The World of BI Turned Upside Down

Until recently, I knew how to design a business intelligence (BI) system. Today, I’m not so sure. Everything is in flux. All the old rules don’t seem to apply. People are using new approaches, techniques, and tools to build data analytics systems.

And much of what they are doing is compelling. I attended my umpteenth TDWI conference last week. You can always count on TDWI to deliver BI orthodoxy. But even there, my BI compass began to quiver. It began to look and sound more like a Strata/Hadoop event (see Ten “Design First” Principles from Strata/Hadoop.”) than a traditional BI/DW conference. The overarching mantra was: “Out with the old, in with the new.”

Author: Wayne W. Eckerson


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