Executive Q & A with Pat Roche, Vice President, Engineering Applications

Could you provide some insight on where Noetix is heading with its product strategy for the coming year?

Noetix began a transformation in late 2009 with the acquisition of the product line that became Noetix Analytics, and subsequently a major component of Noetix BI.  We have grown from a niche Oracle E-Business Suite operational reporting company to a BI solutions provider encompassing numerous BI platforms and business applications.  The data warehouses belonging to Noetix customers contain information from hundreds of data sources and Noetix reporting solutions run on nearly a dozen different BI platforms.  We provide thousands of operational and analytical models and reports.  Noetix is the cornerstone of the BI strategy for many mature companies. Read more

Ralph Hughes talks agile data warehousing with TDWI

Melissa Parrish from TDWI stopped by our Kalido booth at the TDWI World Conference in Las Vegas to catch up Ralph Hughes. They chatted about some takeaways from his book “Agile Data Warehousing” and what he has planned for the future. Read more

What is Noetix’s position on Mobile BI?

QUESTION:  What is Noetix’s position on Mobile BI?

ANSWER:  Without a doubt, mobile BI is one of the hottest trends in the Business Intelligence industry.  Smart phones (led by Apple’s iPhone and Motorola’s Droid) are nearly ubiquitous; tablets (led by Apple’s iPad, Amazon’s Kindle Fire, and other challengers) represent a growing market. Read more

2012 Kickoff – Executive Q & A with Noetix CEO Morris Beton

What are the top trends you see emerging in the BI space in 2012?

As far as 2012 top BI trends go, I see the following: 1) real BI cloud innovation, 2) fake BI cloud prosperity, and 3) Microsoft making serious inroads within the BI market.

Generally, I see no major monetarily impactful trends – 99% of all the BI money made and spent will be status quo. However, when you consider that BI is the archetypal bottomless pit of ambiguous corporate expenditure, then one comes to the conclusion that if you mix BI with cloud and SaaS, then it all adds up to substantive VC money. Now that’s worth going after and it just so happens that it yields great innovation as a byproduct. As a result, I see minuscule, but real progress being made in the SaaS/Cloud-based BI space by VC-backed startups. Read more

What is your opinion of BI in the cloud?

QUESTION: What is your opinion of BI in the cloud?

ANSWER: In the BI industry, there’s a vendor rush for “BI in the cloud” – everybody’s doing it, so it must be good! Unfortunately, much of that enthusiasm is likely to result in disappointment for customers who embrace these early “cloud” offerings. Read more

What is the Value of Building a Data Warehouse?

QUESTION: What is the value of building a data warehouse?

ANSWER: This is a common question, especially for customers who have used NoetixViews (sometimes for many years) to meet their reporting needs. Although real-time operational reporting is important and valuable, there are several benefits provided by a data warehouse: Read more

Is Microsoft BI a viable alternative to OBI EE, IBM Cognos BI, or SAP BusinessObjects?

QUESTION:  Is Microsoft BI a viable alternative to OBI EE, IBM Cognos BI, or SAP BusinessObjects?

ANSWER:  Yes, Microsoft BI is a legitimate option for enterprises looking for a business intelligence platform today. That may seem surprising – many customers don’t even realize that “Microsoft BI” exists. Unlike OBI EE, IBM Cognos BI, or SAP BusinessObjects, it’s not a product suite that you can buy. Read more

What is the Recommended Method for Joining Noetix Views across Modules?

QUESTION: What is the recommended method for joining Noetix views across modules?

ANSWER: First, some background: Each view in NoetixViews is designed to be used, by itself, as the basis for queries and reports that answer business questions. Most views have dozens of columns, taken from many tables in the Oracle E-Business Suite database. Users can create some pretty sophisticated reports using just a single view. Read more

A Retrospective: My 10 Years at Kalido

In two weeks, I will leave Kalido to take a one-year sabbatical. My wife and I together with our two children will live on a remote island in the northern part of Norway. The location admittedly is unusual. My wife is Norwegian, and we want our children to know the culture and language. Plus, we love the arctic: my wife and I met 11 years ago under the midnight sun. This is adventure! Read more

What is the average length of time between a Noetix implementation and the delivery of reports to end users?

QUESTION:  What is the average length of time between a Noetix implementation and the delivery of reports to end users?

ANSWER:  Every BI project is different, but there are some general facts that are true for every Noetix implementation. For real-time operational reporting (using NoetixViews), the initial implementation is deceptively easy, so the time to deliver the first reports is unbelievably short. Packaged analytics with a data warehouse (using Noetix Analytics) can be more complicated and generally takes a bit longer. Still, using the packaged data warehouse solution from Noetix yields results faster than any other data warehouse approach.

Let’s look more closely at each option.

To implement real-time operational reporting, the patented Noetix MetaBuilder process automates a great deal of the manual (and usually tedious) work. Noetix MetaBuilder detects details about your configuration of Oracle E-Business Suite and uses that information to generate custom database views. Noetix Generator integrates details of those database views into your BI platform: Oracle BI EE, Discoverer, Cognos, BusinessObjects, or Noetix Platform. The processes to create the views and integrate that information into the BI platforms completes within just a few hours. Literally, users can run reports within the first day or two of implementation.

Implementing strategic reporting using a data warehouse requires more effort because there are more moving parts to the implementation. New dimensions, metrics, and hierarchies usually need to be created. ETL scripts may need to be modified. External data sources often must be integrated. Noetix Analytics includes tools to simplify all of those tasks, but they still need to be done. Projects to implement Noetix Analytics are typically at least a few months long. However, Noetix takes an iterative implementation approach (implementing individual subject areas one by one) so that reporting on the first modules can begin within thirty days.

Of course, with both kinds of projects there are always ongoing customizations, new reports and dashboards to build, performance tweaks to make, and training to complete (both for users and administrators). For most customers, the initial implementation of Noetix’s operational reporting solution takes about a month – we recommend four to six weeks. After that, users will always want more reports, access to additional data, performance optimization, and new functionality. For Noetix Analytics projects, we recommend two to four months for an initial implementation. By industry standards, that’s exceptionally fast, much quicker than building a data warehouse in-house or implementing a solution from another vendor that won’t meet the needs of your organization.

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