Microsoft has announced new alliances in some far flung areas of the empire:
Jan. 15, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. and Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., today announced they are working together to optimize interoperability between Microsoft® business intelligence solutions and the Teradata® Enterprise Data Warehouse to help information workers gain access to, analyze and report on critical data more quickly, and help streamline the delivery of business intelligence applications.
As part of this effort, Microsoft and Teradata are collaborating to enhance interoperability between the Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse and Microsoft SQL Server™ Analysis Services, targeting availability of the technologies for the end of the first quarter of 2007. In addition, interoperability collaboration efforts with Teradata will include SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services; SQL Server 2005 Integration Services; and the 2007 Microsoft Office system including Microsoft Office Excel® 2007, Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. The worldwide relationship includes plans for joint sales and marketing activities across multiple industries, beginning with the retail sector.
I hadn’t thought of Teradata in years until I recently saw that NCR is trying to spin them off:
Teradata was the sixth-largest vendor of data warehousing tools in 2005, holding 4.4 percent of the market, according to a research report from IDC released in August. Teradata held a 10.3 percent market share in the data warehousing management segment, where the business generates most of its software revenue, IDC said.
Jan. 11, 2007 — Leveraging SGI’s expertise in high-performance computing and Microsoft Corp.’s strategy of making HPC more accessible to a broader marketplace, SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) and Microsoft today announced that SGI will offer Microsoft® Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 on SGI® Altix® XE cluster systems based on quad-core and dual-core Intel® Xeon® processors. SGI Altix XE cluster systems with Windows Compute Cluster Server will be available beginning in March 2007.
SGI is another company I haven’t paid attention to recently except for nostalgia.