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Entries in TDWI (2)


Want analytics with your fries?

At the risk of aging myself, I’ve probably attended 70 or so TDWI conferences and executive summits, but the recent TDWI Las Vegas was different. It marked the organization’s 20th anniversary and reinforced the importance of analytics, which was a big topic among attendees, speakers and vendors...

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Vertica 4.0 adds strength and flexibility

I just spent a great couple days in Las Vegas at the TDWI World Conference. I'm happy to report that the industry seems to be bouncing back in a positive direction, the floor was full of vendors and the attendee numbers were up 40%+ over last years event according Rich Zbylut of TDWI. I had lots of briefings and saw a bunch of great technology over the 3 days so I'll be writing about a few of my favorites over the next few days. 

Dave Menninger Vice President of Marketing and I met up to talk about Vertica 4.0 The news from Vertica continues to be positive. They have grown to 120+ customers and are now adding 10 -15 each quarter. Each time Dave and meet the news and improvements are substantial and continues to show that Vertica is executing on its road map and long term strategy.

The latest version of Vertica includes important upgrades like workload management that allows users to manage complex mixed queries and align them to business priorities. They have also made the system Unicode compliant enabling them to handle international locations and data. Armed with enhanced international capabilities I would look for Vertica to start aggressive growth initiatives in Europe in 2010. They have also made patent-pending changes to the Optimizer and Execution Engine within the appliance to keep them very competitive in regards to speed. To stay current with more sophisticated demands from users, Vertica is now SQL 99 Complaint adding a variety of new and more powerful query types to their arsenal.

Vertica continues to focus on its partner ecosystem and has added an Informatica Powercenter 8.6 plug-in to the line up along with continuing its relationships with partners Cloudera, IBM/Cognos, JasperSoft, MicroStrategy, SyncSort, SAP/Business Objects, Streambase, Tableau, Talend and others.