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Executive Editor, InformationWeek
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Doug Henschen is Executive Editor of InformationWeek, where he covers the intersection of enterprise applications with information management, business intelligence, big data and analytics. He previously served as editor in chief of Intelligent Enterprise, editor in chief of Transform Magazine, and Executive Editor at DM News. He has covered IT and data-driven marketing for more than 15 years.
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posted in September 2008

Waiting for Answers From Oracle

9/30/2008
As I wrote last week, the information available on the HP Oracle Database Machine and HP Oracle Exadata Storage Server is incomplete. Pertinent questions are on the table, but I've been unsuccessful, thus far, in getting any answers from Oracle... I have, however, talked to HP about the fit between this new device and its own Neoview appliance.

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Questions Emerge On HP-Oracle Device

9/26/2008
The whole concept of the data warehouse appliances has gone from "an interesting niche in the market to something that's smack dab in the middle of the mainstream market." That's how Jim Baum, president and COO of Netezza, sized up the HP Oracle Database Machine announced earlier this week, but it's clear that competitors, as well as analysts and potential customers, are still struggling to size up the actual product.

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The Technology Behind Wall Street's Meltdown

9/23/2008
Could technology have saved Wall Street from its current financial crisis? From my perspective, the Fannies, Freddies, Lehmans and AIGs of this world no doubt had plenty of risk analysis, predictive analytics, and business rules technology to see and avoid the risk. They just ignored the danger signs or, worse, used the technology to paper over the dangers.

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Rethink Web Analytics For the '2.0' World

9/17/2008
"If your Web site sucks, it's your own fault." That's the tough love Avinash Kaushik shared today here at O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Conference in New York. Kaushik offered a bunch of great advice on how to better measure site performance and he also listed a handful of free tools. "So there can be no more excuses" like not having enough data or not having enough money for Web analytics, he concluded.

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Dashboards, Decisions and Wall Street

9/16/2008
Today I'm at the Gartner Event Processing Summit in Stamford, Conn., and much of the buzz here is about what's going down on Wall Street. That's no surprise given that about 70 percent of the attendees are from financial institutions... Among the vendors exhibiting here, almost every one of them seemed to be showing off some form of dashboard interface...

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Q&A: Gartner's Roy Schulte on Choosing BI, BAM or CEP

9/15/2008
Event processing looks like the next big thing in IT, but Gartner analyst Roy Schulte says it comes in three varieties: low-latency BI dashboards, lower-latency Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), and ultra-low-latency complex event processing. Here's how to spot candidate apps, pick the right technology, and start with the right architecture.

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What's at the Top of Your BI Wish List?

9/9/2008
"Better, easier, lower-cost" and "more flexible." These were the adjectives respondents to a recent InformationWeek / IntelligentEnterprise survey used most often when asked "what's at the top of your business intelligence wish list?" The words applied to a range of wishes, but here are the top "must haves":

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