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Pentaho Community Review

It really is quite difficult to fault Pentaho Community (PC). It does of course come with the issues associated with open source solutions, particularly when they involve multiple components as PC does. The most significant of these is making sure all the parts play together well, and this is not a trivial problem. Nonetheless PC […]

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5+ Markov Chain Software

Commercial MARCA is a software package designed to facilitate the generation of large Markov chain models, to determine mathematical properties of the chain, to compute its stationary probability, and to compute transient distributions and mean time to absorption from arbitrary starting states. It is written in Fortran. Four possible approaches are available for constructing transition […]

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5+ Free Statistics Software for Linux

Dap is a small statistics and graphics package based on C. Version 3.0 and later of Dap can read SBS programs (based on the utterly famous, industry standard statistics system with similar initials – you know the one I mean)! The user wishing to perform basic statistical analyses is now freed from learning and using […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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ReportServer Review

ReportServer provides an extremely flexible open source reporting and dashboard environment. It supports Eclipse Birt, JasperReports and SAP Crystal Reports reporting engines in addition to its own ad-hoc oriented reporting tools. The user interface is web based and it supports a wide range of admin tools. Central to ReportServer is the Dynamic List. This is […]

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Pentaho Community Review

It really is quite difficult to fault Pentaho Community (PC). It does of course come with the issues associated with open source solutions, particularly when they involve multiple components as PC does. The most significant of these is making sure all the parts play together well, and this is not a trivial problem. Nonetheless PC […]

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Blue Yonder Review

Blue Yonder, a SaaS predictive analytics platform, makes some very large claims about the automation of predictive analytics tasks, and refers (to the point of tedium) to the use of similar technology at CERN. There is a world of difference between scientific uses of machine learning techniques and commercial use. The laws of physics are […]