Reduced Deployment Resources

By Rick Abbott and Bob Zurek  |  Posted 2010-04-28 Print this article Print

2. Reduced deployment resources

New database technology, combined with open source, also enables simpler, "do it yourself" testing and deployment models. This greatly reduces the amount of resources involved in getting an analytic solution up and running.

Consider the resource requirements potentially involved in the acquisition and deployment of a traditional, proprietary solution: a lengthy product evaluation process will likely be followed by on-site visits from the vendor to set up and configure hardware and equipment. The costs-from both an environmental and bottom-line perspective-include travel (plane trips, car rentals and hotel accommodations) and hardware (multiple servers, cooling equipment and connectors), as well as personnel (a full team of experts may be required to customize the solution).

With new open-source technologies, software can be downloaded online. Plus, it's designed to be easy to install so that one person can handle setup and deployment. Support needs are also less involved, which means that issues can be handled via conference calls rather than through more costly and carbon-consuming in-person travel.

RICK ABBOTT BIO: Rick Abbott is President of 360DegreeView, LLC. Rick has over 19 years of information management and technology experience, including private and public sector work. On the commercial side, Rick has significant experience in both the telecommunications and financial services industries. Rick has over eight years of "Big 5" experience, including an associate partnership position with Deloitte Consulting. Rick's primary focus over the past 13 years has been on large-scale business intelligence initiatives. He has direct experience in all aspects of business intelligence and data warehouse projects including business case development, strategic planning and business alignment, business requirements, and technical architecture and design. He possesses over 10 years of large, IT-related project management experience. Rick also has significant experience in assisting clients in negotiating large technology product, service, and outsourcing contracts. Read Rick's blog at He can also be reached at ZUREK BIO: Bob Zurek is Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Product Management at Infobright. Bob is also responsible for client services including sales engineering and implementation services. Bob has over 25 years of proven success in software development, technology research, and product management. He also possesses deep expertise in database management systems, business intelligence, and open-source technologies. Prior to joining Infobright, Bob was vice president of products and CTO at EnterpriseDB. While at EnterpriseDB, Bob led the company's technology and product management operations for their open-source product line. Prior to EnterpriseDB, Bob held management positions at IBM, Ascential Software and other technology companies where he consistently demonstrated the ability to define and deliver market-leading products with strong competitive differentiation. Read Bob's blog at He can also be reached at

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