Posts Tagged 'business intelligence'

Influential Business Intelligence Blogs

In(tegrate) the Clouds was named as one of the 23 most influential business intelligence blogs today by Justin Heinze at BI Software Insight.  It’s a great list to be a part of – thanks Justin! It’s also helpful to get the Twitter handles of all of the bloggers.

Here’s the list, in no particular order I don’t think:

  • TechnoSocial Blog
  • Smart Data Collective
  • BI Analysis
  • In(tegrate) the Clouds
  • Upstream Info
  • AllformZ BI Blog
  • Forbes Blog: Bruno Aziza and The Tribulations of an Analytical Mind
  • B-Eye Network Channel: BI & Integration – Colin White
  • Business Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence and Cultural Transformation: Peter James Thomas
  • Key 2 Consulting
  • Business Intelligence Products and Trends and B-eye Network Blog: Barney Finucane
  • The Data Doghouse
  • Meta Analysis
  • Ms. SQL Girl
  • Business Analytics News
  • Business Intelligence: Process, People, and Products
  • Decideo.fr: Francophone Community of Business Intelligence Users
  • BI Scorecard
  • TDWI: Business Intelligence Portal
  • Ventana Research: Perspectives by David Menninger
  • James Kobelius’ Blog

You can read the entire post with all of the links here. You can read more of my posts about cloud data and application integration on the SnapLogic blog.

Top 10 Business Intelligence Trends in 2014 from Tableau

I like how Tableau created a web page and slideshare presentation for their 2014 business intelligence predictions. I also like their predictions. Here they are, with a few comments.

  1. The end of data scientists (does that mean data artisans too?)
  2. Cloud business intelligence goes mainstream (I guess I was a little early on that one – here’s an interesting cloud BI survey)
  3. Big data finally goes to the sky (go Redshift!)
  4. Predictive analytics goes mainstream (hmmm…I still remember “Data Mining for the Masses” circa 1998 with BusinessObjects Business Miner)
  5. Agile BI extends its lead (is there one BI vendor that doesn’t call their tools agile?)
  6. Embedded BI begins to emerge (Good news for JasperSoft, given they’ve been talking about this for years.)
  7. Story telling becomes a priority (In other words, stop talking speeds and feeds and discuss outcomes – as suggested recently by Ken Rudin)
  8. Mobile BI becomes the primary experience (Michael Saylor has to be happy about this prediction – has anyone read The Mobile Wave?)
  9. Organizations begin to analyst social data in earnest (Is Earnest was a new flavor or Hadoop?)
  10. NoSQL is the new Hadoop (not sure what the angle here is for Tableau, but sure.)

Here’s the presentation with more details.

The Shift to Cloud Business Intelligence

In 2006 I posted a presentation on Slideshare called, What is Driving the Shift to On-Demand BI? While it might have been a little early in terms of cloud business intelligence adoption, looking at it today shows that most of the industry analyst predictions were actually quite conservative when it comes to cloud adoption in the enterprise. I listed the drivers for the shift to analytics as a cloud service as:

  1. It just makes sense
  2. Simple, simple, simple
  3. OLTP –> OLAP
  4. Because Gartner said so!
  5. “Date a fad, marry a trend.” (with acknowledgement to @kellblog of course)

Here’s the presentation.

Recently Amazon.com announced that Redshift, their data warehouse solution, is the company’s fastest growing AWS service. Over 1000 global customers are moving significant business intelligence initiatives to Amazon’s data warehouse in the cloud. This video does a pretty nice job of explaining how it works and why the value proposition is so compelling.

Big Data and Cloud Analytics Discussion

I sat down with my friend Patrick Morrissey this week to discuss the business intelligence market, Big Data and all things cloud. Pat runs marketing for a hot new company called Tidemark. This was a follow up to a discussion published on the Sandhill.com site: Enterprise Performance Management in the Cloud on an iPad.

Here are the questions he asked. You can read my answers here: Five for Friday – Darren Cunningham of Informatica Cloud.

  1. Analytics and business intelligence are top of mind for organizations today and Gartner says that BI is the #1 CIO priority in 2012.  Why is this such a hot button issue?
  2. If analytics are so critical to business success, why do so many projects fail?
  3. There is a lot of talk about “Big Data” in the press, blogs and industry events. How do you think about Big Data?
  4. Many larger organizations are now moving to “Cloud First” as their enterprise IT and application strategy.  How does cloud change the game?

Definitely some great questions – how did I do? Want to take a stab at answering them? What’s your POV?

Data Integration in the Cloud (via Business Analytics 3.0)

This post provides a comprehensive overview of cloud integration use cases, options and approaches. It’s definitely worth reviewing if you’re interested in the topic.

The Curious Case of Salesforce and Workday: Data Integration in the Cloud The growing enterprise adoption of Salesforce SFA/CRM, Workday HR, Netsuite ERP, Oracle on Demand, Force.com for apps and Amazon Web Services for e-commerce will result in more fragmented enterprise data scattered across the cloud. Automating the moving, monitoring, securing and synchronization of data is no longer a “nice-to-have” but “must-have” capability. Data quality and integration issues — aggregating data from the myriad sources and servi … Read More

via Business Analytics 3.0

Next Generation Cloud Business Intelligence?

MicroStrategy entered the cloud BI market today by announcing the general availability of MicroStrategy Cloud. From the press release:

“Compared to traditional on-premises BI approaches, MicroStrategy Cloud is quicker to deploy (within 48 hours) and more flexible, delivers world-class performance, and offers significant financial advantages. MicroStrategy Cloud is powerful and flexible enough to support the full range of cloud use cases, from fast, flexible tactical BI solutions, to the largest implementations where performance and scalability are imperative.”

The announcement goes on to highlight the following benefits:

  • World-Class Performance
  • Integrated Database and Data Integration
  • Accelerated Time to Market
  • Comprehensive Security
  • Elite Platform Partners
Of note on the partner front:
  • “IBM Netezza will provide its complete family of analytical appliances.”
  • “MicroStrategy Cloud customers will be able to choose from a multitenant Cloud-based Data Integration solution, or run their own dedicated Informatica environment in the MicroStrategy Cloud.”
  • “ParAccel will bring its analytic platform to MicroStrategy Cloud customers, delivering extreme scalability to thousands of nodes and tens of thousands of users in a flexible, solution that is optimized for virtualized and cloud-based environments.”
Is Cloud BI 2.0 now upon us? Be sure to read the entire MicroStrategy Cloud press release for more details.

Forrester: 6 Categories SaaS Will Impact the Most

CIO.com recently featured a summary of Forrester Research analyst Liz HerbertHow SaaS Will Impact 6 Key Software Categories.  They are:

  1. IT Management Applications
  2. CRM Software and productivity applications
  3. ERP and Supply Chain Software
  4. Business Intelligence
  5. HR Software
  6. Platform and Middleware Solutions

No big surprises here, but the article also provides some solid recommendations for source executives, “in light of increased SaaS adoption.”

Sourcing executives must prepare for a hybrid landscape where SaaS co-exists with on-premise and hosted solutions, with many new vendors in the overall software portfolio. To navigate this complex environment, sourcing professionals should consider weighing the valuable aspects of SaaS — such as functionality, community, and accessibility — with risk elements — like vendor viability, vendor lock-in, and security.”


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