Hadoop and ETL

My last post (here) blathered about the effect that Hadoop must have on database vendor profits. An associate wrote me with the reminder that Hadoop is also impacting revenues and profits of ETL companies. If you think about Hadoop as both an inexpensive staging area for an EDW and as a parallel compute engine that can…

More thinking on Specialized Databases

Recently I posted (here) some thinking that suggested that the cost of replicating data into specialized databases might outweigh the benefits of specialization. This post will present a counter view and try to sort out when a specialized database might make sense. In the ZDNet post here: “Look at What Google and Amazon are doing with…