March 19, 2008

CEP is entering BI

I talked with both Coral8 and Truviso this afternoon. They both have their financial services efforts, of course. Coral8 also continues to get business doing data reduction for sensor networks — mainly RFID and utilities, I think. Coral8 is working on some really cool and confidential other stuff as well.

But my biggest takeaway from this pair of calls was that Coral8 and Truviso are penetrating general BI. It’s not a huge trend yet — maybe 20-30 customers total between them. Most of those are Coral8′s, and specifically focused on clickstream analysis and the like. Truviso’s apps are still double-deep secret stealth mysteries, but Roman Bukary promises they’ll be unveiled in a couple of months or so.

I gave both Roman and John Morell of Truviso a choice between three types of use:

  1. Feeding operational apps directly
  2. Feeding a dashboard
  3. Feeding a data warehouse for subsequent analytics (reporting, data mining, dashboard, whatever)

Both indicated that their companies were active in the first choice, feeding operational apps. Roman said Truviso is also driving dashboards, but isn’t doing a lot of what amounts to ETL for warehouses. Coral8, meanwhile, is feeding warehouses more than directly driving dashboards.

Meanwhile, I continue to think that event processing technology is the future of dashboards.

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