David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Kalido Directs Data Governance

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 30, 2011 11:13:52 AM

Kalido recently introduced version 9 of its Information Engine product. The company has been around for 10 years but has had difficulty establishing its identity in the information management market. Kalido was perhaps ahead of its time, partly a vendor of data integration, partly master data management and partly data governance. As an example of the positioning challenge, its core product, Information Engine, while not a data integration tool, could in some cases provide sufficient capabilities to meet an organization’s data integration needs. Its real value, however, comes from authoring and management of information about the user’s data warehouse.

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Topics: Data Governance, Data Integration, Data Quality, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Applications, Information Management, Kalido, Master Data Management, Data Warehousing

Spotfire 4.0 is Socially Collaborative and Interactive

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 17, 2011 7:54:31 AM

Tibco recently introduced Spotfire 4.0, the most recent version of its interactive discovery and business intelligence (BI) tool. Spotfire comes at BI through visualization. It uses in-memory processing and good user interface design to develop highly interactive displays of data. Version 4.0 attempts to enhance Spotfire’s dashboard capabilities and offers integration with enterprise collaboration tools. The former capabilities are necessary to broaden Spotfire’s appeal and applicability for more BI projects, but the latter capabilities are more interesting since they represent a fundamental shift in the way enterprises use business intelligence.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Chatter, Collaboration, Customer & Contact Center, Dashboards, Financial Performance, Sales Performance, Social Media, Spotfire, Supply Chain Performance, Tibco, Twitter, Workforce Performance, Sales

The World of Big Data Gets Even Bigger at Hadoop World

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 15, 2011 11:06:29 AM

Cloudera’s recent Hadoop World 2011 event confirmed that the world of big data is getting even bigger. As I wrote of last year’s event, Hadoop, the open source large-scale data processing technology, has gone mainstream. And while 75% of the audience attended this year for the first time and so may not have realized the breadth of Hadoop’s acceptance, statistics announced in the opening keynote show widespread use of it. Mike Olson, Cloudera CEO, reported that the event was sold out, with 1,400 attendees from 580 organizations and 27 countries. In independent confirmation, our benchmark research shows that 54% of organizations are either using or evaluating Hadoop for their big-data needs.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloudera, Customer & Contact Center, Datameer, Financial Performance, Hortonworks, Informatica HParser, Karmasphere, MapR, NetApp, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop

IBM Gets Big and Personal with Business Analytics

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 4, 2011 12:25:17 PM

IBM’s Information on Demand (IOD) event showcased its products for both information management and business intelligence. I’ve covered the information management aspects of IOD in a separate post. In this post I’ll look at the business intelligence aspects. Earlier this year IBM made predictive analytics a major focus of its Business Analytics analyst summit, an event that often foreshadows the IOD messages. In addition to predictive analytics, IBM emphasized both large-scale “big” data and a concept it calls “personal analytics” at the summit. Both of these received more attention at IOD.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance

IBM Intensifies Information Management Again at IOD

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 4, 2011 11:49:48 AM

IBM made more than two dozen announcements in conjunction with its recent Information on Demand (IOD) event. In this post I’ll address the impact of IOD from an information management perspective and in a separate post shortly from an analytics perspective. Trying to organize the mass of information IBM brought forth at IOD 2011, I group the announcements into three general categories of enhancements and extensions to InfoSphere, big data (which is technically part of InfoSphere) and databases.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance

Informatica Parses the World of Hadoop

Posted by David Menninger on Nov 2, 2011 8:57:26 AM

Informatica recently introduced HParser, an expansion of its capabilities for working with Hadoop data sources. Beginning with Version 9.1, introduced earlier this year, Informatica’s flagship product has been able to access data stored in HDFS as either a source or a target for information management processes. However, it could not manipulate or transform the data within the Hadoop environment. With this announcement, Informatica starts to bring its data transformation capabilities to Hadoop.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Integration, Financial Performance, Information Management, MapReduce, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop