Bloor IM Blog
This is the Bloor Information Management (IM) Blog. Multiple Bloor analysts will be contributing to this blog over time.
Girls Who Code
One of the things that has been bothering me for some time is why many IT departments seem more reluctant to automate their own processes than those in other parts of the business. For instance, it is typically easier to get approval to hire more...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 19th November '14
Cray and Hadoop: not (at first sight) an obvious partnership
In over 20 years as an analyst I don’t think I have written about Cray before. You don’t normally think of supercomputers and information management in the same breath. But big data and the Internet of Things potentially changes all...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 18th November '14
FacilityLive is an Italian company with a product of the same name. I have recently had discussions with the company about working with them but this has not panned out. The stumbling block has been that the vendor thinks that the product is more...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 12th November '14
Both I and my colleague David Norris have previously written about Connexica and its CXAIR product (see http://www.it-director.com/blogs/Bloor_IM_Blog/2011/6/connexica-cxair.html and http://www.it-director.com/content.php?cid=13079). This is how I...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 8th November '14
Re-thinking data security
It seems as if hardly a day goes by but you hear about someone or other’s security being hacked and a bunch of private data being stolen. One approach to this problem has been to implement SIEM (Security information and event management) that...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 4th November '14
Getting value out of data integration
One of the standard metrics used to support buying decisions for enterprise software is total cost of ownership. Typically, the other major metric is functionality. However functionality is ephemeral. Not only does it evolve with every new release...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 31st October '14
Distributing MySQL databases
ScaleBase is a vendor and product for distributing MySQL databases. It is not a database but a layer of software that sits on top of MySQL databases. So it offers a different solution from those proposed by the likes of NuoDB and Clustrix, which...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 16th October '14
Turning the Internet into a corporate database
The title of this piece is not based on my words but those of another analyst describing Bitvore. So, what does this (the company and product name are the same) do? I can best describe this through the example of a current prospect of the...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 8th October '14
The gazelle leaps into action
Informatica announced project Springbok earlier this year with a public beta starting in May. It has just become generally available (you can download it from https://springbok.is/?code=code7). It is a data preparation platform, though Informatica...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 3rd October '14
The best thing about being an analyst is meeting companies that are doing seriously cool things. There have actually been quite a lot of these recently but one that has really grabbed my attention is Arria. Arria is based on research conducted at...
Philip Howard, Bloor Research | 6th August '14
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