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Colin White

I like the various blogs associated with my many hobbies and even those to do with work. I find them very useful and I was excited when the Business Intelligence Network invited me to write my very own blog. At last I now have somewhere to park all the various tidbits that I know are useful, but I am not sure what to do with. I am interested in a wide range of information technologies and so you might find my thoughts will bounce around a bit. I hope these thoughts will provoke some interesting discussions.

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Colin White is the founder of BI Research and president of DataBase Associates Inc. As an analyst, educator and writer, he is well known for his in-depth knowledge of data management, information integration, and business intelligence technologies and how they can be used for building the smart and agile business. With many years of IT experience, he has consulted for dozens of companies throughout the world and is a frequent speaker at leading IT events. Colin has written numerous articles and papers on deploying new and evolving information technologies for business benefit and is a regular contributor to several leading print- and web-based industry journals. For ten years he was the conference chair of the Shared Insights Portals, Content Management, and Collaboration conference. He was also the conference director of the DB/EXPO trade show and conference.

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July 2007 Archives

Microsoft reported that its SharePoint Server business generated revenue of $800 million during this fiscal year. This represents growth of more than 35 percent over 2006. Microsoft also reported that to date 17,000 customers have purchased SharePoint with 85 million user licenses. I assume that these latter figures include not only SharePoint Server, but also Windows SharePoint Services, which comes with Microsoft's Windows Server platform.

These figures clearly demonstrate the growing influence of SharePoint in workgroup computing. At the portal conference I chair, some 75 percent of the audience use SharePoint. A far smaller number, however, use it for their enterprise portal, and the challenge for these users is how to integrate SharePoint-based workgroups with their enterprise portal.

Posted July 26, 2007 10:20 AM
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Richard Hackathorn and I have just published our report on data warehouse appliances. You can find it at In the report we define four main types of data warehouse appliance.

1. Native data warehouse appliance where the hardware and software is tightly integrated into a single data warehouse solution. The software and hardware are not individually licensed and cannot be separated. Examples of vendors providing native data warehouse appliances include DATAllegro, Netezza, and Teradata.

2. Software data warehouse appliance where commercial or open source relational DBMS software is designed and/or optimized for data warehouse processing. The software supports hardware solutions purchased from one or more third-party vendors. Examples of vendors or vendors providing software data warehouse appliances include Greenplum and Sybase (Sybase IQ).

3. Packaged data warehouse appliance where commercial software and hardware is tuned for data warehousing, is packaged and supplied by a single vendor, and is installed and maintained as a single system. Examples of vendors providing packaged data warehouse appliances include HP (NeoView), IBM (Balanced Warehouse), and Sun/Greenplum (Data Warehouse Appliance).

4. Data management appliance that offloads data intensive operations from a host computer. The offloaded workload may involve operational, specialized analytics, or archival processing. Examples of vendors providing data management appliances include ParAccel and Dataupia.

Posted July 26, 2007 10:13 AM
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