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.
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
Who’s right is a matter of perspective, I suppose. But technically,
defining RDBMS by the existence of SQL a... (more)
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)
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)
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
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)