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 software in the
cloud. But since most business data isn’t, the benefits of cloud BI are not
The blogosphere and analyst community in the business intelligence space are
not sparing any words on the subject. There are several startups in this
space as well, such as GoodData, PivotLi... (more)
Once, when Business Intelligence (BI) wasn't a multi-billion dollar industry,
it was an idyllic concept which revolved around enabling an analytic approach
to business decision making. That's what made me fall in love with BI over 10
years ago and what, in my view, gives the BI space its misty glow.
At the heart of the Business Intelligence concept lies the seemingly trivial
ability to get answers to important questions. The CEO may ask the CFO how
quarterly sales look compared to the previous year, and the online marketer
may ask himself to which landing page they should direct ... (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)
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)
SiSense, a provider of Big Data Analytics Software, recently announced Prism
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
Traditional Business Intelligence tools require users to learn proprietary
scripting languages to access and comb... (more)