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New Frontiers in Business Intelligence

Nari Kannan

How Do-It-Yourself Business Intelligence can revitalize the BI Space

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The Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing software products space seems to be in a funk! It seems to be somewhat mature and looking for some new directions!

Users have been always clamoring for more flexible, do-it-yourself Business Intelligence solutions and many companies have been taking off in the recent past.

Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence are mature in their usage within companies. However once the basic reporting is in and used, users veered off and started using Excel Spreadsheets with data extracted from the main BI and Data Warehousing tools.

This is because of essential design decisions that are usually made at the design stage and quite often, these are set in stone and inflexible. Organizations quite often do not know ahead of time, very clearly what their eventual BI requirements may be.

This leads to some basic data warehousing design decisions that set some of the tables and multi-dimensional structures in stone. It is either too expensive or too much of a hassle evolving these backend designs continuosly.

Users make up for these problems by just extracting the data into their own Excel spreadsheets from which they create their own processing macros or pivot tables and do further analysis.

There are many tools in the market currently that do many of these do-it-yourself kinds of data collection and reporting. If only the larger vendors realize the need for flexibility in use! May be they do. But my own impressions are of a kind of Status-Quo!

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach. - Tony Robbins

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The bottom line is, get more for less quickly, which drives decision making. There are several tools available. The question is what works where and at what cost. No BIG vendor tools are required for any large practical BI / DW project.

Nari Kannan's blog explores how new approaches to business intelligence can help organizations improve the performance of business processes--whether these processes are creative or operational, internally-focused or customer-facing, intra-departmental or across functions.

Nari Kannan

Nari Kannan started and serves as the CEO of appsparq, a Mobile Applications development company based in Louisville, KY with offices in Singapore and India. Nari has over two decades of experience in computer systems development, translating product and service strategy into meaningful technology solutions, and both people and product development. Prior to this, he has served as both Chief Technology Officer and Vice President- Engineering in six successful startups, two of which he co-founded. He has proven experience in building companies, engineering teams, and software solutions from scratch in the United States and India. Prior to this, Nari started Ajira Technologies, Inc., in Pleasanton, CA, where he served as Chief Executive Officer for more than six years. While at Ajira, Nari was instrumental in developing service process management solutions that modeled, monitored, and analyzed business processes, initially targeting the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Telecom, and Banking verticals in India, and Finance, Insurance, and Healthcare verticals in the United States. Prior to this, he served as VP-Engineering at Ensenda, an ASP for local delivery services. He also served variously as Chief Technology Officer or VP-Engineering at other Bay-Area venture funded startups such as Kadiri and Ensera. He began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation as a Senior Software Engineer. Nari has a long involvement with Customer Support and other customer facing processes. At Digital Equipment Corporation he was involved with their 1800 person customer support center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was tasked with coming up with innovative tools to help customer support people do their jobs better. He holds a U.S patent for a software invention that automatically redirected email requests for customer support to the right group by digesting the contents of the request and guessing at which software or hardware support group is best equipped to handle it. At Ensera, he led a 45 person team in developing an internet based ASP service for handling auto insurance claims, coordinating information flow between end-customers, Insurance companies, Repair shops and Parts suppliers. Ensera was acquired by Mitchell Corporation in San Diego. Nari holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Loyola College, and an M.B.A degree from the University of Madras in Madras, India. He graduated with a M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1985. Contact Information: Nari Kannan. Email: nari@appsparq.com Mobile: 925 353 0197. Website: www.appsparq.com View more .

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