BI Forum Zurich

I presented on the topic of “BI Market Dynamics and the Three Pillars of BI” at the Business Objects Zurich BI Forum on March 1st. A Business Objects customer, Atel Electricity, presented their BI project, and there were around one hundred or so attendees. Here are the slides from the event in pdf format (contact …

Oracle Buys Hyperion

After the months (years?) of consolidation rumors, finally something happened…. Thoughts: Less change than you might expect It doesn’t change the BI market share picture much, based on the latest IDC numbers, from 2005 (2006 figures presumably due out soon, not expecting any huge changes in the relative positions). Hyperion is currently #5, and Oracle …

SAP Buys an EIS Pioneer

SAP just purchased Pilot Software, which first came out with an executive information system (EIS) in 1986. I remember evaluating Pilot Lightship, a windows-based EIS solution, in 1992 or so. Then they had almost no discernable impact on mainstream BI for fifteen years, only to pop up recently as a “company to watch” according to …

Yahoo! Pipes: ETL for the Web?

Yahoo! recently released Yahoo! Pipes, an “interactive feed aggregator and manipulator”. With a user interface reminiscent of enterprise data integration tools such as Business Objects Data Integrator, it lets anybody create RSS mashups from multiple different sources, complete with transformations and different output formats. Here’s a quick example of how to build one, courtesy of …