I pride myself on my tidy notes (I hear you laughing, all you people who’ve seen my chicken-scratch briefing scribbling) and my long detailed memory (yes, everybody, I know I’m a fountain of trivia and should go on Jeopardy some day — thanks for a lifetime full of comments to that effect).
But my memory has limits. So I build and hold extensible conceptual models in my mind, often in the form of the nuanced phraseology you may hear exuding from fingertips now and again. These mental models help me resurface a lot of buried info when I need quick access.
Business process management (BPM) is an area where I have so many overlapping models that it’s hard sometimes to keep them all straight. Sometimes, models decay through the passage of time (I didn’t say I’m photographic, Mr. Trebek). Sometimes, I simply dispose of the shallowest or more clichéd of the lot.
Now that we've published my Forrester Wave for Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms, you'd think I can breathe easier. Far from it. No matter how carefully one words a report, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. I'm already seeing some of that surrounding the notion of what, exactly, constitutes an EDW "niche vendor."
Today we published the first Forrester Wave™ specifically focused on Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Platforms. The final published report is now available on Forrester’s website to clients. Information and knowledge management (I&KM) professionals will find it a timely and actionable study of the leading EDW platform vendors: Teradata, Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Sybase, and Netezza. I urge you to download and read it, and then engage me, the author-analyst, in inquiries and advisories to help you apply it to your EDW initiatives.
The economic outlook isn't all gloom and doom. Bright spots remain in some substantial IT growth sectors--most important, in the sprawling business intelligence (BI) market.
In the past month, we've seen solid financials--in some cases, record growth and profitability numbers--from leading BI vendors, including SAP (Business Objects), IBM (Cognos), and privately held SAS Institute. Oracle and Microsoft also seem to be doing fairly well with BI-related revenues. Even vendors that only participate in BI environments as a provider of data warehousing (DW) solutions (e.g., Sybase) or data integration (DI) middleware (e.g., Informatica) are reporting outstanding financials all the way through year-end 2008. That includes the period just passed when the world economy began to spiral wildly out of control.
Welcome to the life of a data warehousing (DW) industry analyst. I’m often asked by Information and Knowledge Management (I&KM) professionals to address the perennial issues of which commercial DW solution is fastest or most scalable. Vendors ask me too, of course, in the process of their attempting to suss out rivals’ limitations and identify their own competitive advantages.
This has been one of the most pivotal years in the evolution of the enterprise data warehousing (EDW) market. Every EDW vendor of note has firmly repositioned its go-to-market strategy around the appliance approach, with some also taking tentative steps into what is sure to be a key theme in 2009 and beyond: EDW in the “cloud.”
Wow....what a historic week this has been for the United States and the world.
When President Obama and Vice President Biden take office in January, they will have a very full agenda, a rat’s nest of nasty problems to address right off the bat, and a minefield of absurdly high expectations to navigate.
If it’s October, it must be time for IBM’s annual Information On Demand (IOD) conference. Initiated 3 years ago, IOD has become an indispensable event for any Information and Knowledge Management (I&KM) professional who has deployed IBM’s sprawling data management solution portfolio.
And IBM doesn’t disappoint: each annual conference is jampacked with important announcements that improve the vendor’s positioning in the forefront of today’s information-driven economy. If anything, IOD has become so crowded with IBM announcements that some important events or themes can easily be overlooked or given less emphasis than they deserve.
This has been the season for splashy vendor announcements in the high-end data warehousing (DW) market, and they’ve become progressively more disruptive and game-changing with every passing month. Though to the casual observer this may seem like a vendor-push game of competitive one-upmanship, it is in fact being driven by ever more challenging requirements coming from Information and Management (I&KM) professionals. I&KM pros in many verticals are implementing ever more scalable DW platforms to manage inexorable growth in BI and advanced analytics workloads.