I blogged back in April about HP CEO Mark Hurd's mission to take on Teradata, the business division he once led when it was part of NCR Corporation, with a new data warehousing/business intelligence combination called Neoview.
IT Business Edge blogger Art Cole also wrote about it, noting that HP's Neoview platform incorporated a bundle of capabilities that HP gained through its acquisition of Knightsbridge and, "in time-honored HP fashion," was part of a far broader infrastructure strategy.
Cole followed up in June, with a post about the increasing importance of an effective data warehouse architecture for companies drowning in data generated by their BI, CRM and ERP systems, and a brief look at the competing approaches of HP and IBM.
Ventana Research in July found much to like in Neoview, especially for companies with a need to support large, mixed-query workloads and those interested in a data warehouse appliance approach.
So I was interested to see this recent update of HP's data warehousing plans from ZDNet blogger Dan Farber. In it, Ben Barnes, VP and general manager of HP's Business Intelligence Group, tells Farber that HP -- with Hurd's strong support from the top -- is ramping up to take on not only Teradata and IBM, but Oracle and Microsoft. It's easy to see why HP is devoting so much to this market, with IDC projecting an annual growth rate of 9.5 percent for data warehousing through 2010.
There are elements of soap opera in this story. The CTO of competitor Greenplum resurrects the rumor that HP may be using Neoview to drive down the price of Teradata, which it plans to acquire. Wal-Mart, former employer of HP CIO Randy Mott, is now a customer of both HP and Teradata.
Coming from HP later this year, writes Farber, is iteration 2.4 of Neoview with new ways of organizing data and optimizing queries. Barnes says HP also plans to offer a streamlined modeling process and more real-time analysis -- something that everyone seems to want these days.