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 on IT programmatic logic.
The mythology around BPM pure-plays was that these were business user-, not
IT-, driven software buys. [Disclosure: Progress Software is a sponsor of
In actuality, they simply used a different language or notation: process
models with org... (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,
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)
Of the 3 "V’s” of Big Data – volume, variety, velocity (we’d add
"Value” as the 4th V) – velocity has been the unsung ‘V.’ With the
spotlight on Hadoop, the popular image of Big Data is large petabyte data
stores of unstructured data (which are the first two V’s). While Big Data
has been thought of as large stores of data at rest, it can also be about
data in motion.
"Fast Data” refers to processes that require lower latencies than would
otherwise be possible with optimized disk-based storage. Fast Data is not a
single technology, but a spectrum of approaches that process data t... (more)
With Strata, IBM IOD, and Teradata Partners conferences all occurring this
week, it’s not surprising that this is a big week for Hadoop-related
announcements. The common thread of announcements is essentially, “We know
that Hadoop is not known for performance, but we’re getting better at it,
and we’re going to make it look more like SQL.” In essence, Hadoop and
SQL worlds are converging, and you’re going to be able to perform
interactive BI analytics on it.
The opportunity and challenge of Big Data from new platforms such as Hadoop
is that it opens a new range of analytics. On o... (more)