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Yellowfin 7 analytics platform: Data Discovery made easy

Australia-based Yellowfin launched version 7 of their BI-platform. Most of the improvements in Yellowfin 7 are the creation of content, multi-chart formatting and enhanced administration. Furthermore the platform is extended with new collaborative decision making and functionality for authoring mobile reports. [global name="Press release warning"] The content creation module of Yellowfin BI tool enables users to conduct real-time ad-hoc analysis on business data, generating immediate business insight. Yellowfin 7’s new interface for report creation and ad-hoc analysis provides a canvas for content creation, where the seleted data is visualized immediately.

Bizzscore: complete solution for performance management

Bizzscore helps organizations to get a grip on performance management by improving the use of information and reporting results. [global name="Press release warning"] In any organization, decisions made based on trusted management information are very important. Performance management empowers executives to helm the organization in the right direction. Bizzscore is a complete solution for the support of performance management, leveraging the balanced scorecard model and INK, EFQM or any other management-or quality model.

SAS Analytics impressive

Over more than a decade SAS Institute, a US-based vendor of BI solutions, is a top player in this field. SAS’ roots are at North-Carolina State University and since 1976 the company is managed by its inspiring chairman Dr James (Jim) Goodnight. Today SAS is still a privately held company with an annual turnover of more than 3 billion dollars. A couple of years ago SAS started profiling itself as a vendor of Analytics solutions. Ever since its foundation the company had a strong preference for Data Mining and today it claims the Analytics market as its own. Although the main part of SAS’s turnover emanates from license sales of the SAS BI-platform – which includes ETL, data warehousing, data quality, reporting and analysis – the full focus is on Analytics.

Information Builders introduces InfoApps for self-service BI

BI-vendor Information Builders (IBI) extended their portfolio by providing a BI appstore for business users called InfoApps. With these apps, all stakeholders at any level of an organization can discover new information needed or discover potential new business possibilities. [global name="Press release warning"] The apps, built with IBI’s WebFOCUS platform, are easy to deploy without assistance from IT and easy to use on any desktop, laptop and mobile device. Without any training, users can design their own dashboards combining the data from different sources they pick themselves.

SAP Lumira on the desktop for self-service BI

SAP transited the SAP Visual Intelligence software into a new data visualization desktop product, SAP Lumira. The product empowers business users to visualize large or small data volumes, so it promotes self-service and speeds up decision making. [global name="Press release warning"] A second version of the visual BI-software, SAP Lumira Cloud, is an HTML5-built product, so it reduces the time needed to develop and deliver new types of analysis, without any help from IT. It is easy to connect with data that is available on-premise and with SAP HANA.

Tableau presents release 8.1 for Analytics

With version 8.1 Tableau delivers a number of new features and capabilities, such as extended analytics, improved interaction with the internet, and apps for mobile devices. [global name="Press release warning"] The Tableau platform is a 64-bit and IPv6 ready suite with SAML authentication, with a strong focus on data visualization through dashboards. The analytical functions are extended by integration with R, the well-known open source statistical library. The upgraded data connectors simplify access to data. Source:

New release of Inetsoft includes Hadoop connector

In Q4 of 2013 Inetsoft released version 11.5 of its BI-platform Style Intelligence. Remarkable new feature is a data source connector for Hadoop, which enables users to add data from the Apache Hive data warehouse to their dashboards and analysis in the same easy way they connect any other data source. Style Intelligence offers a completely restyled user interface and lots of new capabilities and features in the field of dashboard and visualisation design. Inetsoft also enhanced the audit reporting features and added more self-service capabilities.

Pentaho releases Community Edition 5.0

Pentaho Community Edition 5.0 is the latest version of Pentaho’s open source data integration and business analytics platform. [global name="Press release warning"] Business Analytics platform: enables business users to access, discover en combine data of all types and sizes with advanced business analytics. Data Integration: Pentaho’s tool also known as ‘Kettle’ - delivers ETL capabilities; as stand-alone application it can be used to visually program the process of extraction and transformation.

Oracle present Endeca Information Discovery 3.1

The latest version of Oracle’s data discovery tool Endeca Information Discovery (OEID 1.3) also offers self-service data mash-up and discovery dashboards, extended support for unstructured analytics, and full integration with other Oracle BI software. [global name="Press release warning"] With the data mash-up capabilities business users can combine and analyze data from numerous sources; the creation of discovery dashboards is simplified due to an intuitive drag-and drop layout and a configuration wizard.

