I have a blog on Intelligent Enterprise, which actually amounts to editor Doug Henschen’s selections of a few posts a month from DBMS2 (I still haven’t persuaded him to take anything from Text Technologies). Accordingly, I was asked to contribute thoughts this year for his annual article Editors’ Choice article. It’s out now, and as usual is a good piece.
All the choices are actually Doug’s, as he honorably points out.* Doug’s a smart guy, and he has a good group of contributors, and so the final list is one I’m pretty comfortable with. I recommend taking a look at it, even if you’re not one of the 48 selected vendors; if you are one of them, I of course expect an imminent press release announcing your selection.
*But I’d be even more impressed by that disclosure if he moved the apostrophe one character leftward to support it.
General agreement aside, I do have a few thoughts to add. Some of the specific comments in my e-mail contribution were:
- Oracle — still the center of the database management universe.
- Teradata — still the standard against which all other data warehouse DBMS vendors are measured.
- Inforsense — They view BI, at its heart, as an application development technology. And so they’re doing some pretty interesting composite application development.
- Temis — the best text mining technology that isn’t English-centric.
- SPSS — interesting things keep happening around SPSS, especially at the intersections of predictive analytics and databases, and the intersection of predictive analytics and text mining.
I also would have tried hard to make room for Aster Data.
On the negative side, I understand Doug’s River Logic obsession, having had it for a number of years myself. But I finally lost hope that River Logic will ever execute in a market-significant way.