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Lyndsay Wise

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Lyndsay is the President and Founder of WiseAnalytics, an independent analyst firm specializing in business intelligence, master data management and unstructured data. For more than seven years, she has assisted clients in business systems analysis, software selection and implementation of enterprise applications. Lyndsay conducts regular research studies, consults, writes articles and speaks about improving the value of business intelligence within organizations. She can be reached at lwise@wiseanalytics.com.

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March 2010 Archives

The interest surrounding mobile BI ebbs and flows over time.  Even though many solution providers offer mobile BI solutions, the reality is that adoption remains low.  And even though many decision makers take their work on the road, BI doesn't seem to be a part of the equation outside of office or use of traditional online access points.  The question of whether devices such as the iPad will change the way users interact with BI remains to be seen.  The question of alerts, however, is much closer to the day to day activities of organizations actively using operational BI.  Do organizations use them and if so, how?

Obviously, the discussion surrounding alerting and the ability to be anywhere and get instant updates related to issues, etc. creates a benefit for people on the go.  How different is this usage from other forms of BI depends upon the way it is being applied and who is being accessed and for what.

Solution providers such as Klipfolio are starting to explore these questions and to identify whether added alerting - to mobile devices, through SMS, etc. - would add value to overall BI use. To participate in Klipfolio's poll click here.


Posted March 29, 2010 8:04 AM
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Until recently, open source solutions were most popular within various developer communities but remained on the fringe of general business intelligence implementations. Over the past couple of years, however, open source BI, data warehousing, and data integration solutions have become more mainstream within the BI market creating a shift in the way BI solution providers.   Now instead of open source providers having to educate the market about the value of their solutions, BI players are looking to mimic general open source principles in order to increase general solution adoption and market share.

Over the past several months, many solution providers have developed free solutions that are similar to open source offerings in the sense that they are free versions of software that can be used as a first step in BI adoption or to explore and compare various solutions at one time.  For instance, InetSoft recently announced their 2.0 version of their free dashboard solution and Tableau has launched an online dashboard that can be used to analyze public information.  Both offer organizations an alternative to traditional dashboards.

As the market continues to diversify and more solution providers adopt this tactic, the way in which BI is adopted may shift.  Currently, organizations are able to deploy free dashboards and get general insights into their business. However, depending on the types of data sources they want to access, the amount of data required, and robust features and functions, they are limited in how they can interact with those solutions. Consequently, free solutions offer companies a first look into dashboards but may not be the way to go when deploying an organization wide or departmental solution.  Even with their limitations, the ability to access free dashboards give businesses a sense of flexibility that until recently was not possible.


Posted March 9, 2010 6:59 AM
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