InetSoft Webinar: What is unified business intelligence, and how does it compare to older technologies?

Below is the trascript of a Webinar hosted by InetSoft on the topic of Next Generation Business Intelligence. The presenter is Mark Flaherty, Vice President of Marketing at InetSoft.

Mark Flaherty (MF): With current BI technologies, if you look at historical analysis versus predictive analysis, for instance, they are typically totally different applications. If you look at a traditional BI solution based on data warehousing, ones using disk-based technologies versus real-time in-memory BI, where, let’s say, a trader on Wall Street, needs to make an instantaneous analysis with no time allowed whatsoever to access a database on a disk, traditionally those are a couple of examples of separate technologies where you had to install several applications and choose which tool to use, today you’re seeing more and more unification of functions in a single BI application like InetSoft's.

If you think about it, all traditional business intelligence applications, no matter how user-friendly they try to make them, no matter how powerful they try to make them, they are limited by one factor, which is the underlying database. Whatever you planned for, whatever you designed, whatever you built in the underlying database, that has been the limit of your exploration and your analysis.

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Some of the new BI technologies, like InetSoft's data mashup, do not require a single rigid database structure. The software, itself, takes care of organizing disparate data sources into the necessary structure for analysis and reporting, you can truly begin to explore your data without any limitation. You can explore any relationships, any what-if scenarios, without previously having had to think about it and plan for it in your data modeling. That’s a very powerful technology.

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