Archive | March 2014

What do you consider as self-service?

babu ramakrishnan

I often wonder if we know and have an exact definition of self-service in BI.

In a star hotel, we are supplied with espresso, sugar and some milk. The expectation is that we would mix it in the desired proportion to have the coffee of our choice.

In Starbucks, we make many choices to get what we want ; but they make it for us. We just help ourselves with the drink to our table.

Out of the above two, which one is self-service and what is convenient? I am sure the answers would change from person to person.

Coming to BI -self-service I see the same dilemma applies and IT may have the following questions.

  • Should I prepare and keep the data ready to the finest point to allow my users come and simply consume what they look for?
  • Should I also allow them to enrich the data at their will…

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Data Warehousing and its History and Future

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Data Warehousing

What is data warehousing? In the world of business intelligence, a data warehouse (DW or DWH) is the term used to describe a storage centre, or database, which is used strictly in regards to reporting and analytical purposes. A data warehouse is a compilation of data deposited from various sources, from operational systems such as marketing or sales, into a central location.  The function of the warehouse is primarily to store data used for supporting managerial level business decisions. This warehouse would be regularly maintained and managed by a data warehouse developer.

Data warehousing warrants a developer to keep everything flowing properly. What is a data warehouse developer? This is a person, or team, who is responsible for the development of the operational systems from which data is ultimately extracted for future reference. This extraction load is called an ETL (extract transform load).

An ETL-based data warehousing process consists…

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The State of Business Intelligence & Analytics in 2014

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Dave Henschen, the executive editor of InformationWeek, released InformationWeek’s 2014 Analytics, BI, and Information Management Surveyin Q4, 2013 to preview how organizations expect to capture, analyze, report, and act on their data. The utilization of business intelligence plays a significant role in all four of these aspects. The main takeaway from the study shows the trend towards less complex and more visual analytics.

2013 was a big year for analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) products as 35 percent of survey respondents have standardized at least one analytic or BI product throughout their company. This is up from just 30 percent of organizations going into 2013. Clearly organizations are finding value in Business Intelligence tools as 97% of responding organizations deploy analytics and BI in some capacity.Analytics & Bi Deployment - 1

The biggest concern with analytics and BI is the data quality, as 59 percent of participants considered this the biggest barrier to successful…

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Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms

Wow, I found the statement below, from Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, very interesting.  I have found that having the best of both worlds; ease of use/availability for business users and the ability to maintain enterprise wide governance has been an issue.  It will be interesting to see what products emerge that can provide for both.



The most notable change in this year’s Magic Quadrant is that all the vendors in the

Leaders quadrant have been moved to the left in terms of Completeness of Vision. This

reflects the fact that no one vendor is fully addressing the critical space in the

market for “governed data discovery” — in other words, platforms that address both

business users’ requirements for ease of use and enterprises’ IT-driven requirements.

via Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms.


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