From time to time a blogger should make disclosures about sources of income and other potential influences. Fortunately, I’ve covered most of them in the past.
- The generalities I posted a few years ago still apply (and, I think, are a good read in any case about the realities of analyst coverage).
- The updates a year and a half ago are still very accurate, although I might name different specific clients today.
- The partial client list from half a year ago is still pretty accurate, although Microsoft and Kognitio have dropped off, Clearpace changed its name to RainStor, and non-RDBMS analytic data management/analysis contenders Cloudera and Splunk have been added.
- While I have user clients, I have nothing to disclose about them.
One new development is that for the first time since 2001, I’ve taken stock in a private company. It’s Petascan, a seed/stealth-stage outfit with some very innovative ideas about how to use Flash memory in support of analytic data processing. I’d like to do more of this, with conflicts evaluated on a case-by-case basis. For example, I bet I could bring a lot of value to vertically-oriented analytics start-ups, who would at worst compete with only a small fraction each of the business of the more horizontally-oriented companies I generally write about.