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)
This post was inspired by the latest announcement made by Tibco, that they
are providing SpotFire Silver - their cloud-BI offering - free for one year.
Every few months, another BI player announces such a hosted BI
service/product. This comes in addition to number of smaller companies that
focus on these types of hosted solutions such as Gooddata, Birst and
To-date, no one has proved that hosted (cloud) BI is a sustainable business.
None of the startups doing this have skyrocketed (yet?), and more of the
larger players (Tibco included, in my opinion) are joining the e... (more)
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, clean... (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)