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Elad Israeli

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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 will almost certainly come from industry-specific professional knowledge and experience (as opposed to purely technical expertise). More and more potential customers will no longer accept lengthy projects and, with the new software and technologies now emerging, it is no longer justifiable. W... (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)

Comparing BI Vendors Based on Technology

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)

SiSense Secures $4 Million Investment

Big news today. I can finally share with you guys that SiSense has closed a $4M series A investment and that we can finally push forward towards what we've been working on so hard -- a fresh new approach to enabling high-quality business intelligence, in any company. Not just Fortune 1000s. The two Venture Capital firms we are excited to partner with are Genesis Partners (Israel) and Opus Capital (USA). Our private investor, Eli Farkash, who has been financing and helping the company since its founding also joined this round. Gary Gannot (Genesis) and Dan Avida (Opus) have joined ... (more)

Business Intelligence? Yes Minister!

I recently watched an episode of the classic BBC series ‘Yes, Minister’. In this episode, the minister asked his assistant, Bernard, to inquire about a new hospital where there are supposedly no patients and a ridiculous amount of administrative staff. Bernard conducts some research and returns to the minister with his results. Here’s a short transcript: Bernard- You asked me to find out about an alleged empty hospital in north London. Minister- Oh, yes. Bernard- Well, in fact there are *only* 342 administrative staff in the new St. Edwards hospital. The other 170 are porters, clean... (more)