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An RFP is not a Request For Propaganda

I get it. Responding to an organisation’s Request For Proposal (RFP) is not everyone’s favorite way to spend time. After all, first you need to read and understand the requirements described in the RFP to begin with, then figure out whether your organization has something to offer in this field, whether necessary personnel is available, […]

BI in the Cloud: The Theoretical Adoption

I recently received an invitation to a webinar named “Your checklist for Cloud BI success!” from Yellowfin, a BI vendor from down under, headquartered in Melbourne. In the announcement, I read By the end of 2014, Gartner expects almost 50% of organizations to deliver their mission-critical BI via the cloud. Say what? The end of […]

BI Strategy – Are We There Yet?

Welcome to my blog. After a blogging hiatus of about two years, where I just didn’t feel like it, I am back online and ready to pick up some of the topics where I left off. And I will certainly be willing to pick up a glove if need be. There are quite a few […]

Self-Service Business Intelligence Users Are Now In The Majority

One of many findings from The BI Survey 14 – BARC’s annual survey of over 3,000 business intelligence professionals – published today. PRESS RELEASE – LONDON, 15th October 2014 Self-service BI 55% of business intelligence (BI) users now claim to be engaging in self-service tasks, with another 24% planning to do so in the future. “Of […]

Andy Bitterer Joins BARC Analyst Team

LONDON, October 2nd, 2014: Business Application Research Center (BARC) today announced that experienced market expert and speaker Andy Bitterer has joined its international business intelligence and data management analyst and consulting team. Following the recent merger of Le CXP / BARC and Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) to create Europe’s largest enterprise software and IT services […]

Standard vs Best-of-Breed

Introduction Choosing the right business intelligence software for an enterprise is a complex job. BI solutions range from data management to BI tools and applications with varying feature sets and user groups. Mixing and matching software packages from several vendors is referred to as the best-of-breed approach. The alternative is to choose a single strategic […]

BIaaS – Business Intelligence as a service

Background information on SaaS The idea of hosting software off-premises is not new. In fact, software as a service (SaaS) is just a rewording of an older term referring to companies providing the service, application service provider (ASP). ASPs were a very popular investment target during the dotcom era, but not much ever came of […]

Business Intelligence and Web Front ends

Introduction The complexity of Web technology has increased greatly since the first simple browsers became popular in the nineties. The original idea was very simple: Web servers provided access to simple formatted texts which could contain hyperlinks to other texts, creating a worldwide web of interlinked documents. Since then the technology has flourished in many […]

Relational Databases

Relational databases have been used by businesses for decades and they have steadily developed the features required for large-scale implementation, including scalability (in terms of user count and database size). The idea of relational databases was first suggested by Edgar Codd in 1969, and by the nineties, they had largely replaced hierarchical and network databases […]

Business Intelligence and Unstructured Data

Introduction As a rule, analysis software requires much higher data quality than operational software. A typing error in a customer name in an invoice is not enough to break the transaction in most systems. But when it comes to analyzing the data, much more precision is required. In fact, the issue of data quality was […]