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  • DB2: IBM’s New Weapon [View article]
    That nice anecdotal evidence that one typically hears from sales & marketing people, i.e. giving examples of major customer x & y defecting to their product.

    Is there any market share numbers showing DB2 gaining mkt share overall or even within SAP's customers?

    The annual number always seem to show ORCL on top; DB2 2nd and fading; with MSFT 3rd and rising.

    Anecdotally & mkt share numbers seem to indicate that MSFT is gaining because many companies are choosing to use SQL Server for new apps such as business intelligence, performance mgt & predictive analytics than use their previous standard of ORCL or DB2. ORCL & DB2 may be more feature packed but MSFT TCO (total cost of ownership), especially for the BI type apps I mentioned is compelling.
    Sep 17, 2009. 08:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing: What's Next? [View article]
    I agree wholeheartedly with your comments and thanks for the comment on my blog post.

    The key, as you mentioned, is that BI & DW maturity has now finally risen to where business feels it is an enabler to what they do.
    We have moved beyond tool "bake-offs" and shifted to what BI delivers from a business perspective.

    Many of our consultancy projects in the last five years has been driven by business people rather than IT. It is an encouraging sign and the only way BI & DW projects will really succeed.

    On May 07 02:36 PM desicon wrote:

    > Actually BI/DW is becoming more integral part of the IT solutions
    > landscape. All these years IT did manage to deliver the process automation
    > and information delivery by using mainframe, client-server to internet
    > technologies. In addition they were focused on cost containment using
    > vendor management, tool selection and outsourcing.
    > In most IT shops BI/DW was more an afterthought. Predominantly BI/DW
    > projects were like prototype or addressed a narrow realm of information
    > needs. Only recently the organization maturity is coming around to
    > view BI/DW as an important tool to be ubiquitously integrated as
    > part of the overall IT strategy. IBM is well positioned to make it
    > possible with vast array of tools and services. In fact technologically
    > IBM has superior expertise in commercial data mining solutions.<br/>
    May 14, 2009. 03:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment