Sunday, September 19, 2010

OOW Day 1, Sunday Sep 19, 2010

The day started with a Cable car ride from my hotel to the Moscone Center, it is quite an experience as the streets are quite hilly and it is wonder to see how the tram runs on what seems like 30 degrees incline. With my jacket on the weather seems veery pleasant...

The first event of the day was Exadata Board SIG Meeting, where we had good discussions about the current and near future state of the SIG. The main action items on the list were to get a proper website for the SIG and a Web conferencing facility. This took place over the breakfast at Mel's. Then we had the Exadata SIG Meeting with over 30 attendees, including Rich Niemiec, Rob Stackowiack, VP for BI, Arup Nanda, Vinod Haval and many others.

Then I was in the IOUG BIWA sessions first one by Mark Rittman on OBIEE 11g new features, Rich Solari and Teresa Wong speaking on OBIEE implementation experiences followed by my presentation with Abhinav on De-Mystifying OBIEE and BI Applications. All this was followed by the BI/EPM Panel where we had two real customers, BI and EPM experts and Oracle Veteran Joe Thomas. A lot of interactive discussions.

Judy (Oracle CMO) says that 41,000 attendees in this Openworld 2010, from 116 countries. 726 thousands seats in the sessions all together, 3622 Oracle employees involved.. It has impact of 67K hotel room to the San Francisco economy. Lance Armstrong will be at event on Tuesday morning.

Judy is touting it as a "green conference." The American Cup team is in the audience. The trophy was outside the keynote hall. The Wed band is Plack Eyed Peas, Steve Miller band etc.

Oracle now has 370,000 customers... next person to speaker is Safra Catz. She is introducing HP's Ann Livermore followed by Larry Ellison. Oracle Excellence Award, Global CIO are being announced. It seems Safra's voice is shaky today, is it too much excitement!


Ann will now be speaking who is speaking for the 3rd time to the OOW audience.

Next up is Larry!

The prelude to Larry is a lot of video on the stage! the America Cup etc...still waiting for his appearance.

Ok 6:40 PM (PT) now... Larry's voice is explaining that BMW was the American team and he is happy to bring home the Cup. Seems like I am in IMAX watching the America Cup on the big screen. Ok finally Larry is up now. He brought his own water...

Larry is acknowledging the Cup's winning team - Extreme Performance!

Larry is starting with Cloud Computing and will define the "cloud." He will define the Oracle's use of term cloud computing. He gave example of Salesforce.com and Amazon's EC2. Is it an application or a platform? Is it just the application on the web? EC2 is not an app like Salesforce.com

Larry defined Amazon EC2 as the platform for application development and execution. The "cloud" is partitioned into virtual machines. Faults are isolated.

Larry does that not thing that Salesforce.com is not a real could provider as it is shared environment, one database. It seems he is leading to Oracle's agreement with Amazon on the the definition of cloud computing. Larry thinks Amazon is cloud and Salesforce.com is not cloud rather an application.

Larry just announced the Oracle Exalogic elastic cloud, 30 compute servers, 360 cores, infiniband connects to Exadata Database machine. Exalogic costs $1m, can run EBS, Siebel, Java etc...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6.2 is out

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6.2 is out, major features:

1) Now JD Edwards Supply Chain Connectors are available
2) Peoplesoft 9.1 support is available
3) OBIEE 11g can be used with 7.9.6 by following the infrastructure upgrade guidelines in Doc 1196943.1 ( I can't seen to find it though on support.oracle.com)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Oracle Openworld 2010 Keynote Line up

Oracle OpenWorld, JavaOne and Oracle Develop 2010 Keynote Lineup

Sunday, September 19 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Join Larry Ellison, Oracle Chief Executive Officer, and other Oracle Executives, as they discuss Oracle's latest innovations and kick start this year's conference.
Ann Livermore, Executive Vice President, HP Enterprise Business will present a keynote titled "Transformation: From Applications to the Cloud."

Monday, September 20 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Oracle President Mark Hurd will kick off Monday's activities at Oracle OpenWorld; and Oracle Executive Vice President of Systems John Fowler and Oracle Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven will discuss their vision for the next-generation datacenter and the latest innovations in Oracle SPARC, Oracle Enterprise Linux, Oracle Solaris and Oracle Server and Storage products.
Noriyuki Toyoki, Corporate Senior Vice President, Fujitsu Limited, will give a keynote on "shaping tomorrow with you," which will discuss the customer-centric approach of Fujitsu to building business and enhancing the future of society.

