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Phil Francisco
VP Product Management & Marketing

Phil Francisco, IBM Netezza's VP of Product Management & Product Marketing, divulges insights on new products from IBM Netezza, its partners and competitors. This blog takes IBM Netezza's corporate product marketing message a step further, providing humor, cultural anecdotes and deep technical knowledge in clean, simple speak, and is a must-read for anyone interested in IBM Netezza or other data warehouse offerings.

EMC Swallows a Green Plum?

July 7, 2010 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
News broke on Tuesday that EMC plans to acquire Greenplum to focus on data warehousing and analytics on “big data”. The idea is that by doing so, EMC is officially throwing its hat into the competitive ring for the ‘Data Warehouse Appliance’ (DWA) market – something of a defensive mechanism now...

Netezza Migrator: A Point of Clarification

June 27, 2010 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
It may have been the result of a misunderstanding or a comment heard out of context. But whatever the background for the commentary, let me simply state that Netezza is completely committed to the success of the Netezza Migrator and all the other Netezza products and functionality launched at Enzee...

A Seriously Happy Customer Exposes a Common Dilemma

June 7, 2010 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
"I cannot imagine life without Netezza." – from a tweet by "noogle" (Twitter, 11 May 2010) Late in May, members of my team and I were in Tokyo's ultra-bustling Shibuya district for a few days on our "worldwide whirlwind training tour" with the global field sales teams regarding the details of the...

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: nzLabs

May 17, 2010 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
"Learning to learn is to know how to navigate in a forest of facts, ideas and theories, a proliferation of constantly changing items of knowledge. Learning to learn is to know what to ignore but at the same time not rejecting innovation and research." – Raymond Queneau (1903-1976), French poet,...

SAS Goes Inside the Netezza Appliance

November 16, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
“The best vision is insight.” -- Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990), publisher of Forbes magazine, New Jersey state senator and adventure hobbyist. A couple of big announcements from our friends at SAS today. For the industry at large, SAS’ commitment to in-database analytic processing is a confirmation of...

A "FUD-machine" in Overdrive?

August 4, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
A loyal customer alerted us toan Oracle blog by Jean-Pierre Dijcks earlier today that showed the Oracle FUD machine is fully revved-up and ready to go. I'd like to offer a rebuttal, however in the interest of not intruding on Jean-Pierre's entry with an overly-long comment, I've just put a short...

Shooting the Curl in San Diego

August 4, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
"You stay classy, San Diego." -- Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in "Anchorman" (2004) This morning a few others from the Netezza Marketing and Product Management teams and I are ensconced by the Marina in sunny San Diego, CA for the TDWI World Conference and for an news announcement or two. And who...

Change, But No Change

July 31, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
Just trying to clarify. Curt Monash's informative blog on the coming Netezza system and family of products includes the following: Beyond the switcheroo in components, Netezza is making substantial changes to its hardware architecture. In current Netezza products, the FPGA plays the role of a disk...

"Catch a wave and you're sittin' on top of the world"

July 30, 2009 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
Surf's up! Summer seems to finally have arrived in the Boston area and a number of vendors in the data warehousing and analytics space are hoping to catch a wave riding on a flurry of industry announcements. A few trends continue to build in the news: Data sizes continue to grow alongside the...

Setting the Record Straight

December 16, 2008 | by Phil Francisco, VP Product Management & Marketing
We came across a series of blog posts the other day which seemed to insinuate that Netezza and other competitors might be trying to shape our 10-100X performance message on the backs of comparisons to antiquated, end-of-service life systems and not comparing to current competitors' platforms . When...