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Message Posted: Thu, 01 May 2003 @ 09:29:37 GMT
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Related, but slightly OT:
Recently saw a news item via Yahoo regarding market share of databases...I think the quote wrt Teradata was "...a scant 1.6%...". Thats not a small fish in a big pond, more like brine shrimp in an ocean.
When I see people here occassionaly complain about Teradata pricing, or 3rd party reluctance, I think they should to put on their P/L spectacles and reconsider. The fact that NCR attempts total control of sites doesn't help much, either.
Yes, TDAT is great/powerful/cool/etc., but I suspect that for 3rd party developers, its not even on the radar screen (many don't even know what it is).
So unless you and/or your organization are ready to whip out a big checkbook, you need to get used to the friendly brush off from 3rd party developers of mainstream (esp. successful) tools.
There are a few (mostly small) outfits that serve the Teradata community (more power to them), but most of them actually use Teradata as a launching platform to other more profitable platforms. You may not like it, but true nonetheless.
So if you want good/great tools tailored for Teradata, you have a few options:
1) dangle large sums in the face of the big players
2) support the Teradata-focused companies. There aren't many, but they could use the support, and are probably very open to any feature/product ideas you might have. If you're going to drop a lot of cash to get Teradata-tailored apps, you might as well give it to companies that are committed to Teradata, instead of Oracle/DB2/SqlServer.
3) Live with basic ODBC functionality.
4) Evangelize like heck...maybe it'll catch on.
BTW: This little harangue isn't a knock on Teradata, just a statement of reality in response to a number of simlar topics I've seen posted here over several months.
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