Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Great Debate: Are Pure-Play BI Vendors on Road to Extinction?

As Collaborate 2008 preparations are underway, the debate on what is the future of Pure-PLay BI vendors, is heating up. If you are attending Collaborate, please stop by to attend this debate in person.

Recent times have seen Siebel, Hyperion, Business Objects and Cognos lose their "independence" to the "giants" but what does it mean for other BI vendors, in ETL space, in BI presenatation tools, in advanced analytics space etc.

What does it mean for SAS, Microstrategy, Informatica, Information Builders etc.?


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Start of 2008

Its been a while since I posted here. At BIWA SIG we had two webcasts recently, on Data Mining + BI Publisher and on BI Project Management. However, the overall industry scene continues to throw curve balls! While Oracle's bid for BEA this time is no surprize but seeing My SQL go to Sun and Yahoo being chased by Microsoft did catch some of us in the left field.

What does it mean for Yahoo? Yahoo uses Oracle databases internally (though for data mining it uses propriety algorithms). This is unlike Google who has less dependence on Oracle databases. So going forward is SQL server going to power the Yahoo sites? Will Yahoo inceasingly use Microsoft BI stack for its marketing initiatives like to power its Yahoo Search Marketing offerings?

Let's wait and see how it unfolds... will the next release on Windows OS have the yahoo toolbar natively? So what happens to msn searches? Will the MSN IM and Yahoo IM unify... Bill Gates sure has a lot of questions to answer.