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BI Market Consolidation Predictions

Boris Evelson September 17, 2007
by Boris Evelson. Yet another rumor crossed the wires today about Business Objects getting ready for a takeover. These rumors have come up before, and it may be nothing else but a routine exercise that BO and other vendors go through to test the market periodically. As I already blogged back in March '07, there's […]
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BI Dominoes Continue To Fall…

Boris Evelson September 5, 2007
by Boris Evelson. Today Cognos announced its intention to acquire Applix, Inc for a cash tender offer of $17.87 per share, or approximately $339 million. This acquisition is primarily about performance management, and I quote my colleague, Paul Hamerman: “This continues a trend of rapid consolidation in the business performance solutions space, following acquisitions of […]
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Dashboards — Turning Information Into Actions

Boris Evelson August 22, 2007
by Boris Evelson. I get many questions on dashboards and scorecards and the role these tools play in BI (Business Intelligence). If we use Forrester’s definition of BI — a set of methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information — then we see that dashboards are just the […]
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BI Tug of War

Boris Evelson July 25, 2007
by Boris Evelson. There’s tug of war going on in the world of BI. On the one hand we have IT whose mission it is to manage and protect enterprise information assets, and on the other side there are end users who just want the data when they want it, and in the shape and […]
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One Of Many BI Trends — Convergence Of Structured And Unstructured Data

Boris Evelson May 23, 2007
by Boris Evelson. I’d like to hear what my colleagues out there think about the convergence of structured and unstructured data business intelligence. Here are the intersects as I see them. I see two types of BI paradigms emerging in the future: Structured OLAP will continue to be just that – structured, as far as […]
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Search DBMS Will Be King For BI

Boris Evelson May 4, 2007
by Boris Evelson. For years I've been predicting that relational DBMS will run out of steam when it comes to effectively managing and manipulating very large, heterogeneous (structured + unstructured) data sets for business intelligence. First, RDBMS were never designed and optimized for unstructured data (not just XML, which is structured data in my definition, […]
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BI Worlds Are Colliding!

Boris Evelson May 2, 2007
by Boris Evelson. Remember George Costanza from a Seinfeld episode where he was pulling his hair out about “the two worlds colliding”? He was agonizing over the world of his girlfriends and the world of his friends that should never mix. In my world, process and data, separate disciplines until recently, are now “colliding”. While […]
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VLDB And BI

Boris Evelson April 28, 2007
by Boris Evelson. I’ve recently conducted research on the issues of VLDB (very large databases) and how it affects BI, since the challenges of reporting and analyzing Gb data sets are very different from reporting and analyzing multi Tb data sets. Among many other interesting findings and conclusions I uncovered the following approaches to handling […]
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Spreadsheets And BI

Boris Evelson April 28, 2007
by Boris Evelson. I predict that for the foreseeable future, spreadsheets will remain the most widely used enterprise application. The widespread adoption isn't hard to understand — spreadsheets are powerful and flexible, yet intuitive and easy to use and learn. Plus, ad hoc applications and spreadsheet models isolate users from constant reliance on IT and […]
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Reemergence Of BI

Boris Evelson April 28, 2007
by Boris Evelson. I've been in the BI business for over 25 years so I've seen many ups and downs in the BI cycle. We are definitely in the "up" cycle these days. I see two main reasons for it: Enterprises can no longer stay competitive just by squeezing more efficiencies from operational applications – […]
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Which Pureplay BI Dominos Will Fall Next And Who’ll Be The First To Push Them

Boris Evelson March 2, 2007
by Boris Evelson. Since Oracle really never competed toe to toe with IBM on applications and BI, the Hyperion acquisition is of a smaller significance for IBM than to other BI vendors. Watch for Oracle to acquire BEA, TIBCO or Informatica to leapfrog IBM in the EAI or middleware space. It would be logical for […]
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Oracle/Hyperion Merger – Implications To Competitors

Boris Evelson March 2, 2007
by Boris Evelson. A clear implication of this acquisition is for Oracle’s pureplay BI competitors: Cognos, Business Objects, Microstrategy, SAS and Information Builders, since a combined Oracle/Hyperion BI offering with best of breed components in every layer of the BI “stack” will become increasingly difficult to beat. While many of these vendors were quick to […]
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Oracle/Hyperion Integration Challanges

Boris Evelson March 2, 2007
by Boris Evelson. It is unclear whether Oracle will integrate, keep separate, or drop one of the clearly redundant products: multidimensional databases, Oracle Express (currently part of Oracle BI Server) and Essbase. However, if and when Oracle creates the same seamless integration they always had between its Express and relational databases with Essbase, it will […]
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Oracle’s Double Whammy

Boris Evelson March 2, 2007
by Boris Evelson. For over a year we heard rumors that the dominos of the standalone, pureplay Business Intelligence vendors were about to start falling. We held our breath and took bets whether it was going to be Cognos, Business Objects or Hyperion. With the announcement of Hyperion acquisition Oracle did, again, what it does […]
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