EMC buys Greenplum: Right answer, wrong question

EMC announced last week they had acquired Greenplum, makers of an MPP analytic database, for an undisclosed sum. According to Dave Kellogg’s blog the valuation of Greenplum could have been as much as $300 to $400 million, and for a young startup, it is a fabulous exit and was for sure the right answer for them. Read more

Willy Wonka and the Data Factory

Over the weekend, my 5th grader and about 80 of his classmates performed a brilliant rendition of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”. Most know this as a childhood fable of a humble child given the opportunity of a lifetime by passing a series of character tests. Those failing the tests are prototypical examples of greed, avarice, sloth, etc- my guess is if they had tried to cover all seven deadly sins the movie would have been too long. Anyway, as Mike TeeVee was decomposed into a million bits by WonkaVision and sent over the airwaves to become the first kid transmitted by television, it struck me that this process has a direct correlation to how data is managed in the enterprise. Read more

Bridging the Business-IT Gap: Can you avoid the toll?

How many times have you heard this from IT; “… if the business would just tell us what their REAL requirements are, we could deliver systems that support their goals”, or this; “If IT would just listen to our requirements, they could deliver a system that finally gives us what we want”. What is the big problem between these two organizations and why can’t they get it together? IT departments need to think like a service organization; and business users need to understand their role in getting quality service. Read more