Kalido “Cascades” Continue Cadence on Designed DW Development

Kalido‘s ongoing evangelization of automation for governed, designed data warehouses has delivered fine results for the small, Massachusetts-based firm. In a recent conversation, the team shared recent results: a profitable fiscal year, with a Q4 that was up 35% and momentum that carried into the traditionally slow Q1 with 25% year over year growth. Since I last discussed Kalido at the time of its virtual conference a year ago, new name sales in the US and Europe as well as add-on business in existing accounts are a healthy sign . New partnerships, new data source support,  and a new release all are likely to sustain and even increase the momentum in the  autumn and winter selling seasons.

I’ve discussed the offerings in this blog before, including a look at the KONA appliance package developed with Netezza and Qlikview, whose own strong progress can only help in the months ahead.  The big news of mid-2010 was Kalido’s announcement of a partnership with Teradata which is bearing fruit now in beta sites and is expected to drive a GA announcement in a few weeks. As more and more shops attempt to manage and optimize multi-datastore environments and attempt to bring order and governance to the proliferating chaos, Kalido’s message and its modeling and metadata generation tools will increasingly resonate.

Speed without sacrifice is a key theme here: Kalido combines modeling and reuse with iterative prototyping, MDM and automation to ensure that rapid delivery doesn’t mean ungoverned, unnecessary redundancy or sub-optimal quality. The new release of the Kalido Information Engine, now generally available, begins to tackle the need for multiple instances designed for different tasks: transactional throughput and update capability on the one hand and fast query performance on the other. Most companies back into the latter without optimizing the former, or using it as a governance platform; Kalido has begun to build a rationalization story into its work that seizes the opportunity to “cascade data warehouses” and in so doing decompose the requirements in order to optimize the overall design with a “master instance” and a “data instance.”

Firms that struggle with design, update and performance of their data warehouse and data mart environments would do well to investigate the benefits of Kalido’s automation and governance tools. Time will tell if its philosophy of design will resonate; for many firms, the only way is up. Kalido will need to add more sources and targets and potentially partner for other dimensions of the information value chain to continue its growth, but it’s on a strong trajectory.

Disclosures: Netezza and Teradata are clients of IT Market Strategy; Kalido is not.

Published by Merv Adrian

Independent information technology market analyst and consultant, 40 years of industry experience, covering software in and around the data management space.

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