Profile of Mark Smith
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Mark is responsible for the overall direction of Ventana Research and drives the global research agenda covering both business and technology areas. He defined the blueprint for Information Management and Performance Management as the linking together of people, processes, information and technology across organizations to drive effective results.
Articles by Mark Smith
posted in November 2007
This week is Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco and it is one of the largest enterprise software conferences in the industry... Listening in to one of the keynotes by Thomas Kurian, Senior Vice President, Fusion Middleware of Oracle on Tuesday, he reviewed a broad range of updates to their technology platform. There were many positive advancements and points in the presentation of Oracle's Fusion middleware, but one point should not be left without comment...
An important event for Teradata occurred recently when it completed its spin out from parent company NCR. The company also announced third-quarter revenue of $375 million, which puts it well on the way to $1.5 billion in revenue for 2007. I'm sure you all know Teradata for its focus on data warehousing, but the company has also been building a robust set of analytics solutions that span line-of-business and vertical industries.
Considering that it has placed brands like Tivoli, Rational, Lotus and WebSphere at the same level, IBM is spending a lot of money to place Cognos under Information Management, which is focused on middleware technology and infrastructure. There are some great synergies between Cognos BI and IBM Information Management group where they have a great opportunity to have deeper integration, but...
In areas like BI and IT management, you can't consider IBM as your strategic supplier, so you have to look elsewhere or count on consulting services to fill in product and technology gaps. IBM has a lot more potential, as even IBM executives recognize, so it has to determine if it can ignore these markets. Will IBM step up and acquire more companies, or will it build new products to fill these voids? Either way, I think it's time they fill a few strategic needs.