Monday, September 20 | 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D and Hilton
Thomas Kurian, Oracle Executive Vice President of Product Development, will share Oracle's vision of Java strategy and direction, and describe how Java will continue to grow for the global developer community.
Doug Fisher, Vice President and General Manager, Intel will discuss how Oracle and Intel continue to work together to provide high performance Java on optimized platforms.

Tuesday, September 21 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Join Thomas Kurian, Oracle Executive Vice President of Product Development, as he discusses Oracle's complete cloud offering and the impact of cloud computing in today's market, from development and deployment to management and self-service administration.
Thomas Kilroy, Intel Senior Vice President and General Manager, will discuss how to effectively harness the growing amount of data generation many industries face today and turn it into profit with Intel- and Oracle-based solutions.

Tuesday, September 21 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Hilton
Join an Oracle Develop keynote with Tom Kyte, Oracle Architect, as he showcases new capabilities in Oracle Database development tools.

Wednesday, September 22 | 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Michael Dell, Dell Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, will discuss how insights gained from listening to and collaborating with customers are shaping the next quarter of a century of IT innovation.

Wednesday, September 22 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. | Hilton
Hear Ted Farrell, Oracle Chief Architect and Senior Vice President, Tools and Middleware and Rally Software Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Ryan Martens, discuss the new opportunities behind Java applications evolving into rich enterprise applications and the importance of software agility, at this Oracle Develop keynote.

Wednesday, September 22 | 2:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Larry Ellison, Oracle Chief Executive Officer, will discuss the state of the software and hardware industry and highlight the latest in Oracle innovations.
Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, will give a keynote titled, "The Future of the Cloud: Innovation, Service, Sustainability, Performance."

Thursday, September 23 | 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Moscone North, Hall D
Join a special, not to be missed, Java frontier keynote with Ray Kurzeil, inventor and futurist.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Oracle Openworld 2010 - Getting Ready

As we get close to Oracle Openworld 2010, from Sep 19 to 23, at San Francisco, CA, I will be posting information of interest to the Oracle BIWA, Exadata SIG and related user community. Let us first begin with the events this week leading to the Openworld:

Thursday, September 16, 12 noon Eastern, Webcast Series
Exadata V2: Porting a Complex Application and Lessons Learned
by Aaron Werman
What are the best ways to make an application work well in Exadata and what design choices should be considered? This TechCast will offer substantial advice on porting existing applications to Exadata. We will also review risk areas and aspects worth testing based on migration experience.

The reviewed application domain is a large-scale trickle feed ETL for very high volume reporting, also including a variety of smaller transactional and ad-hoc query systems. We'll discuss porting and running a large mature ODS and reporting data warehouse from Oracle 10g to Exadata. We will cover migration strategies, tuning, and application rearchitecture.

Presenter: Aaron Werman is a senior architect at a large prime brokerage and architect for the data warehouse and its technical strategy and performance. He has deep experience in VLDB, Oracle, and heterogeneous systems.

Audio Dial-In:Audio Dial In: 866 682 4770 Meeting ID 1683901 Passcode 334451
List of Toll-Free International Dial-In Numbers: http://www.intercall.com/oracle/access_numbers.htm
Note: Audio will *not* be streamed over the internet.

Web Conference: To register and join in conference
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/727139232

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Exadata SIG Meeting at Oracle Openworld 2010, will be held on Sunday at 10:30 AM PT at Moscone West, 1st Floor North side of the bldg. If you get lost please call 954 609 2402 cell for last minute directions.

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After the Meeting head to IOUG sessions on Sunday, the details can be found at:
http://pdf.smithbucklin.com/files/OOWAllSessionsforweb.pdf

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

OBIEE 11g

OBIEE 11g is launched! (does not mean it is Generally Available!)


Last week at ODTUG-Kaleidoscope the Product Managers from Oracle demonstrated some of the products on the roadmap including OBIEE 11g. Attendees were requested to blog or post about the new features. However, with the formal launch today the user community can learn about the new features from the web. The visual above shows the new looks and feel of the dashboard in OBIEE 11g.

The new sliding chart feature is described here:



One of the cool features demonstrated was to intiate workflows from the dashboard via the BPEL technology..


