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BEYOND POWERPLAY: CHOOSING THE RIGHT OLAP TOOL FOR YOUR BI ENVIRONMENT

May 22, 2014

Cognos 10, IBM Planning Analytics/TM1, Microsoft, OLAP

Cognos Dynamic Cubes vs. Microsoft SSAS vs. TM1 vs. Powerplay

Almost all business intelligence systems benefit significantly from using OLAP as part of the overall system architecture. Blazingly fast reports, interactive dashboards, instantaneous drill-down and speed-of-thought analysis are just a few of the reasons to use cubes in your BI environment.

For almost 25 years, PowerPlay cubes and PowerPlay Transformer have played dominant roles in BI systems as the OLAP tool of choice for Cognos BI environments. However, due to limitations of its 32-bit architecture, PowerPlay has been unable to keep pace with the growing data volumes common to BI systems today. Accordingly, IBM’s development resources have focused on newer technologies, allowing PowerPlay’s feature set to fall further behind.

The good news is that there are several excellent alternatives for OLAP in your BI system. In fact, these tools now have features long desired by PowerPlay users. The challenge is determining 1. what those alternatives are and 2. how they compare and contrast.

In this presentation and demo, we highlight the important feature differences between the various OLAP tools used for BI applications, including IBM Dynamic Cubes. This session outlines important criteria that should be considered before investing significant hours (and dollars) in development. As always, we give a candid review of relevant tool capabilities, show key features in action and provide some pragmatic decision-making tips on how to make the right choice for your BI environment.

TECHNOLOGIES COVERED

IBM Cognos BI 10, IBM Cognos PowerPlay, IBM Cognos PowerPlay Transformer, IBM Cognos Dynamic Cubes, Microsoft Analysis Services, IBM Cognos TM1, Hyperion Essbase, IBM Cognos Dimensionally Modeled Relational (DMR)

PRESENTERS

John Peterson
CEO & Co-Founder, Senturus, Inc

John is the company's thought leader and visionary. John directs the delivery of all projects with Senturus, providing the bridge of technical and business understanding.

Pedro Ining
Senior BI Architect, Senturus, Inc

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