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Thanks Rick, but don't forget about the market shift to software-as-a-service approaches. The on-demand model will be a disruptive force to all aspects of this industry - from how timely and accurate information is delivered to how systems are set-up and used to how companies pay for the service. I'm surprised that this didn't get a mention in your review of independents. Where's the respect?

Rick Sherman

Darren, Thanks for the feedback. Approaches to BI such as SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) or On-Demand BI, BI/DW Appliances, memory resident OLAP, OLAP Excel and even tighter Office Integration enable businesses to more cost-effectively deploy and more widely use BI. These innovations appear to be emerging from the smaller BI players rather than the tech titans. The titans often obtain these capabilities through acquisitions. The recent purchases of Celequest and Applix Cognos are good examples of these trends happening at all levels of the food chain.

The take-away points from my post were, first, that Cognos could, if it wants to, remain and thrive as an independent. Second, there is plenty of companies and plenty of opportunities for BI independents in the marketplace. Finally, that a lot of the innovation comes from these newer or smaller players.

I am sorry I did not mention your company LucidEra. No slight intended. And there are others that I did not mention.

I have discussed SaaS/On-Demand, BI/DW appliances and other BI approaches in my writings and will continue to do so. Besides this post: I write monthly columns for DM Review and searchDataManagement.com (TectTarget); write for a separate blog on Enterprise Data Management; am interviewed for various articles; speak on podcasts & webinars; and, write papers.



Thanks Rick! I enjoy your blog and agree with you that analytic innovation is not coming from the traditional enterprise software vendors. They are generally risk-averse and struggle with the innovators dilemma when it comes to their core products. Their customers are still trying to migrate to "new" releases and increasingly their revenues are coming from professional services and maintenance.

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