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
There has always been a distinct difference, however, between the business
goals software vendors set for themselves and those sought after by their
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 ... (more)
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 sof... (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)
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)