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Rick has more than 20 years of business intelligence (BI), data warehousing (DW) and data integration experience. He is the founder of Athena IT Solutions, a Boston-based consulting firm that provides DW/BI consulting, training and vendor services; prior to that he was a director/practice leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Sherman is a published author of more than 50 articles, an industry speaker and has been quoted in CFO and Business Week. He also teaches data warehousing at Northeastern University's graduate school of engineering. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter at

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bigdoglittledog.jpgI'm not only concerned about hand-coding versus ETL tools
I'm also concerned that potential buyers of ETL tools and the market in
general are only looking at a small number of players in the ETL

For many years industry analyst research groups
have identified the top two product vendors: Informatica and IBM (from
its acquisition of Ascential Software). So, naturally, these two appear
on any evaluation shortlist. The rest of the evaluation shortlist
usually includes the bundled products (mentioned in my recent posts)
that come with the databases, BI tools or applications that the
evaluating company already owns. Beyond these usual suspects, other ETL
or data integration products are pretty obscure and almost invisible,
at least from a general market perspective.

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Posted November 17, 2009 9:46 AM
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