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Beth Gold-Bernstein

Web Based BI

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Last week I spoke Lyndsay Wise, Senior Research Analyst for the Business Intelligence and Business Performance Management sector at Technology Evaluation Centers about web-based BI solutions.

Lyndsay cited 4 different types of web based tools. "The first one, is portal deployment, the second one are full Web-based BI suites. The third are actually hosted or SaaS-based models. And the fourth are open source." I must admit it took me some time getting my head around that analysis. The last 3 seem to have to do with how you buy a web-based BI solution and Lyndsay gave some good advice in the webcast as to what to look for, and what to think about when you evaluate solutions. But the first one - portal deployment - seems to be Lyndsay's way of saying the original web based solutions were vendors offering reporting via a browser.

While Lyndsay focused on web based BI for our discussion, my recent discussions with BI vendors opens up many more areas for comparing BI solutions in terms of capabilities. For example, there are the traditional BI vendors that focus on analytics, now integrating with BPM solutions for delivering operational BI within the context of a business process. There are Business Activity Monitoring solutions with complex event processing that correlate disparate events to define business patterns and deliver predictive capabilities. There are BI gadgets that can deliver desktop KPIs. These business level intelligence solutions can be used as part of business performance management. In fact there's a lot of technology out there that can go under the BI banner.

Want to hear more? BI in Action will be broadcast live on Web., June 20th. Tune into Bill Gassman's keynote at 11:00 am ET on June 20th to learn more about Business Performance. For an overview of the whole market tune into Boris Evelson's keynote at noon ET. Then at 1:00 pm tune into the panel discussion on the role of BI in BPM and SOA. Bring your questions.

Industry trends and vendor spotlights from Beth Gold-Bernstein.

Beth Gold-Bernstein

Beth Gold-Bernstein is a recognized expert in integration technologies and SOA with over 20 years experience View more


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