Here’s an interesting look at one way in which business intelligence is growing – let the entire company use it and get hooked.
Microsoft sees BI growth beyond dashboards
IT Business: “the business intelligence strategy needs to change from a strategic play implemented among the upper echelon of a company to a company-wide rollout on an operational level.”
This caught my eye this morning.
Microsoft and ProfitBase Help Retailers Track Performance With New Standards-Based Retail Data Warehouse Template: “Microsoft Corp and ProfitBase AS, a leading Norwegian business performance management software company, today announced their strategic alliance, aimed at delivering an out-of-the-box, standards-based business intelligence solution for the retail industry. Based on the Association for Retail Technology Standards (ARTS) data standard, the new data warehouse template includes facts and dimensions tailored for the retail industry such as retail-specific key performance indicators (sales, gross margin, sales per customer, and turnover per working hour, among others).”
Industry standards for data warehousing sounds like it would make life a bit easier. This would also greatly reduce time implementing a BI solution. An old boss told me one time that he refused to pay consultants any MORE money to sit in meetings while we defined what “revenue” is.
I found some more info microsoft’s announcement of Katmai. This part caught my eye.
IT Team: SQL Server 2008
IT Team: SQL Server 2008: “Intrinsic support for many digital data formats, including pictures, audio, video and other multimedia data. In current versions, such multimedia data can be stored as BLOBs , but they are generic bitstreams. Intrinsic awareness of multimedia data will allow specialized functions to be performed on them”
It’s official – Microsoft announced yesterday that Katmai is coming.
Microsoft SQL Server code name “Katmai”: “SQL Server code name ‘Katmai,’ the next release of Microsoft SQL Server, provides a comprehensive data platform that is secure, reliable, manageable and scalable for your mission critical applications, while enabling developers to create new applications that can store and consume any type of data on any device, and enabling all your users to make informed decisions with relevant insights.”
There are a couple of interesting questions that come out of this article.
1. How far are they going to take the business intelligence being integrated into SQL?
2. How far can we take XML? This seems to be a focus of all new software releases.
3. Beyond relational? Interesting way to classify it.
We’ll see what happens. It will be fun.