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Wayne Eckerson

Welcome to Wayne's World, my blog that illuminates the latest thinking about how to deliver insights from business data and celebrates out-of-the-box thinkers and doers in the business intelligence (BI), performance management and data warehousing (DW) fields. Tune in here if you want to keep abreast of the latest trends, techniques, and technologies in this dynamic industry.

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Wayne has been a thought leader in the business intelligence field since the early 1990s. He has conducted numerous research studies and is a noted speaker, blogger, and consultant. He is the author of two widely read books: Performance Dashboards: Measuring, Monitoring, and Managing Your Business (2005, 2010) and The Secrets of Analytical Leaders: Insights from Information Insiders (2012).

Wayne is founder and principal consultant at Eckerson Group,a research and consulting company focused on business intelligence, analytics and big data.

In the 1980s, before the dawn of data warehousing, companies ran reports and queries directly against operational systems. But this analytical activity undermined the performance of core systems and created a rallying cry for a dedicated reporting and analysis system, known as the data warehouse.

But what if you could have your operational cake and analytics, too? That's the fundamental question that Cyberscience asked back in 1977 when it was founded. And while the industry chose data warehousing as the architectural solution to manage reporting and analytical workloads, Cyberscience went against the grain. It kept optimizing the federated query technology of its Cyberquery product to run against operational applications and databases without degrading performance of either.

Fast forward 40 years and what's old is new again. As data warehouses teeter in the architectural abyss and hardware performance skyrockets, Cyberscience now finds itself on the cutting edge. By combining operational and analytical workloads, Cyberscience provides a compelling alternative to both data warehouses and operational data stores. With more than 5,000 customers and a top-rated customer satisfaction rating from BARC, a German research firm, Cyberscience is a long-time business intelligence (BI) vendor that has focused more on engineering and customer value than marketshare or mindshare.

The key to Cyberquery's success is a data dictionary that abstracts back-end resources and integrates with an optimized runtime engine that uses native connectors to speed access to most applications and databases. The dictionary automatically grabs metadata from the source databases and populates fields with plain English labels. Customers further customize the metadata layer to meet business requirements and enhance data security.

Driving Cyberquery's query engine is a fourth generation report specification language (much like Information Builder's WebFocus language) that makes it easy for customers to build any type of report and customize the look and feel. More than half of Cyberscience's annual $15 million in revenue comes from independent software vendors who embed the product in their own applications or white label it as their own. And despite its vintage, Cyberquery offers modern charting components and a fairly contemporary look and feel.

For more information, see www.cyberscience.com.

Posted September 1, 2014 11:51 AM
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