Welcome!

From The Co-Founder of Business Intelligence Software Company SiSense

Elad Israeli

Subscribe to Elad Israeli: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts
Get Elad Israeli via: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories by Elad Israeli

As defined by Wikipedia, BI and analytics is a set of theories, methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes, while a data warehouse is a central repository of data which is created by integrating data from one or more disparate sources to serve as a single, clean and accurate business "truth." When implemented in conjunction with a data warehouse, BI is centralized under the IT department and therefore enjoys cleaner, more accurate data and the ability to serve as the organization's single source of truth. When individual departments implement their own BI solutions, without a data warehouse, the data is more likely to be "dirty" and it doesn't serve as a single source of truth. On the other hand, when the business users control their own data and BI, they can be much... (more)

Microsoft’s BI Roadmap Says No to OLAP Cubes and MDX

So Microsoft PASS Summit 2010 was kicked off on November 10th, and the burning topic was where Microsoft’s Analysis Services product is headed in light of Microsoft’s new PowerPivot offering. Chris Webb, probably one of Analysis Service’s biggest fans and experts, said it best: “The last few days have been quite emotional for me. I’ve gone from being very angry, to just feeling sad, to being angry again; I’m grateful to the many members of the SSAS dev team who’ve let me rant and rave at them for hours on end and who have patiently explained their strategy – it’s certainly helpe... (more)

Business Intelligence Vendor Websites – How to Read Between the Lines

If you've begun looking for a business intelligence solution, you probably noticed very quickly that there are quite a few business intelligence vendors out there. Narrowing the overcrowded field of vendors in order to come up with your own business intelligence short list will usually start with a review of the vendors' Websites. Armed with your short list, you can begin contacting vendors to receive proposals. This article is going to help you discover some key differences between vendors based on what they share on their Websites - and what they don't. Read between the lines ... (more)

Putting the Costs of Business Intelligence in Perspective

Successful business intelligence (BI) solutions serve as many business users as possible.  As more users use it, the more value the solution brings. However, if you’ve had any experience with BI, you must have noticed that as the number of users grow – so does the complexity (and consequent cost) of the solution. This is a fundamental reality in the traditional business intelligence space, although many startups in the space are attempting to change it – each according to their own vision and understanding of the space. But why is buying a BI solution for dozens or hundreds of us... (more)

The In-Memory Technologies Behind Business Intelligence Software

If you follow trends in the business intelligence (BI) space, you'll notice that many analysts, independent bloggers and BI vendors talk about in-memory technology. There are technical differences that separate one in-memory technology from another, some of which are listed on Boris Evelson's blog. Some of the items on Boris' list are just as applicable to BI technologies that are not in-memory (‘Incremental updates', for example), but there is one item that merits much deeper discussion. Boris calls this characteristic ‘Memory Swapping' and describes it as, What the (BI) vendor'... (more)