Originally published on April 7, 2013
While reading and researching upon the topic of Business Intelligence, I ended up casually researching the topic of Database Cubes. (OLAP and OLTP databases)
Now, it’s definitely not the first time I’ve come across that term. I recall at least two discussions (number of years ago), where the topic of database cubes had come up.
But, then I found the following article link. This article does a pretty good job of explaining what database cubes are, how they function (on a high level) and what the intended usage of a cube would be.
The thing that piques my interest: Since the cube contains all of your data in an aggregated form, it seems to know the answers in advance. Not so great for real-time/dynamic reporting but everything else can be computed at lightning speeds.
So when you talk about dashboards, Business Intelligence Applications e.t.c. What’s really driving the bulk of the analytics on the GUI are Database Cubes in the back-end.
Technology of this kind automatically draws you in. I mean, by now my career has spanned across a bunch of different areas in the industry. And I am thinking of a couple of ways, where leveraging the capabilities offered by the usage of database cubes can compliment existing offerings. It’s not just general Business Intelligence suite of applications. So many other industries like Business Continuity, Risk Management, Corporate Security e.t.c can also benefit from such technologies. The key is to go from being reactive to being pro-active and the technology exists to be able to guide those actions.
Off-topic, I was watching this interview by Steve Jobs. The interview was conducted in 1995 and Jobs was talking about Disruption and Net-Neutrality. Mind blown….. I am in awe. I mean we are increasingly talking about these topics today and Jobs prophesied them some 18 years ago. Specific to the topic of discussion, I noticed that Next’s logo was in the shape of a cube and so were the machines. Co-incidence? It's not related in any way. I don't know why this off-topic blurb is here. I just like Next's logo. And I like cubes.
Originally published on April 7, 2013
I’ve been looking into Business Intelligence and the capabilities it can provide for business and societies at large.
While at RIM, I led the creation of some in-house tools for the purposes of Risk Management and Business Intelligence.
And now, after all this time, I finally got a chance to tinker with the BETA version of one of the best BI Tools out there. This was based on the request of one of the executives from that company. I just kind of bumped into them on the Internet (power of social media)
Now, as an Analyst, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on various tools to be able to appreciate something like this. This technology has a couple of unique feature set. We are talking about:
The value system of an organization is what sets it apart from the competitor. There is no denying the fact that the outlined mission, vision and goals outlined for an organization is what actually makes the company what it is. The prevailing culture is also very important, as it allows for the collective energies to be harnessed and for the vision to direct all of that in a particular direction. The quality of the players is of paramount importance.
That being said, Business Intelligence and Analytics should also be a big part of the day to day operations and strategic decision making.
Even in an era, where Technology is pervasive, most organization often find themselves in a situation, where there is a complete disconnect between what the outlined vision really is and what the workforce is actually doing.
Business Intelligence can help. So at the bare minimum, teams and individuals know what their outlined goals would be and how they contribute towards the overall success of the organization.
In fact, after looking at the capabilities, I now question how any organization can make truly effective decisions, without leveraging some sort of a BI suite of applications.