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Barney Finucane

Welcome to my BeyeNETWORK blog. My main goal here is to address hype issues that come up in the Internet, not to provide any overview of the BI market itself. I look forward to any questions or comments you may have.

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Barney Finucane has extensive experience in the BI industry. As a consultant, he has supported companies in the chemical, energy and manufacturing sector with the introduction of BI software. As product manager for the company MIS, he was responsible for the front-end products Plain and onVision, and kept a keen eye on projects and tools from other vendors. His areas of speciality include tool selection, quality assurance for BI, data warehouse strategies and their architectures.

The Google Chrome operating system would basically be a browser and some drivers to connect to the underlying hardware. It would be the realization of Marc Andreessen's dream in the 90s reducing Windows to a device driver.

It only make sense for a client. The idea would be to run programs with a Web client that don't require any local installation. That way it doesn't matter what the underlying system actually is.

Google has been pushing HTML 5 pretty hard, and Chrome OS is a good reason to. For example, HTML 5 has a tag to show vidoes, which means you would need a plugin. That means shifting the burden to the browser itself. The more the browser does the more viable the Chrome OS idea is.

It's notable that a lot of BI tools would work on Chrome. For example, a lot of the sprawling Information Builders would work fine, as would MicroStrategy -- they run on DHTML. So would Business Objects WebI, which is Java based. I'm guessing Java will work. Cognos would have some issues because some of the studios require ActiveX.

And so on. I'm not attempting to do a complete survey here, just point out that BI vendors have already done quite a bit for Web support, and ultimately, a Web strategy is a Windows-free strategy.

Posted July 10, 2009 2:23 AM
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