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Global CIO: IBM On Oracle Exadata: It's A Hog To Install

IBM product chief Steve Mills delivers unique insights on analytics, acquisitions, and archrival Larry Ellison and Oracle.

On Oracle and Larry Ellison: "Customers want better time-to-value. Nothing Oracle delivers is fast to deliver. It takes weeks to install an Exadata box [Oracle's database server product]. This 'all-in-one' idea that shows up in Larry's ideas and ads in reality requires a lot of labor. We are a primary provider of that labor to that market; we have a huge services business that revolves around the technologies that Oracle creates." And for more on why Mills thinks Exadata requires expensive and lengthy installations, you can read the whole Q&A here.

On Netezza and data warehousing: "One of the reasons we acquired Netezza, we recognized that customers have built hundreds of thousands of data marts and data warehouses, not necessarily having procured the data consistently. Netezza has a very nice model for a prepackaged data warehouse that improves consistency. We saw a lot of power in that." (For a deep analysis of IBM's strategy with Netezza, please check out our column from earlier this week called Global CIO: IBM's Most Disruptive Acquisition In 2010 Is Netezza.)

The power of measuring real-time public sentiment: "Public sentiment can be measured and captured almost in real time. If you're a retailer or consumer packaged-goods company, you think a lot about what people think about a product you are putting out or planning to put out."

The value of Twitter-stream analyses: "Tweets are unstructured, but I need to understand what is in a tweet and apply value to the adverbs and adjectives and nouns and create a rating structure on relative sentiment on any particular topic."

On IBM's extensive acquisition list in analytics: "We are the company that invented the disk drive and the database. We run the world's largest private enterprise math department at IBM Research. But for as much as we develop, we can't seem to get it all fast enough."

On what's difficult about acquisitions : "I worry more about integrations and how we will leverage an acquisition. The easy part of buying companies is buying; the hard part is creating a value equation better than what the company could have done on its own."

On IBM putting all hardware under his control: "Sam Palmisano asked me to take this one, recognizing that, looking ahead, we need to continue enhancing hardware design. Customers don't see [hardware and software] as separate technologies."

RECOMMENDED READING:

Global CIO: IBM's Most Disruptive Acquisition Is Netezza

Global CIO: IBM Top Product Exec Discusses Strategy, Systems, And Oracle

Global CIO: An Open Letter To IBM CEO Sam Palmisano

Global CIO: IBM Zings Oracle And HP Over Limited Vision

Global CIO: Larry Ellison Will Need A Time Machine To Catch Us, Says IBM

Global CIO: As IBM Accelerates Analytics Business, Can Anyone Keep Up?

Global CIO: Oracle Needs More Than Ellison's Talk To Beat IBM's Systems

Global CIO: IBM Claims Hardware Supremacy And Calls Out HP's Hurd

Global CIO: IBM Doubles Down On Red-Hot Optimized Systems

Global CIO: IBM's Blazing New Mainframe Wins Raves From Citigroup

Global CIO: Is IBM Or Apple The World's #1 Tech Brand?

Global CIO: Larry Ellison And IBM Lead Surge In Optimized Systems

Global CIO: IBM Turns Guns On Cisco With Acquisition Of Blade Network

Global CIO: The Top 10 Most Influential IT Vendors (Apple And Facebook?)

Global CIO: IBM CEO Sam Palmisano Talks With Global CIO

Global CIO: Why IBM CEO Sam Palmisano Earned His $24.3 Million

GlobalCIO Bob Evans is senior VP and director of InformationWeek's Global CIO unit.

To find out more about Bob Evans, please visit his page.

For more Global CIO perspectives, check out Global CIO,
or write to Bob at bevans@techweb.com.

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