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Krish Krishnan

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?" - Albert Einstein.

Hello, and welcome to my blog.

I would like to use this blog to have constructive communication and exchanges of ideas in the business intelligence community on topics from data warehousing to SOA to governance, and all the topics in the umbrella of these subjects.

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About the author >

Krish Krishnan is a worldwide-recognized expert in the strategy, architecture, and implementation of high-performance data warehousing solutions and big data. He is a visionary data warehouse thought leader and is ranked as one of the top data warehouse consultants in the world. As an independent analyst, Krish regularly speaks at leading industry conferences and user groups. He has written prolifically in trade publications and eBooks, contributing over 150 articles, viewpoints, and case studies on big data, business intelligence, data warehousing, data warehouse appliances, and high-performance architectures. He co-authored Building the Unstructured Data Warehouse with Bill Inmon in 2011, and Morgan Kaufmann will publish his first independent writing project, Data Warehousing in the Age of Big Data, in August 2013.

With over 21 years of professional experience, Krish has solved complex solution architecture problems for global Fortune 1000 clients, and has designed and tuned some of the world’s largest data warehouses and business intelligence platforms. He is currently promoting the next generation of data warehousing, focusing on big data, semantic technologies, crowdsourcing, analytics, and platform engineering.

Krish is the president of Sixth Sense Advisors Inc., a Chicago-based company providing independent analyst, management consulting, strategy and innovation advisory and technology consulting services in big data, data warehousing, and business intelligence. He serves as a technology advisor to several companies, and is actively sought after by investors to assess startup companies in data management and associated emerging technology areas. He publishes with the BeyeNETWORK.com where he leads the Data Warehouse Appliances and Architecture Expert Channel.

Editor's Note: More articles and resources are available in Krish's BeyeNETWORK Expert Channel. Be sure to visit today!

AS we wind down 2011, the year has been the breaking ground for "new age BI".  The change in BI from traditional to new is in the following respects

  • Agile - the demand to provide reporting and analytics on demand on the most recent data.
  • Mobile - the report and analytics must be supported on mobile platforms.
  • Multi-Sourced - the reports and dashboards should be able to integrate data across sources. Needs a strong metadata footprint to support this.
  • Self-Service - the new BI tool should support self service reporting and analytics
  • Light Weight - the BI tool should be light weight and have a nimble footprint
  • Apps like capabilities - must be capable to run and deploy as Apps (as in iPad and Android Apps)
  • Built in support for Office or Open Office - the BI tool must have support for
    Office or Open Office apps
  • Unsrtuctured Data - the BI tool must support unstructured data and its requirements
  • In-Memory Capabilities


The list can go on and on, but these are a driving shifts that will move BI to the next generation and in 2012 will define the course for the leading platforms in this realm QlikView, Spotfire, Tableau, Microstrategy Mobile. Organizations have already started using the new platforms as augments to the existing platforms such as Cognos, Business Obejcts, OBIEE and Microstrategy. The most easily adopted tool by business users is Tableau and Spotfire in the current trend and enterprise users have started taking a hard look at Qlikview.


2012 will be a new year for BI and will probably kick off the new decade for BI as well with the new tools and trends. Only time will tell. But the future is here and being explored as we read this.

Posted December 6, 2011 9:02 PM
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I would add social and big data as trends to consider, especially for 2012.

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