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Who mines the miners?

Organizations like to keep their cards close to the chest.  For a long time BI/analytics was all in-house affair: tools, skills and - especially! - data. The shift towards distributed computing models such SaaS and PaaS change everything.

The data needed for analysis might not be owned by the company; it might live - virtually - anywhere: public domain, subscription service, social networks such as Facebook, geographical data from Google Maps or Microsoft Earth. This is the secret ingredient for the analysis, and just as every true secret it hides in plain sight.

SAP has announced that its flagship analytics BI - Business Objects 4.1 - will have even tighter integration with Google Maps API, going beyond location services…

One can’t help but wonder  what data Google gets to keep for its own analytic endeavors as it tracks each call to its services.  Could it be that the corporate secrets are leaking out through usage patterns?


It’s gotta Hurd!

Oracle's decision to drop Itanium support reverberated throughout the Oracle users community many of whom are running the software on Itanium servers.

One has to wonder whether this decision has something to do with Mr. Hurd's joining Oracle... after all Itanium was a sizable chunk of HP business, and especially for its HP-UX operating system.

Regardless of the rationale and/or true reasons,  IBM was only happy to offer consolation to about to be abandoned customers, while Microsoft sided with Oracle, having announced that  support for Itanium on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2013.

SAP, having acquired Sybase (presumably for it's mobile technology) still has to figure out what to do with Sybase ASE database; so it also will continue to support Itanium, at least until dust settles.

Itanium is not going anywhere anytime soon, Intel had just reaffirmed its commitment to the processor. So , is Larry Ellison making a mistake, along with Microsoft, or they both know something that we don't?


Sybase, an SAP company

SAP has acquired Sybase for about $6bln...I might  be missing something but it seems to be an act of desperation - on both sides -  all this talk about synergy and efficacy notwithstanding.

The way I see it, Sybase was floundering for years, first squandering their RDBMS position by neglecting markets (as witnessed by, for instance, in their pathetic TPC benchmarks and truly archaic dialect of Transact-SQL), then foregoing initial success of PowerBuilder ($3,000 for an IDE?! this what comes out of $1 billion dealin 1994 with PowerSoft) unable to compete with more nimble VisualBasic and Delphi (though not necessarily more technologically advanced) in the data access applications arena..

SAP was steamrolling businesses into what they defined as set of "best practices" until their Borg-like message  sunk in in the wake of high profile implementation failures, as well as increased competition from Oracle, Microsoft and others following of ERP market consolidation (Siebel, JD Edwards, Lawson).  Then there are number of departures from SAP management team (Leo Apotheker being the latest)...

What will happen of all suite of Sybase products, what will happen to dozens of overlapping competing technologies and solutions - is any body's guess. I would stay away from SAP stock for awhile.

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MDM market consolidation

Informatica acquires Siperian.  I had my bets on SAP (it was not a good fit for Microsoft or IBM) snapping it or, maybe, Oracle. I wonder what was the driving force: the software capabilities or its client base (with all this rush for EHR, HIE, HIMSS and the rest of the healthcare alphabet soup 🙂 ?


Business Objects XI R3 Capabilities Overview

A brief presentation I gave recently to a group of managers going over essential capabilities of the enterprise package of Business Objects XI with Xcelsius, WebIntelligence and Crystal Reports:

Business Objects XI R3 Capabilities Overview


Software mega-packages in the SOA world

What do you get when you add content management, eForms, collaboration, messaging and workflows – basic building blocks of ECM (Enterprise Content Management) suite such as MS Sharepoint, Adobe LiveCycle/Alfresco etc.? A platform for assembling a custom ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) application.

For decades SAP had an iron grip on the ERP market (with ~30% of the total ERP market and ~25% of SCM and CRM markets) ; also-runs Siebel, Lawson, MS Dynamics etc dividing remaining 60% of the market. With advent of ECM one could connect proprietary and/or open source/free components into a powerful ERP app for a company that isn’t prepared to spend millions on SAP, and adopt their “best practices” in the process; instead they could implement their own best practices and maybe even re-use their existing accounting, planning or material management software.

Maybe, the era of mega packages is over…