Jewel In Plain Sight - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
10/24/2005
04:00 PM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
50%
50%

Jewel In Plain Sight

Oracle says Siebel's budding business intelligence functionality is a "hidden jewel" within the database maker's planned acquisition of the customer relationship management firm. But it's hard to call analytics a "hidden" jewel when such BI functionality is the very thing Oracle most wants to add to its enterprise software and database systems.

Oracle says Siebel's budding business intelligence functionality is a "hidden jewel" within the database maker's planned acquisition of the customer relationship management firm. But it's hard to call analytics a "hidden" jewel when such BI functionality is the very thing Oracle most wants to add to its enterprise software and database systems."This is another area that's very strategic to us," Oracle president Charles Phillips told the crowd at Siebel Systems' recent CustomerWorld conference in Boston. He was talking about BI -- specifically, about providing faster views into customer-facing business processes.

Strategic? You bet it is. The big three database makers -- IBM, Microsoft and Oracle -- all want to improve the BI capabilities that are ready-built into their database platforms. There are some, in fact, who see BI functionality as the central competitive differentiator between database makers.

So no, Siebel Analytics isn't exactly a hidden jewel that Oracle will pull up out of the CRM vendor. It's more like a trophy in plain view, ready for the taking. And Oracle's on the take.

Meanwhile, our readers remain almost evenly split on whether they believe Oracle will incorporate Siebel analytics into its own platforms. But you can help break the tie by voting in our newest Business Intelligence Pipeline Voting Booth poll.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Commentary
2021 Outlook: Tackling Cloud Transformation Choices
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  1/4/2021
News
Enterprise IT Leaders Face Two Paths to AI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/23/2020
Slideshows
10 IT Trends to Watch for in 2021
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  12/22/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
2021 Top Enterprise IT Trends
We've identified the key trends that are poised to impact the IT landscape in 2021. Find out why they're important and how they will affect you.
Slideshows
Flash Poll