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Posted by Boris Evelson on January 8, 2008
While I echo my colleagues' earlier comments on the Microsoft/FAST Search transaction, I also give Microsoft thumbs up for being the first of the major BI vendors to embrace alternative DBMS for BI. For a while now I've been predicting that alternative DBMS for BI will gain continually increasing momentum for the following reasons:
I am sincerely hoping that Microsoft/FAST Search transaction is yet another confirmation of this trend. Among other large BI vendors, SAP has already bought into the trend with SAP BI Accelerator appliance which is based on a columnar-like search index.
What's next? SAP, Oracle, or IBM may acquire Endeca — major FAST Search competitor. Sybase IQ, the major columnar DBMS player, must also be a target on Oracle or IBM's list.
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