Information Management Blogs, October 26, 2010
I don't know when, but at some point in the not too distant future, the world of enterprise software and applications will become simpler.
We will only have four-to-six vendors and platforms to choose from, as compared to hundreds of options we have today. I know many of you will argue with me on this point, but if you consider the speed at which IBM, SAP, Oracle and Microsoft are acquiring software companies, that's just inevitable. While this future state may not happen for another 10 years, when it does, IBM will most likely be best positioned (with Oracle a close runner up) to provide that one stop shopping for everything from hardware to desktop applications to consulting services (the only big missing piece is ERP, and therefore I am convinced IBM will sooner or later acquire an ERP vendor).
This is precisely my key takeaway from IBM IOD event in Vegas (#iodgc) - a sheer breadth of IBM software and service offerings. Front and center of the announcements made at the IOD was the launch of Cognos 10. Here are my key takeaways from this new major release. As always, there is some good news and not so good news (but otherwise our lives and BI jobs will become too boring, right?).
- The breadth of the offering. As I mentioned earlier in this blog, there are fewer and fewer reasons for enterprise BI buyers and architects to look elsewhere beyond their one standard BI platform. Cognos 10 supports that trend with a very broad offering that includes Business Insight (individual, self service BI workspaces), Cognos Statistics (tight integration with advanced analytics based on SPSS), Cognos Collaboration (based on Lotus Connections), Active Reports (for offline/disconnected usage), Cognos Real-Time Monitoring (based on their BAM appliance), and Cognos Mobile with broad support for multiple handheld devices.