David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Teradata and the Analytics Universe

Posted by David Menninger on Oct 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

This year, Teradata rebranded the Teradata users conference from "Partners" to "Analytics Universe", and there is a reason for it. For decades, Teradata has represented the high end of the analytic database, but new innovations and technologies are adding flexibility to Teradata's licensing as they compete. For the full breakdown of Dreamforce 2018, and my analysis of all the largest announcements, watch my hot take video.

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Topics: Teradata, Data Warehousing, Data Preparation, Analytics, Data Management, Big Data, Data, digital technology, Data Governance, Information Management

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

Teradata: All in the Family of Appliances and Big Data

Posted by David Menninger on Oct 15, 2011 4:33:47 AM

Teradata recently held its Partners User Group meeting (Twitter hashtag #TDPUG11) in San Diego. Analysts were briefed previously on some of the announcements, which I covered in an earlier post.

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Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Warehousing, Financial Performance, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Teradata, Workforce Performance, digital technology, Big Data

Karmasphere Makes Sense of Big Data

Posted by David Menninger on Sep 23, 2011 11:03:05 AM

Recently Karmasphere introduced version 1.5 of its Analyst product which helps organizations analyze “big data” stored in Hadoop, the open source large-scale data processing technology. An independent software vendor focused exclusively on the Hadoop market, Karmasphere made available a community edition of its developer product in September 2009 and launched the company in March 2010. Since then it has been active and visible in Hadoop-related events including Hadoop World, the IBM Big Data Symposium and others.

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Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Financial Performance, Karmasphere, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Workforce Performance, Strata+Hadoop, Data Warehousing

Aster Data is Now Part of the New Teradata

Posted by David Menninger on Mar 4, 2011 7:14:49 AM

There has been a spate of acquisitions in the data warehousing and business analytics market in recent months. In May 2010 SAP announced an agreement to acquire Sybase, primarily for its mobility technology and had already been advancing its efforts with SAP HANA and BI. In July 2010 EMC agreed to acquire data warehouse appliance vendor Greenplum. In September 2010 IBM countered by acquiring Netezza, a competitor of Greenplum. In February 2011 HP announced after giving up on its original focus with HP Neoview and now has acquired analytics vendor Vertica that had been advancing its efforts efficiently. Even Microsoft shipped in 2010 its new release of SQL Server database and appliance efforts. Now, less than one month later, Teradata has announced its intent to acquire Aster Data for analytics and data management. Teradata bought an 11% stake in Aster Data in September, so its purchase of the rest of the company shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. My colleague had raised the question if Aster Data could be the new Teradata but now is part of them.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data Warehousing, HP, IBM, Information Management, Microsoft, Oracle, RDBMS, SAS, Teradata, IT Performance Management (ITPM), Analytics

Secrets Revealed in Columnar Database Technology

Posted by David Menninger on Mar 3, 2011 9:52:44 PM

This is the second in a series of posts on the architectures of analytic databases. The first post addressed massively parallel processing (MPP) and database technology. In this post, we’ll look at columnar database technology. Given the recent announcement of HP’s plan to acquire Vertica, a columnar database vendor, there is likely to be even more interest in columnar database technology, how it operates and what benefits it offers.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data Warehousing, Information Management, RDBMS, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Living in the Era of Hadoop and Large-Scale Data

Posted by David Menninger on Mar 2, 2011 9:47:05 PM

It’s clear that now we are living in the era of big data. The stores of data on which modern businesses rely are already vast and increasing at an unprecedented pace. Organizations are capturing data at deeper levels of detail and keeping more history than they ever have before. Managing all of the data is thus emerging as one of the key challenges of the new decade.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data Warehousing, Information Management, RDBMS, Strata+Hadoop, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Kognitio Pablo Brings MDX to Data and Analytics

Posted by David Menninger on Feb 14, 2011 3:33:01 PM

Kognitio announced the addition of MultiDimensional eXpressions (MDX) capabilities for its WX2 product line. John Thompson, CEO of U.S. operations, and Sean Jackson, VP of marketing, shared some of the details with me recently. I find the marriage of MDX and large-scale data both technically challenging and potentially valuable to the market.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Data Management, Data Warehousing, Information Management, Kognitio, MDX, MPP, RDBMS, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

MicroStrategy Combines Actions with Business Intelligence and Mobility

Posted by David Menninger on Feb 7, 2011 11:12:23 AM

Last week I attended MicroStrategy World 2011 in Las Vegas, the North American version of the business intelligence (BI) vendor’s annual user conference. The event was well attended, and the company claimed attendance was up 40% over last year. The purpose of the post is to recap the announcements made, highlight the areas where MicroStrategy is making investments and comment on the overall direction implied by these investments.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data Warehousing, Information Management, MicroStrategy, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Jaspersoft Releases Version 4 and Tackles Large-Scale Data

Posted by David Menninger on Jan 28, 2011 12:22:47 PM

Open source business intelligence (BI) software vendor Jaspersoft recently announced general availability of its flagship product Jaspersoft 4 and earlier this week announced a new reporting project that provides data connectors to a variety of large-scale data sources.

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Topics: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Data Warehousing, Information Management, IT Performance Management (ITPM)