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)
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)
So much has already been said about how much of a pain business intelligence
is. The complexity, the constant IT bottlenecks, the crazy cost of software,
hardware, consultants and whatnot. Gil Dibner of Gemini Venture Funds
(formerly of Genesis Partners) described it very eloquently and in great
detail in his blog post about the SiSense investment round.
Since business intelligence imposes so many challenges, every existing BI
vendor picks his favorite ones and positions itself as the best at addressing
it. Some focus on providing easy to use front end tools for the business
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)
So Microsoft PASS Summit 2010 was kicked off on November 10th, and the
burning topic was where Microsoft’s Analysis Services product is headed in
light of Microsoft’s new PowerPivot offering. Chris Webb, probably one of
Analysis Service’s biggest fans and experts, said it best:
“The last few days have been quite emotional for me. I’ve gone from being
very angry, to just feeling sad, to being angry again; I’m grateful to the
many members of the SSAS dev team who’ve let me rant and rave at them for
hours on end and who have patiently explained their strategy – it’s
certainly helpe... (more)