MicroStrategy launches Analytics Platform

At the end of 2013, MicroStrategy have launched a new Analytics Platform, which is one of the most important new release for the company in some time. Together with the enterprise platform come two free additional self-service visualization tools. [global name="Press release warning"] MicroStrategy does not want to go with the popular flow of what they call ‘quick-hit data discovery solutions’; indeed, whilst these do provide some analytical satisfaction, they can lead into a BI cul-de-sac due to poor scalability, governance, trust, security and lack of native support for mobile apps. Instead, the company sticks to their full service enterprise-grade business intelligence.

Jaspersoft from the Amazon cloud

From early 2013 open source BI platform Jaspersoft has been fully available for Amazon Web Services. Jaspersoft 5.5 from the cloud has the same utility-based pricing model as the on-premise versions. Within the AWS-platform Jaspersoft automatically discovers en connects to a customer’s Amazon Relational Database Service and Redshift data sources. [global name="Press release warning"] New in release 5.5 are enhanced capabilities for data visualization, advanced time series groups, quick links to tutorials and samples, templates for reporting and cluster-aware caching. Instead of Jaspersoft’s former reporting tool iReport designer, Eclipse-based Jaspersoft Studio is included with the BI Platform.

New release of Pentaho Analytics - version 5.0

Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0 greatly simplifies the entire analytics experience for everyone and delivers the industry's first just in time big data blending 'at the source' [global id=15 name="Press release warning"] Delivering the future of analytics, Pentaho Corporation announces the availability of Pentaho Business Analytics 5.0, a completely redesigned data integration and Business Analytics platform. Pentaho 5.0 provides a full spectrum of analytics for today’s big data-driven businesses regardless of data type and volume, IT architecture or analysis required. The new, modern interface simplifies the user experience for all those working to turn data into competitive advantage. Pentaho 5.0 includes more than 250 new features and improvements. Highlights include:

Tool and hardware selection for Business Intelligence

Based on the business requirements, the user groups and the architecture, we determine what tools we need in order to collect the data and to create reports and analysis. We also determine what tools we require for the distribution of data and reports. In addition to the specific Business Intelligence tools mentioned in another post, we will also need a ‘relational database management system’ (RDBMS) for the storage and retrieval of the data.

Major milestone in Informatica’s roadmap

Informatica Corporation, the world’s number one independent provider of data integration software, today announced Informatica MDM 9.6, a major milestone in Informatica’s roadmap for powering universal master data management (MDM). The announcement came at Informatica’s annual user conference - Informatica World 2013. [global name="Press release warning"] Universal MDM depends on four essential capabilities: universal services, universal domains, universal governance, and universal solutions. Informatica delivers on all four capabilities with a truly flexible master data management technology that enables companies to start small by solving their most immediate business problem and scaling to others across the enterprise. Informatica MDM 9.6 advances this universal MDM strategy, delivering such key benefits as:

New Additions to the Oracle Big Data Appliance

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack and Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion. Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 Starter Rack enables customers to jump-start their first Big Data projects with an optimally-sized appliance. Oracle Big Data Appliance X3-2 In-Rack Expansion helps customers easily and cost-effectively scale their footprint as their data grows.

Actuate removed from our BI Tools Survey

On the website of Actuate we found a press release that stated that "Actuate is delivering more insights to more people than all Business Intelligence companies combined". The company was removed from our 100% vendor independent Business Intelligence Tools survey in December 2011 because no single Actuate official responded to our requests any more. In a recent survey from one of the Analyst companies the Actuate platform was awarded a high final score. The press release said: "Actuate outranked most major Business Intelligence vendors in final score, exceeding peer and overall scores for most measures". And they received recognition for the fact that they beat all other major vendors on Big Data Analytics.

Pentaho releases version 4.8 with interactive Big Data capabilities

Pentaho, one of the open source Business Intelligence vendors, has released a new version (4.8) of its product suite. The company says to have implemented better support for Big Data and to have added ad hoc analysis to their mobile Business Intelligence solution. As a 100% vendor independent research and consulting company, we have been examining these new product features thoroughly. We have adjusted the scores for Pentaho BI in our BI tools comparison matrix to reflect the new features. Our survey compares all the major Business Intelligence tools on 169 product features across 12 major categories.

