SQL & BI

This is a blog around all topics related to Data Management (SQL & BI). I hope to provide updates from Microsoft, info on the marketplace, what the competition are up to, Partner activity and anything that I see that might be of interest to others!

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  • Blog Post: Oracle - Consolidation continues

    Just back from my holidays and yet more consolidation of the BI marketplace has taken place! There has been speculation on potential acquisitions recently and Gartner has been suggesting that this market will move towards a smaller number of "mega-vendors". Larry Ellison is spending $3.3 billion on Hyperion...
  • Blog Post: SAP to buy Business Objects

    There has been speculation around this for some time but it has now been announced that SAP are to buy Business Objects. At a cost of $6.8B. More consolidation of the market. Find out more here
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Positioned in the Leader Quadrant in Gartner’s latest Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS, 2007

    Here are the main points from this.... Microsoft is positioned in the Leader quadrant in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse DBMS. The analysts say that SQL Server 2005 is expected to grow in the data warehouse space. Microsoft’s vision for SQL Server 2008 makes clear the company’s intent to...
  • Blog Post: Gartner Magic Quadrant - Microsoft moves!

    Gartner have just released the 2006 Gartner Data Warehouse Database Management Systems Magic Quadrant. And Microsoft has moved position! "significant progress Microsoft has made in the Data Warehouse (DW) Database Management Systems (DBMS) market, moving from deep placement in the challenger...
  • Blog Post: "Microsoft may have multicore price edge"

    An interesting article on InfoWorld. Analysts believe that Microsoft may have multicore price edge as we continue to charge per processor for software, not per core. "Microsoft Corp. could have an early advantage over competitors IBM Corp. and Oracle Corp. as some software companies begin shifting...
  • Blog Post: 55 patches for Oracle

    Its taken them over 3 years to follow suit but Oracle are taking a page straight out of Microsoft's playbook by implementing an advance notice mechanism for its quarterly release of security patches. But what will this tell us? According to Oracle's website, the quarterly CPU (Critical Patch Update)...
  • Blog Post: More consolidation - more acquisitions

    Another acquisition in the BI market! Hyperion have announced the acquisition of Decisioneering - a decision analysis software and solutions company with the Crystal Ball software - a predictive analytics, simulation and modeling tool. This follows on the heels of Cognos' acquisition last week of Celequest...
  • Blog Post: Business Intelligence Goes Mainstream (VARBusiness)

    VARBusiness recently covered the emergence of BI based on a survey conducted by the publication. Microsoft was ranked highest against the pure play vendors. This is a big win and a great example of Microsoft’s BI momentum. Of note: "Half of solution providers...
  • Blog Post: 10 Most Influential: Business Intelligence

    Who are the 10 most influential players in BI according to Computer Business Review? Take a look. Heres what they say about Microsoft.... "There is no mistaking that Microsoft is putting its heart and soul into developing a set of top-drawer reporting, OLAP analysis and data integration BI capabilities...
  • Blog Post: Still #1 on OLAP report

    Good news from www.olapreport.com – Microsoft continues to be number 1 and grow OLAP market share! We have almost one third of the market share (31.6%) (last year 27.9%). We were also one of the few vendors that actually grew market share last year and with the exception of Applix, Microsoft was the...
  • Blog Post: Web Developers take a look at what Microsoft now has!

    Yesterday Microsoft announced Expression Studio - a new suite of tools for web developers. I will be working on this new offering to develop a channel for Microsoft. So expect to see more info as it emerges. The Microsoft Expression Studio consists of Expression Web (formerly known by the code name Quartz...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 overtakes Oracle dwh - 270TB!

    November 20, 2006 Computerworld "At the annual conference of the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) user group, Microsoft said it is designing a 270TB multinode data warehouse for a foreign government. Microsoft is also working on a 162TB single-node installation for its own marketing...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft crashes IBM Lotus Party with migration tools

    eWeek - January 22, 2007 At the kickoff of IBM's annual Lotusphere conference in Orlando, Fla., Microsoft announced a series of tools to help Lotus Notes/Domino customers take advantage of the unified communication and collaboration innovations that are being delivered as part of the recently released...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server - Database Business Blooms

    "Microsoft Server, Database Programs, Once Derided, Boost Sales" - by Dina Bass Bloomberg News - October 26, 2006 I liked this article. It includes lots of speculative numbers but the overall message is - the perception of Microsoft SQL Server has changed and grown in the marketplace. ``I sleep...
  • Blog Post: Oracle charges for extra functionality

    Oracle has released details on the pricing of its Oracle Database 11g software, disclosing that some of the most talked-about features in the new release will be sold as extra-cost add-ons. When the vendor announced the 11g version of its database in New York, company executives spoke at length about...