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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.

I have heard quite a bit recently about the demise of Adobe Flash. In fact I recently had a discussion with some programmer who were decidedly of the opinion that the future belongs to HTML5.

Apple does not like Flash, and has managed to keep it off the iPhone and iPad. Steve Jobs also claims that Flash is the most common cause for crashes on Macs.

Microsoft is not as strongly opposed to Flash as Apple is, but Silverlight is certainly intended to compete with it, and Microsoft has also thrown in support for HTML5, as as Google.

But I certainly don't see any move by business intelligence companies to move away from Flash in their reporting tools. In fact IBM Cognos released Cognos 10 fairly recently with more support for Flash than in previous versions. I also notice that Information Builders has actually more towards Flash in its Active Reports, away from the original DHTML version. And MicroStrategy doesn't seem likely to move away from its popular Flash dashboards, even if its current interest in mobile business intelligence will means more support for Apple platform.

I think people tend to underestimate the role that momentum plays in the IT business. I can understand the arguments that the markets are moving away from Flash, but I wouldn't expect it to disappear overnight.

Posted March 13, 2011 11:29 AM
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