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 while looking at BI vendor Websites to quickly figure
out which business intelligence vendors are probably right for you, and which
The Customers Page
Obviously, a business intelligence vendor Website without a page dedicated to
featured customers is cause for concern.
Assuming ... (more)
Business intelligence in the cloud is hot topic recently, as part of the hype
surrounding the cloud in general. I am not a big fan of cloud BI and I have
mentioned that several times. However the topic does merit discussion.
The advantages of the cloud over on-premises are pretty straight forward.
However, as far as business intelligence implementations are concerned, the
question to me was always whether the benefits outweigh the unique challenges
the cloud introduces. If all business data was in the cloud, there was a
definite case to make for implement business intelligence sof... (more)
A few months ago, I wrote an article about the relationships between business
intelligence platform vendors and their distribution networks, and where
these relationships are headed.
The key message in that article was that Value-Added Resellers (VARs) must
understand that self-service business intelligence is where the market is
headed – and adjust their business models accordingly. A company selling BI
solutions based on another company’s BI platform will need to provide real
added value to the customer in order to stay in business. In the
not-too-distant future, this value wi... (more)
For a couple of years now, there has been a substantial amount of hype in the
business intelligence (BI) space regarding “cloud BI,” or business
intelligence systems hosted by Internet “cloud computing” service
providers. This “cloud BI”, which is actually SaaS
(software-as-a-service) BI, has been riding the wave of cloud computing in
general, with the lower startup costs, faster deployment and easier
scalability that cloud-based software implementations promise business
Several new companies have emerged and are promoting a new golden age of BI
which they say will ... (more)
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
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)