I recently watched an episode of the classic BBC series ‘Yes, Minister’.
In this episode, the minister asked his assistant, Bernard, to inquire about
a new hospital where there are supposedly no patients and a ridiculous amount
of administrative staff. Bernard conducts some research and returns to the
minister with his results.
Here’s a short transcript:
Bernard- You asked me to find out about an alleged empty hospital in north
Minister- Oh, yes. Bernard- Well, in fact there are *only* 342 administrative
staff in the new St. Edwards hospital. The other 170 are porters, cleaners,
laundry workers, gardeners, cooks and so forth. Minister- And how many
medical staff? Bernard- Oh, none of those. Minister- None?? Bernard- No.
Minister- Bernard, we are talking about St. Edwards’s hospital, aren’t
we? Bernard- Yes, it’s brand new. It was completed 15 months ago and is ... (more)
In recent times, one of the most popular subjects related to the field of
Business Intelligence (BI) has been In-memory BI technology. The subject
gained popularity largely due to the success of QlikTech, provider of the
in-memory-based QlikView BI product. Following QlikTech’s lead, many other
BI vendors have jumped on the in-memory “hype wagon,” including the
software giant, Microsoft, which has been aggressively marketing PowerPivot,
their own in-memory database engine.
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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
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SiSense, the Big Data Analytics Company, has announced that it is introducing
the first In-Chip Analytics solution in the Cloud. The SiSense business
analytics software, powered by Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX), will be
demonstrated today and tomorrow at the GigaOM Structure conference in San
Francisco (booth #43).
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analytics workloads in the Cloud without having to worry about setting up
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3.0, the latest version of its end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI)
With over 100 new features, Prism 3.0 introduces breakthrough in data access.
Prism 3.0 enables customers to work with more data faster, regardless the
number of datasources, no matter how big their data is or how fast it grows.
A fully featured trial of Prism 3.0 can be downloaded for free here.
More Data, No Code
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