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Elad Israeli

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The traditional business intelligence ecosystem is built on the numerous strategic partnerships that exist between BI software vendors, which provide the technology, and value added resellers (VARs), which provide customized solutions based on that technology. The Relationship between BI Software Vendors and their VARs As in all partnerships, both sides need to have something significant to gain for their partnership to be successful. In the business intelligence industry, this has indeed been the case for a long time. The software vendors use their channel partners to distribute their software to a larger audience and these, in turn, have made a pretty penny from commissions, consulting and implementation fees. There has always been a distinct difference, however, between the business goals software vendors set for themselves and those sought after by their VARs. Th... (more)

In-Memory BI Is Not the Future, It’s the Past

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. The increasing hype surrounding in-memory BI has caused BI consultants, analysts and even vendors to spew o... (more)

A Glimpse into the Future of BI - Through the Israeli Market

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)

Columnar RDBMS, Gourmet Fast Food and Santa Claus

Boris Evelson of Forrester recently published a blog post titled It's The Dawning Of The Age Of BI DBMS (Database Management System). I took note that in this post he classified Vertica, ParAccel and Sybase IQ in a category he named ‘Columnar RDBMS (Relational DBMS)’, and that started off a friendly email exchange as to what the heck that really means. I said: “RDBMS is tabular, by definition.” ...and Boris said: “To me if I can access something via SQL, it’s relational.” Who’s right is a matter of perspective, I suppose. But technically, defining RDBMS by the existence of SQL a... (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)