Actionable Intelligence: In the above example there is a difference between the blue and orange bars o nthe right, indicating a gap between the ordered quantity and quantity in stock, the user invokes an action and orders to meet the gap....look for some more explanation here

Also check out the other screenshots of OBIEE 11g here

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Kaleidoscope (ODTUG) 2010 Kickoff!

The venue is DC this year...for the 2010 Kaleidoscope - the annual ODTUG event. Check out the detailed agenda here.

I picked up registration on Saturday which was right after the US- Ghana soccer game... and guess what the speaker gift this year is a soccer jersey that says on the back "ODTUG 10"

Sunday is always the day of the Symposium and I have attended the last two years the EPM session so that is where I will be most of Sunday. Looking forward to Robert Gersten's session that is the second one...

Well it so happens that Robert Gersten could not make it, so Al Marciante did that part as well. Incidentally, organizers requested no blogging of the content from today as that can put PM's in a spot if some of the shown features are not actually released, so I am going to honor that and will only write about not feature related items, unless the feature is already out.

The soccer fever has really caught on the the Brits are in the pub watching the UK game, folks like Debra Liley, Mark Rittman etc..so far the first two days (Sat and Sun) have lead to exit of US and UK from the world cup...

I detoured from the EPM Symposium to attend Cahrlie Berger's talk on Oracle Data Mining on Exadata Platform....good to learn about ability to convert SAS models to ODM models now...

The afternoon session includes Hyperion Planning Applications, Essbase and OBIEE by Mike Duran from UK, who I met during the lunch...right now Shankar Vishanathan, one of the Product Managers for Planning is presenting the talk. He mentioned that HAL support ends in June 2010. FDM, ODI and flat file centric will take this place for moving data.

The next talk is by Aneel Shankar for Essbase.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

What do BIWA SIG members want to learn about in BIWA TechCasts?

From the 2010 BIWA Membership Survey, the BIWA Board of Directors received a lot of valuable insight into the interests of BIWA members. While at Collaborate ’10 last week in Las Vegas, we agreed to post these interests to help presenters tailor their TechCast proposals to meet these interests.

Even though a particular topic may have received a small percentage interest among members, the BIWA Board of Directors may still consider a presentation on that topic to ensure a well-rounded set of TechCasts for all of our membership.

1) Type of TechCast – percent of members who rated these “very useful” or “moderately useful”
Best Practices – 98%
Tips and Tricks – 96%
Case Studies – 91%
Oracle product demonstrations – 79%
Oracle product overviews – 73%

2) Database Usage – percent of members who use the specific database
Oracle 10g – 83%
Oracle 11g – 58%
Microsoft SQL Server – 39%
Oracle 9i – 30%
MySQL – 17%
IBM DB2 – 16%
Oracle 8i – 13%
Teradata – 11%

3) Technology Interests – percent of members who expressed interest in area
Business Intelligence – 95%
Warehousing – 74%
Data Mining and Predictive Analytics – 72%
OLAP – 64%
Database Technology – 57%
Data Quality – 53%
Extraction, Transformation, and Load (ETL) – 51%
Performance and Scalability – 46%
High Availability – 35%
Security – 31%
SOA, BPM, Web Services, App Server – 30%
Enterprise Management – 24%
Grid/Oracle Real Application Clusters – 24%
Middleware – 20%
Identity Management – 19%
Spatial – 16%
Content Management, Collaboration, Web 2.0 – 10%

4) Product Interests – percent of members who expressed interest in area
Business Intelligence – 95%
Enterprise Performance Management – 47%
Master Data Management – 46%
Project Management – 32%
Customer Relationship Management – 29%
Financial Management – 22%
Product Lifecycle Management – 19%
Governance, Risk, and Compliance – 17%
Supply Chain Management/Planning – 17%
Procurement – 13%
Fulfillment (Order Management/Logistics) – 10%
Human Capital Management – 9%
Asset Lifecycle Management – 8%

5) Application Interests - percent of members who expressed interest in area
Hyperion – 54%
Oracle E-Business Suite – 42%
Fusion – 37%
Strategy – 34%
Application Integration Architecture – 33%
Siebel – 32%
Development and Management – 30%
BEA – 17%
Agile – 16%
PeopleSoft – 15%
Oracle On Demand – 14%
Primavera – 8%
JD Edwards – 6%

