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Elad Israeli

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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 helped me deal with things. So what’s happened to make me feel like this? I’ll tell you: while it’s not true to say that Analysis Services cubes as we know them today and MDX are dead, they have a terminal illness. I’d give them two, maybe three more releases before they’re properly dead, based o... (more)

BI-as-a-Service - Questions Worth Asking

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 ... (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)

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)

A Glimpse into the Future of BI - Through the Israeli Market

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 wi... (more)