QlikView 11.2 now supports offline views and solved two hundred bugs

QlikTech, the developer of the Business Intelligence software QlikView BI, has released version 11.2. In this version there are still thirty known issues at release time. QlikTech expect to solve them in the coming versions. More than two hundred bugs were solved in Service Release 2. In the release notes of QlikView 11.2 the company also provides a list of product features. These are limitations of the product and are not likely to change in next product releases. One limitation is that ‘undo’ functionality does not work on notes and comments. When a note or comment is deleted, it is removed permanently. Most of the other limitations have to do with AJAX, Java, (mobile) browsers versions, charts and colors.

Jaspersoft releases version 4.7: connect with Big Data

Jaspersoft, maker of the world’s most widely used Business Intelligence software, today announced availability of Jaspersoft Business Intelligence 4.7. Reports generated by JasperReports Server now give even casual users the ability to interact with more of their data. Jaspersoft’s open source business model and zero-cost per-user licensing fees make interactive reporting affordable for even the largest scale reporting projects. Further improvements in Jaspersoft 4.7 include direct native connectivity to Big Data sources and expanded mobile device support. [global name="Press release warning"]

Oracle Announces Availability of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine

Oracle today announced the availability of Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, the industry’s first high-speed engineered system featuring in-memory business intelligence (BI) software and hardware to deliver extreme performance for analytic and performance management applications. [global name="Press Release Warning"] Oracle today also announced availability of a new release of Oracle Business Intelligence Foundation Suite that features 87 new product capabilities and enhancements including new visualizations, contextual interactions, performance and scale improvements, optimizations for Oracle Exalytics, and simplification for end users, developers and administrators.

Pentaho #1 in Support for Big Data Platforms

Pentaho, a leading worldwide provider of Business Intelligence software and data integration software, today reaffirmed its commitment to support Big Data with a major expansion of native Big Data sources, including the latest Hadoop distributions, NoSQL sources, as well as native support for many analytic databases and traditional OLTP databases. Pentaho’s native connection to Big Data platforms makes it easier and faster than ever to analyze the enormous data volumes generated by today’s organizations.

SAS Institute and Cognos score the most points

For the last 10 years the market has been dominated by the Business Intelligence tools IBM Cognos and SAP BusinessObjects, but Cognos with release 8 had been losing its position for the last two years. Now with the new release 10 Cognos has returned to its status as one of the leading products in the marketplace. SAS Enterprise BI Server and IBM Cognos score the most points in the 2012 BI Tools Survey.

Tighter race in Business Intelligence software seen in 2008

A'dam - January, 6th 2008 - As the amount of stored information increases further, the year 2008 will be the start of a slugfest among business intelligence software providers. Among the protagonists, not surprisingly, are IBM, Oracle and SAP. Business intelligence has become one of the hottest segments in the software market today, thanks to billion-dollar acquisitions by the three above-mentioned companies. The latest was IBM’s announcement in November to acquire Canadian firm Cognos. Perennial rivals Oracle and SAP also joined the acquisition spree. In April, Oracle announced its $3.3 billion acquisition of Hyperion Solutions followed by SAP’s buyout of Business Objects.

Does the success of BI depend on having the best tool in place?

In a recent poll on this website we asked our visitors to vote for what they think contributes most to the success of Business Intelligence. Most voters (approx. 50%) think that the success depends highly on using the best Business Intelligence tool. In a recently held intelligence survey among nearly 400 organizations, across several branches, it became clear that the success of Business Intelligence depends highly on the analytical skills of people. Information should be used for analysis and action. The results of the survey are written down in the research paper "Making BI successful".

Excel taking the Business Intelligence crown in 2010?

The year 2010 is well on its way and many of you posted their insights and predictions for the upcoming year. If you combine those predictions/outlooks with this enormous list compiled by the Cutter Consortium you'll see a lot of stuff that repeatedly gets mentioned. Cloud, Agile and Social Media seem to be the hottest trends for the years ahead, and Open Source BI tools, Operational Business Intelligence and Analytical Databases are also part of almost every list.

Should You Use An ETL Tool?

You can still hand-code an extract, transform and load system, but in most cases the self-documentation, structured development path and extensibility of an ETL tool is well worth the cost. Here's a close look at the pros and cons of buying rather than building. The Extract, Transformation, and Load (ETL) system is the most time-consuming and expensive part of building a data warehouse and delivering business intelligence to your user community.

