From The Co-Founder of Business Intelligence Software Company SiSense

Elad Israeli

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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 customers. Several new companies have emerged and are promoting a new golden age of BI which they say will be faster, easier and cheaper than conventional business intelligence. While this sounds fantastic at first glance, it might be a good idea to look beyond the hype to determine if deploying a BI solution in the cloud offers the same types of advantages of other SaaS solutions, such as CRM, ac... (more)

From OLAP Cubes to ElastiCubes – The Natural Evolution of BI

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)

Microsoft’s BI Roadmap Says No to OLAP Cubes and MDX

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)

Microsoft’s Announcement of BI Road Map – a Public Relations Nightmare

During Microsoft’s PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft announced their strategic plans for their Analysis Services business intelligence platform. But as intriguing as Microsoft’s announcement was from a technological perspective, it also had another less desired effect – it presented Microsoft’s long time business partners, namely BI consultants and service providers, with big questions in regards to where they fit in Microsoft’s grand plans for the BI space. There are two main reasons for this: 1. While Microsoft heavily relies on its partner network for selling more SQL Server licen... (more)

Business Intelligence vs. Big Data

I was recently fortunate to speak at one of the database technology conferences held in Israel. Big parts of this conference revolved around ‘Big Data’ and I was asked to give the Business Intelligence perspective on this fascinating subject. As part of my presentation, I attempted to show the impact of columnar database technology on the basic premise of business intelligence - the ability to have business users perform ad-hoc analytics and reporting tasks over as much data as possible. In order to do that, I represented a business user building a report over a very large opera... (more)