Hi folks, Josh Greenbaum of Enterprise Applications Consulting (EAC) recently published a paper that I'd like to share with you, entitled “In-memory Databases, Industry Know-how, and Usability: What Really Matters in Supply Chain Planning“. His research paper on in-memory data base dispels the market hype and describes where the real value lies.
The current market attention around in-memory database technology is focused on the possibility that this technology is poised to disrupt key processes in the enterprise by supporting the analysis of unheard-of amounts of data at millisecond speeds. But is in-memory database technology merely one of many enabling technologies that provide a platform for innovation, as opposed to being the innovation itself?
Enterprise Applications Consulting (EAC) was asked by one of the pioneers of in-memory database technology, Kinaxis Inc., to research the status and importance of in-memory computing in the market today, particularly in the supply chain planning market. This paper covers the results of this research and comes to a very interesting conclusion.
“Given a general-purpose in-memory database engine, it’s possible to envision a company – or more likely, a systems integrator – building the advanced supply chain planning tools needed to make use of this technology. However, the cost of building, maintaining, and upgrading that environment would be greater than most companies could bear, and the likelihood is slim to none that such a purpose-built system would be able to support the breadth of technical and business functionality that Kinaxis has been able to deliver with RapidResponse.”
“For those that are interested in results that are geared to their business problems, and can be made available in a very cost-effective manner, solutions like RapidResponse make much more sense than general-purpose in-memory database engines, precisely because they focus on delivering business outcomes, and not just net new technology.”
“The fact that non-ERP data may also factor in the plan means it usually makes more sense to use a third party tool like RapidResponse than to bring data from outside the ERP system into that system’s planning environment. Half the information we need isn’t in the ERP system anyway,” said Shellie Molina…
“…while it’s possible to accuse Kinaxis of false modesty in not fully engaging in the market hype around in-memory computing, the fact is that RapidResponse has been about much more than in-memory computing for some time. Raw speed is important, but as Shellie Molina from First Solar puts it, “I am looking for a product that is fast and easy to use. How Kinaxis does it? I’m indifferent.”