Business Intelligence | 02 Mar 2015 | 7 min
Challenges with Existing BI Platforms and Solutions
For the last few years, Enterprise BI Portal Platforms like SAP Business Objects, MicroStrategy and MS SQL Reporting Services have dominated BI and Analytics platforms. These BI platforms had the following key features and characteristics:
Enterprises faced several challenges with these BI platforms:
However, since the overall approach was IT-centric and not user-centric, their solution failed to effectively capitalize on disruption in technologies such as in-memory databases, semantic model and next generation visualization solutions.
Next Generation BI platforms
The likes of ‘Tableau’, the flag bearer of next generation BI platforms, took these challenges head on. They revolutionized Enterprise BI with a paradigm shift to make it user-centric’ instead of IT-centric. They provided interactive and advanced analytics to end users without requiring them to have BI skills. They moved away from a centralized IT-driven approach to a decentralized user-centric approach, thus empowering business users with greater control over visualization and data.
This had to be delivered without sacrificing data security and ensuring appropriate access control. The platforms provided data security controls to the IT teams using governance workflows built at various levels for governed data discovery, granular data provisioning, user based security and application based security.
The key parameters on which enterprises are judging these solutions include:
Intelligent Data Discovery
Interactive Exploration and Visualization
Platform and Data Administration
Ability to support existing data sources
Mobile and Social Enabling features
SDK with APIs
Analysis of Next Generation BI Platforms used @ Nitor Infotech
This section provides a brief analysis of the ‘strengths’ and ‘weakness’ of next generation platforms used at Nitor Infotech.
Nitor Infotech has also been closely tracking other next generation BI products like Qlik, microstrategy and SAP Lumira (integrated with SAP Business Objects and SAP Hana) with its customers. We will enhance our analysis as we continue to explore newer next generation BI Platforms with our customers.
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