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Independent Analyst Platform (IAP) Holds First Meeting
First Time Event Brings Industry Influencers and Vendors Together in Phoenix

by Lyndsay Wise, President, WiseAnalyticsMonday, July 07, 2008

Last week I attended the first IAP organized by Rick van der Lans.The IAP took place in Phoenix from June 30th through July 2nd and brought together about 25 leading industry analysts and consultants to attend presentations from approximately 18 software providers.  Participating vendors included Business Objects/SAP, Information Builders, Teradata, Kalido, HP, Dataupia, Microsoft, Composite Software, and Informatica. General spaces covered were business intelligence, data warehousing, data integration, data mashups, etc.  The vendors provided overviews of their products, gave demonstrations, answered questions, and in some cases discussed their roadmap and overall product strategy.

Some interesting presentation highlights were:

  • Composite Software and their Composite Discovery Appliance that searches through structured data to help identify data that exists beyond developed queries and reports. The search results focus on providing end users with insights into the data by identifying the relationships between data and where it resides.
  • HP’s overview of their integrated hardware/software data warehousing platform. Their product supports hundreds of terabytes of data and is designed for real-time operational business intelligence.
  • Information Builders’ demonstration of WebFOCUS.  The product focuses on providing customers with highly scalable active reports that have built-in security parameters that limit report access based on relevant timeframes to limit access to out of date data. 
  • Informatica’s focus on real-time data integration and workflow capabilities to give customers the ability to manage workflow processes. In addition, their new release enables data quality at the point of entry to help maintain set levels of quality within operational systems.

Overall, the conference was very informative.  However, not all vendors were forthcoming with general corporate information including their roadmaps and overall direction.  Consequently, there were cases where I learned more about the vendor based on what was omitted versus what was disclosed. 

For more information about the sessions, please refer to Richard Hackathorn’s blog (http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/hackathorn/archives/events_in_the_b/iap08/) on the Business Intelligence Network.

About the Author

Lyndsay Wise is an industry analyst for business intelligence. For over seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay is a monthly columnist for DMReview and conducts research of leading technologies, products and vendors in business intelligence, marketing performance management, master data management, and unstructured data. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com. And please visit Lyndsay's blog at myblog.wiseanalytics.com.

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