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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
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posted in September 2007

Is Database Software a Commodity Technology?

9/30/2007
Is database management a mature, commoditized software technology? It depends whom you ask. My answer: definitely!, which no doubt confirmed IE Editor-in-Chief Doug Henschen in his intention to later write that Oracle President Charles "Phillips's higher calling was to dispel the idea that database management systems have been commoditized in a mature market."

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Five years of OpenOffice.org

9/27/2007
OpenOffice.org has reached a significant anniversary. Earlier this month, OO passed the five-year mark as the only office software on my laptop computers, first installed when I bought a Windows 2000 machine in 2002, reinstalled a couple of months ago on a replacement laptop running Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux. Given diverse project-health indicators, I'm looking forward to my next five years of OO.

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Complex Event Processing Struggles for Market Definition

9/26/2007
Complex Event Processing (CEP) seemed like a no-brainer for broad-market acceptance a couple of years back. Relational data warehouses and conventional analytics have not kept up with the explosive growth in real-time data volumes and the perceived demand for real-time analytics. CEP promised to fill the gap: technology developed for extreme high-volume, low-latency processing demands. Yet two years on, CEP is still struggling for market definition.

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Actuate: Commercial Open Source, Commercial Community

9/18/2007
I'm grateful to Actuate for giving me an preview look at BIRT Exchange, a new community site set to launch September 24. Like the sponsoring company, the new site straddles the commercial open and closed source worlds. It will surely benefit BIRT Java programmers whether they use the open-source Eclipse version of BIRT or the closed source Actuate version. But make no mistake: Actuate's motives remain staunchly commercial and the company will retain tight control over BIRT development.

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Merger Mania: What's Next For Analytics Vendors?

9/5/2007
Cognos's planned takeover of performance-management (PM) and OLAP vendor Applix was eminently predictable. BI companies have been hungry for PM capabilities; think of the Actuate-Performancesoft, Business Objects-Cartesis, Oracle-Hyperion, and SAP-OutlookSoft deals. So what are the next targets for the analytics companies? Predictive analytics and, for those that don't have it already, text analytics.

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