SAP HANA Platform – Technical Overview

At the Sapphire conference in May, 2010, SAP announced the release of its new data warehouse appliance called HANA or High-Performance Analytic Appliance. SAP HANA is a combination of hardware, storage, operating system, management software, and in-memory data query engine that is characterized by data being held in RAM rather than being read from disks or flash storage. Additionally, […]

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Components of a Business Objects Universe

Also known as a “semantic layer”, the Business Objects Universe is an intermediary layer between a database or data source and dependent reports, queries, or dashboards. Fundamentally, the universe enables the end-user of Business Objects to interact with data without having to understand the complexities of database logic or be familiar with where the physical data […]

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BI Market: Vendors and Products (2011)

Business Intelligence (BI) systems are software applications that enable better understanding of organizational data and provide the information organizations need to make enlightened decisions. Fundamentally, there are five market segments of entire business intelligence market space… • Operational Reports • Query & Analysis • Dashboard Management • On-line Analytic Processing (OLAP) • Data Mining & Predictive […]

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Components of Oracle BI Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) is a comprehensive business intelligence platform produced by Oracle, Inc. that delivers a full range of analytic and reporting capabilities. Additionally OBIEE incorporates a suite of advanced business intelligence tools that are built upon a unified architecture.  The components delivered within the OBIEE suite include: •  Oracle Interactive Dashboards • […]

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Oracle BI Platform vs Oracle BI Analytical Applications

The business intelligence market is rapidly maturing and Oracle is leading the way with its delivery of Oracle Business Intelligence.  Initially Oracle just provided the Oracle BI Platform which provided businesses with the tools for developing custom business intelligence solutions. However, Oracle is now providing an option to its customers with Oracle BI Analytical Applications, a complete […]

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Components of SAP BusinessObjects Product Suite

Rather than being one independent tool, SAP BusinessObjects delivers a comprehensive suite of products that provide business intelligence functionality to empower users to make effective, informed decisions based on solid data and analysis. All users, from the high-end analyst to the casual business user, are enabled with access to the information they need.  Capabilities within […]

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Crystal Reports: Operational Reporting Environment

Crystal Reports is an operational reporting system that enables report authors to easily design interactive reports and connect them to virtually any data source. It is the ideal solution for canned or published reports as it allows for the creation of high-fidelity, pixel-perfect reports. Additionally, end-users benefit from numerous advanced viewing and interaction features – […]

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Features of SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 (Aurora)

SAP BusinessObjects 4.0 (codenamed Aurora) is the next major release of the SAP BusinessObjects product suite. It follows three major SAP BusinessObjects XI releases and will be generally available (GA) in 2011. During the release, some modules will change names. XI will be dropped from the Business Objects name to avoid the confusion with other […]

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Example Charter for a BI Center of Excellence (BI COE)

In order to ensure a predictable and repeatable usage of Business Intelligence (BI) services across organization X, and to maximize the value of licensing cost, organization X’s information technology department has adopted the formation of a Business Intelligence Center of Excellence (BI COE). This BI COE performs at an enterprise level and serves as a […]

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Definition of BI Center of Excellence (BI COE)

Business Intelligence Centers of Excellence (BI COE) enable the design, development, and implementation of strategic, enterprise, department, and tactical Business Intelligence solutions from one centrally managed team within a corporation or organization. Fundamentally, the BI COE merges the traditional roles and responsibilities of program management offices, functional expertise of subject matter experts, and the technical […]

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