I have a whole new appreciation of Business Intelligence now


As many of you know, I grew up as a BI and Data warehousing guy – I have implemented BI for a lot of users across the world . I have collected requirements from shipping clerks as well as CXOs , and in at least a dozen different languages. I have spent countless hours thinkingContinue reading “I have a whole new appreciation of Business Intelligence now”

Big Data Solutions – Do Questions Matter ?


I have Ray Wang to thank for this post. Off late, I have a serious problem of writers block. I just cant find a topic interesting enough to write about, and consequently have become a ratherirregular blogger – at least compared to last year. Any way – back to the topic of this post. RayContinue reading “Big Data Solutions – Do Questions Matter ?”

How Many Communities Do We Really Need ?


If you do a search in internet for SAP communities, I am sure you will get a lot of hits. If you take the time to dig deeper, you will probably find significant overlap in their content and membership too. There will always be a loyalty/intertia factor that inhibits widespread adoption of a new community.Continue reading “How Many Communities Do We Really Need ?”

IBM Watson – what better use of analytics than fighting cancer ?


From 1992 – when I joined the mechanical engineering degree class in TKM College, till today – I have been a fan of Analytics.In fact, I am pretty sure it is the engineering education that put this fascination in me. And it was my statistics professor Mr. Kalyanaraman who took it to the next level.Continue reading “IBM Watson – what better use of analytics than fighting cancer ?”

SAP HANA – slowly moving out of hype into actual projects


2011 was when HANA hype was on over drive – it was along the lines of “HANA will solve world hunger by feeding entire generations on perceived future business value” . Every where I mentioned HANA, customers were pushing back with raised eyebrows. That did not stop SAP from selling HANA though. SAP customers doContinue reading “SAP HANA – slowly moving out of hype into actual projects”

2012 looks likely to be a good year for SAP Business Analytics, as long as it works on iPad


As always, I started the year picking my customers’ brains on what they would like to see happen in 2012 in their companies.  I also checked in with a few colleagues to make sure what I am hearing is not isolated. These are all long existing SAP shops. I will restrict this post to discussionsContinue reading “2012 looks likely to be a good year for SAP Business Analytics, as long as it works on iPad”

SAP SAPPHIRE and Teched 2011 Madrid, Tuesday – HANA, BI 4.x, Netweaver et al


My day started with informal discussions on future of BI products. Mobile BI is of course a no brainer next big thing.  Question is how is SAP going to tackle this? Webi is by far the most commonly touted mobile BI client. Xcelsius has the flash limitation on iOS, and even on Android – notContinue reading “SAP SAPPHIRE and Teched 2011 Madrid, Tuesday – HANA, BI 4.x, Netweaver et al”

SAP HANA – we did it in 4 days, and lived to tell the tale


SAP Teched is fast approaching, and I have an ASUG session on HANA where I am presenting.  Due to a variety of reasons – I could not get my presentation and demo completed earlier. And then the idea dawned on me – why not crowd source this within the larger organization ? Having worked onContinue reading “SAP HANA – we did it in 4 days, and lived to tell the tale”

So You Badly Want To Do Self Service BI, eh?


Every one and his neighbor wants self service BI. What does it take to get it? Is it even reasonable to expect that significant parts of BI can be self service enabled?   For one, self service is loosely defined, at least in the BI world.   First – no enterprise BI tool is reallyContinue reading “So You Badly Want To Do Self Service BI, eh?”