Feeds

Are vendors looking after the BI needs of small biz?

When scale is not the issue

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Reg reader workshop There has been a heated debate going over here on the relative merits of mainframe architectures versus massively parallel Intel/AMD based platforms for large scale data warehousing and other requirements. So far, the mainframe camp seems to be winning this one, so if you are a fan of MPP, get yourself over there and have your say.

In the meantime, this debate is pretty much irrelevant if you are a small business or a department in a large enterprise that needs to pull information together from various sources into a modest sized warehouse or data mart for business intelligence (BI) purposes.

And let's be clear that there is a very real need here. In our BI reader survey of a few weeks ago, for example, we found that users in small and medium businesses suffered from all of the same problems to do with information fragmentation, consistency, and access as those working in a corporate environment.

OK, the problems are a little less marked in smaller environments, but not by very much.

But how well do vendors cater for the needs of smaller scale environments? It can so often appear that warehousing, BI, and analytical solutions are aimed primarily at big corporates.

Perhaps this is an example of an age old problem that while the functional requirements of smaller businesses are not actually that different to larger ones, the implementation requirements and economics are. If you don't have a small army of IT staff with specialist warehousing and BI implementation skills, for example, like the big telcos, banks, and insurance companies, you really don't want to be piecing solutions together from components originally designed with high end problems in mind, bringing all of the complexity and technical overkill with them.

Or do you?

Well, you tell us. If you have experience of implementing small scale data warehousing and BI solutions, or maybe have recently investigated what's on offer from vendors in this area, we would be interested to know what you think. Is it easy enough to find server and integration technologies for a modest scale setup that doesn't break the bank? Are they generally packaged or pre-integrated in the way you would like?

We would appreciate your contribution to the discussion below. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?
Compulsory code schools, luvvies love it, but what about Maths and Physics?
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.