David Menninger's Analyst Perspectives

Kognitio Pablo Brings MDX to Data and Analytics

Posted by David Menninger on Feb 14, 2011 3:33:01 PM

Kognitio announced the addition of MultiDimensional eXpressions (MDX) capabilities for its WX2 product line. John Thompson, CEO of U.S. operations, and Sean Jackson, VP of marketing, shared some of the details with me recently. I find the marriage of MDX and large-scale data both technically challenging and potentially valuable to the market.

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Topics: Data Warehousing, MDX, RDBMS, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Information Management, Kognitio, MPP, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

MicroStrategy Combines Actions with Business Intelligence and Mobility

Posted by David Menninger on Feb 7, 2011 11:12:23 AM

Last week I attended MicroStrategy World 2011 in Las Vegas, the North American version of the business intelligence (BI) vendor’s annual user conference. The event was well attended, and the company claimed attendance was up 40% over last year. The purpose of the post is to recap the announcements made, highlight the areas where MicroStrategy is making investments and comment on the overall direction implied by these investments.

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Topics: Data Warehousing, MicroStrategy, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Information Management, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Jaspersoft Releases Version 4 and Tackles Large-Scale Data

Posted by David Menninger on Jan 28, 2011 12:22:47 PM

Open source business intelligence (BI) software vendor Jaspersoft recently announced general availability of its flagship product Jaspersoft 4 and earlier this week announced a new reporting project that provides data connectors to a variety of large-scale data sources.

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Topics: Data Warehousing, Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Information Management, IT Performance Management (ITPM)

Secrets Revealed in Massively Parallel Processing and Database Technology

Posted by David Menninger on Jan 19, 2011 11:06:15 AM

This is the first in a series of posts on the architectures of analytic databases. This is relational database technology that has been “supercharged” in some way to handle large amounts of data such as typical data warehouse workloads. The series will examine massively parallel processing (MPP), columnar databases, appliances and in-database analytics. Our purpose is to help those evaluating analytic database technologies understand some of the alternative approaches so they can differentiate between different vendors’ offerings. There is no single best solution for all analytics for all types of applications; usually the decision involves a series of trade-offs. Understanding what you might be giving up or gaining, you may be able to make a better decision about which solution is best for your organization’s needs.

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Topics: Data Warehousing, RDBMS, Business Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Data Management, Information Management, IT Performance Management (ITPM)