Cool Hand Luke What is the most likely cause of failed business […]
January 12, 2007

BI appliances: Disruptive technology or distraction?

Data warehousing (DW) appliances aren’t the only hardware appliances shaking up the industry. New on the scene are business intelligence (BI) appliances, which also have the […]
December 28, 2006

BI & DW Market Consolidation, Part 2. The hunters you’d expect

(This blog post is part of a series on the BI and DW market consolidation. See the first post to get caught up.) Everyone forecasting M&A […]
December 21, 2006

BI & DW Market Consolidation, Part 1

Almost every day it seems that another corporate acquisition is announced. The December 19, 2006 “Top Story” on “Deals of the Year, in a Year […]
December 14, 2006

More Thoughts on HP and Knightsbridge

Having worked in a high-tech company that was a competitor to HP I’ve got some thoughts to add after reading Andy’s post “Santa Comes Early for […]
December 13, 2006

HP on the acquisition trail in information management

HP has announced it is acquiring Knightsbridge Solutions Holdings Corp., a services company specializing in business intelligence, data warehousing, data integration and information quality. Financial terms […]
December 11, 2006

The “staggering” influence of Excel

You know what am I always saying about data shadow systems and the reign of Excel, right? Here’s what Forrester says in a recent white paper: […]
December 8, 2006

Data Integration versus ETL

In my previous post I discussed the Gartner Research "Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2006" and that Gartner has decided to supplant its “Magic Quadrant […]
December 5, 2006

Data Integration – Top Vendors Named

Gartner Research published its "Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools, 2006" on November 22, 2006. It has been eighteen months since they published the “Magic Quadrant […]
November 28, 2006

Business Intelligence Pure Plays: A stock rebound!

The top BI pure-play vendors – Business Objects (BOBJ), Cognos (COGN) and Hyperion Solutions (HYSL) – all experienced pronounced declines in their stocks prices this summer. […]
November 22, 2006

Microsoft: supersize that data warehouse?

Microsoft is trying to change the perception that its database, SQL Server 2005, is not ready for the big leagues in regards to handling large data […]
November 17, 2006

The best-in-class may not be the best-for-you

In the IT industry there is always a lot of discussion (and PR) regarding the best-in-class products. Ask any industry analyst, consultant or IT person who […]
November 15, 2006

Oracle User Group Survey: Achieving End-to-End Business Intelligence

It was interesting to read a recent article from “OAUG Survey Reveals Three Out of Four Enterprises Using Oracle Applications Still Use Spreadsheets for Business […]
November 13, 2006

Diplomatically dealing with Excel in the enterprise

Is there a happy medium between business users who want to see their data in Excel and data warehouse managers who want the enterprise using "real" […]
November 9, 2006

A soccer coach’s musings on BI/DW

I was at a BI tool regional users group recently where we were discussing people who were long on BI but short on ETL experience. Afterwards […]
November 1, 2006

The software upgrade cycle

I just came back from a very interesting regional user’s group (RUG) meeting for a vendor today. It was the best customer turnout ever for this […]
October 18, 2006

IBM results & its strategic shift to software

IBM had a strong quarter with revenue up 5.1% at $22.62 billion compared to last year’s 3rd quarter and earnings up 46% with a net income […]
October 16, 2006

Data integration is a process

IT Business Edge asked me three questions on helping customers address data quality issues, which many companies tend to avoid addressing at all. You’ve written that […]
October 13, 2006

DW / BI Training Schedule

We’ve added some new dates for our Boston-area data warehousing and business intelligence training for the rest of 2006. See the following link for dates and […]
October 12, 2006

Data warehouse appliances: Are they market breakers?

Data warehousing (DW) appliances are being touted as potential market changing technology by technology and financial analysts alike. Vendors say these bundles of hardware and software […]
October 12, 2006

Which will become pervasive, CPM or BI?

Lately I have read articles and analysts’ reports discussing whether Corporate Performance Management (CPM) rather than business intelligence (BI) will become pervasive in the future. This […]
October 10, 2006

Analysis: Oracle significantly upgrades its data integration offering by acquiring Sunopsis

I started using Oracle twenty five years ago. Twenty years ago I started developing data warehousing and business intelligence solution. More often than not, Oracle was […]
September 19, 2006

Are BI vendors about to be gobbled up?

Rumors circulated last week that Business Objects was going to be acquired by Oracle and that IBM was considering acquiring Cognos. Business Objects  stock jumped 11.5% […]
September 15, 2006

New Fall Training Schedule

We’ve posted some new dates for our Boston-area courses: Fundamentals of Business Intelligence and Data WarehousingOct 30 – Oct 31,  Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing: Project […]
September 11, 2006

A Painless Introduction to Data Integration

Compliance, competitive business requirements and increasing data volumes are driving companies to rethink data integration strategies. My first podcast with gives a comprehensive overview of […]