Sybase & Gartner: democracy needed in data warehouse analytics

As I’ll shortly be on the road to Sybase’s TechWave developer and database professional symposium in September, my ear is uncommonly well tuned to news emanating from the company’s PR portholes (or should that be portals?) just now.

Hot off of its press release grill this month is news of the general availability of Sybase IQ 15.3 — this business intelligence/analytics and data warehouse focused relational database management product is now powered by a so-called “new generation” of shared everything Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) technology.

“The transformative power of business analytics cannot be fully realised until IT departments provide all users with real-time access to information assets across the enterprise and enable integration of analytics directly into core operational processes,” said Sybase, in a press statement.

If we accept the above statement to be true, then it’s a great shame to read Gartner’s estimation that more than 70% of enterprise data warehouses actually serve only back-office or limited departmental use cases.

So then, we need to bring more democracy to data warehouse analytics I suppose.

Or if you want the Sybase (PR headline) version:

Sybase Brings ‘Intelligence For Everyone’ To The Enterprise

With New Parallel Distributed Query And Advanced Workload Management Capabilities

Also in the mix with this news announcement is the use of Sybase IQ PlexQ technology. This offering dynamically balances query workloads across nodes on the grid for massively parallel processing of complex analytics at speeds — or if you want it more plainly: it scales to support real-time access to thousands of users, multiple mixed workloads and massive datasets.

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“Enterprise IT departments are demanding new ways to enhance their enterprise data warehouse systems to increase intelligence, productivity and analytics capability across the enterprise. With Sybase IQ, enterprises can run complex analytical models and algorithms within the database, eliminating the need for data mining algorithms inside business logic and accelerating overall performance of complex queries,” said Brian Vink, vice president, product management, Sybase, an SAP company.

So what lesson for the future here then?

• In the data-centric world, business analytics will be increasingly integrated into applications.

• Business analytics will also be increasingly integrated into business workflows.

• Democratic real-time access to information by all stakeholders is a cornerstone of business analytics best practice.

• Sybase CEO John Chen will continue to rank analysts as more important than journalists.

Ah well, you can’t have everything in this world can you?