If you think you have seen everything in the business intelligence space, I'm sorry, but you may be wrong. Traditional BI solutions for large enterprises consider the data warehouse to be the basis of BI solutions. But two innovative software providers I recently contacted could be changing this paradigm.
In traditional BI software solutions, the data warehouse plays a fundamental role as the central data repository for all the data gathered from different systems. This repository has the required structure for analytic purposes, and prepares the data to be used as the basis for intensive and massive analysis processes. Some vendors, however, are agents of change in this regard, in the sense that they are taking new approaches to handling and storing data: while they still extract data from the source systems, they avoid the use of a traditional data warehouse structure, favoring instead an analytic data structure model to speed information analysis and the data visualization process. Recently I had contact with two of these vendors in the BI space. These vendors might be changing the way we design data warehouses, and may even render them obsolete.
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