6) Development Environments – percent of members who expressed interest in area
Oracle BI EE Admin Tool and Presentation Services – 51%
Oracle Application Express – 31%
Oracle JDeveloper – 22%
Eclipse – 20%
Oracle Forms – 20%
Microsoft .Net – 15%
Microsoft Visual Studio – 15%
Other Java IDE – 8%

7) Industry – percent of members who are in specified industry
High Technology – 38%
Financial Services – 33%
Professional Services – 23%
Public Sector – 20%
Communications – 19%
Consumer Products – 18%
Retail – 18%
Travel and Transportation – 16%
Education and Research – 13%
Industrial Manufacturing – 13%
Aerospace and Defense – 11%
Media and Entertainment – 10%
Engineering and Construction – 9%
Automotive – 8%
VAR or System Integrator – 8%
ISV – 5%

If you’d like to submit a proposal for a BIWA Wednesday TechCast, please click here for submission information. We look forward to seeing your TechCast proposal.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Collaborate 2010 - Tuesday

The major events for Tuesday included the second data of the BI BootCamp that started with my talk "De-Mystifying OBIEE / Oracle BI Applications" at 8:00 AM and ended in the BI Panel at 4:30-5:30 PM slot. My talk was followed by the General keynote where IBM's VP of the Optim group, Al Smith delivered the talk.

The BI keynote at 10:30 AM was delivered by Robert Gersten, SVP of BI and EPM at Oracle, who finally managed to fly back from Europe after being stuck due to Iceland volcano. The room was jam packed in Robert Gersten's talk, my estimate is about 110 people. Gaurav Rewari, VP of Product Strategy spoke with Robert and gave an overview of the current product and Robert gave the overview of the future roadmap. He mentioned that OBIEE 11 g is expected this summer! There were a fair amount of questions and discussions after his talk on BI/EPM topics.

The data mining and the OLAP bootcamps took place and were well attended. Karl Rexer delivered the data mining lab and also demonstrated ODM running off the Amazon cloud via the iPad. Marty Gubar delivered the OLAP lab.

The BIWA SIG meeting took place at 3:15 in Lagoon D and we had very good discussions for an hour, with over 15 people in the room. Some of the topics discussed were the need for more local BI events with perhaps an add-on training offering. IOUG and ODTUG are in talks as well to achieve the same.

The BI Panel was at 4:30 PM and the Panelist were Mart Rittman, Matt Vranicar, Joe Thomas and Jean-Pierre. I moderated the Panel and started with challenges faced by companies to "Get Analytical." The reasons quoted included from departmental nature of organization culture to technical reasons such as how to validate the data in the warehouse from the business perspective.

The next part of the discussion was about how to go about selecting the right tools and business fit of the solution. The importance of the Proof of Concept was emphasized in this part of the talk. A good POC should go into production, if you are doing the right due-diligence upfront. The last part of the talk was about determining the ROI of the BI/EPM implementation.

The last event of the day was the BIWA SIG Reception in Tradewinds D at 6:30 PM. This was an invitation only event and featured Robert Gersten with a 10-15 min talk. Also announced were the winners of the BIWA Haydu Contribution Award for 2010, Karl Rexer and Dan Vlamis. This award is given to those who have shown a high level of commitment to BIWA SIG over the last year.

Amongst the attendees of the BIWA Reception were BIWA SIG Board Members Karl Rexer, Dan Vlamis, Doug Hahn, Ian Abramson, Swapan Golla and Oracle Advisors Mark Hornick and John Haydu. Also present was Lejla Causevic, who is working on the next BIWA newsletter. The IOUG Board members in attendance included (apart from Ian), Todd Sheetz, Andy Flower, Kent, Judy etc... A number of Oracle Product Management members were also in attendance and along with the present users it created a lot of informal networking. That marked the of Tuesday, at this stage the BI Bootcamp and the Hands on Labs are over.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Collaborate 2010 - Sunday - Monday

The highlights on Sunday at Collaborate 2010 were:

1) Deep Dive into OBIEE by Mark Rittman (9-3 PM) the session was well attended (~30) people who came on Sunday. While I could not attend in person, I looked at his handouts and saw that he covered from the the basics of OBIEE and BI Publisher with product demos. He also covered integrating with Essbase towards the end with details like registering an Essbase cube in OBIEE.

