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TECH TALK: BI Performance Benchmarks with Google BigQuery

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Apr 6, 2017

In the world of Business Intelligence and Big Data there continue to be a number of exciting innovations as new and improved options for processing large data sets appear on the market.  You may be familiar with AtScale’s BI-on-Hadoop Benchmarks - where we focus on evaluating the top SQL-on-Hadoop engines and their fitness to support traditional BI-style queries.  As we continue to work with customers who are navigating their journey to BI on Big Data, we are increasingly getting questions about the emerging cloud-based data processing engines.

 In this blog post, we will take a deeper look at Google’s BigQuery, and how it stacks up in the BI-on-Big Data ecosystem.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Big Data, olap, BI

Announcing AtScale 5.0: Rapid Innovation for our Customers

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Mar 7, 2017

CONTINUING OUR TRACK RECORD OF RAPID DELIVERY & INNOVATION

Today we announced the general availability of AtScale 5.0 and I couldn’t be more excited about the host of great new features that are included in this release.  As we’ve continued to gain traction in a number of industries - ranging from healthcare to retail to financial services to telco to online- we continue to learn from our customers and use these learnings to feed directly back into our product features.  With the release of 5.0, AtScale customers now have an even richer set of capabilities that they can use to derive business insights and value from their Big Data investments.  I’ve included some of the highlights of the release in the sections below.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Big Data, olap, BI

TECH TALK: Multi-Level Metric Analysis. Uncover the Hidden Relationships

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Mar 2, 2017

I’ve asked it before and I’ll ask it again. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily analyze ALL your data from a Excel single file? We all know this isn’t feasible; especially when dealing with big data and complex business analytics needs.

In working at the intersection of Big Data and traditional Business Intelligence, the AtScale team has encountered a number of complex business analytics use cases that are difficult, if not near-impossible, to solve using typical table-based data models and SQL. Today, I’m going to share why and how complex analysis, like for multi-level metrics, is no longer as ‘difficult’ nor ‘near-impossible’ as it once was.

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Big Data, olap, BI

TECH TALK: Solving the Unrelated Dimension Dilemma. A Connect the Dots Story of Sorts.

Posted by Joshua Klahr on Feb 15, 2017

Wouldn’t it be great if you could load all of your data from a single file into an Excel pivot table for easy analysis? 

Unfortunately, this approach isn’t usually viable when dealing with complex business analytics and big data.  Take for example a typical use case found inthe world of healthcare insurance.  A large insurance provider has 10s of millions of members, and processes 100s of millions of claims a year.  As flexible as Excel is, we all know it won’t handle this volume or velocity of data. 

As a result, more and more enterprises store  large data sets in big data platforms like Hadoop.  And while Hadoop provides a low-cost and performant approach to store and process this information, there is still the challenge of supporting the many types of analytics required on claims and member data sets.  But why? Why and how, with all of the advances in technology, can a simple calculation cause so much complexity?

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Big Data, olap, BI

How Do you 'Do Big Data Analytics Right'?

Posted by AtScale on Feb 1, 2017

Yes, there are actually ways to 'Do Big Data Analytics Right'.  

Leaders and innovators in the Big Data space have learned the hard way, and now those of you looking to dip your toe, or jump head first, into the BI on Big Data waters can capitalize on their early experiences. Let go of the fear or ego or whatever may be holding you back and take the chance to learn from those who took the early adopter risk. 

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Topics: Hadoop, bi-on-hadoop, Big Data, Cloud, Analytics, Data, Webinar, BI on Big Data, Data Lake

5 BI-on-Big Data Blogs You May Have Missed, But Shouldn't

Posted by AtScale on Dec 22, 2016

 As 2016 draws to a close, and the AtScale Blog continues to grow, it is easy for a few fantastic posts to have been overlooked over the year. With this in mind, we present to you … Five BI on Big Data Blogs You May Have Missed This Year, But Shouldn't … that offer unique insights to expand your thoughts and ability to drive success in your BI and Big Data journey. 

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Topics: Big Data, BI

Is your Big Data Strategy as Mature as your Competitors?

Posted by AtScale on Dec 14, 2016

Is your Big Data ‘mature’? You may be puzzled by this question, since many in the industry have been saying ‘Big Data is Dead’ for years. But Big Data is far from dead, and instead technologies and solutions that make up the Big Data space are maturing at an ever increasing rate. From traditional players like Teradata, to open-source Hadoop, to new Cloud players like Google Big Query, the Big Data space is doing more to help companies manage and gain insights from their exploding and morphing data than at any other point in history. So what?  

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Topics: Hadoop, bi-on-hadoop, Big Data, surveys, Cloud, BI

BIG BI:  Business Intelligence in Digital Transformation

Posted by Neil Raden on Dec 8, 2016

Digital transformation is a broad term that has various meanings by application, but in general, it means that more and more of what organizations, people, governments do is happening in computers, mobile devices and networks. As a result, the way things are done is changing, especially in the way things are connected. So in this new world of data flying everywhere, being generated and consumed, where does one stop for a second to take a look at what’s going on?

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Topics: Business Intelligence, Big Data, olap, BI, Analytics

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

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