The Third Revolution

The word ‘revolution’ is anathema to most business managers. It smells of disruption and risk – and no business wants unnecessary risk. However a revolution was eagerly embraced in the last decades of the previous century, when businesses around the globe embraced information technology to automate their business processes and transactional activity. This was the […]

Big Analytics


Big Data Analytics Strategy

    The starting point in a big analytics strategy has to be business need. This means that management has identified areas of business activity that might benefit from more accurate and efficient decisions. As such there is a need to coordinate investments so that these aims are achieved, with efforts to acquire relevant data, […]


Big Analytics Case Studies

    From looking at various successful case studies where big analytics have been employed, it is clear that success depends on a good understanding and definition of the business problem, and the ability to embrace a wide variety of relevant data sources, which might be quite diverse in nature. Predictive models then need to […]


Big Analytics Applications

    Big data supports a wide variety of analytics activities, but in the business environment it is predominantly interactions with customers where the technology is applied. These applications can be as diverse as estimating the likelihood that a patient is readmitted to hospital, to the likelihood that customers in a supermarket might buy milk […]


Big Analytics Methods

    On the face of it big data analytics simply requires data, analytics tools and some means of deploying analytical models into the operational environment. Such a simple minded approach would be a sure route to ruin, since there are many skills, resources and methods which need to work together if big analytics are […]

Popular Alternatives

SAS BI vs Tableau

SAS BI is a wholly different beast to Tableau. SAS supplies arguably the most sophisticated analytics platform on the planet, should someone need that level of capability. However it is fairly top heavy, and not particularly easy to use. Tableau on the other hand is fairly limited in functionality, but very easy to use. They […]


5+ Alternatives to Tableau Desktop and Server

Tableau Desktop and Server provide individual and enterprise data visualization platforms. It is not the most sophisticated platform and can run out of steam for more demanding requirements. Here are several alternatives worth considering. QlikView BI platform has the ability to be all things to all people, and will satisfy business users, developers and enterprise needs. […]


5+ Alternatives to SAP Business Objects

SAP Business Objects is a natural, albeit expensive, choice for many SAP users. However there are alternatives and the list below is a good selection of candidates, with suitability implied in the order – although individual requirements obviously vary. IBM Cognos is a large, sprawling suite of BI tools and infrastructure best suited to the needs […]

4 Alternatives to IBM Cognos

While IBM Cognos comes in various shapes and sizes depending on the needs and size of the organization, in reality the BI and analytics platform is best suited to large corporations – other, and possibly better options exist for many other businesses. One only has to consider the modules offered under the Cognos umbrella to […]

New Reviews


Appian Review

Appian is well regarded for its ease of use, and its cloud based BPMS is an attractive alternative for many customers. BPMN solutions can be rapidly built through drag-and-drop functionality and a native process repository captures and stores process models for rapid reuse. Business rules can be created to define your critical policies and procedures […]


Dataiku Review

Dataiku joins a growing band of suppliers (Alpine for example) focusing on end-to-end predictive model production. Its web based Data Science Studio (DSS) significantly shortens the time-consuming load-clean-train-test-deploy cycles of building predictive applications. Most data are easily accessed including big data sources such as Hadoop, Cassandra, MongDB … relational databases, and other formats such as […]