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 the
space, the need for BI has been rapidly growing. Recognizing that OLAP-based
solutions were (and still are) hard to introduce into a wider market, thought
leaders and visionaries in the space have been since then trying to bring BI
down to the masses through technological and conceptual ... (more)
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)
SiSense, a provider of Big Data Analytics Software, recently announced Prism
3.0, the latest version of its end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI)
With over 100 new features, Prism 3.0 introduces breakthrough in data access.
Prism 3.0 enables customers to work with more data faster, regardless the
number of datasources, no matter how big their data is or how fast it grows.
A fully featured trial of Prism 3.0 can be downloaded for free here.
More Data, No Code
Traditional Business Intelligence tools require users to learn proprietary
scripting languages to access and comb... (more)
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)
As defined by Wikipedia, BI and analytics is a set of theories,
methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw
data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes, while a
data warehouse is a central repository of data which is created by
integrating data from one or more disparate sources to serve as a single,
clean and accurate business "truth."
When implemented in conjunction with a data warehouse, BI is centralized
under the IT department and therefore enjoys cleaner, more accurate data and
the ability to serve as the organization'... (more)