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French Caldwell
VP and Gartner Fellow
15 years at Gartner
19 years IT industry

French Caldwell is a vice president and Gartner Fellow in Gartner Research, where he leads governance, risk and compliance research. Mr. Caldwell also writes and presents on knowledge management. His research includes analysis of the impact… Read Full Bio

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Oracle Open World — Box Up Your Big Data and Whistle Your Problems Away

by French Caldwell  |  October 3, 2011  |  1 Comment

First of all — this post is just my personal observation on the opening of Open World and is not a Gartner position or statement.  I’ve tracked Oracle first as a KM analyst and now as a GRC analyst for 12 years now, and I’ve seen them grow from a data management focus to business focus, but Open World has me asking, where did the business solution focus go?

Got big data problems?  Got cloud angst?   Just put all your worries in a big iron box.  At least that’s what I took away after two hours of keynotes from Oracle and EMC executives this morning.   Big data and the cloud are euphemisms for huge information management and business challenges, but listening to the keynotes, you’d think it’s just a technical problem.  The proliferation of vast amounts of unstructured content and a revolution in IT provisioning models, and even digital dependent revenue streams are not issues to be trifled with.  But at the opening of Open World, the dumbing down of these challenges is exactly what happened.  The vision communicated is that the solution is that you can put it all in a big data box, or a BI machine.

Argh!!! — what has happened here?  Where’s some vision for businesses who need better analytics, better understanding of rapidly changing business environments in an uncertain economy, and definitely better advice on the business challenges and opportunities of emerging technology.

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  • 1 Saqib Ali   October 3, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    While I do agree that that Big Data Analysis is all the hype these days, it has certainly opened doors for ethologicians in prediction analysis. There are a lot of universities offering courses in prediction analysis based on real-time data which Big Data promises to tackle.