OLAP (Online Analytical Processing) technology is the most prevalent
technology used in corporate BI solutions today. And while it does what
it’s supposed to do very well, it has a bad (and accurate) reputation for
being very expensive and difficult to implement, as well as extremely
challenging to maintain. This fact has prevented OLAP technology from gaining
wide popularity outside of Fortune 500-scale companies, which are the only
ones who have the budgets for company-wide, OLAP-based BI implementations.
Since the inception of BI and consequent entrance of OLAP technology into the
space, the need for BI has been rapidly growing. Recognizing that OLAP-based
solutions were (and still are) hard to introduce into a wider market, thought
leaders and visionaries in the space have been since then trying to bring BI
down to the masses through technological and conceptual ... (more)
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 ... (more)
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).
With SiSense Prism 10X, companies of all sizes are able to run Terabyte-range
analytics workloads in the Cloud without having to worry about setting up
complex clusters, acquiring or maintaining expensive hardware. The solution
provides enterprise-grade service, unm... (more)
When we first began marketing and selling our software over the Internet, we
used Google Analytics extensively. SiSense was a young and small company
then, with a tiny marketing budget relying on cost-effective online marketing
to acquire customers, and therefore any free tool that gave us more
information than we already had on how our marketing dollars were being spent
was a crucial weapon for surviving this tough economic climate.
Using paid services, such as Omniture, wasn't an option strictly for pricing
reasons. We used what we could afford, and at that point we couldn't aff... (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)