Daily Archives: September 24, 2010

BI is Dead. Long Live BI. The Future of Business Intelligence in the Cloud

I’ll be delivering a keynote presentation in Sydney Australia on Oct 18 at the Mastering Business Intelligence with SAP conference. I’ll also be doing a roadshow around the country with our local partner First Point Global, who really understand the business of IAM. The Australian market is very forward-looking these days, and I’ve been impressed with the vision behind the projects we’ve been involved in. If you’re in Australia, come by the conference or send me an email if you would like to meet.

Here’s the abstract in full:

BI is Dead. Long Live BI. The Future of Business Intelligence in the Cloud

Will cloud computing really change IT? Despite all of the attention that cloud computing commands, this deceptively simple question has been largely overlooked. The promise of shifting capex dollars to lower opex is certainly compelling and the overnight success of some of the large Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) vendors, such as Salesforce.com is undeniably impressive. But once the hype dies down, what will be the real impact of cloud computing to mission-critical applications such as BI?

Cloud will transform BI, much as it is currently transforming CRM. Cloud isn’t only about a cheaper new delivery model; when done right, cloud also radically changes how applications are composed and where data can reside. These changes are driven both by necessity-acknowledging the realities of latency, privacy and compliance – but also by opportunity and the rapidly evolving best practices that show us how to build applications better and deliver these faster. BI must change to be successful in the cloud and cloud is an irresistible forcing function that will make this change inevitable. If your career is centered around BI, you need to be ready for this revolution.

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Virtualization’s Second Act

I was quite disappointed with the coverage and analysis of VMware’s new vCloud Director (VCD) product, which the company introduced at its annual VMworld conference earlier this month in San Francisco. I think people focused too much on the superficial message of vCD being yet another new cloud platform, but missed the more important insight into what makes this product different from the virtualization we all know so well.

I wrote up my own take on the real change vCD represents in terms of organizational behavior, work flows, and approaches to managing mass virtualization. It was published this week on the VMware blog, so I must have been at least partially right. Go have a look and tell me what you think.