Thursday, May 1, 2014

Modern BI

While I'm still an infant when it comes to using BI technology, being a software architect for many years has given me insight into the changing BI landscape. Facebook's Bryan Brandow explains how they opted for a more agile/exploratory model based on SQL and Tableau. Threre's a new player in town with a similar agile approach, Looker.  While weaker in visual aspects, Looker seems stronger in the modelling and reuse areas, allowing you to quickly define new reusable models based on existing data. Taking advantage of the power available in modern databases, Looker simplifies the BI stack in an appealing manner.  While we're still putting together our data warehouse, I'm very much looking forward to playing with Looker to see what it has to offer.

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