At this point, probably at least 90 percent or more of analytic systems/data
warehouses are easily contained within the SQL-based technologies that are
commercially available today. We’ll take that argument a step further: Most
enterprise data warehouses are less than 5 terabytes. So why then all the
excitement about big data, and why are acquisitions in this field becoming
almost a biweekly thing?
To refresh the memory, barely a couple weeks back, HP announced its intention
to buy Vertica. And this morning came the news that Teradata is buying the
other 89 percent of Aster Data that it doesn’t already own. Given
Teradata’s 11 percent stake, the acquisition was hardly a surprise. Maybe
what was surprising was the mere $263-million price tag, which Neil Raden
wondered facetiously in his tweet, “That seems like a real bargain. I
should have bought them myself!!! Or as... (more)
HP chose the occasion of its Q3 earnings call to drop the bomb. The company
that under Mike Hurd’s watch focused on Converged Infrastructure, spending
almost $7 billion to buy Palm, 3COM, and 3PAR, is now pulling a 180 in
ditching both the PC and Palm hardware business, and making an offer to buy
Autonomy, one of the last major independent enterprise content management
players, for roughly $11 billion.
At first glance, the deal makes perfect sense, given Leo Apotheker’s
enterprise software orientation. From that standpoint, Apotheker has made
some shrewd moves, putting aging ent... (more)
In its rise to leadership of the ERP market, SAP shrewdly placed bounds
around its strategy: it would stick to its knitting on applications and rely
on partnerships with systems integrators to get critical mass implementation
across the Global 2000. When it came to architecture, SAP left no doubt of
its ambitions to own the application tier, while leaving the data tier to the
kindness of strangers (or in Oracle’s case, the estranged).
Times change in more ways than one – and one of those ways is in the data
tier. The headlines of SAP acquiring Sybase (for its mobile assets,
It’s no secret that rocket .. err … data scientists are in short supply.
The explosion of data and the corresponding explosion of tools, and the
knock-on impacts of Moore’s and Metcalfe’s laws, is that there is more
data, more connections, and more technology to process it than ever. At last
year’s Hadoop World, there was a feeding frenzy for data scientists, which
only barely dwarfed demand for the more technically oriented data architects.
In English, that means:
Potential MacArthur Grant recipients who have a passion and insight for data,
the mathematical and statistical prow... (more)
Is it more than coincidence that IT acquisitions tend to come in waves? Just
weeks after IBM's announcement to snap up Lombardi, Progress Software today
responds with an agreement to put Savvion out of its misery? In such a small
space that is undergoing active consolidation, it is hard not to know who's
Nonetheless, Progress's acquisition confirms that Business Process Management
(BPM)'s pure play days are numbered, if you expect executable BPM.
The traditional appeal of BPM was that it was a business stakeholder-friendly
approach to developing solutions that didn't rely... (more)