Category: business intelligence


What It Means To Be SaaSy

25th March

As the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) movement gains momentum, it is experiencing a ‘gold-rush’ affect with software, systems and service companies of all shapes and sizes trying to win a share of this rapidly growing market.

The inevitable outcome of this proliferation of aspiring SaaS players is a bastardization of the SaaS term and escalating debate about what actually constitutes a valid SaaS company or offering.

Most analysts and commentators insist on a strict definition of SaaS that hinges on the vendor having a multi-tenant architecture. In their view, if the vendor’s offering isn’t built on this architecture, then it isn’t SaaS.

I’ve always been more lenient when it comes to this architectural issue. I believe the definition of SaaS is in the eye of the beholder, and the most important arbiter of what is SaaS is the customer. If the customer is happy … Read More »


Legacy Software Contraction and the Tugboat Strategy

14th October

The consolidation of the legacy software market continued this past week with SAP’s announced plans to acquire Business Objects, followed by Oracle’s announcement that it intends to buy BEA Systems.

These transactions clearly indicate that the traditional, on-premise software market is undergoing fundamental changes. The most obvious driver of the latest announcements is the growing importance of business intelligence (BI) and analytics as a key ingredient in any meaningful enterprise application.

In an ideal world, these acquisitions would mean that customers no longer have to carry the burden of integrating these capabilities into their enterprise software environments. Instead, it would be logical to expect the business intelligence and analytics capabilities to become a ‘plug and play’ component of the SAP and Oracle’s software portfolios. However, it is more likely that these acquisitions will simply make their software solutions even more complex to … Read More »


Changing Business Intelligence Landscape

6th March

While much of the information technology (IT) industry and many CIOs, concerned about their traditional legacy business intelligence (BI) applications, were focused on the market implications of Oracle’s acquisition of Hyperion Software, new entries into the market may represent a more important milestone in the evolution of this segment of the software industry.

On March 6, 2007, LucidERA unveiled its new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business intelligence solution. The company is founded by one of the truly good guys of the industry, Ken Rudin, who also has a unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges represented by the SaaS model.

Ken started his career at Oracle. He then co-founded and was CEO of Emergent Corporation, a consulting firm focused on data warehousing projects for Fortune 500 companies which was sold to Keane, Inc. in 1999. At that point, Ken joined a new company, called … Read More »





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