Business Intelligence is the process of transforming data into information and through discovery transforming that information into knowledge” - Gartner Group
Business Intelligence is a discipline of developing information that is conclusive, fact-based and actionable. Business Intelligence gives companies ability to discover and utilize information they already own, and turn it into the knowledge that directly impacts corporate performance” - IBM
data warehouse models, the extraction, movement, transformation, and cleansing of data from operational sources, and the initial loading and incremental updating of data warehouses according to their models.
A wide range of data sources should be supported:
files, and the data of popular packaged software.
Transformation capabilities should be powerful and flexible.
Predefined transformations should be packaged. ( & extensible through programming languages.)
The technology platform for Hyperion’s performance management solutions is Essbase, its admired OLAP Server.
The firm states its objective “is to be the leading global provider of business performance management solutions.” These solutions are designed to automate the business performance management process of strategy setting, modeling, planning, performance monitoring, reporting and analysis.
Essbase is evolving away from a general purpose OLAP facility and toward a platform for supporting a very specific type of BI application.
Hybrid Analysis is the best new feature of DB2 OLAP Server V8.1
Hybrid Analysis allows administrators to define a multidimensional cube that stores its high-level (aggregated or summary) members within a multidimensional store and its low level (detail) members within a relational store .
The OLAP Server accesses and prepares the relational data and presents this data to the application as if it were native multidimensional data.
It adds HOLAP (Hybrid OLAP) support to the OLAP storage model of IBM’s BI platform.
OLAP Server Miner, unlike Intelligent Miner, does not require skill and experience in data mining. OLAP experience is all that you need to use it. This is the right approach to data mining applications.
They offer broader and deeper data mining functionality than either Microsoft or Oracle, but they’d be stronger if they were integrated into a single coherent offering.
It’s a disadvantage that Intelligent Miner doesn’t mine OLAP data. It’s also a disadvantage that DB2 OLAP Miner has only a single data mining algorithm
Comparing Data Mining Comparing Interfaces Platform Strategy Comparison Comparing BI databases Comparing OLAP Product Comparison
Oracle9i Data Mining API (Java) DSO Pivot Table Service Wizards Data mining Interfaces Essbase API Essbase API OLAP DML Java OLAP API SQL and PL/SQL MDX DSO Pivot Table Service XML for Analysis OLAP Interfaces NA SQL & DB2 SQL ODBC & JDBC SQL & PL/SQL ODBC & JDBC SQL Transact/SQL ODBC & JDBC OLE DB ADO ADO.NET Relational Interfaces Hyperion IBM Oracle Microsoft Interfaces
Comparing Interfaces Comparing Build and Manage Capabilities Platform Strategy Comparison Comparing BI databases Comparing OLAP Comparing Data Mining Product Comparison
Essbase Administration Services provide OLAP build and manage capabilities. Integration Server provides support for loading and accessing relational data. Hyperion DB2 UDB Data Warehouse Center (DWC) provides basic relational basic build and manage capabilities. DB2 Warehouse Manager adds additional relational build and manage capabilities. DB2 OLAP Administrative Services provides OLAP build and manage capabilities. IBM Oracle9i Warehouse Builder provides relational build and manage capabilities. Oracle Enterprise Manager provides OLAP build and manage capabilities. Oracle Analysis Manager provides comprehensive relational and OLAP build and manage capabilities. Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : Toolsets
IBM DB2, Informix ,Microsoft SQL/Server Oracle Sybase, ODBC Hyperion DB2,Informix,Microsoft SQL Server,Oracle,Sybase Files IBM IBM DB2, Informix, Microsoft SQL Server ,Sybase Oracle, ODBC, Files Oracle Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, ODBC, Files, Access 2000, Excel 2000 , Microsoft Visual FoxPro dBase, Paradox, Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Active Directory Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : Extraction data sources
None Hyperion DB2 Warehouse Manager provides extraction from SAP R/3, i2, and Web Server logs. Tools from IBM partners ETI and Ascential integrate within DWC to provide additional ETL capabilities. IBM Oracle Pure Extract provides extraction from IBM mainframe data sources. Oracle Warehouse Builder Integrator for SAP provides extraction from SAP R/3. Oracle Host Integration Server provides extraction from IBM mainframe data sources. Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : Additional Extraction Data Sources
Procedural sequences of declarative rules. Hyperion Individually executed ETL steps. IBM Process-oriented and execution of ETL steps controlled by Enterprise Manager. Oracle Process-oriented execution of tasks within packages. Packaged may be versioned and/or password protected. Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : ETL execution
ETL performed through rules. Rules perform field-level operations on source data. A set of predefined rules is packaged. Hyperion DB2 stored procedures and user defined functions (UDF). 150 predefined transformations. IBM PL/SQL stored procedures in Oracle9i database. Oracle DTS is implemented as a COM framework accessed programmatically or with packaged visual tools. Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : ETL implementation
Via user-defined rules. Hyperion IBM partners Trillium Software Systems provides name and address data cleansing. IBM Oracle Pure Name and Address provides name and address data cleansing. Oracle None packaged. Microsoft Build and Manage Capabilities : Data cleansing
Hyperion occupies a niche within business intelligence platforms
its OLAP technology is a critical component of IBM’s business intelligence platform.
Conclusion Not A complete BI solution OLAP + Data Warehouse $56,000 Hyperion Without ETL & Data cleansing $138,600 IBM All BI Platform $95,000 Oracle SQL Server Enterprise Edition OLAP / data mining / build & manage capabilities $19,999 Microsoft What You Get Price
Grading 34 41 39 Total 3 4 4 Quality/Price 3 5 4 Expected Lifetime 3 5 4 Support 3 3 5 Easy To learn 2 4 5 Integration 3 4 5 Build and Manage Capabilities 4 3 4 Interfaces 4 4 2 Data Mining 5 4 3 OLAP 4 5 3 Data Warehouse Databases IBM Oracle Microsoft