I’ve came across an excellent post by Boris Evelson on his blog: http://blogs.forrester.com/boris_evelson/10-03-31-i_forget_whats_in_memory (thanks to @vizubi) it’s an old one, but it makes perfectly clear what are the differences between the different in memory options. Evelson makes distinction between 5 types of in memory solutions, divides the solution providers over these 5 types and gives pro’s and cons for every option. Nice read!
In the same category: compare in-memory solutions is this post by Boris Evelson as well: http://blogs.forrester.com/boris_evelson/10-09-01-not_all_in_memory_analytics_tools_are_created_equal where Boris gives advice on how to compare in-memory solutions. Nice read as well, and nice comments from two Qlikview adepts
I just received a link from William (@williamvanlith) through twitter (@gillespol) about Gartner’s Magic Quadrant 2010. I’ve been following Gartner’s magic quadrants on BI and datawarehousing for quite some time now and something struck me immediately. THERE ARE NO VISIONAIRIES ANYMORE!! Even Qlikview isn’t a visionary anymore. I consider that as a bad thing, it looks like nobody is really innovative anymore. This reflects some of the conclusions from Nigel Pendse in his BI Verdict. Another comment I’ve read at Jos van Dongen’s blog, is that it could mean that BI software is (finally) maturing. Read more of this article »
There is a very interesting interview with Nigel Pendse on the blog from Rittman Mead Consulting. Nigel Pendse is a business intelligence and OLAP analyst and the editor of The BI Verdict (formerly The OLAP Report) and author of The BI Survey (previously known as The OLAP Survey). The interview is about the BI tools market in general, but with a specific paragraph containing some good comments on Qlikview, in memory analysis and powerpivot. Nigels most important conclusions: Qlikview is blazing fast, easy to use and aimed towards the business user, but less useful in large enterprise deployments. Powerpivot is, according to Nigel, just a way to push upgrading to office 2010, the all new vertipaq in memory engine is very impressive and powerpivot isn’t able to handle very complex Analysis Services cubes. Read more of this article »
For a long time one of the hottest discussions in the BI arena has been the concept of Enterprise BI vs Departmental BI, Top-down approach vs Bottom-up, Pragmatism vs Idealism. In this corner we have Spreadmarts, spreading like a virus throughout the organization to provide a quick and dirty fix to the desperate need of end users for timely information out of IT databases…..and in the other corner we have multiyear, multimillion Enterprise Data Warehouse initiatives that focus first on creating infrastructure, BI governance committees, data integration, while end users keep waiting for the very much needed information.
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With permission of www.insideinfo.com.au where our co-blogger Juan is working I re-publish this article, that was posted earlier on their site.
QlikView software continues to lead in customer satisfaction of business intelligence products based on three independent user-survey reports this year from Business Applications Research Centre, Aberdeen Group and IDC. Read more of this article »
In an earlier post on IBM Cognos Express we stated that Qlikview has a new competitor in their market of in-memory BI for SMB. Now Antony Deighton reacts on Itjungle.com. You can read the reaction from Deighton here with a success story of one of his customers. IBM has a vision on the competition from Qlikview too, you can read it here on itjungle.com
IBM thinks that the one competing feature is a “write-back” functionality that Qlikview doesn’t have, but in Qlikview 9 there is write-back functionality. My two cents on what makes Qlikview really unique against the competition? simplicity!
There is a lot of buzz around the release of IBM Cognos Express. It came across my twitter accounts here and here quite a few times and when I released a search in tweetdeck for IBM Cognos Express it appeared 65 times. You can read the press release from IBM here. IBM Cognos Express is the affordable, all-in-one BI suite which can be deployed and installed very fast targeted at small to medium business with 100-999 users.
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There is a nice comment on TDWI’s website about the collaboration between Kalido, Netezza and Qlikview. You can read it here: link. TDWI’s Stephen Sowyer interviews Kalido CEO Bill Hewitt on the big promises Kalido makes to get things up and running in just 30 days. Some questions are raised about Netezza also offering vertical front end solutions in pharmacy and insurance. Even more questions are raised and answered. Read it for yourself.
There are also some comments from Kalido staff on my previous post about this collaboration.
Funny, while Oracle is still denying the fact that Qlikview is a real competitor to the solutions offered by Oracle on BI I was very surprised by the fact that one of the blogs I’m following for a long long while and that is (in my humble opinion) an authority on Oracle BI related issues writes a little review about qlikview. Mark Rittman (an oracle ACE) and the specialist on Oracle BI, essbase, hyperion etc. writes:
“the total size of the QlikView document (including the data) was only 4MB and took about 1 minute to load and prepare, whereas the corresponding Essbase data set (as built in this OTN article) took up several gigabytes of space and took over an hour to load and prepare. Impressive stuff.”
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When working with QlikView documents we bring data by editing the script (usually through wizards) and pressing the reload button.
Have you tried to quickly see the contents of a table you’ve just loaded right after executing the reload? I happily found out the new QlikView 9 includes a feature to preview the contents of a table, directly from the table viewer.
In the meantime we just have to create a tablebox to see the contents of a table, which is not a big deal (it takes 4 clicks). But there are also other features that have been included in QlikView a long time ago that give you very useful information about the data being loaded, at a glance.
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