A quick note – HP buying Vertica is really interesting – they should have done it earlier and complimented the EDW approach of Neoview with an analytical capability. Could have been really powerful and now only time will tell whether they can make Vertica succeed or not – they can, but will they? Let’s wait and see
Now to other things –
No matter who says different it is clear to anyone with deep insight into this industry, my industry, the business Intelligence Industry, that we are going no where fast. The industry is led by vendors who drag their feet at every opportunity quite happy to be paid huge amounts for very little effort or innovation.
If we examine the human resources in any medium to large scale enterprise we will, in nearly every case, determine a pattern which on the face of it, seems quite natural but is certainly divisive and outdated. We will see various functions such as marketing, sales, operations, audit, production for example and the very odd thing is that all of these functions are grouped together and given a common name – ‘business’. These people in these departments are ‘business’ people.
Sitting alongside (or underneath) these ‘units’ lies another responsibility, another set of people and these are the chaps that run Information Technology. Now funnily enough, the IT chaps are not considered part of the ‘business’ at all – they are just some sort of slave function full of people (geeks) who like technology. So, today’s companies are managed by ‘business’ people who use ‘IT’ people and services when they have to but never the twain shall meet.
Note: Nearly all companies view their IT group as a cost centre. They are given money each year and their success is measured in part by how little of it they spend. Some motivation to become state of the art or even simple fit for purpose.