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    October 08, 2007


    Jason Bradley

    This just leaves the door wide open, in my mind, Michael. A great confluence of events that I hope we can capitalize on. See you for breakfast!

    Bryan Bain

    Well put Mr. Bowen. One thought that you failed to mention though - the amount of chaos created by these so-called "mergers" in the BI space. We lived through the Arbor/Hyperion fiasco and it took almost three years before the company showed any signs of effectiveness. The BO/Crystal merger never achieved anything it was meant for and in-fighting between the two factions continues today (hellooo SAP). There are currently three different groups fighting things out at Oracle (11g OLAP, Siebel analytics, Hyperion) making it almost impossible for the partners to compete for software deals.

    It will be years and years before anything comes from this most recent event. Product "integration", yeah if it means it all fits on one data DVD. Microsoft is best positioned for this market now, but can they do anything "significant" before Google adds "OLAP" to its list of on-line applications....


    What's strange is that Google might be able to prove, in a stroke, that multidimensional queries aren't all they're cracked up to be. The power of the mashup might even be greater. What Google knows is affinity and affinity is something of a missing component in OLAP. It's there, but not expressed well in row-based drilldown. I happen to believe that's a visualization problem and I think Tableau is ahead of the game, but Google makes things surprisingly easy. Whatever they come up with is going to be serious competition in Pervasive BI. Google does pervasive better than anyone.

    What might be the thing to cause the tipping point is a BI equivalent of Photosynth (a Microsoft technology). What if you could smartly aggregate seamingly random information from mobs to paint an accurate data picture of your company's operations? What do people do independently to record their business activities? (I don't know). But if it were something simple that people could do hundreds of times a 'data-photosynth' could be an extraordinary breakthrough.

    This essentially means a real change in the scale of databases arrayed to provide information to business. I've always been fascinated by tech like Bigtable and Hadoop. It's kind of shocking how quickly web scalability has driven parallel tech faster than database scalability, especially since that's all we used to talk about. I think most F500 IT shops and DW installations are completely clueless when it comes to what's Hadoopable.

    Stop and think outside the box for a moment. It's absolutely inconceivable that we should wait 7 seconds to get any 50,000 cells from a 10GB address space?

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