Business Intelligence projects are famous for low success rates, high costs
and time overruns. The economics of BI are visibly broken, and have been for
years. Yet BI remains the #1 technology priority according to Gartner. We
could paraphrase Lee Iacocca and say: People want economical Business
Intelligence solutions and they will pay ANY price to get it.
Nobody argues with the need for more Business Intelligence; BI is one of the
few remaining IT initiatives that can make companies more competitive. But
only the largest companies can live with the costs or the high failure rates.
BI is a luxury.
I believe that the bad economics of BI are rooted in the IT department/BI
vendor duopoly on BI infrastructure. This post focuses on IT’s inability to
deliver efficient BI projects; I will write about the BI industry in my next
There are three fundamental reasons why... (more)
It’s not a shock to state that cloud computing will disrupt the business
model of commercial software. But how it will affect the open source
The rise of open source is clearly linked to the rise of the web. Buy a
commodity piece of hardware, download source code of any of the thousands of
open source projects and start to “scratch your own itch”. My Linux box
will communicate with your Linux box as long as we stick to some minimal set
of protocols. The web is loosely coupled and software can be developed
independently in a bazaar style.
It’s not quite as straightforw... (more)
When the PC industry was young we used to build computers from
build-it-yourself computer kits. The best known kit was the Altair 8800 but
another was actually called SOL (maybe due to the condition in which kit
purchasers/PC hobbyists would find themselves…).
Nobody buys and builds computers from a kit anymore. We buy professional
products that are built by people who design, assemble and test thousands of
these every day. Yet the “build-it-yourself BI kit” is still the
dominant way IT teams today buy, assemble and deliver Business Intelligence.
Since BI proje... (more)
Say hello to Bashes — the first cloud-apps that enable companies to turn
Big Data into new sources of revenue
I don’t want to sound overly dramatic, but today’s the day GoodData makes
it possible for companies to finally monetize Big Data. That’s because
today we unveil our first Bashes — cloud-based business mashups — on our
platform that enable anyone, in any size business, to turn mountains of
disparate data into insight that finds new sources of revenue, boosts profit
and builds a competitive edge.
We call these new solutions Bashes because they combine the best elements of ... (more)
SaaS Journal on Ulitzer
Back in the old good days of enterprise software, we did not need to worry
about our customers. We delivered bits on DVDs – it was up to the customers
to struggle with installation, integration, management, customization and
other aspects of software operations. We collected all the cash upfront, took
another 25% in annual maintenance. Throwing software over the wall …
that’s how we did it. Sometimes almost literally…
I now live in the SaaS world. My customers only pay us if we deliver a
service level consistent with our SLAs. We are responsible for deploym... (more)