Friday, September 22, 2006

SAP plans Oracle-database killer

Shai Agassi speaks about plans to launch in-memory data warehouse capabilities for SAP. Agassi claims that, if successful, such an approach would reduce demand for high-performance relational databases, such as Oracle's.

eWeek has the interview with Agassi.

Agassi doesn't mention it, but SAP wasn't the first to come up with this idea. A BI vendor in Sweden, QlikTech, already has released this technology in its business intelligence product, QlikView. I've seen it demonstrated and it's pretty impressive.

QlikView also wins the Spectator award for the coolest name for a contest, "Think outside the cube."

1 comment:

Frank Scavo said...

In an email message to me, Darryl Miller comments that Microsoft tried an in-memory database approach a while ago. He sends this link for a post-mortem of Microsoft's attempt.