2) Apart from attending the IOUG Conference Committee Meeting and helping in setting up the hands-on-lab for BIWA Track, I was able to attend the IOUG Speaker orientation meeting. As IOUG Conference Committee we got some cool Hawaiian shirt and was able to wear it around.

3) At 5 PM was the SIG Reception that was very well attended. Apart from some food and drinks and the SIG tables, there was also the painting of the Mural in the center of the room. The artwork will be donated to a local hospital. IOUG also gave away the Volunteer awards. The Ken Jacob award went to Charlie Berger and was received by Mark Hornick on his behalf. Ian Abramson, the IOUG President also received a surprise award.

4) After that I headed to Excalibur for the IOUG Volunteer Reception and met Tony Jedlinski there, who is a former IOUG Board Member.

The Day started early for me on Monday morning as we had to get ready for the BI Bootcamp with the BI keynote by Ray Roccaforte, VP of BI from Oracle. Ray is the only person who had a keynote in both the BIWA Summits (2007 and 2008) and was the keynote speaker today. His session was attended by 60+, even though it was very early!

Ray spend a fair amount of time taking about Exadata and its new features like Hybrid Columnar Compression. He explained how data has more redundancy in columns and that is used for columnar compression leading very high compression ratios.

The next event of the day was the keynote session where Chuck Phillips spoke remotely via web conferencing followed by Thomas Kurien. The Kurien's part of the talk included demos of EPM stack and the Web Center.

My next destination was the BI Bootcamp where Ian Abramsom gave a talk on ETL features of Oracle Warehouse Builder. His session had over 30 attendees. I missed the Juan Loaiza talk at the same time, but I found some comments on that talk here:
http://www.oraclenerd.com/2010/04/collaborate-exadata.html

Over the lunch hour, I had to attend SIG Council Meeting. I found out that IOUG is planning a $50/yr web only membership that will be between the Associate membership (free) and the full paid membership. Additionally, the Content Management SIG is try to help IOUG migrate the SIG/RUG sites to an Oracle Content Management Software called Site Studio, if you have never heard of it, then check this.

In the post lunch session, the first talk was by Mark Rittman on OWB 11 R2 features followed by the talk by Marty Gubar on OLAP.

I had to rush after that for my own talk on Exadata that was also transmitted to the virtual audience. For a change, instead of focusing on just the technical features of Exadata, I included a lot of details on the background of the product, the details of TPC benchmarks, the feedback from Gartner (Jan 2010 - Magic Quadrant) and well as the Proof of Concept (POC) results posted on the web both for Exadata V1 and Exadata V2. It was nice to see the Oracle Product Management members like Herman Baer, Jean-Pierre (JP) and Ron Weiss in the room. There were a few Exadata V2 customers we well in the room. The talk generated a lot of questions and discussions. One attendee from IRS wanted to know if Public Sector customers are using Exadata as well.

The last event of the day was the Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Floor. Got a chance to see UPK for HFP and Planning application. There are still no plans for UPK content for BI Apps.

I have OBIEE talk right in Tuesday morning, so more later...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Collaborate 2010 - Las Vegas, April 18-22

Collaborate 2010 Conference starts in a day!

BIWA SIG will be present in full force at the event, most of our Board of Directors are speaking at the event under the "Get Analytical with BIWA Training Days"

BIWA SIG started in 2006 and now has over 2100 members worldwide. It hosted two BIWA Summits - first one at Reston, VA in Sep 2007 and then in Oracle Headquarters (Redwood Shores), CA in Dec 2008. To take a conference to next level BIWA SIG joined hands with its parent organization IOUG, to be a part of Collaborate Conference. "Get Analytical with BIWA Training Days" is a Conference within a Conference. The highlight of the events are:
1) Sunday Deep Dive session covering OBIEE by Mark Rittman
2) BI Boot Camp spanning over two days Mon and Tuesday (all sessions listed below)
3) Hands on Lab covering topics like OBIEE, Oracle Warehouse Builder (OWB), BI Publisher (BIP), Oracle Data Mining (ODM), Oracle OLAP, Excel Plug-in for OLAP and Oracle Spatial (demo). These are on first come first serve basis. Indicate your interest in this Wiki site
4) BIWA Reception on Tuesday Evening by Invitation (Please see Shyam V Nath or Dan Vlamis for your invitation if you do you have one in your registration packet).
5) Other BIWA related sessions Mon-Thursday




Sunday, January 31, 2010

Gartner 2010 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence

One of the most respected sources of ratings of Business Intelligence platforms (tools/tool-stack) is the Gartner Magic Quadrant. Now that the 2010 Magic Quadrant is out, let's take a deep dive into it.



