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.
SiSense, the Big Data Analytics Company, has announced that it is introducing
the first In-Chip Analytics solution in the Cloud. The SiSense business
analytics software, powered by Rackspace Hosting (NYSE: RAX), will be
demonstrated today and tomorrow at the GigaOM Structure conference in San
Francisco (booth #43).
With SiSense Prism 10X, companies of all sizes are able to run Terabyte-range
analytics workloads in the Cloud without having to worry about setting up
complex clusters, acquiring or maintaining expensive hardware. The solution
provides enterprise-grade service, unm... (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)
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 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)