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This month: Is Oracle Serious About Business Intelligence? & Hyperion Buys Upstream

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April 27, 2006
Business Intelligence Brief

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(Contact us to have Rick Sherman speak at your event or deliver onsite data warehouse training to your employees.)

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Last month's issue: Your Data Manager's Ransom Note

This is a short issue, just to let you know about an upcoming speaking engagement and to share some BI industry insights.

If you're in the Boston area, I'll be speaking at the following DAMA gathering:

Who: DAMA International, Boston Chapter
Topic: Rick Sherman's "Ten Principles for Increasing the Business Value of your Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence Investments"
When: Thursday May 4, 2006, 3:00-5:00 PM
Where: Waltham, MA
Cost: Free, and so are the refreshments
Registration, directions, and more information. (You must pre-register)

Industry Insights

Is Oracle serious about business intelligence?

Oracle is serious about business intelligence…this time for sure! Oracle has offered business intelligence in different flavors through different product groupings over the years. But it’s been a little confusing.

A personal example illustrates the market confusion at times on Oracle’s BI offerings. I requested a customer presentation and demo last year with Oracle for one of my clients. Oracle sent seven people representing different product groups, which outnumbered the three customers at the meeting. As the meeting got underway...
>>> read the rest of this entry on the Data Doghouse blog

Hyperion Solutions acquires UpStream Software

In an acquisition greeted positively by analysts and users, Hyperion Solutions announced it is acquiring privately-held Upstream Software.

UpStream’s product, called WebLink DM, provides “a data readiness and guided workflow application that is used to track the movement of financial information from source to report.” (Quote from Hyperion’s press release of April 20, 2006)

What does that mean? Sometimes concepts do not lend themselves to easy classification and may be difficult to get the market’s attention...
>>> read the rest of this entry on the Data Doghouse blog

Please feel free to share any of your thoughts on these topics in the blog's comments section or via email.

Rick Sherman

Rick Sherman, Athena IT Solutions


About Athena IT Solutions

Athena IT Solutions is a Boston-based consulting firm that provides data warehouse and business intelligence consulting, training and vendor services. Rick Sherman has over 20 years of business intelligence and data warehousing experience, having worked on more than 50 implementations as a director/practice leader at a Big Five firm and while managing his own firm. Rick is a published author of over 50 articles, an industry speaker, a DM Review World Class Solution Awards judge, a data management expert at, and has been quoted in CFO and Business Week. Sherman can be found blogging on performance management, data warehouse and business intelligence topics at The Data Doghouse. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You can reach him at or (617) 835-0546.

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