March 27, 2012
In this post, I will explore the most important of the golden rules of appliances - appliances are easy to use. For my discussions of the first two rules, see my previous posts appliances are Plug and Play and appliances are purpose-built.
March 7, 2012
Last week I was in Bucharest and Ljubljana, but before I headed to the airport on Monday I recorded a webinar – doubtless I’ll be blowing my own brass section about how and when you can watch it, when I know that. Usually for webinars, as for other presentations, I have my own slide deck, which is almost always a slight variation of a previous one, but on this occasion I was using a pre-set deck because I was a late substitute for the planned speaker. The deck, as usual, included a bunch of Netezza customer stories, including one I wasn’t familiar so I had some reading to do over the weekend to get acquainted with it.
March 5, 2012
I’ve been working through my golden rules of appliances in my previous posts, and evaluating various vendor’s appliance claims as we go. Appliances are Plug and Play Appliances are purpose-built Appliances are easy to use
February 13, 2012
In my previous post, I defined a framework by which to evaluate the appliance claims of data warehouse and analytic vendors. These truisms, which I have come to refer to as the golden rules of appliances are:
January 13, 2012
Still NOT Positioned For Analytics Oracle’s Big Data Appliance, originally announced in October 2011, is now officially for sale and includes the Cloudera distribution of Hadoop. Despite the inclusion of Cloudera, Oracle's position on Hadoop remains fundamentally different than IBM. IBM embraces Hadoop for all use cases, especially as a platform for analytics. Oracle continues to position Hadoop and their Big Data Appliance strictly as a platform to acquire and transform unstructured data to be loaded into Oracle database for analysis.
December 8, 2010
When you buy something these days, chances are you do some online research to see how the competition stacks up and then you "try before you buy." You find as much information as you can about a new appliance or product and you try it out before committing to anything. With that in mind, Netezza has produced a series of videos to help you better understand our "secret sauce" – and why our appliance-based approach to data warehouse analytics differs in basic and important ways from that of Oracle Exadata. The differences between the two are so stark, in fact – in terms of simplicity, speed, scaleablity and smarts - that Netezza is able to introduce our customers to entirely new ways of thinking about data analytics and the ways they do business.
November 22, 2010
Technology is transforming the way we do business, but good business decisions never go out of style. As they have for years, effective CIOs continue to balance risk against reward before investing IT budget to replace an older technology. Most markets support one or two dominant vendors, challenged by nimbler innovators skillfully bringing game-changing products to market at faster pace than the 800 pound gorillas. Alexis Xydias of Bloomberg illustrates a dramatic example of this phenomenon in the consumer electronics business with Nokia and Apple (click on the image below for higher resolution).
November 11, 2010
This is what greeted me on my return from the IBM Information On Demand show in Las Vegas, like an early “Trick or Treat” gift on the cusp of Halloween. On Thursday, our good friends at Oracle had launched a new ad in their “traditional spot” at the bottom of page one of the Wall Street Journal (in photo at right). And on catching the ad in the morning, our receptionist Maureen had had the great good sense not to pollute our lobby by putting the paper out in the waiting area. And both Netezza and Teradata figured prominently in the ad. “Stunning,” it said. “Wiped the floor,” it said. “300x faster,” it said. And all from a report by the reputable Wall Street firm, Piper Jaffray. Now exactly what was all this about? It wasn’t a question of “if” our friends from Redwood Shores were stretching the truth, but exactly “how.”
September 22, 2010
Netezza Vice President of Corporate Marketing Tim Young is blogging from Oracle OpenWorld today. Oracle OpenWorld is an event we often look forward to with a bit of expectation. While Oracle and its Exadata are often viewed as one of Twinfin’s largest antagonists, we view Larry’s ability to super-charge the industry conversation with his keynote and set forth his aggressive vision for both Oracle and the DWA industry at large with the healthy respect one would give a worthy adversary.