Let Somebody Else Do That Data

BY DATA WAREHOUSING standards, a project that takes six months and costs several thousand dollars is a bargain. But even that was more than etrieve, a wireless e-mail retrieval provider in Hillsboro, Oregon, had to invest in its emerging data requirements – which is why the 18-month-year-old company turned to DigiMine, a start-up in Kirkland, Washington, that specializes in outsourcing data-warehousing and business intelligence services for companies.

“We figured it would take it at least 70 days to build the infrastructure and some rough reports, and about isz more months to get the system like we wanted it,” says Sarah Van Dyck, etrieve’s vice president of marketing. “DigiMine got is there in about two weeks.”

Although Van Dyck declined to provide specifics, she estimated the company will spend the equivalent of one full-time employee’s salary on the new data system annualy. That’s a pretty good deal, considering the manpower, hardware, and software required to keep a powerful data system running.

Outsourced data warehousing is a fresh new market, and a fledging vendor like DigiMine faces stiff competition from consulting powerhouses like IBM Global Services and EDS, which also offer such services. But DigiMine has some big-name backers, namely Microsoft (its founders’ alma mater) and the Mayfield Fund. Both are certain to boost the young company’s prospects.

Source: PC Magazine



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