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 effort on
marketing hype alone. I doubt if they really know how they're going to be
making money out of it.
All that being said, would I use a cloud/hosted BI service? In spite of its
promise in terms of cost of ownership and easy deployment, the answer to that
is an emphatic no. There are se... (more)
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)
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)
For a couple of years now, there has been a substantial amount of hype in the
business intelligence (BI) space regarding “cloud BI,” or business
intelligence systems hosted by Internet “cloud computing” service
providers. This “cloud BI”, which is actually SaaS
(software-as-a-service) BI, has been riding the wave of cloud computing in
general, with the lower startup costs, faster deployment and easier
scalability that cloud-based software implementations promise business
Several new companies have emerged and are promoting a new golden age of BI
which they say will ... (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)