Talend’s New Unified Platform 5.0

Talend, a global open source software leader, today announced version 5 of its unified platform for integration, becoming the only open source vendor to offer a comprehensive technology portfolio that spans all enterprise integration needs, including data, applications and business processes. [global name="Press Release Warning"] With this new version, Talend introduces a holistic approach to integration, enabling IT organizations to converge traditionally disparate integration efforts and practices through a common set of products, tools and best practices. The Talend Unified Platform provides a common foundation for the products to be used individually or in concert depending on the needs of the organization.

Microsoft Introduces New Offerings for BI and high workloads

Today from PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server code-named “Denali,” and made available SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. [global name="Press Release Warning"] The company also announced the new Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, which provides an end-to-end experience across the complete life cycle of mission-critical appliances, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. Combined, the product and program help enterprise customers successfully design, deploy and optimize appliance-based solutions to help ensure the highest level of scalability, availability and reliability for the most demanding data warehouse requirements.

Is Ab Initio Worth Evaluating?

Ab Initio has been around now for a long very time in the ETL market space to make a name for themselves. Their marketing approach appears to be one of mystique: maintain secrecy around the product while allowing some information out about the high-end customers, creating interest because of the tantalizing tidbits they provide. Their website is more typical of an advertising firm with nothing meaningful to say than a technology company. Years later (2015) this is still the case. Their website loads very slowly and is full of flash (no HTML) and there is even no phone number or contact form. Our guess: they are finished.

IBM Acquires Analytics Firm DataMirror for $160 Million

IBM today announced plans to acquire DataMirror Corporation, a business information firm based in Ontario, Canada, for approximately $161m in cash. DataMirror provides technology that identifies and captures data that has been added, updated or deleted, and allows the changed data to be delivered to processes, applications and databases. "Organizations need the ability to capture and use information in real time to help them make better business decisions, better serve their customers and increase operational efficiencies," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager at IBM's Information Management Software unit.

4 Hadoop Helpers Promise Speedy Big-Data Analysis

Integration vendors launch commercial add-on products for the hot open-source framework. Here's how four products streamline high-volume workloads. By Doug Henschen Apache Hadoop is one of the fastest-growing open-source projects going, so it's no surprise that commercial vendors are looking for a piece of the action. Witness a spate of recent announcements from well-known data-integration vendors including Informatica, Pervasive Software, SnapLogic, and Syncsort, all of which are aimed at making it faster and easier to work with a very young big data processing platform.

Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine

Oracle today unveiled the Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, the industry’s first in-memory hardware and software system engineered to run analytics faster than ever, provide real-time speed-of-thought visual analysis, and enable new types of analytic applications. [global name="Press Release Warning"] Oracle Exalytics enables organizations to make decisions faster in the context of rapidly shifting business conditions while broadening user adoption of business analytics though the introduction of interactive visualization capabilities that make every user an analyst.

MicroStrategy OEMs Informatica Technology

MicroStrategy Incorporated (Nasdaq: MSTR), a leading worldwide provider of Business Intelligence (BI) software, and Informatica Corporation (Nasdaq: INFA), the world’s number one independent leader in data integration software, today announced a strategic alliance to make Informatica’s enterprise-class Data Integration Platform a core component of the MicroStrategy Cloud. MicroStrategy Cloud will offer both multi tenant and dedicated versions of Informatica’s Data Integration technology as an optional service to MicroStrategy Cloud customers. These data integration services will be delivered under the MicroStrategy Cloud brand name.

Oracle Adds IPhone Support to BI, Analytics Software

To help organizations achieve better business visibility and alignment, Oracle today introduced new releases of its complete, integrated and scalable business intelligence products including Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications and Oracle Real-Time Decisions. The new product capabilities delivered span out-of-the-box iPad and iPhone support, extended OLAP and in-memory platform support, enhanced real-time decision management features, new certifications, and more.

Is Microsoft BI going to support on Apple and Android?

At the recent annual SQL Server user conference (PASS) there were some exciting news and announcements. Microsoft's BI team recaps the most important news as follows. Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert of Microsoft shared his views on the ‘New World of Data’. He disclosed a number of important announcements. Ted unveiled the final name for the next SQL Server release: SQL Server 2012. Not really a big surprise.

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