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Elad Israeli

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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 PivotLink. 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)

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)

The Catch 22 of Traditional Business Intelligence

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 user... (more)

Is Microsoft to Admit Analysis Services Is not Fit for the Mid-Market?

I recently read an article posted on the SQL Server team's blog (Technet) written by Shimon Shlevich, a product manager at Panorama Software, focusing on Microsoft's recently launched PowerPivot in-memory offering. According to the author, Microsoft has two main goals with PowerPivot - to "introduce a new in-memory engine for data processing" and to "promote the self-service BI concept extending the usage of BI systems to a wider audience". There are of course other reasons which the author did not mention, such as Microsoft trying to get a fighting chance against QlikView who hav... (more)

Is the Cloud Business Intelligence Trend Real?

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)