Let us focus on the 4th Quadrant. There are 7 players here namely Oracle (Siebel/Hyperion), IBM (Cognos/SPSS), SAP (Business Objects) and Microsoft - the large infrastructure service providers (or mega vendors) and then the independent BI providers like SAS, Microstrategy and Information Builders. All other are essentially in the niche player category...and in my opinion more suitable for specific company needs rather than go-forward strategy for entire enterprise wide BI initiative.

Gartner notices that though mega-vendors account for over 75% of BI Platform, the pure-play or niche vendors are not loosing ground and companies are sometimes impatient with results from large BI projects and turn to smaller vendors for more point solutions. Departments acting as independent cost centers are under pressure to show immediate results and select departmental solutions for quicker ROI without necessary alignment withe corporate BI & DW direction.

Tableau is a new entrant into the Quadrant. It is good to see that users are placing increasing importance to visualization of data - as they say a picture is worth many times the text or numeric reports. Gartner feels that players like Tableau with the "surf and save" model are becoming challengers to the mega-players.

Gartner survey reveals that customer satisfactions is higher for Oracle customers on the Siebel / Hyperion front compared to IBM and SAP where the Cognos and Business Objects acquisition impact is still out there for the customers.


Oracle and Microsoft stand high on ability of execute. IBM and SAP are on the higher end of being visionaries. IBM incidentally has received overall highest number of patents for 17 years in a row! Another trend is the "completeness of [BI] vision" and that will lead to increasing integration of predictive analysis and features like visualization into core BI functionality. Oracle is also focusing on integration of BI into the Oracle Applications (e-Business Suite) to strengthen in Operational BI and provide insights to users of ERP software, at their finger tips. This is apart from the Oracle BI Application effort, which is a Data Warehousing offering with ERP applications like EBS, Siebel CRM, Peoplesoft and now JD Edwards.

So how did recession impact the BI space? We see Microsoft has gained quite a few points on the Magic Quadrant. Though SQL server has its sweet spot in SMB space - small & medium businesses as it runs on Microsoft Servers only, yet on the BI side, it seems it's increasing maturity has increased it's market share as a lower cost BI platform. However, I personally doubt due to lack of integration with the major ERP systems like SAP or Oracle EBS, how far will this trend go for Microsoft as Enterprise BI platform?

Myself, coming from a BI Systems Integrator company IBM - Global Business Services (which is the largest Oracle Service provider - Refer Forrester Wave 2009 Q4), it is heartening to read "Gartner's view is that the market for BI platforms will remain one of the fastest growing software markets despite the economic downturn." This means a lot of new business for the SI's with BI / DW and EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) expertise. Though BI dropped from top (2009) to #5 (2010) initiative per the CIO survey, there will be alternative forms of BI initiatives like in conjunction with Cloud Computing and BI for getting value out of multimedia and unstructured data in the enterprise. Likewise, BI's ties with social and collaboration software will gain importance.

Some of the key vendor specific observations by Gartner

"IBM Cognos customers reporting that they need only three administration staff per thousand users on average."

"Oracle has established the Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) platform as the "BI standard" in 82% of the references that responded to our Magic Quadrant survey. "

"Oracle has created within its references a very positive perception of its vision and success."

"Oracle lags behind the competition in introducing new and innovative solutions, such as the ability to integrate interactive visualization, search and collaboration as part of the BI platform offering."

"Surveyed customers continue to indicate that OBIEE, for the developer role, is more difficult to use, on average, than other BI platforms."

"SAP BusinessObjects' reporting and ad hoc query capabilities continue to be cited as its top strength by its customers..."

"For the third year in a row, customer survey data shows that customer support ratings for SAP are lower than for any other vendor in our customer survey."

"SAS customers rate their sales experience with SAS above average, despite complaints about pricing"

"Tableau was chosen more often for functionality than any other vendor in the survey"

What surprises me most though that Gartner did not comment on Datawarehouse or Database Appliances in the context of BI! Are we awaiting a new Magic Quadrant for Datawarehouse Appliances that will compare Exadata, Netezza, Teradata and the like?