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 out endless articles, blog posts and white
papers on the subject, many of which have also gone the extra mile to
describe in-memory technology as the future of business intelligence, the
death blow to the data warehouse and the swan song of OLAP technology. I find
one of these in my inbox eve... (more)
Business intelligence software and services have gone mainstream. In the
past, only large enterprises typically invested in BI solutions. These days,
however, more and more small and medium-sized businesses are actively looking
for ways to tap into their information and use it to increase revenues,
reduce expenses and realize competitive advantage.
Even though the concept of business intelligence has been around for over 20
years, a substantial percentage of BI implementations are still considered
failures. Given the large number of vendors selling BI products and
solutions, one ... (more)
I've recently come across an interesting online discussion where several
posters discuss working with large amounts of data and its implications on
business intelligence implementations. I wouldn't have noticed it if one of
the posters had not referred to SiSense in one of the comments.
The main reason for the post was purely technological, putting on display the
internals of QlikView's in-memory database technology. This lasted for about
5 posts, after which it turned into a bashing match between QlikView
supporters and what you could call QlikView non-sympathizers in regards to ... (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)
Albert Einstein is arguably one of the most intelligent people who have ever
lived. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to chat with him about
business intelligence? I have.
Mr. Einstein, thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I work for a
business intelligence vendor called SiSense and I would love to hear your
thoughts on a subject you know more about than anyone else – intelligence.
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of truth and knowledge is
shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
Modest as always! However, instead of talking about pe... (more)