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 July 2008
Sybase is a DBMS stalwart that gets far less attention than deserved. The company recently beat financial-performance estimates and has raised its 2008 sales estimate to $1.11 billion. Sybase's on-going success — the company's DBMS is much more than the parent of Microsoft SQL Server — earns the company a closer look, in its own right and as an excuse for one last comment on Microsoft's planned acquisition of DATAllegro.
I learned of the Microsoft-DATAllegro deal from DATAllegro e-mail sent at 12:57 pm EDT on July 24. Ten hours later, I thought I'd see what others had to say. The search for views was more illuminating than any additional analyses I found. Take a look... if you don't mind snarky blog articles —
My first thought on learning of Microsoft's plan to acquire DW appliance vendor DATAllegro is that MS is buying the wrong company. Yes, DATAllegro's parallelized database technology will fill a big gap in Microsoft's DW product line, namely that SQL Server doesn't scale to the top end, but the technology isn't compatible. It's Dataupia that would, without disruption, close the gap. No, this deal is about gutting DATAllegro. Look at the details —
AIIM has been bombarding me with e-mail promoting a sponsored study, "Findability: The Art and Science of Making Content Easy to Find." I do understand the distinction that "under findability, the burden of intelligent content processing is placed on the content itself." Supporting examples are easy to come by. Here are a few, inadvertently provided by a leading enterprise-search vendor.
I've written about the "category error" of looking at open source primarily as targeting end-user replacement of BI applications and established data warehouse platforms. OS's greatest BI/DW contribution to date has instead been in enabling developers. I'm more convinced than ever of this assessment, even as OS-BI vendors have launched improvements that target enterprise end users. On the DW front, here's why —