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BI-'in'-Hadoop is Dead

Posted by Thomas W. Dinsmore on Dec 5, 2016

Congratulations! Your Hadoop cluster is up and running. Your data feeds work; your team knows how to manage the cluster, and expert users mine the data with Hive, Pig, Spark. But your executives aren’t satisfied. “Where is the business value?” they ask. “Why don’t we see more people using Hadoop?”

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Topics: bi-on-hadoop

AtScale Delivers the Industry’s First Modern Business Intelligence Platform, enables BI on Hadoop and Big Data, On Premise and Cloud

Posted by AtScale on Nov 17, 2016

Big Data analytics leader previews industry’s first platform to enable unified business intelligence for Teradata, Hadoop, Google Dataproc and BigQuery

San Mateo, CA, November 17, 2016 – AtScale, the first company to provide enterprises with a fast and secure self-service BI platform for Big Data, today announced a significant expansion of its services, from BI on Hadoop to BI on Big Data.

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Topics: Hadoop, About AtScale, Tableau, Business Intelligence, spark, Big Data

The 6 Principles of Modern Data Architecture

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Nov 15, 2016

A version of this article originally appeared on the Cloudera VISION blog.

One of my favorite parts of my role is that I get to spend time with customers and prospects, learning what’s important to them as they move to a modern data architecture. Lately, a consistent set of six themes has emerged during these discussions. The themes span industries, use cases and geographies, and I’ve come to think of them as the key principles underlying an enterprise data architecture.

Whether you’re responsible for data, systems, analysis, strategy or results, you can use these principles to help you navigate the fast-paced modern world of data and decisions. Think of them as the foundation for data architecture that will allow your business to run at an optimized level today, and into the future.

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Hadoop Summit

Running with the Red Queen: BI is Here to Stay

Posted by Neil Raden on Nov 2, 2016

Do you remember those word problems on tests like the SAT or the ACT?

They would go something like this:  Train A leaves the Station at 1:15PM, gradually accelerating for 7 minutes until reaching a speed of 52mph for a distance of 76 miles. Train B leaves 12 minutes later, accelerating to a speed of 47mph in 11 minutes. After one hour, how far behind Train A was Train B?

This sort of problem reminds me of the Business Intelligence (BI) business, alternately known as Decision Support, Analytics, Reporting, Data Discovery, etc. It seems that no matter how fast Train B can go (organizations implementing BI), they can only, at best, keep up with Train A (the relentless march of technology). 

In biology, this is called the ‘Red Queen Effect’. named after poor Alice in 'Through the Looking Glass', where the faster she runs with the Red Queen, the faster the landscape moves with them so they have to go as fast as they can to merely keep up.

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Big Data

TECH TALK:  BI-on-Hadoop Engine Wars Continue...Everybody Wins

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Oct 18, 2016

Just this week, AtScale published the Q4 Edition of our BI-on-Hadoop Benchmark, and we found 1.5X to 4X performance improvements across SQL engines Hive, Spark, Impala and Presto for Business Intelligence and Analytic workloads on Hadoop.

Bottom line, the benchmark results are great news for any company looking to analyze their big data in Hadoop because you can now do so faster, on more data, for more users than ever before.

While this blog provides a high level summary of our findings, you can access the full Q4 2016 Edition of the BI-on-Hadoop Benchmarks here, and also listen to our webinar replay discussing this in more details here.

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, spark, hive, bi-on-hadoop, Big Data, impala, presto

Data isn’t a Process. It’s an Asset.

Posted by Neil Raden on Oct 6, 2016

Data. It isn't a process. It's an asset.

Welcome to the 1st in a series of 8 blogs, where I will dive-in to separate and clarify both concepts and relationships across Business Intelligence and its active component OLAP,  predecessor technologies, and data. OLAP in particular has suffered from issues of scale and speed, but the need for this type of analysis is greater than ever. And while, the industry of analytics has been overrun with big data and data science, there is a general lack of understanding that previous drawbacks of BI and OLAP have been solved with the new architecture of big data, Hadoop/Spark and Cloud.

Join me as I uncover both the vital need for multi-dimensional analysis and the vastly improved capabilities that exist for big, nae massive, data of today. I believe you will find some rather interesting surprises.

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Big Data

How Much Dough is in Your Data?!

Posted by Bruno Aziza on Sep 19, 2016
 

This morning, O'Reilly Media published the results of its 2016 Data Science Salary Survey.  The report covers a wide set of topics such as salary differences by gender and countries as well as details for the types of skills that can give employees an edge when it comes to earnings.  We tooked a closer look at the Business Intelligence answers and what we found out might surprise you...

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Topics: Hadoop, Tableau, Business Intelligence, spark, Big Data, excel, powerbi

I like [ Big BI ] and I Cannot Lie...

Posted by Bruno Aziza on Sep 7, 2016
 

There is no shortage of advice if you’re in the market for a “BI on Big Data” solution or as we sometimes like to call it “Big BI”.  Big BI refers to a Business Intelligence (BI) platform that conforms with end-users needs (typically seamlessly integrated with Tableau or Excel), that can scale on any data size to deliver top query performance.  

A resource you might find particularly interesting when sizing up your BI tools, is the latest version of the “G2 Crowd Grid for Business Intelligence Software”. The Winter 2016 version just got published. We reviewed the grid and its report and found some interesting insights worth sharing.

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Topics: Gartner, Business Intelligence, Big Data, surveys

CDOs: They Are Not Who You Think They Are

Posted by Bruno Aziza on Aug 22, 2016
 

Google the word “CDO” today and your search will mostly results return articles about the “Chief Digital Officer”.  However, if you came to this blog, you’re probably looking for guidance on the other title this acronym refers to: “The Chief Data Officer”...

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Big Data, Chief Data Officer

Hortonworks chooses AtScale as its standard for BI-on-Hadoop

Posted by Dave Mariani on Jun 28, 2016

We started AtScale because we believe that everyone should be able to use all data for all their decisions.  We believe that people should have unencumbered and secured access to information, work with data of all shapes, at lighting speed and in the tools they are already familiar with like Tableau and Microsoft Excel.  

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Topics: Hadoop, Business Intelligence, Big Data, hortonworks

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