Profile of Seth Grimes
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Seth Grimes is an analytics strategy consultant with Alta Plana and organizes the Sentiment Analysis Symposium. Follow him on Twitter at @sethgrimes
Articles by Seth Grimes
posted in November 2007
Given the strengths of open source database management systems, open source seems like a natural platform for data warehousing. We've seen a number of success stories over the years — Travelocity, O'Reilly, FTD, and Frontier Airlines — but the roster of case studies is mighty thin... I'd like to hear from actual users and developers for a report I am planning on open source (based) data warehousing.
I'm getting pretty tired of the agonizing whether recent market events and trends mean the end of business intelligence as we know it. Some of my fellow pundits are scrutinizing vendor consolidations and they're studying the impact of the emergence of new analytical approaches and application-delivery methods. Consolidation will mean a refocusing of product development for acquired vendors, that's all, not "the end of BI as a separate application."
IBM buys Cognos. SAP buys Business Objects. I agree with Neil Raden: "One big yawn." Neil's analysis is spot on but calls for elaboration. Neil sees outmoded product (and process and business?) architectures as impeding innovation, for the established BI vendors and implicitly for the organizations that rely on their tools. But there's more to the picture... The more is imagination.
In a year when the Net is abuzz about Web 2.0, Tableau Server, out this week, qualifies as Web 0.2. But don't get me wrong. Tableau Software's first foray onto the Web is a modest step when considered in light of Web 2.0 agendas, and also in light of the very high expectations created by the company's stand-alone Tableau Desktop application. It is not, however, a failure. Rather it shows caution, implicit care to get it (collaborative Web computing) right and not overextend and underdeliver.